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Feeling Down? 9 Tips Guaranteed To Beat The Winter Blues






Winter can be the most dismal, boring season of the year. With all the colds, fever, headache, slippery roads, etc. it's better to just stay inside the house and hang a sign on the door: "Don't wake until the spring thaw." Right? That would be a bad idea. If you do that you'll miss out on all the fun and excitement of winter. In this article I'm going to present many things you can do to improve your mood and beat the winter blues.

Tip #1. Let the light shine in

Are you more grumpy and moody during the winter months? Do you find yourself wanting to dose off? This commonly happens to a lot of people at this time of the year. One explanation for these behavioral changes is melatonin. Melatonin is a protein hormone that is secreted in the absence of sunlight. Normally this hormone is at its highest concentration during the night time hours while we are sleeping. Winter brings early and lengthy nights which prompts people to sleep. To beat this, part the curtains, raise the window shades or get outside for a while. Exposure to the sunlight will make you feel better. So, get the family outside for a walk, or build a snowman, etc. You'll be glad you did. (It's important that children get enough sunlight in the winter time. To learn more about it read my article Are Your Children Getting Enough Vitamin D?) 

Tip # 2. Read a book

Have you ever become so engrossed in reading a great book or novel, that you completely lose track of time? Reading stimulates the mind and piques the imagination. So instead of wasting your waking hours with boredom, pick up a book, newspaper or reading health and wellness articles (hint hint) is a fantastic way to pass the time.

Tip #3. Clean the house

Chase away those cobwebs in your head by literally cleaning your house. When you're busy doing household chores, you won't time to feel bored. And you'll feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after making your home neat and tidy.

Tip # 4. Do a puzzle game

Crosswords, picture puzzles, you name it. Putting your mental energies to a constructive task not only bolsters brain power, they're challenging enough to keep you pre-occupied for hours.

Tip # 5. Spend time with others

Visit family members in person, on the phone or via the internet. This would be a perfect chance to catch up with loved ones, whom you haven't seen since the holidays. You can plan events together, to watch a movie, go shopping, etc. This will give you something to look forward to and make you feel happy.

Tip # 6. Eat Foods Rich in Anti-oxidants

Food affects mood. Keeping healthy snacks around the house will not only ease hunger, they'll stimulate positive emotions. For a list of healthy foods read The Food and Mood Relationship and Treat Seasonal Depression With Vitamin D Supplements both articles are found right here on this website.

Tip # 7. Smile

Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you're smiling? The mere action of smiling triggers the release of endorphins, these are chemicals in the brain that are associated with feelings of happiness. It's true. Just do this little exercise: smile. See ? It's working already.

Tip # 8. Sing

Singing or humming the tune of a favorite song is an easy way to cheer yourself up. Think of several of your best liked songs and when you start to feel depressed, sing them out loud. Sing for yourself. You'll get a confidence boost when you hear the sound of the of your voice, as you make music from a song that brings you happiness.

Tip # 9. Exercise

A good workout does wonders for the mind, body and spirit. When you're exercising you pump oxygenated blood to all the cells of the body including the brain. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, those chemicals that are associated with happy feelings. Do push ups, burpees, jog in place, walk around the block, or hit the gym - anything which takes you from a resting state to activity is physical exercise. After a thirty minute workout, your body will be powered up and ready to take on the day.

Those are my tips, now it's your turn. How do you keep busy during winter? Tell us about it in the comments.

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What is Resistance Training?

What is Resistance Training?
By Lana Soko

Wikipedia defines Resistance Training as ‘Resistance training
is a form of strength training in which each effort is performed
against a specific opposing force generated by resistance (i.e.
resistance to being pushed, squeezed, stretched or bent).’

It’s about exercising your muscles with an opposing force,
making the muscles move against a form of resistance. It could
be weight training with free weights such as dumb bells, using a
medicine ball etc. Resistance Training will tone and increase
muscle strength and size, but what’s the point other than
looking good?

There are many benefits of resistance training and we’ll cover
the most beneficial. If you are in a weight loss program, the
process of muscle growth will burn calories and fat. It will
boost your metabolism. Doing resistance training alongside an
aerobic exercise, such as running or swimming, will greatly
benefit your levels of fitness, endurance and strength.

