Serum lipoprotein(a) and cardiovascular disease in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
ABSTRACT To examine whether lp(a) can explain a) the increased cardiovascular morbidity in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and b) the wide variation in the tendency for such complications to develop in the patients.
General practice in a local community in Norway.
One hundred and thirty NIDDM patients and a reference group drawn from a twin study.
Lp(a), self-reported cardiovascular disease, urinary albumin excretion.
The level of lp(a) was equally distributed in our NIDDM population and a reference group. We found no association between lp(a) and self-reported cardiovascular disease and urinary albumin excretion (UAE).
Lp(a) cannot explain the increased risk for cardiovascular disease in NIDDM patients, nor can it explain the variation in the tendency for such complications to develop.