Thursday, October 16, 2014

New ways to protect yourself from high blood sugar....

Thursday, 10-16-2014

There are three ways that high blood sugar damages your heart from what I’ve read. 

The first one is that the extra crystals of sugar attach themselves to your LDL particles in a way that makes them act like spikes to damage your blood vessels -- both the small ones that also cause heart disease and the large ones that normally are harmless.

Second, the sugars tend to glcycate or attach sugars to proteins which tend to prevent their normal functions.

Third, these two causes trigger inflammation from this damage and that excess inflammation in turn causes even more damage.  NOT a good thing!

Apparently that excessive inflammation causes damage that triggers the release of the heart damage indicator troponin.

These two Medical News Today articles have that information and how very heart damaging that is:
 Inflammation may be the reason high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels,
raising the possibility that anti-inflammatory medications might someday be used
to lower the risk of blood vessel...

In diabetes, blood test finds otherwise undetectable heart damage unrelated to
high cholesterol
People with diabetes who appear otherwise healthy may have a six-fold higher
risk of developing heart failure regardless of their cholesterol levels, new
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Publi….

“Diabetics with elevated troponin were six times more likely to develop heart failure and four times more likely to have a heart attack.

Those with pre-diabetes, a condition associated with a high risk of progressing to diabetes, were also at increased risk.”

“…. the findings underscore yet another reason to do what it takes to prevent diabetes, she says.

Since low levels of elevated blood sugar 5.4 to 5.9 HBA1C and fasting glucose from 87 to 99 ALSO cause Alzheimer's and vascular dementia and have been separately found to damage the heart,

it's clear that it's essential for people to avoid all refined grains and most whole grains and all high fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, fructose, and most fruit juices -- AND to minimize sugar intake -- AND to avoid cooking styles that boost AGE's.

(Slow cooking at lower temperatures keeps AGE’s low and if higher temperatures are used they are still not very high temperatures and are for short periods of time.)

It’s also clear that eliminating the use of oils high in omega 6 which are proinflammatory and are in grains, and the cheap oils – soy, corn, and canola, and minimizing or eliminating the omega 6 oils from animals, poultry, or farmed fish that are fed grains is a way to minimize this damage.  

Oils from wild caught fish, nuts and avocados and extra virgin olive oil and some dark chocolate, dairy fat from grass fed cows, and organic coconut oil instead is dramatically less inflammatory.

In fact, DHA and omega 3 oils from wild caught fish and seafood are directly anti-inflammatory.

And, taking DHA, and omega 3 and astaxanthin and ginger and turmeric with black pepper as supplements in addition or as spices in the case of ginger and turmeric also lowers inflammation considerably. 

Even better the ginger and turmeric lower LDL and may mostly lower the small particle LDL that causes heart disease.  

The antioxidant astaxanthin with its small molecules prevents some the damage that triggers the inflammation. 

And the DHA, and omega 3 in the wild caught fish &/or supplements lower inflammation and boost HDL and lower triglycerides which reduces the amount of the small particle LDL that causes heart disease.

In conclusion, you can fight high blood sugar and the higher high blood sugar identified as diabetes in three ways.

Stop eating (drinking) the foods and drinks that cause the high blood sugar.

Stop eating the foods and the oils high in omega 6 close to entirely.

And, do eat the foods, take the supplements, and follow the eating style that lowers inflammation.

Cutting back a good bit on real sugar and eliminating sources like high fructose corn syrup and agave nectar and fruit juices with no fiber that are high in fructose is protective.

And, since the omega 6 oils in grains cause excess inflammation -- AND the grains cause even higher blood sugar spikes than sugar, eliminating all refined grains and minimizing or eliminating whole grains does the double!

It prevents the blood sugar spikes AND lowers inflammation. 

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