The other interesting benefit is to counteract the decline in
our bone mass. As with our metabolism which slows down as we get
older and need to eat less just to maintain our existing weight,
our bone mass also starts to decline, roughly from our 30’s to
40’s. Wikipedia defines Osteoblasts as ‘mononucleate cells that
are responsible for bone formation’. The theory is that regular
weight training persuades osteoblasts to generate bone which in
turn improves bone density.

So how does resistance training work? During the exercise
muscle stretches. It’s the recovery process that then builds the
muscle and burns the calories. You should never weight train
every day. At most every other day, so your body has a day to
recover. Two to three times a week is considered good. One
recommendation would be to do your aerobic exercise one day and
weight train the next, giving your body a day off completely
once a week.

With resistance training stick to free weights, rather than the
machines as they fail to obtain the same benefits. Your
resistance weight training program must be at the right level of
intensity, for both men and women. Sorry ladies, but I often see
you using too light a weight which will have little to no
benefit at all. You also don’t want to overdo it, by lifting too
heavy a weight. Try and reach a level of tiredness within each
set. Again, another big mistake is doing the exercise
incorrectly. If you have access to a trainer, ask him or her to
show you how to do each exercise and have them watch you back.
It is also important to ensure you do warm up exercises first.

A 30 minutes session should be plenty. Combine that with your
aerobic exercise and fat burning foods, and you will become a
very fit person with a nice toned body. One last thing to
mention is the Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI calculator will tell
you your ideal body weight based on your height. Now depending
on the profile of your body, the amount of fat you have, and the
stage you are at in potentially losing weight, doing resistance
training etc, use the BMI as a guide only. Put simply, muscle
weighs. So in the early days you may find you put on weight,
whilst it adjusts to your new activities as you reduce the
levels of fat in your body, but at the same time increase

So, as with all new exercise, it is recommended you discuss
with your doctor first. Best of luck and enjoy being fit and

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Can Skinny People Become Hunks?

Can Skinny People Become Hunks?
By Chris Chew

So you have been skinny all your life and will do anything to
get a fit and healthy body like those beach hunks. Is that
possible? Of course it is or else you wouldn't be reading this
article, right?

The concept of gaining weight is actually very simple but for
skinny people like you to make it happen can be very daunting
because of your natural genetic predisposition not to retain
enough fat or muscle. However, as a fitness consultant, I give
you my word that thin people can and do gain weight if you put
in enough effort and applied knowledge. The bottom line is that
you can become a future hunk if you know how to.

The key to increasing your weight is to eat and drink more
calories than your body requires for energy such as in your
daily activities. Yes, that is just common sense but it is still
worth repeating it as you will see why soon.

You see, there are a certain number of calories that you need
to consume everyday day so that you are able to maintain your
current weight. If you consume fewer calories than this
maintenance level, you will lose weight.

However, your position is completely in the opposite direction.
So for you to put on weight, you should be consuming more
calories than you need daily. That is why if you are not putting
on any weight, you are just not consuming enough calories over
your maintenance level.

If you are eating extra 500 more calories than your body
requires everyday, you ought to be putting on about a pound per
week. This is because one pound of body fat is around 3500

If you have been eating until you are full every time when you
have a meal and yet are not getting the calories required for
you to increase your weight, then may I suggest that you get the
extra calories not from your meals alone but also from sources
such as sugary drinks, snacking between meals and also from
weight gaining supplements.

There is one snag here though. You see, if you put on weight
just by consuming extra calories, you will be putting on body
fat. Therefore this is not very healthy and besides, putting on
fat will not make you a hunk!

So, to complement your weight gain effort to look like a hunk,
you should start a weight training program. Choose a program
that is designed to build muscles all over your entire body.
Hire a professional personal trainer to help you if you have the
budget because there is a lot of science behind bodybuilding and
if you don't know them, you will never get the desired result.

Do you know something? For skinny people to get a defined
muscular body is easier than for overweight people. This is
because overweight people must lose much of their body fat in
order for their muscles to show because all those solid muscles
are hidden under their body fat.

As for you, because of your low fat, you can see improvements
very quickly and do not need the heart wrenching task of losing
fat to see your muscle tone and definitions.

Besides, muscle is heavier that fat. So when you gain muscle
mass on your body frame, you will also be getting heavier at the
same time. Now you know the secret to become a muscular
attractive hunk for thin people is to consume more calories over
your daily maintenance level and to do weight training to become
more muscular.

