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It’s no exaggeration—balancing your blood sugar could be a matter of life or death. Chronic high blood sugar levels are toxic to your body, destroying organs and blood vessels and paving the way to a heart attack, type 2 diabetes, stroke, dialysis, nerve damage, erectile dysfunction, or even blindness. The good news? Out-of-control sugar levels can be reigned in and regulated with the right foods.

We turned to The Carb Sensitivity Program, leading naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner’s breakthrough book, to find the most potent blood sugar-lowering foods so you know how to lower blood sugar levels naturally.

 

Blueberries

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Blood sugar benefit: A groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2010 found a daily dose of the bioactive ingredients from blueberries increases sensitivity to insulin and may reduce the risk of developing diabetes in at-risk individuals. That’s important because eating too many carbs produces too much insulin, which could lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

 

 

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Blood sugar benefit:
Don’t let the fat content of avocados fool you—they’re still good for you! Avocados are full of monounsaturated fat, the kind that helps slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream, prompting less insulin release. Avocados also contain beta-sitosterol, a compound that could help quell inflammation after an intense workout. Just limit yourself to one-quarter of an avocado at a time to avoid calorie overload. Or, try avocado oil drizzled on a fresh salad or veggies.

 

 

Chia Seeds

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Blood sugar benefit: This ancient gluten-free grain stabilizes blood sugar, manages the effects of diabetes, improves insulin sensitivity, and aids symptoms related to metabolic syndrome, including imbalances in cholesterol, higher blood pressure, and extreme rises in blood sugar levels after meals. Tiny chia seeds are also potent anti-inflammatory agents and contain fiber, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, iron, and calcium.

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Blood sugar benefit:
A 2003 study in the journal Diabetes Care showed that cinnamon may cause muscle and liver cells to respond more readily to insulin, thereby improving weight loss. Better response to insulin means better blood sugar balance and, therefore, less insulin released into your body.

Ceylon cinnamon also seems to reduce several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high blood sugar and levels of triglycerides, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and total cholesterol. Just ½ teaspoon a day for 20 days is enough to improve your insulin response and lower blood sugar by up to 20%.

 

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Low Magnesium May Play Key Role in Insulin Resistance and Diabetes

By Dr. Mercola

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. If you don’t have enough of it, your body simply cannot function at its best. Insufficient cellular magnesium levels set the stage for deterioration of proper metabolic function that typically snowballs into more significant health problems.

As reported by GreenMedInfo,1 researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, reflecting how important this mineral is to a great many biological processes.

For example, magnesium plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes and therefore is important for minimizing damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins.

Even glutathione, considered by many to be your body’s most powerful antioxidant, requires magnesium in order to be produced.

Magnesium also plays roles in preventing migraine headaches, cardiovascular disease (including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes), sudden cardiac death, and even reduces death from all causes.

This important mineral is required by more than 300 different enzymes in your body, which play important roles in the following biochemical processes, many of which are crucial for proper metabolic function:

Creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy molecules of your body Proper formation of bones and teeth Relaxation of blood vessels
Action of your heart muscle Promotion of proper bowel function Regulation of blood sugar levels

Low Magnesium Levels Consistently Found in Those with Elevated Insulin

In just the past year, there have been several significant studies about magnesium’s role in keeping your metabolism running like a well-oiled clock—specifically in terms of insulin sensitivity, glucose regulation, and protection from type 2 diabetes. Here are just a few:

  • One 2013 study involving pre-diabetics found that most had inadequate magnesium intake. Those with the highest magnesium intake reduced their risk for blood sugar and metabolic problems by a whopping 71 percent.2
  • An ADA study from October 20133 found that higher magnesium intake reduces risk of impaired glucose and insulin metabolism and slows progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes in middle-aged Americans. Researchers stated, “Magnesium intake may be particularly beneficial in offsetting your risk of developing diabetes, if you are high risk.”
  • In a large Japanese study (the Hisayama Study) published in Diabetic Medicine December 2013, researchers found magnesium intake was a significant protective factor against type 2 diabetes in the general Japanese population, especially among those “with insulin resistance, low-grade inflammation and a drinking habit.”4
  • And in the Framingham Offspring cohort (2006), higher magnesium intake improved insulin sensitivity and reduced type 2 diabetes risk.5

Why Is Magnesium So Critical for Proper Metabolic Function?

