Can a Blood Test Predict Heart Disease?
Research news from the American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions, June 21–25, 2013
Blood levels of osteoprotegerin (OPG), a key factor in bone mineralization, may predict cardiovascular complications in people with diabetes. In a study of nearly 2,000 adults with type 1 diabetes, researchers learned that participants with high blood levels of OPG at the start of the study were more likely 10 years later to have cardiovascular disease, an amputation, or peripheral vascular disease—the narrowing of blood vessels that carry blood to the legs and arms. OPG has been implicated in the hardening of arteries, a possible reason its increased presence is linked to future heart problems. However, heart risks rose only in participants with kidney disease, which may explain the association.
Source: Diabetes Care, July 2013