A man is as old as his arteries so wrote Thomas Sydenham in the 1600's who is known as the English Hippocrates – how right he was. Heart disease continues to be our leading cause of death among both men and women. Women actually outnumber men in the prevalence of cardiovascular disease. Every 29 seconds an American has a heart attack – every 53 seconds an American has a stroke. One out of two Americans will die of heart disease that in most cases could have been prevented. These same statistics are present in most developed nations today. In some countries, like the Middle East cardiovascular disease is occurring a good ten years earlier and is fast becoming a pediatric disease.
Sugar not cholesterol determines how long we live. High sugar and insulin are primarily responsible for the “silent inflammation” of the endothelium – the single layer of cells that line our more than 50,000 miles of blood vessels. An early event in CAD is when the endothelium becomes dysfunctional as a result of an increase in LDL-P, decreased HDL-C and an increase TG (Triglycerides) -the atherogenic triad- which in fact is all a result of an elevated blood sugar and other risk factors