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Glucose The Silent Killer

GLUCOSE;  THE SILENT KILLER

I entitled this chapter “Glucose- The  silent killer” deliberately.  Unfortunately,  the fact that even minimal elevations of the blood glucose can be lethal, has been misinterpreted by large masses, including physicians. The expression above was not just to create fear. The changes that have been made in the established normal values of  fasting blood sugar within the last 40 years  would help to highlight  the gravity of the situation.

Up until 1970’s, fasting blood glucose levels up to 110mg/dl were acceptable and Glucose Tolerance Test was the gold standard for the diagnosis of Diabetes.  Between 1979 and 1997, the acceptable diagnostic criteria of Diabetes was that level to be above 140 mg on two different measurements.

In 1997, the diagnostic value was reassigned to be 126mg, while this was lowered to 100mg in 2003.  At the same time, the 85-100 mg interval was characterized as “ High Normal” and its risks were noted and finally, in 2007, it was determined that the healthiest  fasting blood glucose level was 70-85 mg. During this process, it was shown that , in a cohort of 2000 male subjects, followed for a period of 22 years,  those with fasting blood glucose levels over 85mg/dl were at 40% increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disorders.

Considering the people who lost their lives as they were followed via conventional former norms until the researchers identified the healthy values,  isn’t it appropriate to address  “glucose” as the silent killer?

The most important complication of Diabetes is related to the vascular system. Starting with the latent pre- diagnostic stage ( pre-diabetes) , the disorder disrupts our body’s vascular system’s structure, regardless of the diameter of the vessels, all the way from the largest ( aorta), to the smallest capillaries, with no exceptions.

Thousands of blood glucose measurements have demonstrated that, 75% of the individuals over age:40 carry pre -diabetic values.  If people do not take  precautions, they are susceptible to the complications during the interval until Diabetes is diagnosable.

The information I presented thus far, is all related to the adults. However, ever since the existence of mankind, nutrition has never been as degenerated as it is in our day.  In addition to the human-induced damage and resultant disruption of the ecological balance,  the technological advances that supposedly improve  our lives  have adversely effected the food industry and created the “fast food” and “ processed-food” monsters.  Therefore,  Diabetes, that was characterized as an adult disorder until the 90’s, has started to threaten children and adolescents and has led to the premature emergence of multiple secondary ailments , such as the coronary artery disease in the younger population.

Currently, the major cause of sudden death in the 20-30 age group is vascular pathology and the main etiology of this vascular pathology is the silent damage induced by glucose, also referred to as the general  concept of “ Impaired  Glucose Tolerance “.

The most important “preventive health” responsibility for the families is to  take precautions in order to avoid the development of potentially harmful  taste habits ( sweet tooth),  by not introducing children to  sweet flavors, chocolate, cakes, white hamburger breads with minimal food value, as well as processed fried foods ( chips etc), starting in pre-school years.

What most strikingly separates the considerably scary Diabetes from other chronic entities, is the fact that it is easily preventable by adequate nutritional modifications and the implementation of this diet as a lifestyle will lead to long years of good health.

“ Those who stay away from glucose have young vessels and those who have young vessels have longevity”.