Family Meals May Prevent Kids From Overeating



Children who eat meals with their parents may be less likely to become overweight when they grow up, new research suggests.

A report published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that adolescents who eat meals with their parents are less likely to become overweight adults than children who don't share meal time with their parents.

This report underscores the values family time provides to overall health and wellbeing.

Jerica M. Berge from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota led a team comprised of University of Minnesota and Columbia University researchers who studied adolescents who ate meals with their families.

The team was interested in knowing whether eating meals with family provided teenagers with protection against obesity in later life.

To accomplish this task, the team utilized information from the Project Eating and Activity in Teens -III (Project EAT) longitudinal cohort study. They gather data on 2287 adolescents whom completed surveys during middle school and high school in 1998 - 1999; the researchers then followed up with these adults in 2008 - 2009 to learn what had happened to them.

What they learned was that children who ate meals with their parents were less likely to become overweight adults than families who never ate meals together.


Eating Together Is Good For The Family

When Berge et al looked at data from the children ten years later (2008 -2009), they noted that of the 2117 young adults who completed the follow up survey, 51 % were overweight and 22 % were obese.

Moreover, when the researchers looked at the data in terms of family meal frequency, they found that 60 % of the young adults who reportedly never ate family meals during their teen years had grown up to become overweight adults, and 29 % of the young adults whom never ate meals with their parents were obese.

In contrast, only 47 % - 51 % of the teens who did share meal time (one to more than five meals per week) with their families became overweight adults, and 19 % - 22 % were obese.

When you think about it, the frequency of meals families ate together - ranging from none to more than five times per week - isn't extraordinary. What I mean by this is that even eating one meal per week with the family is better than no time eating together.

We know this because compared to families who never ate meals together, adolescents who ate 1 - 2 meals per week with their families in 1998 - 1999 were 45 % less likely to have become obese adults when surveyed  in 2008 - 2009.

The children whom participated in the study attended 31 public schools in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area thus making for a very diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic sample. In other words, this data is applicable to just about everyone.

Berge and colleagues concluded that "All levels of family meal frequency were protective for young adult overweight, compared with never having family meals."

While Berge et al stressed that the study was not able to answer why family meals helped protect teens against becoming overweight, the research team did offer a few hypotheses to explain why family meals are beneficial to young people including family meals possibly being "healthier" than meals not eaten with family; the emotional connection that family meals can offer; and parental models of healthy eating behaviors and recognizing when the family has become full.

There is evidence supporting each of these hypotheses.

Research from the Stanford University School of Medicine found that families of bariatric surgery patients tended to lose weight because the surgery prompted healthy eating behavior among other members of the household.

Families who eat together have closer interactions and thus can talk to each other about their problems.

Child psychiatrist Foster W. Cline advises that parents who have overweigh children should talk to them about their eating habits. Cline's advice would seem very applicable when families sit down to have meals together.

Jennifer Falbe of Harvard Medical School found evidence that children who spend much of their free time watching television tend to grow up to become obese adults. If teens are eating meals with their families they might be less inclinded to devote that time to watching television.

Looking ahead to what more could be done about obesity prevention the study authors said: "Examining the quality (ie, emotional atmosphere, interpersonal interactions) of family meals would be an important next step to potentially provide more details regarding why family meals are protective and how they function on a day-to-day basis so more families can take advantage of the protective nature of family meals."


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Berge JM, Wall M, Hsueh TF, Fulkerson JA, Larson N, & Neumark-Sztainer D (2014). The Protective Role of Family Meals for Youth Obesity: 10-Year Longitudinal Associations. The Journal of pediatrics PMID: 25266343

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Causes of Hair Loss

Causes of Hair Loss

Submitted by: Praveen Pandey

Losing hair is a natural part of the body's renewal process. As hair falls out, new growth replaces it. Most people suffer from excessive hair loss at some time in their life. There are a number of factors for this including medication, radiation, chemotherapy, exposure to chemicals, hormonal and nutritional factors, thyroid disease, generalized or local skin disease, and stress. Many of these causes are temporary and a few are permanent.

