Cholesterol – The lethal friend of Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the leading causes for death all around the world. Though it is a non-communicable disease, due to drastic change in our lifestyle and food habits, we have succumbed to this dangerous disease. Unfortunately, diabetes has no cure; it can only be prevented or controlled. Although research is underway to find a permanent cure, we can only deal with what we know as of now; and that is prevention as well as control. Diabetes can be passed on through genes, but at the same time can also be acquired during a person’s lifetime.
The more one is made aware about the traits of this disease; the better is their chance in fighting it. One of the most important factors that have a direct effect on diabetics is their cholesterol levels. Now, cholesterol is a substance found in the blood stream as well as within cells (more commonly known as fat), it is divided into three categories namely; good or hdl cholesterol, bad or ldl cholesterol and triglycerides. When these various cholesterols are found in normal quantities within our body, then there isn’t any problem. The issues arise only when the hdl or good cholesterol level reduces and simultaneously the ldl or bad cholesterol and triglycerides increase.
You see, when the ldl cholesterol increases, it makes diabetics more prone to heart diseases and heart attacks. The most common form of coronary disease because of this would be the blocking of the arteries due to fat formation along the walls of the arteries. This automatically restricts the blood flowing from and away from the heart, leaving room to high probabilities of violent heart attacks. As mentioned earlier, prevention and/or control is the best way for diabetics to tackle their disease. Healthy eating habits and regular exercise will go a long way in controlling cholesterol levels and keeping your heart healthy.

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