About the Author: Chris Chew is a sought after fitness
consultant who counts models, actors and other celebrities as
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Early Hormone Replacement Therapy Raises Breast Cancer Risk

Women Who Start HRT Early Increase Their Risk Of Breast Cancer




Women who start hormone replacement therapy shortly after menopause have a greater risk of developing breast cancer than if they wait a bit longer. That's according to a recently published report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Valerie Beral headed a team of cancer research scientists in the United Kingdom whom conducted a prospective study for what has been named the Million Women Study.

For this study, Beral and her team gathered data from approximately 1.3 million postmenopausal women (age 50 - 64) about their hormone therapy replacement use and other factors that may contribute to breast cancer risk.

What Bereal and her colleagues found was that women who begin HRT right at menopause increase their odds of developing breast cancer. 


Estrogen-Progestin Hormone Replacement Therapy Users Are At Great Risk 

Women who receive estrogen-progestin hormone therapy are more likely to develop breast cancer than those who only use estrogen.

Moreover, a woman ups her chances of developing breast cancer the longer she is on hormone replacement therapy.

Finally, non-obese women who use hormone replacement therapy are more likely to develop breast cancer than overweight and obese women.

Beral's team believes this is caused by a relationship between increases in circulating estrogen and changes in fat deposition post menopause.

In other words, women who accumulate fat tissue after menopause naturally produce more estrogen which then circulates in their bloodstream.

The scientists propose that amongst non-obese women HRT merely increases exposure to estrogen thus raising their risk of breast cancer.


Women Lower Their Breast Cancer Risk When They Discontinue HRT

There is evidence that risk for developing breast cancer decreases among women who stop using hormone replacement therapy.

The current study found that it raises a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Whether the person used HRT for a short or extended period of time really made no difference: breast cancer risk increased.

It's also noteworthy that women who started hormone replacement therapy before menopause were likely to develop breast cancer.


What Can You Learn From This Report?

You should draw your own conclusions from the Million Women Study.

The report did have some limitations, most significantly is that for women whom used HRT and developed breast cancer, their reported use of hormone therapy came more than one year before they were diagnosed with breast cancer.

This may have affected some breast cancer risk estimates.

Yet, the report should give readers something to think about: is hormone replacement therapy the right choice for you?


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Beral V, Reeves G, Bull D, Green J, & Million Women Study Collaborators (2011). Breast cancer risk in relation to the interval between menopause and starting hormone therapy. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 103 (4), 296-305 PMID: 21278356


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Do Artificial Sweeteners In Diet Soda Cause Obesity?

Do Artificial Sweeteners In Diet Soda Cause Obesity?
By Mark Hyman

Ever watch a very large person order a Big Mac, large fries,
and top it off with a Diet Coke?

Ever notice that you rarely see thin people drinking diet

I have. And it made me wonder if could there be a link between
diet beverages or artificial sweeteners and obesity.

Research suggests that there is, indeed, a link.

First, our current obesity epidemic has coincided perfectly
with the introduction of large amounts of artificial sweeteners
into our food supply. While we don’t know that one has caused
the other, it is suspicious.

For example, the number of Americans who consume products that
contain sugar-free sweeteners grew from 70 million in 1987 to
160 million in 2000.

At the same time, the incidence of obesity in the United States
has doubled from 15 percent to 30 percent across all age groups,
ethnic groups, and social strata. And the number of overweight
Americans has increased from about 30 percent to over 65 percent
of the population. The fastest growing obese population is

Next, we know that just the thought or smell of food triggers a
whole set of hormonal and physiologic responses that prepare the
body for food.

Just as in Pavlov’s dog experiment, where he trained dogs to
salivate in anticipation of food simply by ringing a bell, diet
sodas and artificial sweeteners act as the bell for your

Your brain prepares for food even before your fork or cup
crosses your lips.

This allows you to anticipate and prepare for the arrival of
nutrients in your intestinal tract, improves the efficiency of
how your nutrients are absorbed, and minimizes the degree to
which food will disturb your natural hormonal balance and create
weight gain.

Any sweet taste will signal your body that calories are on the
way and trigger a whole set of hormonal and metabolic responses
to get ready for those calories.

When you trick your body and feed it non-nutritive or
non-caloric sweeteners, like aspartame, acesulfame, saccharin,
sucralose, or even natural sweeteners like stevia, it gets

And research supports this.

