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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

High insulin levels lead to obesity and high blood pressure

Published in Circulation. 1996;93:54-59.

Persistent Elevation of Plasma Insulin Levels Is Associated With Increased Cardiovascular Risk in Children and Young Adults. The Bogalusa Heart Study
Weihang Bao, PhD; Sathanur R. Srinivasan, PhD; Gerald S. Berenson, MD
From the Tulane National Center for Cardiovascular Health, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, La.

This paper can be accessed at:

The study examined the influence of persistently elevated fasting insulin levels from childhood to young adulthood and their effects on heart disease risk factors such as obesity and blood pressure.

The study found that: As adults individuals with consistently elevated insulin versus those with consistently decreased insulin had increased prevalence of obesity (36-fold) and high blood pressure (2.5-fold).

The author concluded that elevated insulin levels that persist from childhood through young adulthood, result in an increased risk of heart disease.

High insulin levels are caused by diets high in carbohydrates. See here.

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