Yesterday, I shared some grim statistics—and talked a little bit about the high price we stand to pay as a country for letting the twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity run rampant for far too long.
So, today, I want to make sure that message really sinks in—by reminding you that amputation, blindness, and cancer are just a few of the potential consequences of a type 2 diabetes diagnosis…
Diabetes increases heart disease risk by ten-fold
In an effort to investigate what puts younger people at higher risk of early coronary heart disease, researchers analyzed data from more than 28,000 participants of the Women’s Health Study.
More specifically, they looked at more than 50 different risk factors, and studied a wide array of heart health biomarkers—like LDL cholesterol, hbA1C, and lipoprotein insulin resistance (LPIR).
LPIR combines six different lipoprotein measures to assess insulin resistance. And in this study, at least, it emerged as one of the most important red flags.
In fact, high LDL cholesterol was linked with a 40 percent increase in heart disease risk among women younger than 55 years old. But LPIR predicted a 600 percent increase in risk among this same population.
Most notably, the researchers found that women younger than 55 were ten times more likely to wind up with coronary heart disease over the next 20 years if they had type 2 diabetes. Obesity, meanwhile, raised risk of coronary events by four-fold—as much as smoking or high blood pressure did.
The risk factors are preventable
Ultimately, the study authors predict that heart attacks will start striking younger and younger people—which is nothing short of a tragedy when you consider how preventable almost all of these risk factors are.
But what do you expect when the USDA refuses to lower maximum sugar intakes as part of their official dietary guidelines?
As you may recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s scientific advisory committee wanted them to reduce their recommended maximum sugar intake from less than 10 percent to less than 6 percent. Yet no changes were made!
And in the same breath, they continue to villainize saturated fat and sodium, despite the fact that both are actually necessary for good health.
So needless to say, nothing shocks me anymore. Least of all, the rocketing rates of diabesity in this country—let alone the domino line of disaster it’s inevitably setting into motion.
It’s particularly shameful when you consider how simple it would be to reverse course. So, for the millionth time, just say “no” to processed garbage and “yes” to healthy, whole foods. Not only will your waistline thank you, but so will your heart.
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“Diabetes powerfully associated with premature coronary heart disease in women: A new biomarker of insulin resistance was tied to a 600 percent increase in risk of premature coronary heart disease.” Science Daily, 01/20/2021. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210120114835.htm)