An exciting new study in the Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience
has shown conclusively that using artificial sweeteners not only
does not prevent weight gain, but induces a whole set of
physiologic and hormonal responses that actually make you gain

The researchers proved this by giving two different groups of
rats some yogurt. One batch of yogurt was sweetened with sugar
and the other was sweetened with saccharin.

They found that three major things happened over a very short
period of time in the rats that were fed artificially sweetened

First, the researchers found that the total food eaten over 14
days dramatically increased in the artificial sweetener group --
meaning that the artificial sweetener stimulated their appetite
and made them eat more.

Second, these rats gained a lot more weight and their body fat
increased significantly.

And third (and this is very troubling) was the change in core
body temperature of the rats fed the artificial sweeteners.
Their core body temperature decreased, meaning their metabolism
slowed down.

So not only did the rats eat more, gain more weight, and have
more body fat, but they actually lowered their core body
temperature and slowed their metabolism.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: All calories are not
created equal.

The study’s most astounding finding was that even though the
rats that ate the saccharin-sweetened yogurt consumed fewer
calories overall than the rats that ate the sugar-sweetened
yogurt, they gained more weight and body fat.

This helps disprove the conventional view that people will
consume fewer calories by drinking artificially sweetened drinks
or eating artificially sweetened foods.

Despite their name, these are not “diet” drinks. They are
actually “weight gain” drinks!

My bottom line?

Avoid artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, acesulfame,
sucralose, sugar alcohols such as malitol and xylitol (pretty
much anything that ends in “ol”), as well as natural artificial
sweeteners like stevia.

Stop confusing your body. If you have a desire for something
sweet, have a little sugar, but stay away from “fake” foods.

Eating a whole-foods diet that has a low glycemic load and is
rich in phytonutrients and indulging in a few real sweet treats
once in a while is a better alternative than tricking your body
with artificial sweeteners -- which leads to wide scale
metabolic rebellion and obesity.

So, put that teaspoon of sugar in your tea and enjoy!


Swithers SE, Davidson TL. A role for sweet taste: Calorie
predictive relations in energy regulation by rats. Behav
Neurosci. 2008 Feb;122(1):161-73.

About the Author: Mark Hyman, MD is a pioneer in functional
medicine, practicing physician and best-selling author. A sneak
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Treadmill Exercise - 3 Benefits Of Treadmill Walking You May Not Know

Treadmill Exercise - 3 Benefits Of Treadmill Walking You May Not
By Kathryn O'Neill

Chances are that you already know your treadmill can help you
lose weight, stay fit, and protect you from the ravages of age
related diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

But here are 3 MORE benefits of treadmill exercise you might
NOT know!

#1 Walking on A Treadmill Helps Alleviate Depression

A recent study at Duke University found that even as little as
eight minutes on a treadmill can help to dramatically, although
temporarily, reduce symptoms of depression.

While researchers already knew that longer, sustained regular
exercise helps to alleviate depression over the long term, this
study proves that even short, vigorous workouts can have a
similar helpful effect.

#2) Having Trouble Sleeping?

While it’s always been thought that vigorous exercise during
the day will help improve sleep, the actual evidence to prove it
hasn’t necessarily been forthcoming - until now.

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine conducted
a study that included 43 adult volunteers ages 50 to 76. All of
them were sedentary and had reported moderate sleep complaints.

They were randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group was
asked to exercise 30 to 40 minutes, four times a week. The other
group did not change from their non-active ways.

Those who exercised cut the time it normally took to fall
asleep in half (while there was no change in the non-active
group). The exercisers also rated their nighttime sleep as
significantly improved.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association also reports that people who performed regular
aerobic exercise or brisk walking slept almost an hour longer
than those who did not exercise.

#3) More Efficient Workouts for the Time Pressed

Surveys of fitness professionals by the American Council on
Exercise show that one of the fitness trends for 2004 will be
workouts that accommodate the time-starved exerciser by being
more efficient in a shorter time period.

With their built-in workout programs, controllable inclines and
even heart rate monitors, treadmills allow you to custom tailor
your workout to your time frame.

How about setting your fat-burning program for 20 minutes in
the morning? Or why not do 15 minutes of incline intervals to
keep your metabolism elevated throughout the day?

