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.
For more information on diabetes and its effect on the heart, try the following links:
- Diabetes and Heart Disease explains the relationship between these two conditions.
- Diabetes Symptoms covers the diverse signs of the disease, from increased thirst and hunger to sudden weight loss.
- To learn more about diabetes in general, including diagnosis, causes, symptoms, and treatment, visit our main Diabetes page.
- For more information about heart disease in general, read How Heart Disease Works.
- Discover practical tips for preventing heart disease at Home Remedies for Heart Disease.
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