Here Is How Type 2 Diabetes Advances To Heart Disease and 3 Foods You Can Eat To Stop It
Understand the relationship between diabetes and heart disease and how to stop it with 3 high quality foods.
Diabetes is the seventh leading killer of Americans today. Having diabetes greatly increases of your chances of having heart disease, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), creating a strong relationship between diabetes and heart disease.
Not surprisingly, 76,000 people in the United States died from diabetes in 2014 according to a CDC report. Diabetes also contributes to deaths from other causes, namely heart disease, the leading killer of Americans. Statistically, a 50-year-old with diabetes will die six years earlier, on average, than someone without diabetes according to the American Heart Association.
There’s One Common Denominator That’s Being Ignored
With a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, it seems the main focus is always on the pancreas. In fact, many practitioners will tell you that you’re diabetic because of pancreas isn’t working properly or making enough insulin. The pancreas’ job is to disperse hormones to regulate your body’s production of insulin. However, when the pancreas doesn’t do its job correctly, there’s often a failure in the assembly line of organs that support it, especially when there’s a diagnosis of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Don’t Blame The Pancreas
Part of the relationship between diabetes and heart disease has nothing to do with pancreas directly. Here’s what your practitioner is not telling you -- type 2 diabetes is a liver condition. It’s the liver having trouble backing up the pancreas that’s causing your prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. With so much focus on the pancreas, the lack of liver function often gets ignored. However, this is what leads to heart disease.
The liver is the second most abused organ in the body, next to the stomach. The liver’s main responsibility is to create balance in the body. The liver has many jobs. One main job of the liver is to process fat, breaking it down and releasing it as an energy source. That being said, eating too much fat can put a tremendous strain on the liver and bile production, especially in prediabetics.
The liver is the hoarder of vitamins and minerals, and glucose and stores them for later use. In fact this is how the liver backs up the pancreas. When you haven’t eaten for hours, your liver releases glucose in just the right amounts to relieve stress on the pancreas and ensure a steady production of insulin.
The liver is also the filter of the blood, cleaning it before it goes to the heart. Your liver is always working hard for you neutralizing all the toxins that enter your body each day. These toxins are environmental toxins that come from plastics (BPA) pesticides, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals. There are also herpetic viruses that house in the liver such as the Epstein Barr Virus.
When the liver neutralizes toxins it is in essence making them safe. If it can’t take these toxins and convert them to make them safe because it’s getting run down, the liver does what it does best -- it stores them away to protect, but this is short-lived. Storing toxins isn’t a good thing for the liver and this is where you start to see other problems.
Why There's Weight Gain
Once the liver is clogged up, you will begin to see weight gain, usually around the middle of the waist. This is, incidentally, one of the most dangerous places to gain weight when it comes to heart disease. This means the liver has become sluggish and stagnant. The weight gain happens because these are toxins/poisons in the liver that can’t be converted.
This Is When High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure
When the liver gets clogged, it’s ability to filter the blood slows down. This may lead to a high cholesterol or high blood pressure reading because again, the liver is unable to fully do its job.
Your blood thickens because it’s improperly filtered by your liver. This means the heart needs to work a little harder to draw the thickened blood up to it. This is in part what high blood pressure is.
In short, you’ve now got a sluggish, stagnant liver loaded with toxins that’s causing you to gain weight, isn’t releasing glucose as a back up to the pancreas, and isn’t properly filtering the blood that goes to your heart. As a result you’re diabetic, nutritionally deficient due to your sluggish liver’s inability to store vitamins, your liver’s got a buildup of fat (fatty liver) resulting in high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. Now you’re heading toward heart disease.
You To The Rescue! It’s Payback Time.
At this point your doctor may be saying, “Your A1C is a little off the charts.” This happens when the liver is just too beaten down to function and not having that balance anymore, or knowing when to release glucose or not, is at the root of this diagnosis. However, having enough glucose released by the liver and into your blood stream stops the stress on the pancreas and the whole insulin resistance process, reversing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.