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Fighting diabetes and heart disease at the same time

Life is complicated. And when you are among the 29 million Americans with diabetes, the risk of developing other serious diseases rises. That can mean someone’s struggles with diabetes can be complicated by cardiovascular disease.

Many in Newark battling diabetes are also forced to contend with heart disease. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, strokes and heart diseases are the leading causes of death among those with Type 2 diabetes. 

However, recent research examined the effects of a whole grain diet combined with the beneficial fatty acids found in canola oil. The authors of the study noted that whole grain diets (also known as low glycemic diets) had previously been shown to reduce diabetes incidence, and that monounsaturated fatty acids (found in canola oil) can reduce cardiovascular risks, but the effects of a combination whole grains/beneficial fatty acids diet had not been tested.

So the researchers set up two groups: a control group and a test group supplied with dietary advice and modified diets. The control group received 7.5 slices of whole wheat bread each day. The test group got 4.5 slices of canola-enriched bread per day.

Both groups were asked to stay away from white bread and other white-flour products.

At the end of the study, blood sugar levels in both groups had improved, with the test group’s sugar levels decreasing .47 percent, compared to the control group’s .31 percent decrease. Cardiovascular risk dropped more significantly for the test group, too: a decrease of 1.16 percent compared to a drop of 0.53 percent.  

For those contending with diabetes and the risk of heart attack or stroke, the results show that a change in diet can diminish health risks they face. Heart disease is the number one cause of disability in this country, which makes it imperative that those prevented by it from working find out if they are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Those denied benefits are allowed by law to appeal with an attorney. 

Source:  Modvive.com, "Controlling Type II Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease with Diet," Moya Tyler, June 16, 2014

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