Glucose and Heart Attacks Directly Linked

The Not-So-Sweet Link Between Glucose And Heart Attacks

Scientists have known for decades that diabetics have far greater incidences of heart attack and stroke than the general population. Those with uncontrolled diabetes exhibit chronic and dangerously high levels of blood glucose and heart attacks. glucose-and-heart-attacks

In a startling study released by Johns Hopkins University, the research scientists found that even healthy (non-diabetic) people with high normal blood glucose levels (100-125 mg/dL) were shown to have more cardiac events.1

The researchers used the blood test Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) that evaluates glucose control over the previous three to four months. This test measures the percentage of sugar reactions (glycation) that have occurred in red blood cells. The “standard reference range” states that HbA1c up to 5.7% is “normal.” However, the Johns Hopkins researchers had a very important finding whenever they looked at the numbers, they found that HbA1c levels above 4.5% (even in non-diabetics) predicted a greater risk of heart attacks!

Those people who had higher-than-desired blood glucose levels display no symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD). Yet, in many instances, excess glucose silently contributes to atherosclerosis and ensuing heart disease. It is crucial that your annual blood testing include fasting blood glucose levels, fibrinogen levels and HbA1c along with the proper analysis of the test results in order to determine your risk of arterial disease due to chronic inflammation.

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1. Selvin E, Coresh J, Golden SH, et al. Glycemic control and coronary heart disease risk in persons with and without diabetes: the atherosclerosis risk in communities study. Arch Intern Med. 2005 Sep 12;165(16):1910-6. PMID:16157837