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Stiff Arteries

Scott LaFee on

High blood pressure is a well-known risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes, an affliction that affects 1 in 10 Americans and is increasing in prevalence. New research, however, suggests there may be a better warning signal: arterial stiffness.

A study of 11,000 people in China showed that stiffer arteries (which should be flexible and pliant) was the strongest indicator of diabetes risk. (Others are obesity, age, family history, smoking and alcohol consumption.) Arterial stiffness can be measured using an ankle cuff.

Five Pandemics

Researchers will be parsing data from the COVID-19 pandemic for years to come, but some analysis now suggests there have been five different pandemics, depending on when and where you lived, and who you were:

1) Earlier versus later

2) Older versus younger


3) Unvaccinated versus vaccinated

4) Rural versus urban

5) Poorer versus wealthier

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