The mechanism by which magnesium controls glucose and insulin homeostasis appears to involve two genes responsible for magnesium homeostasis.6 Magnesium is also required to activate tyrosine kinase, an enzyme that functions as an “on” or “off” switch in many cellular functions and is required for the proper function of your insulin receptors.

It is well known that people with insulin resistance also experience increased excretion of magnesium in their urine, which further contributes to diminished magnesium levels. This magnesium loss appears to be secondary to increased urinary glucose, which increases urinary output.7

Therefore, inadequate magnesium intake seems to prompt a vicious cycle of low magnesium levels, elevated insulin and glucose levels, and excess magnesium excretion. In other words, the less magnesium your body has, the less it appears to be able to “hang onto it.8

Rarely do so many studies from around the world find universal agreement on a subject! The evidence is clear: if you want to optimize your metabolism and keep your risk for type 2 diabetes low, one of the things you need to do is consume adequate magnesium. Unfortunately, this is not the norm, as an estimated 80 percent of Americans are magnesium deficient.

Are Your Magnesium Levels Up to Par?

Dietary surveys suggest that the majority of Americans are simply not getting enough magnesium from their diets alone. Other factors that can make you more prone to magnesium deficiency include:

An unhealthy digestive system: which impairs your body’s ability to absorb magnesium (Crohn’s disease, leaky gut, etc.) Diabetes: especially if poorly controlled, leading to increased magnesium loss in urine Age: older adults are more likely to be magnesium deficient because absorption decreases with age and the elderly are more likely to take medications that can interfere with absorption
Unhealthy kidneys: which contribute to excessive loss of magnesium in the urine Alcoholism:  up to 60 percent of alcoholics have low blood levels of magnesium Certain medications:  diuretics, antibiotics, and medications used to treat cancer can result in magnesium deficiency

Magnesium Deficiency Can Lead to Heart Arrhythmias, Coronary Spasms, and Seizures

There’s no lab test that will give you an accurate reading of the magnesium status in your tissues. The reason for this is that only one percent of the magnesium in your body is found in your blood. Fifty to 60 percent resides in your bones, and the remaining is in your soft tissues. Since most of your magnesium is stored inside your cells and bone rather than in blood plasma, there are no satisfactory blood tests for assessing it.

That said, some specialty labs do provide an RBC magnesium test, which is reasonably accurate. Other tests your doctor may use to evaluate your magnesium status include a 24-hour urine test or a sublingual epithelial test. Still, these can only give you an estimate of your levels, and doctors typically need to evaluate them in light of the symptoms you exhibit. Early signs of magnesium deficiency may include headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting, and fatigue or weakness. However, ongoing magnesium deficiency can lead to far more serious symptoms such as:

  • Abnormal heart rhythms and coronary spasms
  • Muscle cramps and contractions
  • Seizures
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Personality changes

In her book, The Magnesium Miracle, Dr. Carolyn Dean lists 100 factors that will help you decide whether or not you might be deficient. You can also follow the instructions in her blog post, “Gauging Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms,”9 which will give you a checklist to go through every few weeks. This will help you gauge how much magnesium you need in order to take away your deficiency symptoms.

