What Sugar Does to Your Arteries

Probably the biggest damage from high amounts of sugar in the blood, with a diabetic, is done to your vascular system.

There are two types of damage to you vascular system:

  1. the macro vascular system, with the large vessels and
  2. the micro vascular system with small capillaries.

In the large vessels there is the coronary artery that supplies the heart muscle and there are peripheral arteries throughout body. There is also the micro vascular system that goes to the retina of the eye or the kidney.

The kidney filters your blood. The entire vascular system gets filtered through the kidney. You have a lot of capillaries in the kidney.

Then you have these tiny nerves in your feet or hands.  When you have high levels of sugar it can create this damage called peripheral neuropathy where your bottom of your feet, or the fingertips become numb or painful or burning pain, and that progresses to a situation to where you have more damage to the nervous system, and you could potentially get necrosis or when the tissue is rotting. This is because of this sugar rust out your vascular system. It creates oxidation. Think about like an old car that has rust on it. The same thing happens inside your arteries they start to oxidize, and you start seeing damage.

The layer of the inside of the blood vessel is called the endothelium Ileum. It controls the tone of the blood vessels. It prevents certain things from invading the blood vessel so it acts as a barrier. It is highly sensitive to too much sugar. High levels of glucose mimic inflammatory initiators so glucose creates inflammation in the arteries.

That is the beginning stage of a sequence of events that end up as a blockage in your artery. It starts with an oxidation, damage, inflammation, and cholesterol will come in after the fact. Cholesterol is trying to heal this inflamed, damaged endothelial layer. Oxidation has direct and indirect effects. It creates a lot of serious effect on the inside of the body that you don’t really know or happening until you have a problem later in life. It will also start thickening the inside of the blood vessels, creating stiffness and from the high sugar you develop insulin resistance, which starts to create a decreased blood flow and a lot of the neurological damage that occurs from having diabetes or high sugar, comes from the damaged blood vessels that starve off the nerves.

Another affect that sugar has in the arteries is it creates AGEs, Advance Glycated Endproducts. It very toxic to the arteries and to the rest of your body – to the nervous system and to the brain and pancreas. Another thing that occurs when you have a Hyperglycemia, high blood sugar, is that you start to develop excessive amounts of Sorbitol.

This Sorbitol alcohol starts to build up in the cells and start accumulating fluid and starts to damage the cells in the retina. This leads to cataracts in the retina, which can eventually lead to blindness, and then to the myelin sheath, which destroys the nerve, and that’s why diabetics get the peripheral neuropathy in the feet and the hands, and start spreading up the legs, because it starts destroy the vascular system, and the nervous system. If you can’t bring in oxygen and nutrition to the tissues, it starts to die, your get necrosis.   

Also realize that your body has the ability to make sugar if needed. It is called gluconeogenesis. Does the same thing happen when your body makes sugar? No, because your body also makes antioxidants that protects against the complications of high sugar. With glucose comes oxidation, comes high levels of free radical damage. That is another reason why you should eat food high in antioxidants versus buying some pill that has an antioxidant. Increase your vegetable levels, which have antioxidants, to prevent some of the complications of this high sugar situation. 

This is why diabetics who are eating healthier and have additional antioxidant support have less free radical damage from the diabetes.

Another really good thing to take for some of these conditions is Benfotiamine. It has the fat-soluble vitamin B1 that can definitely protect the peripheral neuropathy from the complications of high sugar and also the kidney to a certain level and also the retina.  Dr. Berg used it on a lot of clients with peripheral neuropathy and has seen amazing results.

In summary learn, from the mistakes of others, learn from this knowledge of what happens to your body when you eat too much sugar and do not wait for these conditions to happen. A lot of the symptoms that occur with this do not show up for years until us to the point where it might be too late.

To learn more please watch The Myth about Blood Sugars and Diabetes by Dr.Berg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH4dSWFm1GY

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video,

This is What Sugar Does to Your Arteries. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=701671610795858

Dr. Berg is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting, is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.

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