Type 1 and Heart Disease

By Vigirl7 Latest Reply 2013-01-15 08:00:08 -0600
Started 2013-01-12 03:01:00 -0600

I found out the hard way that Type 1 diabetes does not exclude you from Heart Disease!!!

When on a Mission Trip to El Salvador, I had 3 issues that really alarmed me. There was pressure on my chest, my neck on both sides hurt, I was dizzy and sweating.

I knew there was no hopsital for 3 1/2 hours and I prayed that God would hold me close to him until I could get home. We were there for a week.

I came home, got an appt and was told they were going to do a heart cath. All the tests came back negative for heart problems. I had a great cardiologist who knew that I was very scared and needed some answers.

The heart cath was done and they found a 90% blockage in the LAD otherwise known as the "Widow Maker" They put a stent in and I was released the next day.

I did NOT know that insluin causes inflamtion in your arteries. I was always told that Type 1 didn't have to worry so much about heart issues.

So, now, I just want everyone to know…control the diabtese if you are on insulin. You can eat what you want when you are on a pump, but you pay for it in the long run. More insulin causes more inflamation in the arteries.

I am so blessed to still be here. I am 51 years old, not overweight, and I am here for a reason. God still has plans for me, and the one thing that I wanted to do was tell everyone here…IF you feel like you have a heart issue…and you have the symptoms…insist that they do a heart cath. ALL my tests indicated that my heart was fine., and we see how that turned out.

Heart attack symptoms: pressure on the chest, pain radiates either down your left arm, or up the sides of your neck. Dizziness, feeling nauseous (sp) and sweating. Pay attention to your body, and get some help!!

signed…Blessed to be alive, praising God and spreading the word!!!

7 replies

type1skillset 2013-01-15 08:00:08 -0600 Report

I would like to make a respectful suggestion to everyone. To date vigirl has not stated a source or where the information that she is sharing has come from. This does not mean she is incorrect, just that the statement isn't necessarily true. It is important whenever we share information, to state our source. I do notice that she shares that she had poor control for a period of time which IS associated with heart issues (my source UKPDS trial). Lets all take a deep breath and give Vigirl the chance to share the science before we start to worry about insulin and its effects -agreed???

Lakeland 2013-01-14 16:26:17 -0600 Report

I didn't know that either, my doctor told me that a high blood sugar turns the blood into a syrup & therefore, puts more pressure on the heart to pump it through & I did notice when my sugars are goood my blood pressure seems better. so I do try to keep my blood sugar numbers as close to normal as possible, but I'm type 2

Turtle 2013-01-12 23:22:01 -0600 Report

WOW ! I am t2 and on insulin. I have had some heart scares but never knew that insulin could cause problem with the heart. Thanks for sharing.

type1skillset 2013-01-12 12:21:00 -0600 Report

Hi Vigirl. I too am not aware of insulin causing inflammation in the arteries. Do you by chance have a reference (scientifically published) that I could get more info about this? If you don't know the reference, are you able to seek it from your Dr? Always interested in increasing the knowledge I have around my diabetes. I do know that poor control has been shown to increase the risk as has regular hypoglycemia due counter regulatory hormones being secreted. Thanks in advance

Type1Lou 2013-01-12 09:23:20 -0600 Report

My Dad developed heart problems and he was diabetic. It was always my understanding that it is the elevated blood glucose levels that cause the problems leading to heart disease. I believe that elevated BG is implicated in most of the diabetic complications, not insulin. My Dad was treated with U40 Protomine Zinc insulin (derived from pork and beef) in the 1950's, 60's and early 70's. We now have different types of insulin that we are using. Perhaps one of the professional contacts here can elucidate this issue for us?

Vigirl7 2013-01-12 12:06:45 -0600 Report

I agree…High glucose does cause issues. Insulin produces inflamation…and you are right one is better than the other if it controls your high glucose. It will be great to have one of the professional give me additional information. I also know that my glucose has been elevated for about 8 years with my job and stress. Now, I am hoping to really get that under control since I am working from home Still stressful, but stress that I have, not that someone else is putting on me!!!!!

jigsaw 2013-01-12 06:46:51 -0600 Report

Thankyou Vigirl7! I was aware that insulin causes inflamation, but I am looking into it further. I recently stopped Metformin and started taking Humalog ( fast acting insulin ). If one cannot manage their diabetes without meds, than it's a matter of which is the better of the two evils. Almost any med is better than high blood sugar.
I'm glad that your procedure was successful.