Some of the factors which cause hair fall are lifespan, styling, and aging. The average lifespan of a single hair is 4.5 years; the hair then falls out and is replaced in a few months by new ones. Shampooing, blow drying, and brushing hair can all cause hair to fall out. After the age of 30, men and women both start losing hair, though men tend to do so at a faster rate.

Many of us have heard that stress can cause hair loss, and that's true. Excessive physical or emotional stress, which is associated with injury, illness or surgery, can cause two types of hair loss such as telogen effluvium which is a less severe type of hair loss. The hair stops growing and lies dormant. It falls out 2 or 3 months later and grows back within 6 to 9 months.

The other type of stress-induced hair loss is alopecia areata, which involves a white blood cell attack on the hair follicles. With this type of hair loss, the hair falls out within weeks of the attack, usually in patches, but can involve the entire scalp and even body hair. Hair may grow own its own, but treatment may also be required.

Hormonal problems may also cause hair loss. If the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, hair may fall out. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to retain hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, oral contraceptives and antidepressants, seizure medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, mood altering drugs, chemotherapy and diet pills, high doses of Vitamin A.

Nutritional deficiencies can also cause hair loss. Some conditions that can trigger hair loss due to deficiencies are anorexia nervosa, protein/calorie deficiency, essential fatty acid or zinc deficiency, mal-absorption, and iron deficiency anemia.

Certain infections such as a fungal infection or an underlying disease such as lupus or diabetes can give rise to hair fall. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find out the cause, and treat it so that the hair loss stops on its own.

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Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. Recalls Celery Products That Have Been Linked To Multistate E. Coli Outbreak



According to a press release posted on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, California, is recalling Celery and Onion Diced Blend products that may include celery which could potentially contain E. coli 0157:H7. 

The products have been used in Costco's Rotisserie Chicken Salad and has been linked to a multi-state E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak.

E. coli 0157:H7 can cause bloody stool, and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure which can be a very serious problem for the elderly and young children.

The company says the recall is being conducted out of an "abundance of caution" because the celery and onion diced blend tested positive for the potentially deadly bacteria.

The recalled products were sold at Costco, Walmart, Sams Club, Tonys, Target, Starbucks, Safeway, Vons, Albertsons, Savemart, Raleys, Pantry, King Sooper, and 7-Eleven.

This product has a typical shelf life of 3 days and is labeled "Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken" with item number 37719 on the label. A picture of the product label is available on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advice to Consumers page.

The complete list of the products subjected to recall can be read on the FDA website.

The CDC, USDA and the FDA along with several state public health officials are investigating the outbreak.

According to the CDC, Costco removed all of the remaining rotisserie chicken salad from stores in the United States on November 20, 2015 and have ceased further production of the product until further notice.

The agency said that illnesses began on October 6, 2015 through November 3, 2015. People who became ill range from 5 to 84 years of age.

The outbreak has sickened 19 people in the following states:

  • California (1)
  • Colorado (4)
  • Missouri (1)
  • Montana (6)
  • Utah (5)
  • Virginia (1)
  • Washington (1)

No deaths have been reported but fifty-seven percent of those who became sick are female, five people were sick enough to require hospitalization, and two people developed HUS.

The CDC says that other people may have become sick but not yet reported in because of the time it takes between when a person becomes sick and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 3 weeks.

Health officials warn that "Even if some of the rotisserie chicken salad has been eaten and no one has gotten sick, throw the rest of the product away."

According to the CDC, 14 of 16 people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco in the week before illness started. Health officials are continuing laboratory surveillance through PulseNet to identify additional people who became ill and to interview them.


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Rainbow Green Salad: A Treat to Savor


David Lee

Even few months ago, people largely used to depend on fast foods to satisfy their appetite. Tasty to eat and easily available at the corners of every road made it a hot favorite among masses, especially working ones. But as obesity and other diseases took a shoot-up rapidly, people of modern age has largely become health conscious. Now a day, they are more inclined towards eating healthy foods that are high in nutrient value such as green salad.

