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Heart Disease Kills Diabetics

Heart Disease Kills Diabetics
By Paul D Kennedy

About two-thirds of persons over 65 who die from diabetes have heart disease. In fact, the risk of dying from heart disease is several times higher among persons with diabetes compared to non-diabetics.

The Framingham Heart Study is a long-term continuous cardiovascular study of the residents of the Framingham, a town in Massachusetts in the USA. The study began in 1948 with 5,209 adult subjects and the grandchildren of the original subjects are now taking part. Much of our knowledge of heart disease and how it is affected by diet, exercise and various medicines first came to light during this ground-breaking trans-generational study.

Framingham was the first study to show that diabetics are more vulnerable to heart disease than non-diabetics, and that having multiple health issues increases the likelihood of heart disease. The health problems associated with heart disease include diabetes, being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking, and a family history of early heart disease.

The more risks factors a person has for heart disease, the greater the chance they will develop the disease. In addition, the probability of dying from heart disease is much greater for a diabetic. Thus while a person with one risk factor, such as high blood pressure, will have a particular chance of dying from heart disease, a person with diabetes has two to four times that risk of dying.

One medical study found that people with diabetes who had no other risk factors for heart disease were five times more likely to die of heart disease than non-diabetics. Another study indicated that diabetics were as likely to have a heart attack as non-diabetics who have already had heart attacks.

How diabetics get heart disease

The most common cause of heart disease in diabetics is atherosclerosis (hardening of the coronary arteries) due to a build-up of cholesterol in the blood vessels that supply the heart. This build-up usually begins before blood glucose levels increase noticeably. If you have abnormally high levels of cholesterol there is an 85% chance that you also have diabetes.

Cholesterol is a microscopic ingredient found in the membranes of animal cells, including humans. It holds the thin membranes of your body cells together; without cholesterol your body would collapse into a jelly-like heap. It also has a role in sending signals to your cells along your nerves. In addition, it is the raw material your body uses to make certain hormones, as well as vitamin D.

About 75 to 80% of your cholesterol is made by synthesising other substances inside your body. The rest comes from the animal products you eat. If you eat too much cholesterol, your body will reduce the amount of cholesterol it makes... provided your system is working properly. If not, you will end up with too much cholesterol.

Cholesterol is transported through the blood stream to where it is needed to build cells. Because it is insoluble, it has to be carried within lipoproteins, which are soluble in blood. These can be either low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or high density lipoproteins (HDL). The problem is LDL - when too many particles of cholesterol are being delivered by LDL, they tend to collide and become damaged.

These damaged particles cause plaques (raised bumps or small scars) to form on the walls of the arteries. These plaques are fragile. When a plaque ruptures, the blood around it starts to clot. To contain the rupture, the clot will grow. If the clot grows big enough, it will block the artery.

If an artery that carries blood to your heart becomes blocked, you'll have a heart attack. If the blood vessels in your feet get blocked, you'll end up with peripheral vascular disease. Once you have too much cholesterol in your blood you are on your way to angina, heart disease and stroke, and irreversible damage to the tiny blood vessels in your eyes and kidneys.

How diabetics can be treated for heart disease

Depending on its severity, heart disease in persons with diabetes can be treated in several ways. These include:

  • Aspirin therapy
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Medications
  • Surgery

Aspirin therapy

For type 2 diabetics who are aged over 40 and are at high-risk for heart disease and peripheral vascular disease, a daily low-dose of aspirin reduces the risks of the clots that lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Diet

A plant-focused diet such as the one that I recommend for treating diabetes will also help treat hard disease. This easy to follow diet means that you eat food that is... natural... low in sugar... low in fat... low in salt... high in fibre... with low GI values... which is mostly plants. You also need to avoid eggs and dairy products, and drink plenty of water.

This is not a vegetarian or vegan diet as you can still eat meat provided it is ultra-lean. However, early studies do indicate that a vegan diet may have a number of benefits for persons with heart disease but more research is needed to confirm these preliminary findings.

Exercise

As well as helping you lose excess weight, regular exercise will improve your blood glucose levels, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and to decrease abdominal fat, all of which are risk factors for heart disease.

Both aerobic and anaerobic exercises increase the mechanical efficiency of the heart. Aerobic exercise increases cardiac output (the volume of blood being pumped by the heart) and anaerobic strength training increases the thickness of your heart muscles.

The beneficial effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system have been well documented. A study that tracked physical activity among adults with type 2 diabetes over 19 years found that those who undertook at least four hours a week of moderate exercise were about 40% less likely to succumb to heart disease than sedentary people. They also cut their risk of getting a stroke.

Medications

Many medications are used to treat heart disease. Here's a sampling:

ACE inhibitors widen or dilate blood vessels to improve the amount of blood the heart pumps and to lower blood pressure. Angiotension II Receptor Blockers reduce chemicals that narrow the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily.

