Heart disease may hide diabetes

Mon, 21 Jul 2008
According to recent reports, heart disease could be a hidden symptom of diabetes . University of Warwick researchers found that oxidative stress was low in those with heart disease but not type 2 diabetes, whilst heart disease sufferers with high levels also suffered from overt type 2 diabetes .

The results caused some surprise. Sr. Saverio Stranges of the University reportedly commented: "The results were intriguing. We expected to find high levels of oxidative stress in people with a clinical heart condition, such as myocardial infarction, and people with diabetes . As we thought, the levels were high for diabetics, but there were some discrepancies for people with heart disease."

He was reported as concluding: "Our findings suggest the observed associations of increased oxidative stress in individuals with heart disease may be dependent on underlying abnormalities in glucose metabolism."
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