Understanding Heart Disease, Diabetes, Blood Sugar and Insulin
Diabetics have an increased risk of contracting heart disease due to high blood sugar levels. This condition thickens the blood and makes it difficult for the heart to do its job. People with diabetes tend to deal with weight challenges that lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. This link has been well studied and proven.
After researching the occurrences of diabetes in Texas, I was alarmed at the high percentage of diabetes in my county. Out of approximately 1.8 million adults in Texas with diabetes, 11.6% reside in Comal county. It is important to understand these statistics because of the load and cost that patients with diabetes and heart disease put on our healthcare system. It is known that these illnesses are preventable! Greenlight Eating and L.E.A.N. need to be taught.
Insulin is the most important hormone in our body, as it signals to all other organs and hormones continuously, how much and when as it regulates keeping our bodies fine-tuned. Cells in our body take commands from insulin to open and accept the glucose that can be used as fuel. Pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes are all cause by excessive blood sugar. Grazing on real food stabilizes insulin levels.
Diabetes and heart disease are definitely related due to the damage that high glucose levels produce in the body. Over time the biochemical imbalance causes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and eventually damage to the pancreas and liver resulting in the need of oral medication or exogenous insulin dependency.
We must get diabetes and heart disease under control. A simple change in lifestyle, exercise, attitude and nutrition is the key to success in this endeavor.
1) Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute of Clinical professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco;
2) The Burden of Diabetes in Texas, 2013 http://www.dshs.texas.gov/TDCtoolkitDSMEinfo.asp
3) L.E.A.N. Prime-Time Health William Sears, MD