Antiarrhythmics are used to treat abnormal heart rhythms resulting from irregular electrical activity of the heart. Blood thinners or anticoagulants, such as Warfarin, help prevent clots from forming in the blood. Antiplatelets prevent the formation of blood clots. Clot busters are used in thrombolytic therapy to break up blood clots.

Beta-blockers are one of the most widely used drugs for high blood pressure and are a mainstay in the treatment of congestive heart failure. Calcium channel blockers relax blood vessels and increase the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart while also reducing the heart's workload. Digoxin helps an injured or weakened heart work more efficiently to send blood through the body.

Diuretics help get rid of unneeded water (which makes it easier for the heart to pump) and salt (a cause of high blood pressure) through the urine. Nitrates are vasodilators used to treat angina in persons with coronary artery disease or chest pain caused by blocked blood vessels of the heart.

As you can see, most of these medications mitigate the various deleterious effects of heart disease. But they don't actually cure the disease. Once you start taking them you have to continue for the rest of your life.

Surgery

There are many surgical techniques for treating heart disease. These range from the insertion of simple stents to heart transplants.

Stents are small expandable tubes used to reinforce weakened arteries or to open up arteries that have been narrowed by the build-up of plaque. In heart-bypass surgery the problem of blocked coronary arteries is overcome by creating a new pathway to the heart for the blood. Heart-valve surgery is used to repair damaged valves in the heart.

People with abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia) can be treated with cardioversion in which electrical signals are sent to the heart muscle to restore a normal rhythm which allows the heart to pump more effectively. A pacemaker is a small device that sends electrical impulses to the heart muscle to maintain a suitable heart rate and rhythm. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is an electronic device that constantly monitors the heart rate and rhythm and which, when it detects an abnormal rhythm, delivers energy to the heart muscle, causing the heart to beat in a normal rhythm again.

A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a kind of mechanical heart that is placed inside a person's chest, where it helps the heart pump blood throughout the body. A heart transplant is the replacement of a diseased heart with a heart from a healthy donor who has died.

In the main, the purpose of surgery for heart disease is to rectify the underlying condition.

Summary

If you are diabetic, there is a strong probability that you have or will develop heart disease also. The most common cause of heart disease in diabetics is atherosclerosis and if you have cholesterol issues there is an 85% chance that you also have diabetes.

Heart disease can be treated with a combination of aspirin therapy, a plant-focused diet and exercise. There are many medicines for ameliorating the various deleterious effects of the disease. Surgical techniques to rectify the underlying condition range from the insertion of stents to heart transplants.

When you are diagnosed with diabetes, you will probably be checked for heart disease. The diet and exercise regime that will help you beat your diabetes should also be helpful in dealing with your heart disease.

Paul D Kennedy is a type 2 diabetic. He used his skills as an international consultant and researcher to find a way to control his diabetes using diet alone and, about five years ago, he stopped taking medications to control his blood glucose levels. You can find out more from beating-diabetes.com or by contacting Paul at paul@beating-diabetes.com. His book Beating Diabetes is available for download from Amazon or as a printed edition from Create Space online book store.

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Perimenopause, Menopause, And Postmenopause: What Are The Symptoms?

Perimenopause, Menopause, And Postmenopause: What Are The Symptoms?
By J Russell Hart

Menopause is divided into 3 phases, with each phase lasting for an undetermined time in each woman. To add to the confusion, each woman will experience menopause differently.

The 3 phases are perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause.

Perimenopause starts years before your last period. Little changes may happen without your notice, and then you get a hot flash, which is a wake up call. Menopause is when your period stops completely. When you have had a full year without your period, you have gone through menopause. On average, menopause is around age 51, although some go through it earlier and some later than that. Next, postmenopause is every thing after menopause, basically, the rest of your life.

Here is a list of common symptoms:

One of the first signs you are entering perimenopause is your period becoming irregular, or missing one here and there, sometimes even for a few months in a row. Next will be the occurrence of hot flashes. They may start mildly in the beginning but menopause takes years to go through and eventually the hot flashes will escalate.

Night sweats go hand in hand with hot flashes. You wake up in the middle of the night and your bedding and nightgown are completely saturated. Some women experience night sweats and not hot flashes, or vice-versa, or both or neither; but the odds are you will get at least one of these symptoms.

Vaginal dryness is yet another side effect of menopause. Diminishing estrogen levels cause physical changes in the moisture and elasticity of the vaginal walls and a decrease in the natural lubrication. OTC lubricants can substitute for a while, but eventually it will become too painful to continue, lovemaking hurts too much and avoidance is easier. Ask your doctor about hormone replacement therapy and if it is right for you.

Lack of sex drive and loss of intimacy in your marriage can be frightening. Keeping an open dialog with your partner and an open mind in the bedroom can help both of you during this time. You may also experience urinary incontinence. The incidence of depression increases and can warrant going to a doctor for help.

You may gain weight for no reason at all; it is a side effect of menopause. The fluctuating hormones are to blame as are the trying times you are going through. Keep your eyes on a healthy diet and exercise and it may fix itself soon enough.