Your Best Magnesium Source: REAL Food

Most people can keep their magnesium levels in the therapeutic range without resorting to supplements, simply by eating a varied diet, including plenty of dark-green leafy vegetables. However, it is important to remember that the magnesium content of your foods depends on the richness of magnesium in the soil where they’re grown. Most soils are now sorely depleted of nutrients, and for this reason, some magnesium experts, such as Dr. Dean, believe that virtually everyone needs to take supplemental magnesium. Organic foods may have more magnesium if grown in nutrient-rich soils but it is very difficult to make that determination.

 

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One way to really increase your magnesium, as well as many other important plant-based nutrients, is by juicing your greens. I typically drink one pint to one quart of fresh green vegetable juice every day, and this is one of my primary sources of magnesium. An article in GreenMedInfo lists more than 20 foods that are exceptionally high in magnesium, including the following (for the full list, please refer to the original report). All listed portions equate to 100 grams, or just over three ounces:

 

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Seaweed, agar, dried (770 mg)

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A scene of Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) leaves

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Spice, coriander leaf, dried (694 mg)

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Dried pumpkin seeds (535 mg)

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Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened (499 mg)
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Flaxseed (392 mg)

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Almond butter (303 mg)

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ginger powders Diabetes 263x164 Just ¼ Tsp. of Ginger Daily Could Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Markers

Anytime you can treat, prevent, or even eliminate a common modern medical problem with food or herbs, it’s exciting. Largely because we are so bombarded with toxic formulas for everything form a skinned knee to an upset stomach, these natural treatments are a breath of healing fresh air. One of the latest studies affirming the benefits of the easily-found ginger root indicates it may only take about a quarter-teaspoon of the food each day to significantly reduce inflammatory markers associated with Type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association estimates some 25.8 million U.S. adults and children have type 2 diabetes. That’s 8.3% of the population. It’s the leading cause of kidney failure, increases your risk of heart disease and blindness, and is one of the most common causes of limb amputation. Most important of all—it’s entirely preventable, and many would say curable with strict adherence to diet.

The latest study, published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, sought to examine the effects of ginger consumption on lipid profile, glycemic status, and inflammatory markers associated with type 2 diabetes.

The double-blind, placebo controlled study involved 70 type-2 diabetes enrolled for 12 weeks either in a ginger group or the control group. Each day, one group received 1600 mg of ginger, the equivalent of approximately ¼ of a teaspoon.

 

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Turmeric's Heart-Saving Properties Confirmed In New Diabetes Study

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~ Thomas Edison

A remarkable new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reveals the immense value of the ancient spice turmeric in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and the reversal of pathological states linked to its most deadly complication: atherosclerotic heart disease.

The new study titled, “Reduction of atherogenic risk in patients with type 2 diabetes by curcuminoid extract: a randomized controlled trial,”[i] dovetails nicely with a 2012 study published in the American Diabetes Association’s own journal, Diabetes Care, which found turmeric 100% effective in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes in prediabetics over the course of a six month intervention with curcumin.[1]

In the new study, researchers from Thailand conducted a 6-month randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled clinical trial comprised of 226 subjects diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (mean duration of the disease ~ 6 years), equally divided into a treatment (113) and placebo group (113).  They aimed to explore the role that the golden-hued polyphenol found in turmeric known as curcumin might play in preventing atherosclerosis, by measuring its effects on the following parameters of atherogenic risk:

  • Pulse Wave Velocity: a measure of arterial stiffness, which a strong correlation to cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.[2] [3] [4]
  • Markers of Inflammation: Changes in the level of anti-inflammatory adipocytokines were tracked (increased adiponectin or decreased leptin)
  • Insulin Resistance: Measured by the homeostasis model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) scale.
  • Triglyceride levels
  • Uric acid levels
  • Abdominal obesity (Visceral fat and Total body fat)

All subjects in the trial were randomly assigned to either the curcumin-treated group (intervention condition) or the placebo-treated group (control condition), as follows:

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Participants in a study who consumed one or more servings of fruit juice each day saw their risk of type 2 diabetes increase by as much as 21 per cent.

