For years, I have been taking Young Living Chewable Vitamin C for a couple of reasons: 1) they taste terrific (they remind me of the Smartie candy), and 2) the nutritional benefits. Now I find out that good sources of vitamin C can help keep blood pressure (BP) down but there’s also a connection between BP and insulin resistance or Type 2 Diabetes.
A Dec. 2008 study published in the Nutrition Journal found that the numbers (top and bottom) in blood pressure readings were inversely associated with ascorbic acid levels (vitamin C). The study showed that women with the highest levels of ascorbic acid had a decline of about 4.6 mm Hg in systolic and just over 6 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure, compared to women with the lowest ascorbic acid levels.
The study also found that by just having high blood pressure more than doubles your risk of developing type 2 diabetes!
Furthermore, they also found that beta-blocker drugs caused type 2 diabetes. They believe the mechanisms by which beta-blockers may contribute to the development of diabetes include weight gain, attenuation of the beta-receptor-mediated release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells, and decreased blood flow through the microcirculation in skeletal-muscle tissue, leading to decreased insulin sensitivity (based on a study of more than 12,000 people aged 45 to 64 who did not have diabetes).