It is a scientific fact that people with diabetes have an elevated risk of heart disease.
Individuals with diabetes are two to four times more likely to get heart disease or a stroke than individuals who don’t have diabetes.
Luckily, however, this risk can be easily mitigated through diet and lifestyle changes.
Diabetes is a group of diseases associated with high blood glucose due to the body’s inability to produce or use insulin. The role of the hormone insulin is to take glucose out of the blood and put it in cells where it belongs.
Due to dysregulation of insulin with diabetes, blood glucose remains high after a meal and the result is hyperglycemia. Again, insulin in diabetes is either inadequate or ineffective.
There are four types of diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is the condition with the greatest incidence we see today. This type of diabetes is greatly linked to the obesity epidemic. Obesity, or increased fat mass, alters cell proteins and as a result they change shape and stop responding to insulin normally.
With all types, however, the basic problem is that glucose cannot get into the cell.
Treatment options for diabetes currently include diet, physical activity, lifestyle changes and insulin/ pharmaceuticals.
The link between the two is high blood glucose. Overtime, the elevated levels of sugar in the bloodstream can cause damage to arteries and blood vessels, making them hard and stiff.
Once the vessels become damaged, the immune system kicks on delivering a host of inflammatory cells and causing inflammation in the damaged area. Eventually, fatty material and calcium deposits begin to stick to this damaged area, laying the foundation for atherosclerosis. This can lead to a blockage, which can impair blood flow to the heart or brain and increase risk of heart attack or stroke.
The leading cause of death of among diabetics is a heart attack or stroke.
There are several things you can do to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular risk.
If you have diabetes, the best thing you can do is to make some rapid diet and lifestyle changes. Research has shown that diet and lifestyle changes can reverse this condition. Physical activity can lower blood glucose. A healthy Paleo diet can help with weight management and lower inflammation.
Weight loss is the primary factor for individuals who have reversed their Type 2 Diabetes. Losing stored fat in the body will help to restore the function of cells in the pancreas and their response to insulin.
Additionally, lowering inflammation will help to speed up the healing process (cellular dysfunction is always linked to inflammation) and protect the heart.
Eat healthier, lose weight, increase physical activity and get more sunshine to protect your heart. Take some supplements if you must! All of this will help to prevent or reverse Type 2 Diabetes.
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