EATING more whole fresh fruit, especially blueberries, grapes, apples and pears, is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, but drinking more fruit juice has the opposite effect, says a study.

British, US and Singaporean researchers pored over data from three big health investigations that took place in the United States, spanning a quarter of a century in all.

More than 187,000 nurses and other professional caregivers were enrolled.

Their health was monitored over the following years, and they regularly answered questionnaires on their eating habits, weight, smoking, physical activity and other pointers to lifestyle.

Around 6.5 per cent of the volunteers developed diabetes during the studies.

People who ate at least two servings each week of certain whole fruits, especially blueberries, grapes and apples, reduced their risk of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 per cent compared to those who ate less than one serving per month.

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After dog saved her life, she hopes to save his

by KING 5 News

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Updated yesterday at 8:00 AM

 

A Lewis County woman is hoping someone can help her save her best friend. Baxter has gotten Ali Saber through some of the toughest times in her life and now she’s hoping to return the favor.

Saber and her black labrador retriever have been together for ten years. They are much more than dog and owner. She is a Type 2 diabetic and he is her lifeline.

“He’s probably saved my life, easily, easily 12 times,” said Saber.

When the 63-year-old is sleeping and her blood sugar dips dangerously low, Baxter can smell it on her breath and nudges her awake so she can check her blood sugar.

“I don’t even bother setting the alarm anymore, because I knew if he woke me up, that’s what it was,” Saber said. “It was automatic.”

He’s helped her through her brother’s death and her father’s Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit..

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by: Hesh Goldstein
(NaturalNews) The more you eat, the lower your risk of certain cancers.

Beans have more servings of fiber than any other vegetable. One single serving will give you 20 percent of your daily-recommended fiber.

Researchers in Japan did a seven-year study. They studied more than 43,000 people between the ages of 40 and 79 that had high cancer rates and ate little fiber. The more fiber they got from beans, the lower the risk of colon cancer, especially in men, became. It was the bean fiber that impacted the colon cancer statistics more than any other source of fiber.

Other research indicates that the fiber in beans like garbanzo’s actually keep your body from absorbing carcinogens. When you take in fewer carcinogens, the less damage is done to your cells, tissues, and other organs. Less damage equates to lower cancer risk in the long run. It’s too bad that the same cannot be said for ingesting flesh foods.

Beans contain phytochemicals, which naturally fight cancer and free radicals, which ruin your cells and tissues through oxidation. The phytochemicals neutralize the free radicals before they do damage.

Greek researchers tested extracts from 11 different legumes (beans are legumes) and found that all of them neutralized free radicals. Not only that, but most of them also protected DNA from oxidative damage, which more or less explains the key to beans’ anti-cancer potential.

What about beans helping women thwart breast cancer? In a study of 90,000 young nurses, the ones who ate beans or lentils at least twice a week were less likely to develop breast cancer.

The experts assumed that the flavonols, again phytochemicals, block the free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to the cells, and encourage cancerous cells to die. All you have to do is to work at least two servings of beans and lentils into your weekly diet.

We all know there’s quite a fad about cutting carbs. If you are concerned, at all, about colon cancer, fagetaboutit.

The carbs in beans are a unique kind that the body cannot digest. As such, they wind up fermenting in your colon, thanks to the bacteria living in your gut. The fermentation produces a compound called butyrate that basically squashes inflammation and the abnormal cell growth that can lead to cancer. In addition, the indigestible carbs help give beans a low glycymic index, meaning a low risk of colon cancer. This is the super benefit of eating low glycymic index foods.

Theory leads to subjectivity. The researchers decided to put their theories to work. They took people that previously had colon polyps removed, changed their diets to include more cooked, dry beans, and after four years, those that ate the most beans were 65 percent less likely to see their polyps return.
All beans work, be it baked, pinto, kidney, navy, white, black, garbanzo, human (only kidding), or lima – all cut colon cancer risk. The more legumes that men eat the less likely they are to get prostate cancer. Three major studies found that eating lots of legumes, including beans, lentils, and split peas, dropped prostate cancer risk between 29 and 38 percent. If flesh foods are eliminated altogether, those percentages climb incredibly.

