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Balance Your Blood Sugar

Increase Risk of Heart Attack

According to studies, glucose levels that rose above 4.6% in the hemoglobin HA1c test showed a direct correlation to an increase in heart attacks. As your levels rise above this, so does your risks of heart attack. This number corresponds to a fasting blood sugar level of only 86, or a one-hour test after meals of 140mg/dl. These numbers are typically said to be OK by your doctor; however, studies indicate damage is occurring at blood sugar levels much lower than previously believed.

Blood sugar is a better indicator of potential heart attack then total cholesterol levels. Only about 50% of people with high cholesterol have a heart attack. This means people with no indication of high cholesterol, have as many heart attacks as people with high cholesterol. Blood sugar on the other hand, shows the risk increases in direct proportion to how high your glucose rises over 4.6% in the HA1c test. This test shows how much glucose attaches to your blood cells over a three-month time frame, which indicates how often you have elevated glucose during that time frame. High blood sugar causes triglycerides to be stored in heart tissue which is why it is such a perfect indicator. Unfortunately, these indicators are what doctors are currently treating as NORMAL levels. This is a direct conflict to all the studies showing the opposite. The education has not yet made it to mainstream health professionals, because most of the education comes from the pharmaceutical industry. Bottom line is you need to balance your blood sugar.

Increase Risk of Developing Diabetes

Did you know that a 55-year old woman whose tests range in the upper levels of normal blood sugar testing, is 13 times more likely to become a diabetic than have breast cancer, and 9 times more likely than having heart disease? And yet, even with these huge risk factors, not enough attention is paid to glucose. And once you have diabetes, much of the damage has already been done – and that is why there is so much heart disease, blindness, neuropathy, and amputations occurring after the diagnosis. You CAN avoid this life-threatening disease now by simply making the wise choice to deal with your blood sugar when it may be only slightly elevated, rather than waiting until you are diagnosed as Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic.

Damage to Your Nerves

Recent studies have concluded that damage to your small nerves occur when blood sugar is elevated above 100 for just two hours. Again, 100 is typically considered normal for glucose by most healthcare professionals. Nonetheless, slight damage occurs every time your glucose elevates to 100 or above. And the higher the levels and the longer they stay elevated, the greater the damage. If you notice some tingling in your fingers or toes, this can be an early sign of nerve damage that may be related to blood sugar. The protective myelin sheath is actually damaged by the sugar, especially in the lower limbs. This damage occurs before you become a diabetic, and with continued high levels, becomes the reason that diabetics must check their feet every day as they lose feeling. It is the infections and problems with the damaged nerves that ultimately lead to amputation. Worldwide, someoneis having an arm or leg amputated every six minutes due to complications from rising blood sugar and the ineffectiveness of insulin to manage it.