Insomnia is also a side effect of lower estrogen levels. With all you have on your mind, it is easy to blame stress but it is a side effect of diminishing estrogen levels. Taking melatonin, starting at the 1 mg size, an hour or two before bedtime may help you fall and stay asleep. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body as day turns into night. It has no side effects and it safe. Take the lowest dose and you will awake refreshed.

Mood swings can take you by surprise. Throw in a hot flash and you can seem out of control. Your memory isn't what it used to be, either. You may worry, but these are all natural consequences of estrogen withdrawal and very common in menopause.

One of the most debilitating physical symptoms is loss of hair, sometimes it seems by the brush-full! This can be scary as your self-esteem and self-confidence are shaken as your hair falls out constantly. Your hair loses the thickness and body you had in your youth. Trying a new hairstyle can be a lifesaver here.

Not all of these symptoms may be present all at once, thank goodness, but you can be sure that a few will be recognizable. Keeping a sense of humor at all times is a great help and looking on the bright side of everyday happenings will help you through this sometimes-difficult time of life.

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10 Healthy Snacks For Work - Each Under 200 Calories

10 Healthy Snacks For Work - Each Under 200 Calories

10 Healthy Snacks For Work - Each Under 200 Calories
By Gregory L Gomez

Oh those tasty snacks. The little treats that for many are thorns in the side and continually contribute to the inability to drop the excess weight. Many people often overlook the damage not having healthy snacks for work can cause but it is something that definitely needs to be taken into account.

Snacks are an important part of daily nutrition, however far too often when hunger between meals arises, many people opt to choose an unhealthy way to satisfy their appetite. This usually means a soda pop and bag of potato chips or a candy bar, all of which are not healthy contributions to the body.

Get In The Habit Of Taking Healthy Snacks For Work With You Daily

The reason why these types of snacks are so popular is because they are plastered everywhere we go - the corner convenience store, supermarkets, gas stations, work cafeteria, even those pesky vending machines. Worse yet, once we find spots with the snacks and drinks we like, it often becomes a regular habit that may be hard to break.

Did you know if you were to cut out just one soda or glass of juice a day, that alone would help you get rid of 1,800 calories per week or 26 pounds a year!?!

And that's just from eliminating one soda/juice per day! Imagine what you could lose if you got rid of all the other unhealthy snacks from your repertoire.

Stick with the idea that healthy snacks for work should each be under 200 calories. Your snack should be nowhere near the total calorie count of an entire meal. It's something that should be small enough to tide you over until your next main meal but be nutritious also.

Making Healthy Snacks For Work Does Not Take Much Time - Less Than 5 Minutes!

The reason why snacks are important is to keep your body nourished and your metabolism going. This helps keep you from going into "starvation mode" where you start craving anything and everything that crosses your path. If you get to the point where your stomach is growling for food, then you've gone too long without nourishment and you may likely overeat at your next meal.

Prevent this from happening by planning out your healthy snacks for work. It doesn't take a lot of time if you just stick with snacks that are simple, yet nutritious. Just be sure to add these items to your shopping list so the next time you go for groceries you will purchase these healthy options.

10 Healthy Snacks For Work, Each Under 200 Calories

Here are 10 healthy snacks for work. Enjoy a bottle/glass of water and you will have the ideal amount to tide you over until your next main meal.

1. Almonds with raisins
2. Celery sticks with peanut butter
3. Rice cake with peanut butter or honey
4. Carrots with light ranch dressing
5. Hummus with whole wheat pita pocket
6. Yogurt with 1/4 cup of granola or grape nuts
7. Mozzarella string cheese with 5 whole wheat crackers
8. Fruits: most are only 100 calories each! Take your pick apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, strawberries, grapes, melon, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, cherries, etc.
9. Granola bars: wide selection and varieties
10. 1/2 whole wheat bagel with peanut butter or honey

Hopefully these 10 ideas have inspired you to start creating your own healthy snacks for work so you will never have to resort to making unhealthy vending machine purchases on your break. Remember, maintaining a healthy life is a culmination of many small decisions made throughout your day. Snacks are definitely included in these decisions. Prepare yourself and you will have healthy snacks for work making it one step closer to a healthy life.

About the Author: Gregory L. Gomez, M. Ed, has been teaching 5th grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 17 years. He created 10Quickies.com to help teachers and parents provide children in 2nd-5th grades with a fun and inspirational way to review grade level math. He also wants readers to be mindful of their health and fitness especially since it's easy to overlook in the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can start focusing on your health starting today by using these 5 Healthy Eating Tips found here --> http://10quickies.com/article_5healthyeatingtips.html

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10 Tips For Dining Out

10 Tips For Dining Out

Submitted by: Meri Raffetto

There is no doubt about it; Americans are eating in restaurants more often than ever before. In 1970 Americans spent just 26% of their food dollars on restaurant meals. Today we spend 46% of food dollars on eating out. This is likely the result of a fast paced lifestyle and more convenience of restaurants. What have also grown are restaurant portion sizes. The average restaurant portion size is large enough to feed three adults! Furthermore, studies have found a direct association between eating out and higher caloric intakes. This is important to know since obesity rates have doubled in the past 20 years and currently 65% of adults are obese.

