Blood Sugar Problems
What does blood sugar have to do with cholesterol? A lot! At Mobile Health Team we help you understand what conditions you have or are at risk for, including blood sugar problems. If your body doesn't process sugar properly, it can change your body's cholesterol balance and can even cause your body to make a more dangerous kind of cholesterol. It can also make it more challenging to lose weight unless you are focusing on the right blend of diet and exercise.
There are several buzzwords that you should know when trying to understand the link between cholesterol and blood sugar: cardiometabolic, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes.
Cardiometabolic - while the word might seem a bit too medical and very long, it is commonly used in medical reports on the link between cholesterol and blood sugar. It is helpful to recognize that when you see that word, they are talking about blood sugar, cholesterol and other conditions that raise your risk for diabetes, heart artery disease, other artery diseases and strokes.
Metabolic Syndrome - this is a collection of 5 conditions that are related to developing heart disease and diabetes. If you have 3 or more of the five conditions, then you have metabolic syndrome. Having metabolic syndrome dramatically raises your chance of getting diabetes and heart disease and diabetes. The NHLBI (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute), the American Heart Association, and the Cleveland Clinic all have nice summaries on this condition. Take a Class on metabolic syndrome to learn even more!
Type 2 Diabetes - This occurs when your body's pancreas can't make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar (glucose at normal levels). The American Diabetes Association has many good resources on Type 2 Diabetes. Take a Class on type 2 diabetes to learn even more.
Type 1 Diabetes - This occurs when your body's pancreas stops making insulin completely. A person with Type 1 Diabetes needs to receive that missing insulin through prescription insulin instead. The American Diabetes Association has many resources for information on Type 1 Diabetes.