I have said before that, from my standpoint, diabetes and heart disease are the same thing.
Seventy percent of diabetics die of cardiovascular causes. Almost all heart disease sufferers have some trace of diabetes or prediabetes. The lifestyle changes that impact one impact the other, both negative and protective.
In the medical research over the past few years, there has been a very strong push towards using a compound called brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) to estimate risk for heart attacks and strokes.
In this particular study, research found that the more prediabetic factors someone had, the higher his or her levels of BNP.
You can rest assured that this is because a drug to control BNP levels would then be a brand new blockbuster drug worth untold billions of dollars. In the end, this would really just create another drug to dance around the problem of insulin and the cell not playing well together and not actually fix anything but a number found on bloodwork.
Just like blood pressure meds, diabetic drugs and statins for cholesterol.