What are the health risks of elevated homocysteine levels?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Elevated homocysteine levels (18 micromoles per liter of blood -- umol/l -- and higher) double the risk of heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and impotence. More than 42 percent of people with cerebral vascular disease, 30 percent of those with cardiovascular disease, and 28 percent of those with peripheral vascular disease have homocysteine levels that are too high. And even levels above 12 seem to increase inflammation in your blood vessels.

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