Heart Disease & Diabetes: There is a Link

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Many years ago, when I first became involved in health and nutrition, I read a book by a Dr. Yudkin, who linked heart disease with too much sugar. Then the big NO FAT people took over, linking heart disease with cholesterol. And  lately, inflammation has become the buzz word for the link between these two diseases. Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra talk about Dr. Yudkin in their excellent book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, in which fat is debunked and inflammation is the key.

In their book on cholesterol, these two doctors write about Dr. Yudkin’s research into the link between too much sugar & heart disease, and unlike biologist Ancel Keys’ fat-heart link, Yudkin demonstrated that sugar is a greater threat than fat. Unfortunately, Keys’ hypothesis was the one that stuck for many years, but now, more information about sugar and heart disease seems to be surfacing. (The Great Cholesterol Myth is an excellent resource for both topics: sugar & heart disease vs fat & heart disease.)

Here is another article in Women’s Voices for Change I would recommend you read to see how their report indicates too much sugar (high carb foods change to sugar) in the diet and insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes, to be the truer link to heart disease, the biggest killer of older women. In www.goredforwomen.org, there is list of statistics you might find interesting, so I copied and pasted them into this posting. Please visit the site for more info.

General Statistics

  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood.
  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
  • Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
  • Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.

I could not get the link to work, so Google this article: Dr. Pat Consults: Diabetes and Its Link to Heart Disease, posted  today, 2/9/15.