Diabetes and Heart Disease Linked

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If you find yourself craving more carbs and more sugars and feeling tired and sluggish, it may be that your body is not converting the starches and sugars into energy. Your bodies cells may be starving.

Diabetes and heart disease go hand-in-hand. Diabetic persons are at much greater risk to having heart attacks, high blood pressure, and strokes. People who have diabetes have often much higher blood sugar level that can cause damage to many parts of the body including the blood vessels.

Vascular problems due to diabetes may also include poor circulation to the legs and feet, unfortunately these problems can go undetected and can start early in life.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends early diagnosis, treatment and management of risk factors.

Risks of getting diabetes and heart disease can start before the age of thirty. Two most common types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes also called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks the pancreas cells that produce insulin, resulting in low amount of insulin or no insulin at all.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems:

* Right away, your cells may be starved for energy.
* Over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.

Diabetes and heart disease sufferers experience changes in the blood vessels where the linings of the blood vessels may become thicker making it more difficult for the flow of blood through the vessels. Blood vessels in other parts of the body can also be damaged due to diabetes that can lead to kidney problems, eye problems, and poor circulation to the legs and feet.

Heart disease rates in adults are two to four times higher than adults without diabetes. The risk of stroke is also two to four times higher for diabetic people. Seventy- three percent of diabetic adults also has high blood pressure and has heart attacks at an earlier age.

The most common symptoms of heart disease may include chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, and swollen ankles. However, every person may experience symptoms differently. These symptoms may also resemble other medical conditions and so it is always advisable to seek the help of a physician for diagnosis.

Heart disease may still occur to a person taking proper self-care. The physician will determine specific treatment of the heart disease according to age, medical history and overall health of the person. It will also be based on the extent of the disease and the tolerance for specific medications, procedure or therapies.

When risk factors for a person with diabetes are eliminated or reduced, the risk for heart disease may also be reduced. Taking care of ones health and controlling blood sugar can often slow down or avoid the onset of complications for diabetes and heart disease. The test you need to ask for is the hemoglobin A1C.

Many doctors recommend this test as it gives a look at blood factors over the last 90 days and is more comprehensive than taking the daily blood sugar reading.

Take the A1C test then start a herbal treatment containing chromium, cinammon, banaba leaf,and guggal for example and retest after 90 days to see how much herbal supplements can change your life and your numbers!

About the Author:

Garey Simmons writes about heart health from the perspective his personal experience. Diagnosed with high risk of heart disease, elevated triglyceride count, and suspect family history, Garey studied for 2 years to acquire an interesting perspective on the natural means of reversing heart disease. Sign up for a free E-Course "Four Golden Guides of Heart Health." http://OptimalHealthRSQ.com http://OptimalHealthRSQ.com

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