One of the biggest barriers to exercising is the lack of time.
By using the tools available with your machine, a treadmill you
can pack major cardiovascular benefits into a smaller time

Any way you look at it, a treadmill is a great investment in
your health and well being. By using it consistently to work
out, you’ll be reaping major health benefits!

About the Author: Kathryn O'Neill is chief editor for Treadmill
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Study Finds That Metformin Is A Beneficial Drug For Non-Obese Type II Diabetes Patients




According to a report published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, Japanese scientists have found evidence that metformin, a drug used to treat Type II diabetes mellitus, has a long-term potential benefit for non-obese diabetes patients.

For the retrospective study, scientists selected two hundred and thirteen obese and non-obese patients from the Department of Diabetes, Metabolism and Kidney Diseases of Edogawa Hospital in Tokyo, Japan whom had been receiving treatment for Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Researchers were investigating the effectiveness of metformin as a glucose-lowering drug in non-obese patients with adult onset diabetes.

Metformin is often prescribed for overweight and obese patients with adult onset diabetes. The fact that the drug does not cause weight gain, and has few adverse side effects has made it very popular for treating diabetes. 

Unfortunately, its efficacy decreases over time meaning that diabetics whom no longer respond to metformin may require other drugs to treat the disease. Hiroyuki and other investigators administered metformin to obese and non-obese type 2 diabetes patients for greater than one year.

During that time, both groups required increased dosage of the drug in order to control blood glucose levels. But the non-obese group required a lower dosage increase of metformin than their obese diabetic counterparts. Ultimately they concluded that the drug would have long term benefits for non-obese type 2 diabetes patients.


Implications For Adult Onset Diabetes Patients


Although regular exercise and proper nutrition are essential for diabetes management, drug therapy is presecribed for treatment of the disease.

Unfortunately, the longer a person takes medications to manage their diabetes, the less effective the drugs become. Therefore this study is very important because of its implications for long term treatment of adult onset diabetes. If patients could receive extended benefit from the use of a particular drug, it would make life easier as it would spare them the need to use other medications.

There were some limitations to the study, the most significant was the fact that some of the patients had also been taking other anti-diabetic drugs to control their blood glucose levels, which may have impacted the data used to reach the conclusion about metformin's efficacy.

Nonetheless, this has promising implications for treatment of type 2 diabetes. People who have their weight under control should require less frequent changes in anti-diabetic drug therapy than obese type II diabetics. 

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that twenty-six million Americans have diabetes (read the article Diabetes Hits America Hard: CDC Reports That Diabetes Is On The Rise).

Many of those whom have been diagnosed with the disease are also obese. Thus, if obese type II diabetics were able to acheive a healthy weight, it would not only reduce the risk of diabetic complications including cardiovascular disease, glaucoma and skin infections, it may extend their use of medicines such as metformin. 

Now, I'm passing this on to you. Use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the other social media tools located in the sidebar and bottom of this article to share this post with everyone who will benefit from this report on the latest development in diabetes treatment.


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Metformin. wikipedia

American Diabetes Association.

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Dhea Supplements: Possible Benefits Of Maintaining Youth And The Possible Side Effects

Dhea Supplements:  Possible Benefits Of Maintaining Youth And
The Possible Side Effects
By Connie Limon

The most abundant steroid in the human body is DHEA. DHEA is
produced by the adrenal glands. DHEA is involved in creating
testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and corticosterone. As we
age the production of DHEA declines. By age 75 the body makes
only 10 to 20 percent what it produced at age twenty.

Decreasing DHEA levels are closely associated with a number of
age-related diseases and disabilities. Researchers and
scientists speculate if aging men and women can restore their
DHEA to levels produced in their youth, youthful health and
vigor will also be restored.

Studies have shown:

•Adult men with high plasma DHEA-S levels are less likely to
die of cardiovascular disease
•DHEA increases the body’s ability to transform food into
energy and burn off excess fat
•Anti-inflammatory properties of DHEA combined with
conventional treatment could potentially improve the quality of
life across a wide range of illnesses such as heart disease,
Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer
•DHEA is secreted throughout the body during sex. High levels
of DHEA have beeb associated with several health benefits which
include longevity, building muscle mass, depression as well as
enhanced libido.
•Daily DHEA supplementation remedies some of the side effects
of menopause
•DHEA has been found to reduce risk factors associated with
age-related heart disease and improves blood vessels by
stimulating the linings of arteries to produce nitric oxide, a
substance that relaxes arterial tension.
•DHEA supplementation for men and women, in youth or in older
age, can be considered as a safe, multi-modal anti-aging
supplement, which promotes quality of life and increases the
odds of living longer lives.

