Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Elevated Glucose Associated with Undetected Heart Damage

 A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) injures the heart, even in patients without a history of heart disease or diabetes. Researchers found that elevated levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), a marker for chronic hyperglycemia and diabetes, were associated with minute levels of the protein troponin T (cTnT), a blood marker for heart damage. The high-sensitivity test they used detected levels of cTnT tenfold lower than those found in patients diagnosed with a heart attack. 
I wouldn't say this proves anything, but it correlates well with the carbohydrate hypothesis of obesity.  Every disease of civilization is correlated with high blood sugar/metabolic syndrome.  High blood sugar is the natural, predictable consequence of excess carbohydrate consumption.  Glycemic control is the rational goal of any nutrition intervention, for either weight loss or health benefit.

Eat meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, little fruit or starch, no sugar/wheat.

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