To have your appetite satisfied the healthy way, nothing can beat the benefits of a bowl of green salad. With a riot of colors to admire, a item mostly comprise of a wide variety of vegetables and fruits such as carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, broccoli and lots more. Here in this article we will be providing you with a simple recipe to get yourself a bowl of rainbow green salad prepared:

â ¢ Shredded carrots
â ¢ Small cubes of tomatoes
â ¢ Sliced cucumbers
â ¢ Pieces of bell peppers
â ¢ Florets of broccoli
â ¢ Red onion minced
â ¢ Long leaves of lettuce

Clean the lettuce leaves and wipe them dry. Place 2-3 lettuce leaves in a bowl and toss all the vegetables in it. Mix well. Add a pinch of salt to taste. Pour a teaspoon of olive oil and vinegar to it. Add more dressing if you wish. If you like it tangy, you can add some drops of lemon to it too. Refrigerate the bowl of and have it crispy.

Those who do not like the crispy feel of raw vegetables, they can add some spread cheese or mayonnaise to their green salad
helping. Grated cheese can also be used to add more flavor and taste to it.

Some Variations to Try Out:
If you are a veggie, a dish of is sure to be your most favored healthy item to bank on. But if you do not like munching on raw vegetables, how about adding some chunks of meat to your salad? You can always use up your left over meat balls and beefs to make your green salad bowl more lip smacking and delicious.

Pastas and spaghetti noodles can also be added to green salad to make a great snack. You can even pack some mouth watering pasta green salad for an outing or picnic with friends and family. For working people, green salad definitely makes for a special lunch that can be effortlessly prepared without compromising on the healthy nutrients.

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Fitness Tips For People In Their Thirties


Kya Grace

Muscular degeneration starts in your 30's hence it is essential to lead an active lifestyle so that your body can be fit. Simple changes in your everyday routine can go a long way in ensuring overall health. Therefore schedule in some time for exercise routines which will prove to be beneficial for your body.

A brisk walk or a jog for about 15 to 20 minutes is the perfect cardiovascular exercise which is good both for the heart and lungs. Working out for about 3 days a week will work wonders for your body. Increasing muscle mass by weight training is beneficial for the protection of joints and help against muscle sagging. Thirty minute routines are sufficient and a weekend workout will prove to be convenient. One other day can be added to your workout routine thus fulfilling the 3 day requirement.

The 30s is the phase when the body metabolism reduces thus resulting in building up of body fat. Thus an exercise regimen is essential. Working with a personal trainer can help you take up exercise routines that are ideal for your body type. Interval training is best type of exercise for this age group. Performing a routine which involves exerting 80 to 90% of the maximum heart rate mixed with interludes for recovery when your heartbeat reduces to normal will help burn more calories with less effort. This will also ensure that your performance with the chosen exercise will increase.

However straining your muscles can cause complications in your body including muscle tear, joint problems and back problems. Thus building up muscle strength gradually is the key. Developing endurance and building up of coordination will ensure that the body is headed in the right direction. Doing exercises which include low weight, high rep sets and exercises on one leg is ideal. Core strength can be built up with Swiss ball rollouts. Low endurance leads to lower back problems thus building endurance is necessary.

Following through with an exercise regimen is the hard part. This is where a personal trainer can help as he or she can play a large part in motivation. Furthermore developing an exercise regimen to suit your individual needs will render faster results. Joining a fitness boot camp is another way to maintain the motivation to workout. Diet obviously plays a large part in maintaining your body health.

Mix vegetables, meat and starch in your meal. Completely cutting out carbs is not a good idea as they help in absorption of some vitamins and fats. Including lactose products like cheese, milk or yoghurt in your diet can help in building up of bone density especially in women. A soy based substitute can come in handy for people who are lactose intolerant. Consuming low calorie drinks like green tea can increase metabolism. Beef jerky, oatmeal, tuna and wholegrain crackers are perfect healthy snacks to munch on during the day.

Thus exercise during your 30's should be a necessary part of your schedule for a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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Why is it Great to Do Instability Exercises


Jennifer James Cooper

When you first look at it, many people see that workout exercise is best done in a series of even, smooth repetitions, like pedalling steadily on a workout bicycle, jogging on a treadmill, and so on. The truthful fact is that although these activities will certainly increase your fitness and health, they could not unleash your complete aptitude in either vigor or stamina.