Another weapon against cancer is the folate found in B vitamins, which beans are a great source of. Eating high-folate foods reduces the risk of pancreatic and colon cancer. In addition, the folate helps to build and repair DNA. Too little leads to DNA damage and supplements will not provide the protection that folate-rich foods do.

But wait, there’s more. Bulking up with beans can help with type-2 diabetes in two ways:

1- As mentioned earlier, legumes have a lower glycemic index (GI). The GI measures how fast your blood sugar rises after eating a food. High GI foods make your blood sugar rise faster, whereas low-GI foods, like beans, cause a slower, more gradual rise. There are over 35 studies showing that diets filled with high-GI foods nearly double the risk of getting type-2 diabetes and make you 25 percent more likely to develop heart disease. High-GI foods create a spike in your blood sugar, causing your pancreas to release more insulin. So, eating high-GI foods creates a demand on your pancreas to produce more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas burns out and stops making insulin. This leads to diabetes.

2- Beans could be the single best food for weight loss. If you eat more beans despite eating more calories, you will weigh less than someone who does not eat beans and eats lower calories as well. Go figga?

If you are worried about developing type-2 diabetes, bear in mind that obesity is a major risk factor for type-2 diabetes. Not only do beans keep you slimmer, but you will get more fiber, more potassium, and you’ll eat less fat and added sugar. It’s a winning combination all across the nation.

But wait, there’s even more: high cholesterol, blood clots, insulin resistance, and oxidation all have a hand in heart problems. As an alternative to drugs and supplements, beans pit pennies against dollars.

If you took one third of a cup of black beans daily, you could cut your risk of a heart attack by 40 percent. If you ate that same one third of a cup four times a week, instead of one or none, you would be twenty two percent less likely to get heart disease.

Why would that be? Because the complex carbohydrates in beans lower the glycemic load in the meals. Then their unique combination of magnesium, copper, fiber, and alpha-linoleic acid will boost your insulin sensitivity, help prevent blood clots, and drop your risk of a heart attack. In addition, beans are an excellent source of protein, which helps to manage your weight.

If you have high cholesterol and want to take a walk on the wild side, eating half a cup of beans daily will improve your cholesterol numbers. And, if you are healthy, and you do likewise, you should experience at least a 10 percent drop in your cholesterol as well.

Remember the talk about phenols? These same phenols may also prevent hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) because the flavonoids in beans are natural antioxidants. As such, they work against the free radicals before they can attack cholesterol and oxidize it. That’s important because oxidized LDL cholesterol contributes to atherosclerosis. The best beans for this are black, red kidney, pinto and lentils.

Now for a treat: Brownies! Believe it or not, brownies can actually be healthy. Replace up to half the shortening with pureed cannelloni beans. That will cut away 40 percent of the fat, give you fewer calories, and taste just as good. A study was done that did this and it found that the beans did not noticeably change the yumminess, the texture, color, or tenderness of the brownies. And doing this will help you battle heart disease and type-2 diabetes while still enjoying a treat, plus save you money. Canned white beans cost 80 percent less than butter and slightly less than margarine, ounce for ounce and make a great substitute if no cannelloni’s are available. And if you want even less fat and cholesterol, use egg replacer, which also does not alter the taste