This doesn’t mean you have to forego eating in restaurants. This may not be realistic for many people’s lifestyles. Instead, become more aware of what you are ordering and how much is on your plate. Here are 10 tips for dining out.

1. At lunch, opt for a deli sandwich with vegetable soup or side salad instead of a burger and fries. You can find these items in your local deli or supermarket.

2. Avoid specialty breads on sandwiches such as foccacia, baguettes or rolls, and choose whole grain bread instead.

3. Avoid anything mixed with heavy sauces or mayonnaise. (a tuna or egg salad sandwich in a restaurant may have more mayonnaise than you would add at home).

4. Get your salad dressings, sauces, and gravies on the side.

5. Eat half or even a quarter of the regular entrée or split the meal with a friend. Remember, most restaurant portions can feed 3 adults.

6. Share one dessert.

7. Skip the extra cheese on anything you order.

8. Choose lean meats such as chicken, turkey, or fish. A turkey sandwich in place of a roast beef sandwich can save you 100 calories and 10 grams of saturated fat.

9. Go easy on stuffed entrees- they’re often loaded in fat and calories.

10. Avoid “super-sizing” combo meals. They may be an economic value but they can add up to 1800 calories for one meal!

The average American adult is gaining 2-3 pounds a year. That amounts to eating just 20 - 30 extra calories than your body needs each day. It really is the “little things” that put on excess weight. Where can you save a few calories?

© Meri Raffetto RD, 2004

About the Author: Owner of Real Living Nutrition Services, Meri Raffetto is a recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness. She specializes in weight management and cardiovascular nutrition and offers online programs to help people reach their health goals. For more information visit http://www.reallivingnutrition.com.

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Healthy Breakfast Guidelines

Healthy Breakfast Guidelines

Submitted by: Adrian Joele

They often told us since grade school:Start the day with a good breakfast! But while eating breakfast does seem to boast performance in children, it’s not so clear whether it’s equally important for adults. While a number of studies have suggested that skipping breakfast can cause fuzzy thinking and fatigue,some experts say that the evidence is not convincing.

Studies on human performance indicate that people who regularly skip breakfast may actually experience an energy slump on occasions when they do eat it.Dr Arthur Frank,MD,medical director of the Obesity Management Program at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. is not opposed to the idea of having breakfast,”you shouldn’t feel obligated to eat it”,he says.”Follow your body’s lead.”

Of course,if you frequently find yourself feeling tired as the day wears on, skipping breakfast could be making the problem worse,says Wahida Karmally, DrPH,RD,CDE, director of nutrition of the Irving Center for Clinical Research at Columbia University Medical Centre. She recommends starting the day with a breakfast that is high in complex carbohydrates blended with protein- whole-grain cereal with low-fat or fat free milk and fresh fruit,for example, or whole-wheat toast topped with low-fat cheese.

We recommend adding one of USANA’s Macro-optimizers to your breakfast. They contain complex carbohydrates,dietary fiber for more energy, soy protein and potassium in the right ratio’s, with a low glycemic index of 23. You can read more about macro nutrients in one of the following sections.

Children who eat breakfast are more likely to have better concentration, problem solving skills and hand-eye coordination. The State of Minnesota Breakfast Study showed that “students who ate breakfasts before starting school had a general increase in math grades and reading scores, increased student attention, reduced nurse visits and increased student behaviors.” Eating only sugary foods may cause your child to have erratic energy levels, it actually spike their blood sugar levels which can cause type 2 diabetis. Eating a balanced breakfast will help get them going and sustain their energy until lunch time.

A healthy breakfast does not have to take a lot of time. Stick to the basics and serve simple foods that are nutritious and quick in the morning. For ideas, here are ten tips for nourishing ways to kick-start the day.

Ten tips for a healthier breakfast.

1. Oatmeal in an instant Instant oatmeal is great on a cold morning and contains fiber and vitamins. Choose oatmeal that isn’t already pre-sweetened. Sweeten it with raisins or fresh fruit.

2. Smoothy madness Blend frozen fruit(bananas and berries are great),low-fat or fat free milk and 100% fruit-juice for a quick, tasty breakfast smoothy with lots of nutrients.

3. Go 100% whole grain 100% whole-grain, fiber containing cereals served with low- or fat-free milk are a healthier alternative to sugary cereals. Whole-wheat muffins with smashed banana are also easy and tasty.

4. Eggxactly! Boil,scramble or poach eggs and serve on whole-wheat toast they’re packet with nutrition and in appropriate portions, are great for kids.

5. Toaster Treats Frozen, whole-grain waffles take almost no time to make. Top them with berries, low sugar apple-sauce or sliced bananas instead of syrup.