Their very balance decreases their effect to a select set of muscles. This is the reason many fitness & health aficionados are unable to compete against the mixture of stamina or vitality that farm workers, sailors, soldiers, & ranch hands generally present. The artificial limits of stable, constant exercises result to essentially â ¬plasticizedâ ¬ health & fitness results. However, this is not the case with instability exercise activities such as sandbag workouts for instance.

Instability workouts involve utilizing a weight which is lopsided or uneven in some way to force a number of your muscles to work at each certain movement. Kettlebells, which are typically a huge rounded weight with a loop-like handle, are one sort of instability-based training exercise material. Even more effective (plus less pricey), sandbags also offer many of their particular health & fitness advantages for the reason that they are asymmetrical and unstable. The weight inside them will alter as you put them in motion in variable methods, compelling you to make use of a full range of muscles to control them in your grasp and be able to move them where you would want them.

The advantages of instability training exercise such as sandbag workouts involve many more muscles than the regular, â ¬symmetricalâ ¬ workouts. Making a movement on a rowing machine will use specifically like group of muscles in exactly the same approach, over and over again. But, as the bags of sand vary and slide within their duffel bag container as you're doing sandbag exercises, with the weight changing imbalance, you'll utilise a different group of muscles each time you put up the sandbag, even if every upward motion is theoretically just another repeat of the same workout.

Aside from the effectiveness of involvement of muscular movements written in this article, instability training exercises give a more forceful training exercise as well.â ¬">Sandbag training forces your muscles constantly for the reason that your body must adjust every second in order to keep the changing bulk of weight under control, balanced, and held where you like it. It is definitely for the reason that instability training exercise device is difficult to control that it moves your muscles more strenuously than the meek, simply manageable forces of a costly exercise machine.

Women and Men who work out with instability workouts will find their muscular overall vitality and strength advancing more rapidly than if they're utilizing the limited muscle building apparatus of a gym. Their muscle tone will also be refined in a far better-rounded method â ¬" no muscles will be left weak & underdeveloped. As such, your fitness & health will reach higher levels a lot quicker, and you'd be better able to contend with the challenge of actual physical movement.

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Nation Pizza Recalls Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Products Because of Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Nation Pizza, an establishment in Schaumburg, Illinois is recalling approximately 59,028 pounds of frozen Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen products due to undeclared allergens and misbranding.

The FSIS has designated this a Class II Recall of Low Health Risk.

The Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizzas were produced between Aug. 25, 2015, and Nov. 9, 2015. The agency said the product contains soy, a known allergen, which wasn't declared on the product label.

The product subject to recall is

  • 27.5 ounce carton containing one “MAMA COZZI’S RISING CRUST PEPPERONI PIZZA.” 

MAMA COZZI’S RISING CRUST PEPPERONI PIZZA bear establishment number “EST. 1682A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

According to the FSIS, the product was shipped exclusively to ALDI grocery stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Tennessee.

The agency said the problem was discovered during review activities in-plant.

Thus far there haven't any confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to eating any of the products. They recommend that people who have concerns about illness or injury to consult a health care professional.

The public is urged not to eat the recalled Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizzas. The company says consumers should discard the recalled products away or return them to the place of purchase.

The company says that consumers who have questions about the recall can contact Teresa Martinez, Vice President of Quality Assurance, Research & Development, at (847) 348-5433. 


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CDC Links Chipotle To E. Coli Multistate Outbreak



The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked an E. coli outbreak that has hospitalized 16 people and caused 45 illnesses across 6 states to the Chipotle fast food chain. According to the CDC, the outbreak, which began on October 19, 2015 has caused illnesses in 6 states including:

  • Washington (26)
  • Oregon (13)
  • California (2)
  • Minnesota (2)
  • New York (1)
  • Ohio (1)

The CDC, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several state agencies are continuing with an ongoing investigation to find out which food is specifically tied to the E. coli outbreak.

