Prevent Heart Failure – But Not This Way

| December 3, 2016

As I mentioned in my last blog post, heart failure can be a serious complication of type 2 diabetes and some antidiabetic drugs could increase the risk of it. So, when I noticed the headline “How to prevent heart failure in type 2 diabetes” on the Science Daily website, it sounded like great news. That is, until I read the article in full.

The story was about an analysis of data on 35,000 patients with heart failure, by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet.1 More than a quarter of these patients had type 2 diabetes, and 62 per cent of those with diabetes also had coronary heart disease.

The records showed, not surprisingly, that those who had heart failure combined with type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, were at greatest risk of dying within the next eight years. The researchers also noticed that patients with diabetes who had heart surgery (coronary bypass or balloon angioplasty) before they developed heart failure had a better survival rate.

So, the study didn’t really show how to prevent heart failure in type 2 diabetes. It just showed that surgery to treat coronary heart disease prolonged the lives of patients who also had type 2 diabetes and went on to develop heart failure.

If you have type 2 diabetes, there are some important steps you can take to minimise your risk of heart failure:

  • Don’t smoke, cut out sugar, junk food and fizzy drinks, and keep alcohol intake moderate – one glass of red wine a day seems to be beneficial
  • If you are on antidiabetic medication, ask your doctor about its heart failure risks, and if possible change to one with a lower risk – see here for high-risk drugs
  • Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency appears to contribute to heart failure.2 You can get B1 from oily fish, green peas, asparagus and sunflower seeds
  • Low magnesium intake is another risk factor3 – so take a supplement or regularly eat spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, almonds and dark chocolate.

Studies have shown that diabetes patients with congestive heart failure also excrete greater amounts of zinc, potentially leading to deficiency. Now, a comprehensive review shows higher zinc status is linked with lower rates of heart disease in diabetes patients, as I report in my next blog post.

And finally, as I said at the beginning of this post, heart failure can be a serious complication of type 2 diabetes. Luckily, there is a way you can avoid both of these conditions. Tomorrow we’ll tell you about alternative health specialist Dr. Fred Prescatore’s ground-breaking Metabolic Repair Protocol. Dr. Prescatore has been changing the destinies of many of his type 2 diabetic patients little by little… and now you too could have the chance to become one of the lucky few to benefit from his Metabolic Repair Protocol. We only have limited spaces available on this special offer, so remember to check your inbox tomorrow to grab hold of the opportunity to learn how you could prevent prediabetes and help combat type 2 diabetes.

Wishing you the best of health,

Martin Hum
PhD DHD Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth

Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

References

1. Johansson I, Dahlström U, Edner M, Näsman P, Rydén L, Norhammar A. Prognostic implications of type 2 diabetes mellitus in ischemic and nonischemic heart failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016; 68(13):1404-1416.

2. Ahmed M, Azizi-Namini P, Yan AT, Keith M. Thiamin deficiency and heart failure: the current knowledge and gaps in literature. Heart Fail Rev. 2015; 20(1):1-11.

3. Huang M, Wu W, Taveira T et al. The relationship between dietary magnesium intake and incident heart failure among older women: the women’s health initiative. Circulation. 2015; 132:A13585.

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