6. Go Nutty! Spreading peanut or almond butter on whole-grain toast is great to get both protein and fiber.

7. Go Fruity! A fresh fruit cut up with a dollop of low-fat or fat-free yogurt is a great way to start the day. Apples contain fiber and bananas contain potassium.

8. Try All-Fruit Spreads. Instead of butter or margarine on toast, try all-fruit spreads, fruit butters, or even sliced bananas or strawberries.

9. Bagel Classics Try a whole-wheat or sunflower seed bagel with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter.

10. Breakfast On-the-Go Don’t have time to eat breakfast at home? Keep whole-grain mini bagels on-hand or muffins or the USANA Nutrition bars (Iced lemon Fibergy Bar,Oatmeal Raisin or Peanut Crunch Nutrition Bars.)

About the Author: Adrian Joele became interested in nutrition and weight management while he was an associate with a nutritional supplement company. Since 2008 he wrote several articles about nutrition and weight loss and achieved expert status with Ezine http://Articles.com. He has been involved in nutrition and weight management for more than 12 years and he likes to share his knowledge with anyone who could benefit from it. Get his free newsletter & report on nutrition and tips for healthy living, by visiting: http://www.nutrobalance2.net

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From Fatigue to Vitality...The Hormone Connection

From Fatigue to Vitality...The Hormone Connection

Submitted by: Varsha Rathod, M.D.

From Fatigue To Vitality…
The Hormone Health Connection

Depression, fatigue, chronic pain, weight gain, and anxiety are among the most common complaints of patients seen in my office. I hear these symptoms described on a daily basis. I often meet patients who are frustrated: they don’t feel well, yet their doctors have drawn labs and ordered tests that have not lead to satisfactory solutions. They can’t find anything wrong, and so they send patients away with a prescription for an antidepressant and the familiar advice that the problem is mental, not physical—It’s all in your head. I repeatedly find that these very real symptoms are actually the result of hormonal imbalance.

Most patients are familiar with estrogen and progesterone. However, other forms such as insulin, cortisol, DHEA, thyroid, luteinizing hormones (LH), growth hormone, melatonin, and numerous intestinal hormones also contribute to our overall health and well-being. Hormones—chemicals released by glands—signal organs to function in a precise mode. A low thyroid level, for instance, negatively affects neurological, cardiological, metabolic, and uterine function. Our hormonal level responds to such external cues as stress, nutrition, light exposure, and toxicity by directing glands to produce different amounts of hormones to adapt to our environment.

Symptoms: Unexplained weight gain, decreased appetite, chronic fatigue, depression, and a persistent chill...

These symptoms often indicate an abnormally functioning thyroid gland. The thyroid produces a hormone that controls the rate at which our cells operate. An unstable thyroid gland can lead to multiple symptoms. Many of my patients suspect that they have a thyroid problem. However, previous testing has come back negative, signaling that the thyroid is operating fine. Most physicians test TSH and T3 Free when checking thyroid function. Yet the patient is tired, gaining weight, always cold, or depressed. Women may experience heavy and frequent periods, painful constipation or have a persistently hoarse voice. In my thyroid examination, I recommend a full panel (blood test), which includes TSH, T3 free, T4 free, T3 total, reverse T3, and thyroid peroxidase. When appropriate, I also suggest a 24-hour urine iodine test. This additional lab work often discovers thyroid malfunction that the TSH and T3 Free tests have missed.

Solution: Call the office to get a complete set of thyroid labs done and a doctors’ consultation to determine the best course of action.

Symptoms: Inability to handle stress, poor mental focus, and extreme fatigue... Stress is the result of physical and emotional imbalance that your body cannot correct on its own. When a person is constantly exposed to stressful situations, the adrenal glands become overworked. Initially, the adrenal glands produce too much cortisol in order to compensate for the extra stress. If the stressful situation persists, levels of cortisol will eventually decrease. The outcome is adrenal gland fatigue, which can lead to exhaustion. Located on the top of the kidneys, the adrenal glands continually manufacture cortisol, excitatory neurotransmitters, hormones associated with salt and water metabolism, and sex hormones. In addition to chronic fatigue, patients with improper cortisol levels often experience pigmentation (skin discoloration), allergies, chemical sensitivities, low blood pressure, weight gain in the abdomen and behind the neck. After saliva and/or urine tests have been obtained, correcting cortisol levels may involve adjusting lifestyle (i.e. yoga, Thai-chi, etc.), nutritional maintenance, supplement support or hormone support, based on individual needs.

Solution: Measure salivary and urine hormone levels and schedule a doctors consultation to determine the best course of action. Symptoms: Irregular menstruation, hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, and breast tenderness...

Symptoms of unbalanced estradiol and progesterone are commonly described as Premenstrual Syndrome. Pre-menstrual Syndrome is an extensive disorder, responsible for irregular menstruation, hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, breast tenderness, and headaches. Uneven levels of estradiol and progesterone might be due to a deficiency of nutrients, minerals, and essential fatty acids; stress can even trigger hormone release.

