MTHFR, Diabetes, and Heart Disease
Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, explains the connections between MTHFR mutations, diabetes, and heart disease, and offers tips for optimizing your health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death (above cancer), and diabetes is known to increase risk of heart disease. That amounts to over 600,000 deaths per year from heart disease1 and over $100 billion spent each year to address diabetes and heart disease, both of which are preventable conditions. That means that by understanding your genes and by making diet and lifestyle changes, you can prevent heart disease and diabetes.
It was previously thought that cholesterol in our diet was the main cause of heart disease and, in fact, that has been (and is still) the basis of most of the work of the medical establishment and of government guidelines on prevention of heart disease. However, research now shows something very different and is beginning to change the way we think of heart disease risk.
We now know that sugar rather than cholesterol and fat, is more of a concern when it comes to heart disease and diabetes risk.
This means that cereals (and other high carb, high sugar foods) are more likely to cause heart disease than eggs, nuts, and bacon. A study from 2014 clearly showed that most adults in the U.S. are consuming an increasing number of calories from sugar2. That same study also found that eating more sugar is associated with an increased risk of death from heart disease.
So the real culprit is sugar, not cholesterol. And that is why, when patients ask me how to decrease their risk of heart disease and diab Continue reading