Posts Tagged ‘Conditions and Diseases’

Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart: Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites

So the larger question remains: does eating fruits and vegetables that are high in flavonoids affect those clinical precursors to heart disease? Or even more simply, can eating fruits and vegetables directly affect your risk of heart disease?

It would appear so …

via Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart: Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites.

We love this particular mailing list, produced by a chef who is a physician — how cool is that — it’s always full of information, especially if have a particular diet because of a medical issue, or a concern, or a potential drug interaction with food.

 

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Is being overweight linked to Alzheimer’s Disease?

English: PET scan of a human brain with Alzhei...

English: PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Swedish researchers looked at 8,534 twins over the age of 65. Thirty percent of those studied were overweight or obese. The risk of dementia was almost double in those who were overweight vs. those of normal weight. Alarmingly, those who were obese had almost a fourfold increase in risk.This research supports many studies in the last few years that associate both being overweight and metabolic syndrome with increased risk of dementias.

via Is being overweight linked to Alzheimer’s Disease? : Dr. Tim Says.

ONE MORE REASON to lose the weight.  How many reasons do you need?

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Obesity in Teenagers Is Tied to Hearing Loss

 

 

 

Obesity in Teenagers Is Tied to Hearing Loss – NYTimes.com.

 

One more reason to lose weight.

 

Hearing loss is associated with obesity.  The authors of the study surmise that the increased bodily irritation you’re doing yourself from being fat, causes even hearing loss.  Let alone what it’s doing to your other organs.

 

Sleep

Sleeping

Here’s something pretty interesting.

If you take a group of people who are normally sound sleepers, give them a test, then keep them awake an additional 4 hours past their bedtime, then compare their abilities at both a mental and physical test the next morning — they do MUCH WORSE.  Similar to being intoxicated.

If you keep on keeping these people up past their bedtime every day for several days — about 11 — eventually they start THINKING they are doing better with getting by with less sleep, but actually their mental and physical ability CONTINUES to progressively decline.

You know that feeling that you’re finding out you can survive pretty well on less sleep?  It’s not true.  What’s happening is you’re just getting used to to the fog of surviving on less.  Actually you’ve gone from sleep deprivation into sleep debt — the chronic problem of being way behind on your sleep.

Now, combine that with what happens when you have a child.  Did you know — by the time your child is two years old, you will have racked up SIX MONTHS of sleep debt.  Six months of sleep you missed.

The same goes for providing pretty much round the clock acute care to a family member for any other situation they have.

No wonder we’re grumpy!

A lack of sleep may be the primary medical issue responsible for so many of our performance issues and general poor health.

What to do?  You can’t work off a six month sleep debt by sleeping for six months straight, because if you laze around the house all the time, your metabolic need goes down, causing your hormonal balance to change, causing you to slow down in general.

Much better way to resolve a sleep debt — get 2 extra hours of sleep each day.  For example, go to bed an hour earlier, having prepared for the next day such that you can sleep an hour later.

It may take several weeks, but eventually you’ll start feeling more with-it and healthy.

High-glycemic foods tied to diabetes risk

People who eat a lot of low-fiber and processed foods that quickly spike blood sugars may, not surprisingly, have a significantly higher risk of the most common form of diabetes, according to a new study.”By raising blood sugar and demanding that the pancreas keep pumping more insulin, meal after meal, day after day, a high-glycemic diet can put people at risk over the edge.

via High-glycemic foods tied to diabetes risk – TODAY Health.

In other top news of the hour, scientists find that daylight is highly correlated to the sun.

Seriously though, if you can make the bulk of your eating rather low on glycemic load, you’ll have much better results.