High Blood Sugar and Cholesterol
Insulin is a hormone with a central role in how the body metabolizes both sugar and fat for energy. So when there is something wrong with insulin level, it’s likely that cholesterol and triglycerides will also be affected, not just glucose.
Diabetes lowers the amount of “good cholesterol,” or HDL that sweeps through the blood and vacuums up excess fat. When HDL levels are lowered, the “bad cholesterol,” or LDL increases, as do the triglycerides.
Low HDL levels paired with high triglycerides result in increased plaque buildup in artery walls, the blockages that lead to heart attacks and strokes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association reports that more than 65% of diabetics die from either heart attacks or strokes.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a family of interrelated risk factors in one person that puts him or her at especially high risk for heart attack or stroke. The risk factors include high blood pressure, insulin resistance, blood fat disorders (the cholesterol issues just mentioned) and excessive amounts of fat around the abdomen. It’s important to note that the syndrome is closely associated with diabetes, because insulin resistance (sometimes called “insulin resistance syndrome”) often leads to type 2 diabetes.
How Can I Prevent high cholesterol?
Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’ve got to be even more vigilant about your cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, as well as your blood sugar. That’s what doctors mean when they refer to the diabetic’s ABCs: the A1C blood sugar test (A), blood pressure (B) and cholesterol (C).
That means having your blood checked at the doctor’s office at least once or twice a year, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a high fiber and low-fat diet and exercising 30 minutes a day at least four days a week. Quit smoking (if it applies) and work with a doctor to decide when medication may be necessary.
Recommended Supplement for High Cholesterol Levels:
Managing Insulin is just as important as a healthy cholesterol level. To achieve both these conditions, a healthy diet and exercise is of the utmost importance.
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