Choosing the Right Sources of Carbohydrates is Essential for Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

We all know that eating some types of foods and drinks can negatively affect our health, but recent studies have shown that the risk might be worse than we thought. People who regularly consume foods made with low-quality carbohydrates and refined flours are more likely to suffer from heart disease. It’s also been found that people who opt for complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are less at risk for developing cardiac complications.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the UK and the numbers are on the rise so it’s important to take every step you can to protect your heart health. One way to do this is by cutting back on ‘bad’ carbs and eating a healthier, more balanced diet.

Glycemic Index and Load
One of the reasons some carbohydrates are harmful is because they raise your blood sugar levels, making you more susceptible to conditions like diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. One way to check how much a particular food or drink will impact your blood sugar levels is by checking the glycemic index or load.

The glycemic index (GI) is applied to any foods or drinks with carbohydrates. It is measured by how quickly the food or drink affects your blood sugar levels when it is consumed on its own. Foods with a GI of 50 or below are considered low and those with a GI over 70 are considered high. High GI foods can cause physiological effects like a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin level.

The glycemic load is a more realistic measure of carbohydrates because it factors in every component of the food glycemic load takes into consideration every component of the food or drink being consumed.

Simple vs Complex Carbs
Simple carbs, or sugars, are the type of carbs that can have an adverse effect on your health when consumed regularly. Examples of simple carbs include raw sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup, fructose, and sucrose.

Some carbs are good for you in balanced amounts. These carbs, called complex carbs, have more nutrients, digest slower, and are more filling than simple carbs. Complex carbs include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans.

Carbs to Avoid:
  • Sweets
  • Baked desserts
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Full fat sodas and energy drinks

Treatment and Prevention
Our western diet is full of the types of foods and drinks we shouldn’t be eating on a regular basis so it can be hard to eat right. In addition to diet and exercise, you may be prescribed certain medications to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure.

  • Clopidogrel Tablets: Plavix, or Clopidogrel, is taken to lower your risk of stroke, poor blood circulation, cardiac problems, and blot clots.
  • Lixiana Tablets: Edoxaban, or Lixiana, is an anticoagulant medicine used to prevent blood clotting, strokes, and embolisms. It is also taken by patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
  • Eliquis Apixaban Tablets: Eliquis, or Apixaban, is taken by patients with atrial fibrillation to prevent serious blood clots and by patients to prevent clots after hip/knee replacement surgery.
  • Xarelto Tablets: Xarelto, or Rivaroxaban, is taken to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation that isn’t caused by a heart valve problem. It is also used after hip and knee surgery to prevent blood clots.

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