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December 14, 2023

SDMA is Risky Too

Symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) is a compound in the body that can have negative health effects, particularly on the heart and kidneys.

When SDMA levels are high, it can cause inflammation and disrupt the normal functioning of nitric oxide, a molecule important for keeping blood vessels healthy. This can lead to problems with the inner lining of blood vessels (endothelial dysfunction), increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Elevated SDMA is also a marker of poor kidney function, as it is normally removed from the body through the urine. Therefore, high levels of SDMA could indicate kidney problems.

On the flip side, low levels of SDMA are generally a good sign. They suggest that the kidneys are working well and efficiently clearing this compound from the body. This is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and less inflammation in the body. Essentially, maintaining lower levels of SDMA is beneficial for heart and kidney health.

Overall, SDMA serves as an important indicator of both cardiovascular and renal health. Monitoring its levels can provide crucial insights into the functioning of these systems in the body. For individuals with high SDMA, it might signal the need for further medical evaluation and management, especially of heart and kidney health.

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