About the author:
I have been doing a weekly radio show in Honolulu since 1981 called “Health Talk”. In 2007 I was “forced” to get a Masters degree in Nutrition because of all the doctors that would call in asking for my credentials. They do not call in anymore. Going to www.healthtalkhawaii.com enables you, among other things, to listen to the shows. I am an activist. In addition to espousing an organic vegan diet for optimum health, I am strongly opposed to GMOs, vaccines, processed foods, MSG, aspartame, fluoridation and everything else that the pimps (Big Pharma, Monsanto and the large food companies) and the hookers (the doctors, the government agencies, the public health officials, and the mainstream media) thrust upon us, the tricks.
After being vaccinated with the DTP vaccine as a child I developed asthma. After taking the organic sulfur crystals (they are harvested from the pine trees in Louisiana) in November of 2008 for 10 days my asthma reversed and has not come back over 4 years later, 18 cases, so far, of autism have been reversed, as has cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, joint pain, astigmatism, gum disease, increased sexual activity, heavy metal and radiation elimination, parasite elimination, free radicals elimination, faster athletic recovery time, increased blood circulation, reduced inflammation, resistance to getting the flu, reduction of wrinkles, allergy reduction, reduced PMS and monthly period pain, nausea, migraines and so much more. And it’s only possible because of the oxygen it releases that floods the cells of the body. The sulfur, as proven by the University of Southampton in England, enables the body to produce vitamin B12 and the essential amino acids. You can find out more about this incredible nutrient also on my website – www.healthtalkhawaii.com – Products and Services. There is also an organic, 70%, cold processed dark chocolate out there that contains sulfur based zeolite, which removes radiation and heavy metals. You can find out more by reading the article “A Dark Chocolate To Die For” on my website under Articles, or by going to www.mywaiora.com/701848.
I am 73. I have been a vegetarian since 1975 years and a vegan since 1990. I have no illnesses and take no meds. I play basketball 2 hours a week, am in 2 softball leagues, racewalk, body surf, do stand-up paddling, do weight workouts and teach women’s self defense classes based upon 25 years of Wing Chun training.
My firm belief – if it had a face and a mother or if man made it, don’t eat it.
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Diseases  :  Medical Research

Stand up – or your kidneys could suffer

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Sitting has also been linked to chronic diseases, such as type II diabetes and now kidney disease.

By Linda Carroll

Couch potatoes may have an increased risk of chronic kidney disease, even if they take time out from sitting to exercise vigorously, a new study suggests.

British researchers found that people who spent the least amount of time sitting were also the least likely to have chronic kidney disease. And that was especially true for women who spent less than three hours a day seated, according to the study published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease.

It’s not clear how sedentary behavior could lead to kidney disease, said study co-author Thomas Yates, a researcher at the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

But, sitting has also been linked to other chronic diseases, such as type II diabetes, Yates said.

“Sitting jobs need to be broken up with periods of standing,” Yates said. “As these findings start trickling down to the public consciousness, it is hoped it will affect occupational health considerations.”

Yates and his colleagues surveyed 5,650 Britons, asking about lifestyle factors such as smoking, exercise and sitting time. They also examined the study volunteers for signs of kidney disease. The researchers found a link between hours spent sitting and kidney disease, even after they took into account factors such as smoking, age, gender, ethnicity, body-mass index, blood pressure, medications and hours spent exercising.

The researchers divided the volunteers into three groups: people who sat 8 to 24 hours a day were categorized as “high,” those who sat 3.2 to 7.8 hours a day were considered “moderate,” and those who sat 0 to 3 hours a day were categorized as “low.”

Women with low amounts of sitting time had a 30 percent reduction in risk of kidney disease compared to those in the high category. Men who spent little time sitting got a 20 percent reduction in risk compared to those who sat the most.

Exercise seemed to reduce, but not eliminate, the heightened risk in men who were couch potatoes. Exercise did not appear to ameliorate the effects of sitting in women, though.

Does that mean we should all give up our office jobs and find something that requires more activity?

No, said kidney expert Dr. Jeffrey S. Berns, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The researchers found an association between long hours sitting and a greater likelihood of having kidney disease, Berns explained. That doesn’t prove that sitting actually caused the kidneys to become diseased.

