Pre-diabetics should be concerned about heart disease-related death, the Los Angeles Times reported recently, discussing findings just released by Australian researchers.
Those of you who've already read Connie's book SUGAR SHOCK! know about the connection between sugar consumption and heart disease. ( Renowned cardiologist Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. is the contributing author to her book and his chapter provides valuable insights into this link, as does another chapter on the "big killers.")
Now, a new study offers more validation of the dangers of pre-diabetes and how it can lead to heart disease. Researchers at the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne studied more than 10,000 Australians ages 25 and up for about five years and found that pre-diabetics (those who had abnormal blood glucose levels after fasting) were 2.5 times more likely to die from heart-related problems than their counterparts with normal blood glucose metabolism. The findings were published in the journal Circulation. (Research shows that eating too many of those "culprit carbs" and sugary foods, as well as gaining weight and not exercising regularly, could help pave the way to pre-diabetes.)
Most type 2 diabetics go through a pre-diabetic stage during which they have trouble metabolizing sugar before their disease progresses to full-blown type 2 diabetes, the Times wrote. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 54 million Americans are pre-diabetic.