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Common Myths About Heart Health
Sugar intake raises your risk of diabetes, not heart disease. Fact: Did you know that having diabetes or elevated blood sugars (hyperglycemia) increases your risk of heart disease? In fact, those with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a heart disease or a stroke compared to those without diabetes.Those with diabetes often have other risk factors related to heart disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, obesity, sedentary lifestyle or smoking. Triglycerides are a type of fat in your blood, in the realm of “bad” fats like LDL cholesterol. Having high triglycerides, just like high cholesterol, raises your risk of heart disease. Wonder where the excess calories, especially from sugar, refined carbohydrates or alcohol goes?Yup, your body converts this extra energy you don’t burn into triglycerides to store this energy. However if you don’t access and use it, they stay stored and accumulate into high triglycerides. The best way to lower your triglycerides is to cut down on sugars, refined carbs and choose whole grains and more veggies instead and to limit alcohol intake.
Heart attacks are only something for men to worry about. Fact: Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and the same number of men and women die each year from this disease.
Symptoms of heart disease are hard to miss. Fact: Heart disease is often called the “silent killer” because symptoms are often absent. About two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart disease have had no previous symptoms.