The ovaries release estradiol and progesterone rhythmically, over a 28 day cycle. Initially, rising levels of estradiol instruct the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to release LH, the hormone that signals ovulation. During ovulation, the fertile woman can become pregnant. If she does not, however, estradiol levels fall and progesterone levels rise.

Symptoms of Excessive Estrogen or Progesterone:

? Mood Swings
? Breast tenderness
? Fibrocystic breasts
? Headaches
? Decreased Libido
? Candida infections
? Dizziness
? Uterine fibroids

Symptoms of Low Estrogen or Progesterone:

? Hot Flashes
? Night Sweats
? Foggy thinking
? Tearful
? Depressed
? Heart palpitations
? Incontinence
? Sleep disturbances

“As women have lived increasingly longer lives, they are facing problems their grandmothers never faced. At the turn of the century, women died soon after their ovaries quit.” Charles Hammond, M.D.

Meno pause is the decline of the rhythmically cycling hormones. Though women still maintain low levels of hormones to ensure certain vital functions, the regularity of the 28 day cycle disappears. As the population ages, more and more women complain of negative symptoms associated with menopause. The lifespan for a healthy female has never been longer—currently, women can expect to live an average of eighty years.

The extended lifespan, largely the result of better sanitation and available healthcare, means that women live at least 30 post-menopausal years, and experience the myriad of symptoms that accompany low hormonal levels. The body interprets these low hormonal levels as a signal that the lifespan is nearing its end, and the body in turn begins to degenerate through rapid aging, autoimmunity, and various forms of cancer. Intuitively, using hormones that are similar in composition to the body’s own hormones makes sense. What makes even more sense is using these hormones cyclically, as the body did in its pre-menopausal state. I recommend this rhythmic dosage, in imitation of the natural female cycle.

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MEN: Symptoms: Depression, muscle weakness, unexplained aches and pains, and decreased sex drive...

These symptoms are associated with low levels of Testosterone, a hormone produced in the testes. Like estrogen and progesterone, testosterone ebbs and flows with the males’ 28 day cycle, a discovery only recently being employed in clinical practice. Nature has synchronized male and female rhythms to facilitate reproduction and mutual aging Venus and Mars working in conjunction to effect maximal harmony. The woman's cycle is the major trigger for her male partners’ cycle. Testosterone is released by a similar mechanism that releases an egg from the ovary. Symptoms of low testosterone are extensive, and include: depression, apathy, a sluggish metabolism, muscle weakness, unexplained aches and pains, and increased abdominal girth (i.e. “potbelly”). Blood and saliva testing are used to determine testosterone levels.

Solution: Have your hormone levels checked and consider hormone therapy if levels are critically low. IN SUMMARY

I have only just begun the discussion of the vital role hormones play in ensuring optimal health. To put it simply, hormonal imbalances and disturbances are at the root of many chronic human diseases. We are responsible for our own hormonal imbalances. We eat badly, expose ourselves to an infinite number of toxins, and then expect our body to fix itself. The demands that we place on our bodies necessitates the careful, precise calibration of our hormones to restore our bodies to their natural, balanced states. —Varsha Rathod, M.D.

About the Author: About the Author: Dr. Varsha Rathod is a Board Certified Rheumatologist and Internist. Preventive Medicine has focused on a combination of traditional and holistic medicine since 1967. For more information about alternative solutions, visit http://www.preventivemedicinestl.com or call 314-997-5403.

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Find a Weight Loss Program That Works For You

Find a Weight Loss Program That Works For You

Find a Weight Loss Program That Works For You

By: Philip Nicosia

Millions of people struggle with weight issues every year-and despite claims that a wonder diet can "work for everybody", the fact is that each of those individuals have a medical history, a personality, or a lifestyle issue that affects whether or not that weight control technique will help them shed those pounds.

But while nothing works for everybody, there is something that will work for you... and the challenge is to find it, identify it, and stick to it.

For some people, appetite control is extremely difficult. Some weight loss programs try to tackle that problem by delving into the psychological issues behind food (these are the total lifestyle body makeovers, whose techniques include keeping a food journal and coming to terms with one's body image). Others address the problem through metabolism, introducing or removing certain foods in one's diet that are said to either trigger appetite. Still others, like diet pills, act as appetite suppressants. Other programs rely on nutritional substitutes, like heavy shakes that make one feel full and provide adequate vitamins and minerals, while reducing calories.

For others, it's not appetite that's problematic, it's the kind of food they eat. Certain diet programs give very strict diet regimens that promote weight loss, because of the way the body digests the food. Some are short-term, meant to shed pounds over a limited period of time; others are long-term lifestyle changes. The success of these diet programs depend largely on the person's weight loss goals and level of commitment. Needless to say, if you just want to drop a dress size for your wedding, you may not be ready to go into something long-term. But if you have health problems, and need to control cholesterol levels, then a short-term solution would not be very effective.

