The One Link Between Type 2 Diabetes and Vascular Disease That Can Reverse Both
Liver disease, type 2 diabetes and vascular disease all have one cause. The liver is the one common link between type 2 diabetes and vascular disease. Focus on healing the liver, and you can reverse all three diseases with natural treatments.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that comes with many symptoms; sudden weight loss, low blood sugar, dry mouth, frequent urination, sugar lows and highs, moodiness blurry vision, kidney failure and vascular issues. The relationship between diabetes and heart disease has always been causative and starts with high blood sugar levels. As a result, fatty material builds up on the inside of blood vessels eventually blocking blood flow to the heart or brain. This can lead to heart attack or stroke.
Generally, vascular issues associated with type 2 diabetes come with their own set of symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Floating spots before your eyes
- Unexpected weight gain/swelling in the face and limbs
- Foamy urine
- Foot sores/ulcers/gangrene
- Numbness in the hands and feet
- Burning feeling in the hands and feet
- Pains in the legs when walking (PVD) Peripheral Vascular Disease
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
The one link between type 2 diabetes and vascular issues, and consequently reversing both, is the liver. Your liver -- the filter of your blood, storage facility of B12 and other vitamins, minerals, keeper of glucose, toxin neutralizer, and backup for the pancreas, to name a few, is the organ to focus on to reverse vascular disease associated with diabetes.
Fatty Liver Disease Causes Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
According to research published in the World Journal Of Gastroenterology, non-alcoholic, fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects about twenty to thirty percent of the general population and is closely related to insulin resistance and oxidative stress.
What’s more, an article published in the journal Hepatology confirms liver fat is highly correlated with all the components of the metabolic syndrome, independent of obesity, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, (NAFLD) may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis.
Today, up to twenty-five percent of people in the U.S. are living with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to the American Liver Foundation. Notably, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will likely become the number one cause of liver transplants in the United States, with the demand set to overwhelm the supply of livers currently available.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a diet-related disease, associated with obesity and thus, type 2 diabetes. Typically, diets that are high in fat, such as those high in animal protein, as well as refined sugar and fast and processed foods, are the culprits. This was confirmed in a study published in the British Medical Journal which set out to replicate claims from the documentary Supersize Me, that a fast food diet cannot only cause weight gain, but can break down healthy enzymes in the liver.
The European study set out to increase the body weight (5–15%) of subjects by having them eat at least two fast-food-based meals a day. The goal was to double their regular caloric intake in combination with adoption of a sedentary lifestyle for four weeks. The research clearly showed that eleven of the eighteen subjects persistently showed enzymes in the blood meant to detect liver injury (alanine aminotransferase or ALT) above reference limits.
Fatty Liver Causes Heart Disease
According to a report out of Harvard Medical School, about one in three adults has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition closely linked to heart disease. "Growing evidence suggests there's a strong link between fatty liver and dangerous plaque inside the heart's arteries, promoting the atherosclerotic process that damages the insides of arteries and makes blood more likely to clot, leading to a heart attack or a stroke."
About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s one in every four deaths according to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). At least sixty-eight percent of people age sixty-five or older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease; and sixteen percent die of stroke.
You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver and Vascular Disease With Natural Treatments
There are many ways to improve your vascular and liver health naturally with diet. The first and most important adjustment is to lower the fat in the diet. Eating a plant-based diet high in quality carbohydrates such as low GI fruits and vegetables, is the best way to get this done.
Choose the highest antioxidant foods possible, like berries: wild blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, elderberries, goose berries – these are all beneficial to healing. Include berries in your diet daily. Leafy greens are also critical for improving liver and vascular health like celery juice, artichokes, spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, and leafy herbs such as parsley and cilantro.
You may want to consider taking a high quality B12 supplement, nettle leaf and dandelion root tea for the liver, as well as magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 supplement daily for vascular issues. Also, any exercise is beneficial for vascular health, even walking.