Diabetes Doubles Heart Disease Risk


diabetes doubles heart disease risk diabetes risk obesity One out of every ten adults now suffers from diabetes, a condition that affects multiple body systems, including the cardiovascular system. A study published in The Lancet showed that having diabetes nearly doubles one’s risk of developing life-threatening blood vessel diseases and cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide.

In the study, close to 700,000 participants in twenty-five countries were followed for ten years and monitored through 102 surveys. Cholesterol, high blood fats, obesity, and high blood pressure were only partially responsible for the deaths, indicating that there are other yet to be determined factors involved.

The study emphasizes the need for diabetes prevention and blood sugar management, especially for those already diagnosed with the disease.

Whether you have diabetes or not, keep blood sugar levels stable by eating a low-glycemic meal or snack every three to five hours. Avoid consuming refined carbs (such as a cookie, a cracker or a glass of juice), but if you must, combine them with some protein or other food that is high in fiber. Exercising several times a week helps to protect against the development of both diabetes and heart disease.

Reference: The Lancet, June 2010.

By Lisa Tsakos| January 05, 2011
Categories:  Care

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Lisa Tsakos

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches.

Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.

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