Other weight loss programs are closely tied with exercise routines. Of course, not all exercise regimens will appeal to an individual; some would find yoga interesting, while others would prefer something like belly dancing. The idea is that one picks what is most interesting to them-the more fun and enjoyment they derive from a routine, the more likely they will stick to it.

The mistake that many people make is that they don't consider their own lifestyle or personality when they try a diet or exercise regimen; they go with what everyone else is doing, or jump on the weight loss bandwagon on the premise that it worked for so-and-so. While it's okay to experiment with different regimens (wouldn't hurt to try anything once), ultimately it is a search to find what is personally appealing.

Another secret to maintaining a diet or exercise regimen is to have very clear and realistic goals. "Be thin" is too general to be meaningful; pinpoint a number, and a date: "Lose 15 pounds by September." And to avoid discouragement, that goal must be humanly achievable and should never compromise with one's health. If a diet makes one dizzy, or radically affects one's ability to be fully alert and functional, then stop immediately.

Luckily there is a wide variety of weight loss regimens. There's bound to be one that will help one meet one's goals and match one's lifestyle.

 

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What Are Healthy Weight Loss Tips? | Healthy Diet For Weigh Loss | Fast Weight Loss Tips and Diet

What Are Healthy Weight Loss Tips? | Healthy Diet For Weigh Loss | Fast Weight Loss Tips and Diet

Submitted by: Medico News

This is one of the most difficult things to do. It is just too convenient to keep postponing your weight loss plan. You must understand that no one else can or will do it for you. Get started, as soon as you can.You have to lose some of what you’ve grown accustomed to and add some items that may be new to you. Here’s some quick weight loss tips that experts recommend to promote weight loss.With regard EO fat, the research is clear.Diets too high in fat promote overweight and obesity.

You should strive to consume no more than 25 percent of your calories from fat and that fat should the non saturated type.Numerous studies have linked table sugar to increased calorie consumption. While sugar doesn’t do as much dietary damage as fat, you’ll find that when you eat sweets, you simply want to eat more of everything. Not only that, but sugar also makes your body excrete chromium, and chromium is a mineral that helps your body build calorie-burning lean tissue – so you want to keep your chromium levels up.

It’s true what they say all you need to do is watch what you eat, and expend more energy than you consume. It’s really that simple. You can quit reading this list now, you now know everything you need to know and didn’t need to fork over $500 for the privilege of me telling you the secret of losing weight. You don’t need to read a 4,000 page book, you don’t have to buy a tape series, you don’t need to stay up late at night to watch infomercials to understand this basic premise. It’s 100% true.

Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer than other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and keeping us feeling full longer. Due to its greater fiber content, a single serving of whole grain bread can be more filling than two servings of white bread. Fiber also moves fat through our digestive system faster so that less of it is absorbed.Refined grains like white rice and those used to make white bread and sugary breakfast cereals have had most of their fiber and nutrients stripped away. They turn into blood sugarso fast that, like sugar itself, they can cause a spike in our insulin level. This tells our body that plenty of energy is readily available and that it should stop burning fat and start storing it.

Weight gain in teens is mainly thanks to a poor diet of junk food that is compounded by a more sedentary lifestyle than past generations had. The reason for this must fall fairly and squarely on the shoulders of aggressive advertisers pushing the perceived desire for a wealth of fast food outlets and the junk food they produce. Couple this with the march forward in technology and a lessening of parental control or the respect given to parents from most teens and you have a generation of teens that would rather spend all their free time riveted to a computer, laptop, games console etc than getting out in the fresh air to interact with their friends in sports and energetic games such as cycling, skating.

Every body is different. It stands to reason that everybody will lose weight differently. Even if you do the exact same things that I do, you won’t lose weight at the same rate. The key is in finding your triggers. Keep your goal in sight, and do whatever you have to do to meet that goal. When you start looking at someone else’s habits, you’re only going to become discouraged and quit without even realizing that it’s physically impossible to be anybody but yourself.

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3 Things You Can Do to Prevent Weekend Weight Gain

3 Things You Can Do to Prevent Weekend Weight Gain

Submitted by: Lorraine Matthews Antosiewicz

Do you find that you eat really well all week long, and then get completely off track from Friday through Sunday? If so, you’re not alone. Weight gain from Friday through Sunday is a real thing. A recent study from Cornell University (http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/op/weightrhythms) found that most of us gain weight on Saturday and Sunday, thanks to weekend socializing and indulgences. Weight fluctuations are normal, a pound or two up or down, here or there, is absolutely normal. But for many, the shock and horror of what the scale says on Monday morning is likely due to what was eaten since Friday. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

If you want to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, getting a handle on your weekend eating habits is essential. Here are a few tips to help you put a healthy spin on the weekends while still enjoying yourself.

Weight Gainer: eating to unwind. It’s been a long intense week, and you feel that you deserve to eat extra (fatty, sugary) food as way to decompress. You use food to reward yourself for putting up with your killer commute, incompetent co-workers, demanding boss, or whatever stressful scenario you encountered during the week.

