Insulin overload predicts heart attacks:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Measuring the levels of insulin in a patient's blood could help doctors better identify those who will suffer a heart attack, Finnish researchers have reported in the August 4 edition of Circulation. An excess of insulin is caused by hyperinsulinaemia, where the patient cannot effectively use the hormone to break down blood sugars. Over the 22-year study, the researchers found that although the predictive power of insulin levels decreases over time, it is as good a predictor of heart attacks as cholesterol levels.