Although 45 people have become ill from the bacterial infection, the CDC has not received any reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) or any deaths.

The agency says the ages of infected persons range from 2 years to 94 years. The outbreak seems to have affected women the hardest, they comprise 58% of those who have become ill, 16% of the people who became ill had to be hospitalized.

It is possible that more people have become infected than is currently reported. The CDC says that it may take between 2 to 3 weeks from the time someone becomes infected with Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26) to the time the illness has been reported; thus people who became ill after October 31, 2015 might not have been reported yet.

According to the CDC, Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants at several states is a likely source of this outbreak. Thus far, health officials have not linked any specific food to the illness.

The agency says Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants is helping officials with agencies ongoing work to understand the distribution of foods served at locations where people consumed them and became ill.

Health officials are interviewing ill persons to find out what foods they consumed and anything else they were exposed to in the week prior to when their sickness started.

Forty-three of the forty-five people who became ill with E. coli said they had eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill.

"Investigators are also using whole genome sequencing, an advanced laboratory technique, to get more information about the DNA fingerprint of the STEC O26 bacteria causing illness. To date, whole genome sequencing has been performed on STEC O26 isolates from 9 ill people in Washington and 1 ill person in Minnesota. All 10 isolates were highly related genetically to one another. This provides additional evidence that illnesses outside the Pacific Northwest are related to the illnesses in Oregon and Washington." said the CDC.

According to the CDC, illnesses started on dates ranging from October 19, 2015 to November 8, 2015. The CDC and state and local public health partners are continuing laboratory surveillance through PulseNet to identify and interview additional ill persons.



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Food Addiction Can Lead to Death

Food Addiction Can Lead to Death

Food Addiction Can Lead to Death

By: Paul Wilson

Food has been described as ambrosia and the elixir if life. For some, eating is a biological necessity for others it is a passion that can turn into an obsession. Experts define food addiction to be a disorder where the addict is preoccupied with food, the availability of food, and the pleasure of eating. There are three recognized addictions:

  • Overeating, where the addict has no control over the amount or the number of times he eats. The person has no concept of being overweight or the servings a person must eat normally. Being an overeater, the addict will indulge in uncontrolled eating binges. Being obese, the addict will be prone to hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, and cancer.


  • Bulimisa Nervosa, where the addict binges and then tries to maintain weight by vomiting, using laxatives, excessive exercise, or even fasting. Such addicts will develop dental problems like thinning of enamel, excessive number of cavities, swollen salivary glands, fluid and electrolyte disturbances, as well as calluses and scars.


  • Anorexia Nervosa, where the addict fears weight gain and so starves himself. Obsessed with weight gain and body shape anorexics will exhibit obsessive behaviors in maintaining themselves. In the process, they develop problems like disruption of menstrual cycle, emancipation, hair loss, unhealthy skin pallor, and a lack or fluids.


The most common health problems are obesity, alcoholism, diabetes, bulimia, food allergies, and food intolerance.

The signs that you are addicted to food are:

  • Uncontrolled cravings for particular foods. Some are addicted to sweets, others to soft drinks, yet others to coffee.
  • Continuous or frequent eating. No fixed meal times an addict will eat throughout the day.
  • Sharpened hunger on consumption of specific foods.
  • Anxiety attacks, feelings of nervousness, low sugar, a headache, stomach gripes and grumbles.
  • Withdrawal symptoms.
  • Fatigue.
  • Extreme irritations.
  • Intolerance to foods.
  • Feelings of guilt at having eaten.

The very cornerstones to curing the addiction are to:

  • Identify and avoid what are known to be trigger foods or drinks.
  • Put into practice a diet that is nutrient rich, healthy, and helps maintain or loose weight.
  • Make lifestyle changes. Adopt a healthier lifestyle and include plenty of fresh air as well as exercise.
  • Focus on personal and spiritual development. Seek inner peace, calm, and joy. Practice meditation and deep breathing.
  • Plan to have activity filled days to distract the mind from food.

