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How Diabetes Affects the Heart

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Diabetic Blood Clot Risk

People with insulin resistance -- this means you, type 2 patients -- also tend to have blood containing high levels of a protein called fibrinogen. You need some fibrinogen, since its job is to clot blood; without it, you could bleed to death from a paper cut. However, having too much fibrinogen can make blood thick or "sticky," causing it to form clots too easily. And you definitely do not want random blood clots turning up in your coronary arteries. People with diabetes also tend to have high levels of several other blood proteins that promote the clotting process known as coagulation.

A blood clot can trigger a stroke. Read on to get the facts about a diabetic's risk for stroke.

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