Diabetes and Heart Disease
Some experts have stated that diabetes affects 8.3 percent of the people living in the United States today. According to National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, diabetes has become our seventh leading cause of death. The Center For Natural And Integrative Medicine does not wish to alarm you, but we want you to know the facts and the risks involved in this disease.
This disease is also the reason for most of our country’s kidney failures, as well as non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness. It is no wonder that many experts call it “epidemic,” since it is also a prime contributor to heart disease and stroke.
What Is Pre-Diabetes?
Did you know that most people with pre-diabetes have no idea they even have this condition? According to the CDC, only 7% of the people with pre-diabetes know they have it.
Let’s look at numbers: 79 million Americans—”35% of adults aged 20 years and older—have pre-diabetes.”
Perhaps the most alarming statistic is that today, half of all Americans aged 65 years and older have pre-diabetes.
By definition, this means they had manifested conditions which are proven to occur before the onset of diabetes. For example, they all were diagnosed with high blood sugar, which has been proven to occur before the onset of type 2 diabetes. Today’s big question is “Are you at risk?”
Take Our Quick Quiz!
- Your Age: We know you are “young at heart,” but if you are over the age of 45, you are already in a diabetes risk group.
- Ancestry: Do you have members of your family history, living or dead, who suffered from diabetes? Is your family background African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander?
- Metabolism: Have you been diagnosed with “metabolic syndrome?”
- Vitals: Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
- Extra Poundage: Are you overweight?
- A Sedentary Habit? It might be difficult to admit, but if you are physically active less than three times a week, you are in the high-risk group.
- Motherhood: Did you develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, or have you given birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more?
If You Are In The Risk Group, Can Diabetes 2 Be Prevented?
The Center For Natural And Integrative Medicine does not want you to feel doomed, even if you determine you are in the high-risk group. There are preventative measures you can take to avoid being a statistic.
“Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent in people with pre-diabetes.”
Measure Number One: For example, a modest weight loss of 5% to 7% of your body weight, is only 10 to 14 pounds if you are a carrying 200 pounds.
Measure Number Two: If inactivity has become habitual, find an active way to expend 150 minutes per week of physical activity. This can be as simple as taking a few invigorating walks.
If you are at risk for diabetes, the doctors and staff at the Center For Natural and Integrative Health help can help you choose healthy habits and nutrition, needed to prevent type 2 diabetes. Our patients prove every day that it is not impossible to improve food choices, amplify physical activity, and discover the right tools to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes.
With our integrative approach and guidance, our patients empower themselves to combat this disease and its consequences.
We personally invite you to take your first steps
Heart disease is the number one killer among North Americans. Our cardiovascular treatment program utilizes chelation, plaquex and ozone to help reduce plaque formation and increase blood flow and oxygenation to the tissues of the heart. We have seen many patients respond very well to this treatment.
There are lots of things you can do to maintain and promote your overall health and lower your risk of heart attack and heart disease. Following these steps are easy and will provide you with lasting benefits for years to come.
Are you overweight? Being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease by as much as 85 percent. Studies have found that belly fat is the biggest indicator of cardiovascular disease risk. You can greatly improve your overall health and lower your risk of heart failure by losing a few pounds. Even if you don’t get down to that high school weight, losing as little as 20 pounds can often reduce your risk.
The Importance of Nutrition
What you put into your body can also have a big effect on your heart health. Avoiding processed foods and fast food can really lower your risk. If you are unsure about what foods you should be eating, or how much, our nutritionists can offer consulting to get you off on the right foot.
Sometimes the nutrition from what you eat is not enough. You may have dietary restrictions, or simply dislike many of the foods that are healthy for you. There are a wide variety of supplements that are available for you that can help lower cholesterol, improve circulation, and provide other heart health benefits.
Getting nutrients through IV or oral supplements can be extremely beneficial.
IV Chelation is a highly effective treatment against heart disease. Studies have found that this is an effective complementary treatment to prevent cardiac events.
We have performed hundreds of chelation treatments at our office. We encourage many patients to undergo this therapy because not only is it effective in heart disease but also it is a powerful detox that removes heavy metals from the body and may reduce the risk of cancer.
Chelation has given heart disease patients an alternative to invasive heart surgery and has enabled patients with intermittent claudication to increase their walking