Side effects and warnings of DHEA supplements

There have been few side effects reported when DHEA supplements
are taken by mouth in recommended doses. In clinical trials,
acne is a common reported side effect. Patients with HIV
commonly complain of fatigue, nasal congestion, headache and
insomnia. Women commonly complain of abnormal menses, emotional
changes, headache and insomnia. Other side effects may include:


In addition, high DHEA levels have been associated with
Cushing’s syndrome, but may be caused by excessive
supplementation. Individuals with a history of abnormal heart
rhythms, blood clots or hypercoagulability, and individuals with
a history of liver disease should avoid DHEA supplements.

Other possible side effects due to the fact that DHEA is a
hormone related to other male and female hormones may include:

•Masculinization in women such as acne, greasy skin, facial
hair, hair loss, increased sweating, weight gain around the
waist or a deeper voice
•Men may develop more prominent breasts or breast tenderness
•Men may experience increased blood pressure, testicular
wasting or increased aggressiveness
DHEA supplementation may also alter the production or balance
of various other hormones in the body. These hormonal-related
side effects may include:

•Increased blood sugar levels
•Insulin resistance
•Altered cholesterol levels
•Altered thyroid hormone levels
•Altered adrenal function

Use caution if you are an individual with diabetes or
hyperglycemia, high cholesterol, thyroid disorder or other
endocrine (hormonal abnormalities. Consult with your physician
before taking DHEA supplements. The serum glucose, cholesterol
and thyroid levels may need to be monitored by your physician
and medication adjustments may be necessary.

DHEA supplements are not recommended during pregnancy or
breastfeeding. DHEA is a hormone and may be unsafe to the fetus
or nursing infant.

Source: American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine; Mayo Clinic

Disclaimer: *This article is not meant to diagnose, treat or
cure any kind of a health problem. These statements have not
been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Always
consult with your health care provider about any kind of a
health problem and especially before beginning any kind of an
exercise routine.

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Diabetes Hits America Hard: CDC Reports That Diabetes Is On The Rise



The Centers for Disease Control reports that 26 million people living in the US have type I or II diabetes. This means that a startling 8.3 percent of the US population has been afflicted by these diseases.

Even more shocking is the fact that nearly 80 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases the likelihood of developing type II diabetes later in life. Considering the seriousness of these diseases and their long-term effect on the future of America, we must take a closer look at this problem.


Who or What is Responsible for Diabetes Increasing Among the US Population?

When you read reports such as the one released by the CDC, you often stop to wonder how things could have gotten to this point. Are people just naturally prone to developing diabetes? Is it a problem caused by the foods we eat? Is it a lack of exercise?

Yes, these are definite possibilities. According to the CDC, the most at risk populations are people aged 65 and older. Although the disease affects every racial group, is also more prevalent among blacks and Hispanic populations than Asians or whites.

There is a correlation between poor nutrition and obesity (read Thinning Wallets and Bulging Waistlines). People who live on a fixed income have fewer options for choosing healthy meals, this is often the case for senior citizens and those who live below the federal poverty level.

Moreover, as our energy demands decrease with age, our ability to process nutrients tends to decline. A young, healthy person will burn calories much faster than a senior citizen. And if you take into account that many senior citizens are less active (and possibly disabled), this increases their risk for adult onset diabetes.

No Easy Answers 

There are no shortcuts to curtailing this problem. Just as obesity has become epidemic in the US, diabetes will be a threat to the quality and quantity of life for tens of millions of Americans far into the foreseeable future. Both type I ad type II diabetes can kill. 

Even though there are less people diagnosed with juvenile diabetes than those suffering from type II diabetes, the fact remains that the disease can be debilitating. People suffering from juvenile diabetes don't make enough of the vital hormone because their insulin producing cells are attacked by the body's own immune system.

People suffering from type I diabetes must rely on insulin replacement therapy to survive. If they don't receive insulin from a shot or a pump, they risk going into a coma and death. So, in the case of type I diabetes, it becomes necessary to find a cure for the disease - to prevent the body from attacking itself.

