It's February - the month of love, Valentine's Day, and the heart. Yes, it's actually American Heart Month! While most people think diabetes is a disease of the pancreas, it also has a lot to do with the health of your most precious and hard-working organ: your heart!
In short, diabetes is a disease that negatively affects the blood vessels. The blood vessels suffer tremendously as the sugary and sticky blood of an uncontrolled diabetic travels through the vascular corridor system of the body.
Unlike the skin, which can be safely and repeatedly exfoliated with scrubs, the inside of the blood vessels cannot. Quite differently, when concentrated amounts of sugar and attached debris travel up and down the vessel walls, the vessels become damaged and scarred.
After some time with elevated blood glucose, blood vessels start to look like an old water hose left in the heat of summer with the highest pressure on so that it nearly bursts. Just as easily, it can left out to freeze in the snow. Imagine what that hose looks like after those two seasons of climate change. It is cracked, kinked, and bulging in spots. It is no longer as supple as it was when you brought it home from the store.
Don't let that happen to your blood vessels! This is exactly what they will look like after extended periods of time with elevated blood sugars.
How does this affect the heart? Well, if blood glucose is high and damaging the blood vessels, the heart can't get what it needs: oxygen!
Blood vessels are carrying the blood, but they are not carrying adequate amounts of oxygen to their destinations if they are interfered by sugar.
Additionally, the sugar is directly damaging the vessels, especially the small vessels of the eyes, the kidneys, the genitals, and the extremities like the toes and fingers.
Given that sugar is not good for the insides of your blood vessels, you can optimize your diet by using your NutriBullet every day to ensure you get your 30-50 grams of fiber from 6-10 cups of vegetables and 2-3 fruits.
Consider the addition of fibers like psyllium and oat bran.
When having starches, enjoy beans, peas, lentils, and whole grains.
Be diligent about reading food labels and, if a food contains less than 5 grams of fiber per serving, consider another option.
Don’t let heart disease complicate your life.
Jump on board and enjoy your life today! Have the best nutrition ever and the most flavorful nutrition ever. One flavor today, another tomorrow. Every single day allots for variety and enjoyment of foods - great health means you'll enjoy them all the more!