Stiff Arteries Predict Diabetes Better Than Blood Pressure
Arterial stiffness is an extremely good predictor of future type 2 diabetes, regardless of blood pressure. However, patients who have stiff arteries and high blood pressure are at the highest risk of diabetes, as demonstrated in an investigation of more than 11,000 people in China. For Xue Tian, MD, study author and member of the neurology department at the Beijing Tiantan Hospital, China, the study unveils new options for diabetes prevention. "Identifying people at high risk of developing diabetes is clinically relevant because early intervention can prevent disease onset and delay its progression," the authors write in Hypertension.
@shashiranjan-0 It was surprising at first that arterial stiffness is such a good predictor for type 2 diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes is often preceded by many years of insulin resistance — and insulin is a highly potent growth factor, which also promotes the formation of atherosclerotic plaque.