Adult onset diabetes is somewhat different. It is more easily manageable than type I diabetes. The most common prevention methods that come to mind are exercise and diet. Regardless of age, an ever increasing number of people simply don't get enough exercise.

Thus, one solution is to get active. Get the body moving. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a point to participate in that activity on a regular basis. It doesn't matter if it's raking the yard, shoveling snow, doing pushups in your room, walking around the block, or bed flapping your arms while sitting in your chair or lying in bed (such as the case for those whom maybe bed-ridden), any form of exercise will burn fat.

But what about the other issue? The American diet? A band-aid solution to the problem of obesity and diabetes is to simply say: "Don't eat so much." but that wouldn't be addressing the real heart of the matter. How much we eat is as important as what we eat.

Skipping meals only confuses the body's metabolism, erroneously switching it to famine mode whereby it will begin to store more fat in anticipation of starvation.  And there are already millions of people who do not eat the standard three meals per day, much less the resources to eat more often than this.

In other words, if your don't eat enough food, you risk becoming overweight or obese.

So, avoiding meals might not be such a good idea after all. What we can do is better educate people as to which foods that are higher in junk calories, and pointing out healthy alternatives. But healthy foods are more expensive, and not something that people on fixed budgets can afford. And when faced with the choice between eating something (fattening) versus nothing at all, you can expect that most people will choose food over hunger.

A solution to this would be government intervention. Impose stricter guidelines on food manufacturers that will force them to prepare healthier meals and to market these products to consumers.

But how far can government intervention go before it becomes intrusive? And should the government decide what is best for us?


What You Can Do

As you can see, there are no easy fixes for this problem. But something can and must be done about. So what do you suggest? How do you think we should go about turning the tide on diabetes? Tell us about it in the comments.


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The P90X Revolution - Lose Weight the Right Way!

The P90X Revolution - Lose Weight the Right Way!
By Sarah McDermott

With the p90x ruling the roost among home based fitness
products, a lot of other fitness experts have come up with great
and innovative ideas to make your workout appear much more fun
than you would have normally considered it. Hip hop abs fitness
routine is one such routine, that’ takes a detour from the norm
and helps you in overcoming the boredom while performing your
workout routine. As the name suggests, hip hop abs fitness
routine is based on a simple theory- dancing to the tunes of
hip-hop music to in a way that targets you abdominal muscles and
helps in strengthening and toning the most problematic muscle
group in the human body.

Hip hop abs actually flips the whole concept of working out
your abs. The conventional method of achieving rock hard abs,
perfectly sculpted to give your body a ripped look typically
revolve around painful crunches, often involving a lot of boring
repetitions. Another drawback of the original crunch method is
that it would take months, if not years of hard work and
dedication to achieve any visible results around your abdominal
regions. Finally, it takes a lot to maintain the results and you
might have to be very particular about your diet plan for the
rest of your life, or at least, till the time you want your abs
to look sexy and in-shape. The reason why the hip hop abs
fitness has been so successful in the past is that it has
actually been the most innovative abs workout routine in the
recent past.

Now, what sets the hip hop abs fitness routine apart from the
rest is that it absolutely sets the mood by engaging you in
enthralling music and killer dance steps. This is also the
reason why most people find it more interesting, entertaining
and engaging than a lot of other workout routines. Consisting of
four main body workouts, the hip hop abs fitness routine
guarantees results within weeks of you’re getting into the
groove. The main exercise routines of this system consists of
the ‘secret to flat abs’, ‘ab sculpt’, ‘cardio burn’ and the
ultimate killer plan- ‘the total body burn’.

The secret to flat abs routine is one of the most elementary
routines and is also one of the most fun to do and effective
ones. It targets the upper abs and the oblique region with its
engaging dance moves and great background music to groove on to.
This is a short, but effective routine, lasting for about 15
minutes. After this workout, you can move to the cardio burn
workout routine, which is one hell of a cardiovascular workout
that should in essence last for 30 minutes in order to remain
effective. Finally, to top your workout routine, you can end
with the total body burn routine, which is designed in a way
that it renews and relaxes your muscles. It acts as a cool-down
routine, while working effectively to tone your upper body
muscles in addition to the abdominal muscles.

About the Author: This author lives in Flemington, NJ with her
husband and 5 month old daughter and is an expert contributing
author for an exercise and fitness p90x site offering
variety of p90x
workouts and p90x chin
up bar.


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