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High Blood Sugar Spikes Heart Risk

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:17 PM

Even slight increases in blood sugar can boost the risk of heart disease, according to a new study by University of Copenhagen researchers.
The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests it is not only diabetics who are risk for heart-related problems resulting from lifelong high blood glucose levels. The new research, which involved more than 80,000 people, found non-diabetics with glucose levels only slightly above average are significantly more likely to develop ischemic heart disease.
The research team said the findings came as a surprise, because most health experts believe healthy cholesterol levels are the key to heart health.
"We know that diabetics and people with high cholesterol levels are prone to ischemic heart disease, but our study also made it possible to look at blood glucose level in isolation,” said Marianne Benn, chief physician at Copenhagen University Hospital and associate professor at the University of Copenhagen.
“It is surprising that even a slightly higher blood glucose value appears to be dangerous over a longer period – and that sugar alone makes a negative difference."
Benn and colleagues based their research on studies and genetic analyses involving 80,522 Danes. The scientists explained that healthy people have a normal, fasting blood glucose level of less than 108 micrograms per deciliter of blood. But the new study shows that over many years, a blood glucose level of only 18 mg/dl above normal increases the risk of heart attack by a surprising 69 percent.
Heart attacks, atherosclerosis and angina (also known as ischemic heart disease) are the leading cause of death among adults. According to the World Health Organization, 17 million people die each year from heart-related diseases – a number that is expected to rise.

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