Hello insult. Meet injury.
A diabetes diagnosis is just the beginning. Doctors like me call them “comorbidities,” but what they really are is a recipe for disaster.
I’m talking about all the diseases that can accompany diabetes such as the kind of hidden diabetes heart damage you could have right now.
And of all the diabetes-linked diseases that you could suffer from… ranging from kidney disease to eye disease… heart disease may be one of the most dangerous.
Hidden diabetes heart damage can kill
After a diabetes diagnosis your risk of diabetes heart damage shoots up almost 18 percent, and your chance of DYING from that damage climbs right along with it.
You see they don’t call heart disease the silent killer for no reason. It’s a well-earned nickname since you don’t have to be suffering from obvious symptoms to be in danger of having a deadly heart attack or to have life-threatening heart damage.
That’s why the findings of a study published in the African Journal of Biotechnology are so important for anyone suffering with diabetes.
Protect your heart for pennies a day
African researchers uncovered an incredibly simple and effective way for you to help protect your heart against diabetes heart damage. It costs only pennies a day and it could be in your refrigerator right now.
I’m talking about the powerful antioxidant vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, like you’ll find in orange juice.
Here’s how it works…
One of the many factors that leads to aging and the development of diseases is a process that produces substances called advanced glycation end products or AGEs.
AGEs are bad news. They cause damage to virtually every cell, living tissue and organ in your body. And while we all have AGEs circulating in our systems, the soaring blood sugars that come with diabetes accelerate their production, causing even more widespread damage.
Slash heart-damaging AGEs up to 28%!
And unfortunately the diabetic heart can be especially hard hit.
But African researchers say that regular old vitamin C supplementation can literally block the production of new AGEs slashing your levels of the damaging substances up to 28 percent.
The findings are exciting, but they also make a whole lot of sense since we know that diabetics tend to already have depressed vitamin C levels to start with.
And if you’re not diabetic and thinking none of this applies to you, think again. According to researchers it’s likely that vitamin C offers non-diabetics heart protection too.
In addition, earlier research had already revealed that people with heart-failure who don’t get enough vitamin C in their diet are nearly twice as likely to hospitalized or die than their peers who were getting enough C.
Raise your vitamin C levels
You can naturally raise your vitamin C levels through your diet. And while everyone knows that oranges are a good source of vitamin C they’re far from the only source—and not even the best one—of this important antioxidant.
Following are 10 great vitamin-C-rich foods, along with the percentage the provide of your daily recommend values for the nutrient:
And if you’re not already taking a vitamin C supplement it might be time to think about starting, especially if you’re diabetic.
“Inhibition of protein glycation and advanced glycation end products by ascorbic acid,” African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 11(51), pp. 11309-11314, 26 June, 2012.
Comparison of comorbidities in patients with pre-diabetes to those with diabetes mellitus type 2., Ir Med J. 2014 Mar;107(3):72-4.
Study: Heart Failure Patients More Likely to Be Hospitalized if Their Diet Is Low in Foods With Vitamin C,” Nov.14, 2011, webmd.com
“Does Accumulation of Advanced Glycation End Products Contribute to the Aging Phenotype?,” J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2010 Sep; 65A(9): 963–975.
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