Diet & Blood Sugar Levels The Effect on Stem CellsJanuary 2, 2018
ARE YOU WHAT YOU EAT?: HOW DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHOICES MAY AFFECT THE HEALTH OF YOUR STEM CELLS
It’s common to hear that diet and exercise are key components of a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that they also may play a large role in the health of your stem cells?
In the past, there have been many misconceptions about low-fat diets and their effects on heart disease. Some of the major factors that play a role in cardiovascular disease are actually sugar and refined carbohydrates. Despite the fact that they taste great, they impact our health down to the cellular level.
Why Are Healthy Stem Cells Important?
Stem Cells are specialized cells that are found in most of your bodies tissues whose function is repairing and restoring damaged or impaired tissue as part of normal function. Recent studies are indicating that diet and exercise positively impact stem cell count and effectiveness when restoring damaged or repaired tissues.
When it comes to cardiovascular health, the stem cells circulating in our blood patrol, clean, and rebuild our arteries keeping us healthy. Recent studies indicate that individuals with low blood sugar control, including diabetics, have fewer stem cells circulating in their blood and as a result are less capable of repairing damage to their arteries. Over time low blood sugar levels will pose a larger threat to our cardiovascular health.
So what do we do about it?
The benefits of low glycemic diets shouldn’t be underestimated when it comes to improving your cardiovascular health, lowering blood sugar, and keeping your stem cells abundant. A few popular ones that have proven results in this area include:
- The Zone Diet
- The South Beach Diet
- Weight Watchers
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