“Someone who sits around and doesn’t have risk factors for kidney disease shouldn’t worry,” Berns said. “While it’s certainly plausible to think that sitting may contribute to diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, it’s much harder to come up with a way that inactivity could be a direct cause of kidney disease. The flip side of this is that people with chronic kidney disease are known to be less active. And my suspicion is that these results are confounded by that.”

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Bioethics :  Diseases & Medical Research

Statin use ups age-related cataract risk

(ANI): Patients using cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may be at increased risk of developing age-related cataracts —a common vision problem caused by clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye — say researchers.

While further research is needed to understand the true nature of the association, the additional risk of cataracts in statin users appears similar to that associated with type 2 diabetes, according to the study by Carolyn M. Machan, OD, and colleagues of University of Waterloo, Ont., Canada.

The study included nearly 6,400 patients seen at the optometry clinic at the University of Waterloo in 2007-08. Of these, 452 patients had type 2 diabetes. Statin treatment and diabetes were evaluated as possible risk factors for age-related cataracts, controlling for other factors including sex, smoking, and high blood pressure.

Fifty-six percent of patients with type 2 diabetes were taking statins, compared to 16 percent of those without diabetes. Both diabetes and statin use were significantly associated with an increased rate of age-related cataracts.

With adjustment for other factors, diabetes was associated with an 82 percent increase in cataract risk and statin use with a 57 percent increase. Statistically, the increase in cataract risk associated with statins was similar to that associated with diabetes.

The associations differed for different types of cataracts. For one specific type long linked to diabetes (posterior subcapsular cataract), the association with diabetes was no longer significant after adjustment for statin treatment.

Despite the high rate of statin use among patients with diabetes, the two risk factors appeared independent of each other. At older ages, the risk of cataracts increased fastest in diabetic patients who took statins and slowest in nondiabetic patients who did not take statins.

On average, cataracts developed 5.6 years earlier in diabetic patients who took statins, compared to nondiabetic patients who did not take statins.

Type 2 diabetes is a known risk factor for the development of age-related cataracts. Studies in animals have shown a clear link between long-term treatment with statins (at high doses) and cataracts.

The new study suggests that statins may also be linked to cataracts in humans.

The researchers emphasize that the study can’t prove that statins play any role in causing cataracts, but suggest that such a link is biologically plausible.

While further studies are needed, Dr Machan and colleagues emphasize that the known benefits of statin treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes probably outweigh any increased risk of cataracts.

They believe their results will help to increase awareness of the risks of treatments for type 2 diabetes, and may encourage the development of alternative cholesterol-lowering drugs that are not associated with an increased risk of cataracts.

The finding was published in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. (ANI)

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Poisons In Our Foods  :  Medical Research

Soft drinks change body chemistry making it harder to lose weight

(ANI): Drinking sugared fizzy drinks could be even more harmful than previously thought, experts have warned.

The soft drinks don’t just pile on the pounds because of the calories in them – they alter the way your body burns fuel.

Your muscles grow to ‘prefer’ sugar to fat as a fuel, and thus losing weight becomes harder.

And worryingly this effect lasts long-term which can raise levels of blood glucose leading to diabetes.

This study proves our concerns over sugary drinks have been correct. Not only can regular sugar intake acutely change our body metabolism; in fact it seems that our muscles are able to sense the sugars and make our metabolism more inefficient, not only in the present but in the future as well, the Daily Mail quoted Dr Hans-Peter Kubis, of Bangor University, as saying.

This will lead a reduced ability to burn fat and to fat gain. Moreover, it will make it more difficult for our body to cope with rises in blood sugar, he noted.

The move to an inefficient metabolism was seen in male and female participants who were lightly active, and drinking soft drinks for just four weeks.

These factors show that regular use of sugar sweetened soft drinks drives alterations in muscles similar to those found in people with obesity problems and type 2 diabetes.