Even if you have a niggling doubt that you may be a food addict you must seek help. Nip the problem in the bud before it grows into something unmanageable and serious. You must consult a nutritionist, doctor, psychologist, or an eating addiction center or specialist. There are programs run by groups like Overeaters Anonymous that run 12-step programs which are extremely beneficial.


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The Diabetic's Weight Loss Problem, Where to Start?


James K. Robinson

Many diabetics, those people diagnosed as having the disease called diabetes, are advised to lose weight, easily said, but sometimes difficult to accomplish.

The advice usually emphasizes eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong foods, cutting down on quantity, not overeating.

And also, to increase or to start to exercising regularly.

So those are the generalities -- unless the diabetic is provided with a more detailed meal planning guide, it is left for the individual to work out their own approach and ways to achieve a weight-loss goal, to find out for themselves just what to eat and how much to eat.

Initially, it can be a complicated process to determine a weight target and what foods are appropriate, so if possible the diabetic should request the healthcare team to give advice and a tailored diet plan.

Simply stated, the reason weight is gained is because more food is consumed than is needed to stay alive. The body converts any excess and stores it in the form of fat.

Expressed in calories, some foods are richer, weight for weight, than others. Fats provide more calories per gram than do non-fats. The body needs fat, just as it needs protein and carbohydrate, but it makes sense to eat less fatty foods.

Nutritionists have established ratios of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats considered appropriate to maintain good health for the general population.

Carbohydrates supply most of the glucose needed by the cells of the body for energy. Although if there were no carbohydrates, the body would use protein to make the glucose needed. It is the glucose that is the problem for the diabetic whose body cannot control the glucose content in the same way as the non-diabetic. In the case of the diabetic, much of the glucose does not get into the body cells that need it but stays in the blood stream for a long time, and that is harmful and damaging.

There are different categories of carbohydrate, classified by the complexity of the content of their sugar containing molecules, of which there are many, and the more complex they are the longer it takes for the body's digestive system chemical actions to break them down to glucose. The longer time in doing so diminishes the peak of the increased glucose load in the bloodstream that always occurs after eating. With the diabetic, that elevated blood-glucose conditions lasts longer than it does for the non-diabetic, that is the problem.

That is what diabetes is all about, high blood sugars for too long a time, leading to so many other health problems.

There are two conflicting schools of thought regarding the amount and ratio of carbohydrates, compared to other essential nutrients, which should be consumed by the diabetic.

Carbohydrates provide glucose and glucose is the problem for the diabetic

So the approach followed by some well-known and successful medical practitioners is to keep the main source of glucose, the carbohydrate ratio, to the low end of the scale in comparison to the protein and fat content. Some suggest as low as 15%, some 25%. In this way, less sugar be will be manufactured which surely make a lot of sense.

One well-known and leading advocate of the low carbohydrate approach, a type 1 diabetic himself, now in his sixties, is Richard K. Bernstein, M.D. author of the 'Diabetes Solution' and also the 'Diabetes Diet'. This could be a worthwhile read for those diabetics who need to lose weight and who are having trouble controlling their blood glucose levels.

There are many other physicians who agree with Dr. Bernstein's views and many research studies confirm the effectiveness of the low carbohydrate diet, supported by exercise and certain vitamin and dietary supplements.

The other approach suggests consuming a higher carbohydrate intake, as high as 55 to 65 percent, and is recommended by the American Diabetes Association and other national diabetes associations and many other organizations dealing with diabetes, including many physicians and nutritionists. As many complex carbohydrates as possible are preferred in such a dietary approach.

Nevertheless, the American Diabetes Association, defying logic somewhat, recognizes that lower carbohydrate diets are helpful to diabetics in controlling their high glucose problems but in their view, even though producing the right results, are too difficult to follow for any length of time.

Perhaps the individual would be better able to make that decision, but the national diabetic associations make little effort to make diabetic patients aware of what the lower carbohydrate diets can accomplish.

Excellent and comprehensive diabetes meal planning and advice is available from both the low carbohydrate and the higher carbohydrate advocates.

