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December 8, 2023

Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is Risky

Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is an altered form of the amino acid arginine, and it plays a significant role in heart and blood vessel health.When ADMA levels are high, it can inhibit the production of nitric oxide, a critical molecule for maintaining healthy blood vessels. This can lead to a variety of cardiovascular issues such as poor blood vessel function, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart diseases like heart failure and stroke. It can also contribute to conditions like diabetes and insulin resistance.

On the other hand, lower levels of ADMA are generally associated with better heart and blood vessel health. Therefore, monitoring ADMA levels can provide valuable insights into a person's cardiovascular health.

Importantly, ADMA doesn't just float around harmlessly in the blood. It actively contributes to detrimental processes when its levels are high. It can promote the formation of dangerous molecules known as free radicals, which can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of atherosclerosis, an oxidative inflammatory condition where plaque builds up inside the arteries. ADMA is also linked to various other health issues, including certain brain-related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and stroke, and other conditions like obesity, sleep apnea, and certain autoimmune diseases.

In summary, keeping ADMA levels in check is crucial for maintaining good cardiovascular and overall health, as elevated ADMA is a marker of various health risks, particularly those related to the heart and blood vessels.

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Tag(s): Biomarkers

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