Understanding Heart Disease – Why we need to manage more than just cholesterol.
We used to believe that high cholesterol levels meant danger for the heart, however with recent advances in scientific understandings, we now know that the role of insulin resistance and inflammation in relation to heart health may be of greater importance.
What is Atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis is the disease process underlying cardiovascular disease which encompasses coronary artery disease, heart disease, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism and stroke.
Risk factors for Atherosclerosis
*Major risk factors
- Imbalanced diet
- Physical inactivity
- Elevated LDL
- High blood pressure
*Other risk factors
- Elevated C-reactive protein
- Insulin resistance
- Low thyroid funtion
- Low antioxidant status
- Low levels of essential fatty acids
- Elevated homocysteine levels
- High stress
- Type A personality
Diabetes and heart disease
Individuals with diabetes automatically have insulin resistance and inflammation. Such individuals have a threefold higher risk of dying prematurely of heart disease or stroke than those who are not diabetic.
Even individuals who are not diabetic, but do have mild insulin resistance and poor glucose control have been shown to have a dramatic increase in the incidence and progression of cardiovascular disease.
Managing blood sugar and the body's insulin response is CRUCIAL for preventative as well as regenerative health!
Diet for a healthy heart
In order to manage blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and healthy cholesterol levels, it is important to have a diet rich in vegetables, dietary fibre, monounsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and fruits.
Role of antioxidants for heart health
Antioxidants and dietary nutrients have been shown to offer significant protection against the development of cardiovascular disease. Fats are highly susceptible to oxidative damage from being heated, which causes damage to the lining of arteries and causes an acceleration in the progression of atherosclerosis. Antioxidants block the formation of these damaging compounds.
The best antioxidant for protecting against diabetes and heart disease – Berberine
Berberine is a natural plant compound that has high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms which protect against oxidative stress and proinflammatory cytokines while improving enzymatic function.
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Heart Disease Conclusion
Your heart is important - You must put in the time, energy and intention to nourish it properly. Eat whole healthy foods, reduce your stress, manage your blood sugar levels and use antioxidant support!
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