High blood sugar may not just be a problem for diabetics anymore. According to two studies, elevated blood sugar increases the risk of heart disease for both diabetics and non-diabetics with high-normal readings.
Though high blood sugar is usually associated with health problems such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, the studies suggest the core of the problem exists with high blood sugar itself.
Diabetes is already known to be bad for the heart:
- The risk of cardiovascular disease is doubled in patients with diabetes
- 70-80 percent of diabetics die from heart attacks, strokes and artery disease
Researchers recommend diabetics pay doubly close attention to their diet, weight loss, exercise and medication. Even non-diabetics with high-normal readings are urged to lower their blood sugars by eating healthier and exercising more.
In the first study, researchers reviewed over 10,000 people, including several hundred with diabetes, ranging from age 45 to 79. The subjects were monitored over a time span of six years. With just one reading, researchers were able to find the subjects’ average blood sugar over the previous two to three months.
The study concluded:
- A reading below 7 percent was considered normal, whereas a reading higher usually indicated diabetes.
- Most people tested had a reading of 5 percent of more.
- For every percent increase over a reading of 5 percent, the risk of cardiovascular problems and death increased.
- Risks from sugar were still evident even after researchers accounted for blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, smoking and previous heart attacks or strokes.
- The blood sugar readings posed the question that “normal” blood sugar may be too high.
In the second study, researchers analyzed 13 previous studies. Ten of the studies focused on the most common form of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, which is sometimes referred to as adult onset diabetes. They discovered an increase in glycosylated hemoglobin meant an increase in the risk of heart disease, stroke and artery disease in the legs.
The other three studies analyzed focused on Type 1 diabetes, which usually occurs during childhood. Results were similar in these studies, though not statistically significant. Overall, the second study indicated that even a one percent decrease in glycosylated hemoglobin would benefit people with diabetes.
Controlling diabetes don’t need to be that tough. Follow the Manna Diet for an easy-to-follow lifestyle which can help you to control blood sugar levels. Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal to help control blood sugar and therefore it can help to prevent diabetes complications.