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  • Writer's pictureEric Goulder, MD, FACC

Diabetes and the Connection to Heart Health

According to the CDC, 37.3 million Americans have diabetes, and about 1 in 5 people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. Insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and diabetes are not just issues for people who are overweight or are over the age of 65. These problems can run rampant in your body for decades without you ever knowing. With the right tests to understand your status, there are steps you can take to prevent and reverse this disease—and the earlier it’s caught, the better your overall health outcomes will be.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that impacts the way your body turns food into energy. Those without diabetes naturally produce a hormone called insulin, which is responsible for converting food into energy that the body can use or store for later use. For those with diabetes, the body either does not make insulin or doesn’t use it well, causing blood sugar to become uncontrolled. This uncontrolled blood sugar is the issue that causes serious health problems over time.

Type 1 Diabetes: this is a chronic condition in which the body can’t make insulin. This is a lifelong condition that must be managed daily, and is not caused by lifestyle factors.

Insulin Resistance: a condition in which the cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don't respond well to insulin, making it more difficult for your body to manage glucose levels. If left uncontrolled, it will progress into pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes over time.

Pre-Diabetes: a condition characterized by elevated blood glucose levels, and is the early stages of progressing to Type 2 diabetes. Often caused by lifestyle factors.

Type 2 Diabetes: this is a chronic condition in which the body can’t make insulin. Often caused by lifestyle factors.

What does diabetes have to do with the health of my heart?

Diabetes has often been described as “shards of glass coursing through your arteries on a daily basis” by top leaders in preventive cardiology, including Dr. Eric Goulder of The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio. This damage to your arteries over time leads to cardiovascular disease, the disease responsible for heart attacks and strokes.

Diabetes (and insulin resistance) is one of the key root causes of cardiovascular disease as classified by The BaleDoneen Method. By targeting the root causes of your arterial disease, we can get the inflammatory process under control and allow the atherosclerotic plaque to heal, stabilize, and even reverse. At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we are so confident in this process that we offer a guarantee of arterial wellness.

Do you or a loved one have diabetes, insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes? Or are you unsure and want to know your status? Contact us today to book an initial consultation with a BaleDoneen specialist in Columbus, Ohio.

The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, located in Columbus, OH, is the first center in the nation to feature the expertise of cardiology and dentistry under one roof, providing a personalized experience for every patient. For further information, questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact the office at (614) 412-1157.


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