Have you ever wondered why it matters if you have diabetes? “I just take a pill and that fixes it right?” Is a quote from someone in my family.
Having diabetes is hard on your body, let's talk about how it affects your heart.
Having diabetes means your body has a hard time absorbing sugar from your bloodstream into your body which increases the viscosity (thickness) of your blood. It also means that your muscles, brain and organs have a more difficult time getting the energy they need to work.
Think about the difference between how hard it is to squeeze honey out of plastic bear. Compare that to how easy it is to squeeze water out of a plastic bottle. There is a huge difference, right?
The heart is a pump that pushes blood through your whole body at the rate of 70 ish pumps a minute, 24 hours a day, for years. (I don’t know about you but I’m tired just thinking about all that work.)
Now back to this honey versus water comparison. Would you want to squeeze honey or water 70 times a minute for hours?
Here are a few effects of pumping thicker blood:
The fact that diabetes takes time to develop is great news for anyone that is trying to make lifestyle changes. You can make dramatic improvements in your overall health with small changes.
The fact that the negative effects of diabetes also happen slowly over time is again good. You can start making small changes to improve your health and dramatically slow the progression of these negative side effects.
Diabetes is so common now that many people simply think it’s inevitable BUT it's not. Our bodies are amazing at healing. If you start by making one small change in what you eat, how much you eat or even just start exercising you can start achieving wins that will push you to the next goal and the next goal….
If you don’t know how to start, let me be a resource for you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have. Even if physical therapy is not the answer, I would love to help you with your health journey.
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Dr. Molly McDonald