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Fruit Juice Linked to Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted by maikeru76 on January 10, 2009

I really love fruit juice (processed or home-made). There is an abundance of fruit here so it is really, really easy for me to prepare fruit crush or juice out of my favorite fruit, the pineapple.

I was browsing through my daily health news by email and then I find news like this one: Women who were followed for 18 years by a recently published study revealed that there was a higher risk (18% increase to be specific) of Type 2 diabetes among those who had an extra serving of fruit juice a day. What?! Run that to me again please.

Though the study cited it was done among women, I was definitely concerned for I am a heavy fruit juice drinker. I thought this was another instance of “confusing” health news being quite common nowadays.

I read through and found that there were positive news from the study such as the lower incidence of Type 2 diabetes among those who had at least 3 daily servings of fruit and vegetables. An 18% lower risk among those who had these servings and another 9% decrease for those who had an extra serving more of leafy vegetables.

Okay, the study proponents had a plausible explanation for this finding of linking fruit juice consumption to increased risk to Type 2 diabetes. Well, juice is really in liquid form and has concentrated with sugar (fructose and/or sucrose) and is absorbed quickly by the body. Thus, over time, drinking fruit juice might overwhelm and impair the capability of insulin to effectively transport sugar to the cells of the human body.

So its news to caution me on my affinity for fruit juice (drink moderately) and a reminder to us all to eat leafy veggies everyday.

I should take to drinking plain water more often. It has NO calories.

Source:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080711/hl_nm/juice_diabetes_dc

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes.html

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Being Active May Lessen Cancer Risk

Posted by maikeru76 on January 4, 2009

A healthy active lifestyle brings a lot of benefits such as less stress, having a toned body and prevents life-threatening diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. A recent study from Japan (July 10, 2008, Thursday), published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that active people had a lower risk of having cancer than their less active counterparts.

The study, done by the Japan Public Health Centre, involved a survey of 80,000 Japanese men and women between the ages of 45 and 74 in nine Japanese prefectures. The study concluded that the men in the active group had 13 percent less risk of developing cancer compared to their sedentary fellows. The women in the same study had 16 percent less risk as compared to the less active group. The study looked at overall daily activity not just exercise done as leisure activity.

There were trends also reported in the same study revealed colon, pancreatic and liver cancers as being more common among men and stomach cancer for women in Japan.

Being just more active everyday brings enough benefits. Small changes like walking more, taking the stairs, and doing medium to heavy household chores really do make a big difference.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUST7553020080710?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews&pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

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Non-prescription FDA-Approved Diet Aid, Has “Problems”?

Posted by maikeru76 on January 2, 2009

The first non-prescription diet aid approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration still has not performed as expected. The active ingredient of Alli, by GlaxoSmithKline, is Orlistat but it has half of the dose as compared to Xenical which is being manufactured by Roche Holdings.

As with Xenical, Alli prevents the absorption of fat in the intestines. The problem with this way of blocking the fat from food is that fat tends to pass through the intestines unexpectedly. There are lot of “situations” wherein users of the drug have had experiences leading to embarrassment for users.

To remedy this problem, both manufacturers have both issued warnings or contraindications about consumption of fatty food with the pills. In the case of Alli, the pill is being marketed with a kit that includes a healthy eating guide, food journal and calorie guide. The 60-pill kit retails at about $50 while the 90-pill pack retails at about $ 60. That translates, according to company representatives’ estimates, as $1.5 billion US dollars in annual projected earnings for Alli alone.

This might be good way to start for anyone (including myself) wanting to lose weight for fat contains 9 calories a gram compared to 4 calories a gram of protein or carbohydrates.

But I would really opt for the “smarter” way of doing losing weight. That is by eating right, having enough shut-eye, and effective stress management; that is, in my case, fitting exercise in my schedule. There are a lot of good and effective supplements out there too that would definitely work like green tea or green tea extracts.

I would not want to risk an “embarrasing situation” (if I took those diet pills) to spoil a date, business meeting or make me want to turn my back on my newly-formed good habits.

Source:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/diet.fitness/06/12/alli.sales.ap/index.html?iref=newssearch

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Prevent Obese Kids, Keep Mom and Dad Healthy

Posted by maikeru76 on July 7, 2008

A study done in Australia has nailed down what most of us has suspected all along with regard to the ‘epidemic’ of obese children in the Western Hemisphere (or wherever the ‘fast-food culture’ has started to become popular): Mom and Dad, you’d better clean up your act if you want to keep your kids from getting fat and have them live longer, productive lives.

Mothers everywhere have bearing the brunt of blame for anything that goes around the house for ages. A recent study released by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia have found out that not only do kids get their cues from their mothers regarding their eating habits and level of physical activity but they do too from their fathers.

The study was done across a broad section of Australian preschool children and for the first time, documented that fathers can do more to prevent and manage obesity in their children. At first, this might not apply for the United States of America. But bear in mind, that it has long been established in medical journals and pop culture that children really model their lives around what their parents (be it mom and dad or surrogate parents) do and not necessarily on what they say.

To prevent or manage obesity anywhere, it takes the whole family to do so. Healthier living may start with one, be it mom or dad, but slowly and surely it will rub off on everyone in the household. Everybody in the family should get involved in leading healthy lifestyles and by doing so, we may assure future generations to be healthier as well.

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