How does diabetes affect the heart?

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William Lee Dubois
Endocrinologist

Diabetics suffer 135,000 fatal heart attacks per year. Remember, diabetes is harmless. It is the sugar that kills and maims. Keep your blood sugar in control and you’ll be surrounded by laughing great-grandchildren with your eyes sharp, your kidneys filtering all the blood in your body every 30 minutes, and all your toes in your fuzzy slippers.

The Born-Again Diabetic: The handbook to help you get your diabetes in control (again)

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The Born-Again Diabetic: The handbook to help you get your diabetes in control (again)

Much has been written about the explosion of diabetes on the world stage the 4,000 new cases a day we all know about, the millions of people unaware they have diabetes. But another epidemic is...
Eric Olsen
Fitness Specialist

For decades, it's been known that people with hypertension (HTN) and adult-onset diabetes, otherwise known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), are more likely than others to develop cardiovascular disease. Thus the presence of the first two has long been considered a major predictor for the third, although the precise chain of cause-and-effect relations among all three has been uncertain. Recently, some investigators have begun to suspect a common cause for diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease and that these diseases are actually manifestations of the same underlying disease—insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a controllable risk factor because it is largely the result of health habits that can be altered, including exercise and dietary habits.

Lifefit: An Effective Exercise Program for Optimal Health and a Longer Life

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Lifefit: An Effective Exercise Program for Optimal Health and a Longer Life

An easy-to-follow programme for lengthening and improving lives. More than an exercise guide, this text is an effective tool for making meaningful lifestyle decisions to benefit long-term fitness. In...

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