What is clear is our body adjusts to regular soft drink consumption and prepares itself for the future diet by changing muscle metabolism via altered gene activity – encouraging unhealthy adaptations similar to those seen in people with obesity problems and type 2 diabetes,Dr Kubis said.

This would relate to all kinds of soft drinks with a high sugar content, including fruit juices, he added. (ANI)

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For those who want  more information  about Stevia which is a natural sweetener and how to choose the  safest form I  have collected this information along  with some recipe sources on  how to use  Stevia, to  replace  processed sugars in your daily  life..

Truvia And PureVia Are Not Stevia – Truvia “Natural” Ingredients

Uploaded by on Feb 6, 2012

Truvia and PureVia are marketed as healthy no calorie sweeteners that are made from stevia. But are the ingredients as wholesome and healthy as Truvia makes them out to be? Not really. Truvia is owned by Coca-Cola are distributed by Cargill. Truvia claims that it is stevia. Truvia is not stevia, it is rebiana A, a molecule of stevia. But even rebiana A is not the primary ingredient in Truvia. The majority of Stevia is erythritrol, a sweetener that is found in fruit, but in extremely small quantities. Truvia’s erythritol isn’t made from fruit as the box implies, it is made from GMO corn. The rebiana in TRuvia also isn’t made from a natural process “similar to making tea” as the box implies either. The Truvia patent (see the article on my website for the link to the patent) is a 42 step process that involves the use of acetone, ethanol and isopropyl alcohol. Hardly natural. The Truvia box also states that stevia is “native to South America”. Stevia is native to South America, but that isn’t where Truvia’s stevia rebiana A comes from. The rebiana in Truvia is grown in China from GMO stevia plants. Also, natural flavors are not natural. They are made in a laboratory.
Truvia and PureVia’s ingredients have never undergone long term testing. You are the lab rat on this one if you buy it. Check out my full article, “Truvia and PureVia are not stevia on BryanMarcel.com. Copy and paste the link below. http://www.bryanmarcel.com/truvia-and-purevia-are-not-stevia

How to Make Your Own Pure Stevia and Liquid Stevia

Uploaded by on Oct 10, 2011

Here you will learn how to make your own pure stevia and liquid stevia. For information on how to grow stevia visit my website at http://wholelifestylenutrition.com

How to Make a Stevia Liquid Extract (Tincture- Alcohol based)

Uploaded by on May 1, 2010

Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar. ` wikipedia

Stevia is a natural sweetener with 0 calories that is unfermentable and does not provoke an insulin response for diabetics. It can be boiled or steeped in leaf form to sweeten teas, beverages and in cooking. Commercial liquid extracts are available (highly potent) through stores like GNC. Powdered single-serving packets can usually be found in supermarkets next to the Splenda or in the tea/powdered drink isle.

This video shows you how to make a tincture (liquid extract) out of stevia leaves (dried or fresh can be used) to preserve the sweeness of the stevia over time and for the convenience of having it in liquid form for cooking, baking and brewing. A follow-up video will show how to strain and reduce the tincture for greater potency.

Relevance to brewing: Stevia is a highly potent sweetener that is COMPLETELY UNFERMENTABLE, meaning you can safely add it to your finished brewing projects without risking fermentation kicking off again (causes bottle explosions and alcohol abuse/waste).

If you cannot grow your own stevia or buy a locally farmed source of the leaves then I highly suggest you use the Organic leaf or powder stevia from Mountain Rose Herbs as your supplier. They are organic and certified pesticide free and my preferred supplier. Purchases made using the link below will also go to contribute to projects for these videos.

Mountain Rose Herbs: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index.php?AID=084930

My website: http://Simplehomebrewing.com

Using the links above ensures a commission is paid to this project to help with future videos.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor a medical professional of any kind. My views and practices should not be taken as medical advice, nor is it intended to be. You are responsible for your own health and your own actions, not me. Consult your medical professional before starting any treatment. If your medical professional is adverse to natural healing then that is easily resolved. Find another one.

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