Losing weight and following a weight loss program is a serious process and should the discussed with a doctor. It is the right and responsibility of the diabetic patient to decide which route to follow, but it is wise to confide in and discuss the merits of their choices with their doctor. Much of the control and management of the diabetic condition is left to the patient and requires monitoring levels of glucose in the blood every day and sometimes, when control is poor, several times each day.

I have been a diabetic for 20 years or more and bring a patient's perspective to my two blog-sites where I cover a wide range of diabetes topics of interest to fellow diabetics, especially the newly diagnosed.

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Importance of Vitamins in your Life

Importance of Vitamins in your Life

Importance of Vitamins in your Life

By: Olivia Harding

Natural vitamins are those organic food substances which are found only in plants and animals, i.e., living things. The body is not able to synthesize or manufacture vitamins (although there are a few exceptions to this). Because of this, they must be supplied either directly in the diet, or by way of dietary supplements. Vitamins are vital if our body is to function normally. They are absolutely necessary for our growth, general-well being and vitality.
Vitamins cannot be assimilated without ingesting food. This is why it is suggested that vitamins must be taken with a meal. They help to regulate the body's metabolism, assist in forming the bone and tissue, and help convert fat and carbohydrates. However, one must remember that vitamins cannot replace food.

We shall now look at the importance of each of the vitamins by turn.

Vitamin A

  • Repair & growth of body tissues
  • Protects mucous membrane of mouth, throat, lungs and nose
  • Helps maintain smooth, disease-free skin
  • Counteracts night blindness
  • Reduces risk of lung and certain types of oral cancers

Vitamin B1

  • Aids in digestion of carbohydrates
  • Essential to the normal working of the nervous system, heart and muscles
  • Stabilizes appetite
  • Promotes growth
  • Generates energy

Vitamin B2

  • Aids in formation of red blood cells and antibodies
  • Essential for carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism
  • Promotes general health
  • Necessary for the maintenance of good skin, nails, hair and good vision
  • Maintains cells respiration

Vitamin B6

  • Building blocks of protein
  • Necessary for synthesis and breakdown of amino acids
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Aids in production of antibodies
  • Reduces muscle spasms and leg cramps
  • Helps maintain a proper balance of phosphorous and sodium

Vitamin B12

  • Prevents anaemia by helping in formation and regeneration of red blood cells
  • Necessary for fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism
  • Increases energy
  • Promotes growth in children
  • Maintains healthy nervous system


  • Helps metabolize sugar, fat and protein
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces cholesterol level
  • Increases energy
  • Helps maintain healthy digestive system

Panthothenic Acid

  • Aids in the utilization of vitamins
  • Helps in cell building
  • Aids in development of the central nervous system
  • Fights infections
  • Participates in release of energy from carbohydrates


  • Promotes health
  • Aids in the utilization of folic acid, protein, Vitamin B12 and Panthothenic Acid

Folic Acid

  • Essential for the formation of red blood cells
  • Aids in the metabolism of amino acids
  • Necessary for the synthesis of DNA and RNA


  • Aids in breakdown of fats
  • Helps prevent thinning hair
  • Helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels
  • Necessary for the formation of lecithin


  • Prevents fat from accumulating in the liver
  • Helps improve memory
  • Important in controlling cholesterol and fat build up
  • Facilitates movement of fats in cells
  • Important in nerve transmission

Para Amino Benzoic Acid

  • Aids in formation of red blood cells
  • Contains sunscreen properties
  • Returns hair to its natural colour
  • Aids in the assimilation of Panthothenic Acid
  • Produces folic acid, this aiding healthy bacteria

Vitamin C

  • Helps heal wounds, scar tissue and fractures
  • Essential for healthy bones, teeth and gums
  • Builds resistance to infection
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Gives strength to blood vessels
  • Aids in absorption of iron
  • Is essential for the synthesis of collagen

Vitamin D

  • Required for bone and teeth formation
  • Improves absorption and utilization of Phosphorous and Calcium
  • Maintains stable nervous system

Vitamin E

  • Retards cellular aging because of oxygen
  • Alleviates fatigue by supplying oxygen
  • Prevents and dissolves blood clots
  • Helps in preventing sterility
  • Aids in bringing nourishment to cells

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