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Pre-diabetics risk heart disease

Having pre-diabetes or mildly elevated blood glucose increases the risk of developing heart disease, according to U.S. research. It is estimated that up to 30% of U.S. seniors, almost 11 million people are not yet diabetic, but have impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is a mild form of high blood glucose often with no symptoms and is commonly overlooked by doctors and patients. Unfortunately, most people with pre-diabetes go on to develop diabetes. Watch the video below for some tips on how to prevent that happening to you, or someone you know.

Video: Eye on Pre-diabetes

This video discussed the “grey area” of pre-diabetes and how to prevent it developing into diabetes. I like this video as it gets straight to the point.

The pre-diabetic study

Researchers studied a small group of 58 people with an average age of 71 years. Half the group had normal glucose tolerance, and half had post-challenge hyperglycemia, which means there is a spike in blood glucose immediately after eating food.

After each meal, the group with post-challenge hyperglycemia had:

  • higher glucose and insulin levels
  • higher levels of triglycerides
  • higher levels of a protein that promotes blood clotting
  • and greater inflammation of blood vessels, compared to the control group.

Increases in the above measures increases the risk of developing heart disease. The study by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, U.S. was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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