• The Fix: Relaxation is paramount to good health, but using weekend diet indulgences as a way to de-stress can be more stressful in the long run. Overeating can feel good while you are doing it, but the high only lasts for a short time. Instead, think about ways to indulge yourself that are not food related. For example, treat yourself to a massage or spa treatment; meet a special friend for a walk and talk; or listen to one of these “relax and listen podcasts”. https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health/care/!ut/p/a0/FchBDoMgEADAt_iAzYZEYfFmhH6hhdsGiZIIGELt99seZ9DjC33hO-3cUy18_uxCLD22md9bqnCnLVZ8okd_Nd4zoysVAocj_o9bT-GM6IzVap2MBamlBCGsgEWPBohoUkKp8UErXjnTZxmGL2IKPpI!/

Instead of overeating as a way to decompress after a long work week, focus on healthier options that will support your goals of losing weight and improving your health and wellbeing.

Weight Gainer: alcohol. The extra glass of wine at dinner or cocktail at a party can pack a calorie punch. A 12-ounce beer is 150 calories, light beer is about 100, a shot of a distilled spirit has 80 calories and 4 ounces of wine has around 100 calories.

• The Fix: allow yourself no more than two drinks on each weekend night, and be conscious that alcohol can stimulate your appetite and decrease your inhibitions about eating more than you otherwise might. When you drink, go for light beers and distilled spirits with seltzer or diet soda. And be sure to drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.

Weight Gainer: lack of daily structure. While kicking back and doing nothing is the ultimate weekend plan, having nothing to do or no place to go can lead to overeating. Many people need some type of schedule so they don’t deviate too far from their normal eating routine. Not having a plan can lead to skipping meals, snacking all day long, and overeating in the end.

• The Fix: stick to your weekday meal and snack routine as much as possible. When you’re at home, don’t hang out in the kitchen unless you are cooking or eating a planned meal. If you don’t already journal, doing so on the weekends can keep you honest and mindful of what and why you’re eating.



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To Supplement or Not to Supplement

To Supplement or Not to Supplement

Submitted by: Glenn Antoine

It is a known fact that vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients are essential to good health. If this world were perfect we would get all these nutrients from the food we eat on a daily basis. However, because this does not always happen, there are some convincing reasons to consider taking vitamin, mineral or micro-nutrient supplements.

Vitamins can help us overcome our lifestyle problems. On the whole, we are not very responsible when it comes to healthy habits. Many people play with their lives by smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, not getting adequate exercise or sleep, making poor choices in foods, and many other activities that lead to poor health. By taking vitamins every day, some of these negative effects may be counteracted.

Women in particular have special vitamin needs related both to osteoporosis and pregnancy issues. Although men can also have osteoporosis, it tends to attack women more and cause them greater suffering. By supplementing with calcium on a daily basis, much of the risk for osteoporosis can be offset and some of the latest research is showing that vitamin D plays a significant role in the prevention of osteoporosis. For women who are pregnant or considering having children, folic acid is an essential supplement. This B vitamin can prevent birth defects such as Spina Bifida in newborn babies. Lastly for pre-menopausal women there is overwhelming research showing that a large percentage of the population is iron deficient.

Men, too, have issues that can be fought through proper vitamin intake. Cardiovascular problems are thought to be reduced by taking vitamin E supplements. They are believed to play an important role in keeping the blood pressure and cholesterol levels low in most males aged forty and over. Keeping the arteries clean is an important factor in preventing heart attacks and vitamin E has been shown in research studies to accomplish this task.

Dieters have special supplementation needs of their own. Many young girls diet on a regular basis and consume far too few calories to accommodate their vitamin needs. While the wisdom of going on particular weight loss diets is a topic for another discussion, anyone on such a diet should look to vitamin supplements to avoid malnutrition and other maladies. Inadequate nutrition can cause a person to be vulnerable to various ailments and a weakened immune system.

Another great reason to consider vitamin supplementation is the potential cancer prevention some vitamins are believed to provide. Research has suggested that vitamin E and vitamin A prevent skin cancer. Many studies in recent years have found that other types of cancers may be similarly prevented by taking certain vitamins.

While there is never a fail proof plan when it comes to vitamin supplements, the evidence does suggest that risk may be reduced and conditions may be improved through supplementation. Due to all of the possible benefits, supplementation is definitely worth considering. Lastly, while I have not even scratched the surface of the benefits and the various nutrients that we need to optimize our body’s ability to rebuild and repair itself on a daily basis please take the time to ensure that you are getting these vital nutrients on a daily basis for a long healthy life.

References:

1) The American Society for Nutritional Sciences Website - 813S

2) PubMed Website Articles: Zinc Supplementation artid=131177

3) American Heart Association Website: Antioxidants - identifier=2062

4) American Heart Association Website: Homocysteine - identifier=442

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