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Overweight people are at higher risk of developing post-menopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer and a certain type of esophageal cancer. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest that eating less protein may help protect against certain cancers that are not directly associated with obesity.
Longer, healthier living requires a shift in focus from treatment to prevention. Health is not just the absence of disease or dysfunction, but also an ability to adapt to change, emotional well-being and quality of life.
Circulation, for example, can be improved by both herbs/vitamins and daily exercise. People who maintain or improve their health will maintain or improve their sexual function as they age. Similarly, those who become ill or too overweight will experience deterioration of sexual function.
The expression of sexuality at older ages enhances the beneficial effects and minimizes the detrimental effects of aging of both partners. Lack of healthy sexual function negatively effects your overall health. (Lindau, Laumann, Levinson, Waite 2003).
An estimated two of every three American adults, and more than one in six children and adolescents are considered overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The rates have been on the rise since the late 1980s after being relatively constant in the '60s and '70s. Americans are eating out more often and becoming accustomed to larger portions. Changes have also occurred in modern diet, with foods containing more calories and less nutrition.
Coke and Pepsi, for example, have more calories than a can of beer. At least the beer has some some nutritional value. Coke and Pepsi have zero nutrional content, just empty calories and they are loaded with high fructose corn syrup which makes you fat.
Women who work long hours eat more high-fat and high-sugar snacks, exercise less, drink more caffeine and, if smokers, smoke more than their male colleagues.
Stress disrupts people's normal eating habits. When they feel anxious or emotionally aroused or negative about themselves, women try to avoid these negative feelings by turning their attention to food.
Obesity should be classified as a pregnancy risk factor alongside smoking, drinking alcohol and an insufficient intake of folic acid, according to recommendations issued on February 3, 2006 by the Teratology Society.
According to new research, being overweight during one's early 40s increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease decades later.
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Researchers in Sweden have discovered that growth hormone (HGH) treatment may result in the reduction of multiple metabolic disorders associated with abdominal obesity in postmenopausal women. Published in the March 2005 issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, these findings demonstrate the important role growth hormone treatment may play in reducing serious metabolic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
According to CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, "We need to be absolutely, explicitly clear about one thing: Obesity and (being) overweight are critically important health threats in this country�they have many adverse consequences."
Obese people face an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, renal failure, cancer, arthritis, mobility problems and sleep disturbances, Gerberding said.
Even a moderate weight loss reduces complaints of feeling sexually unattractive and leads to improved desire, according to a recent study. If people experience benefits and rewards from their weight loss and health efforts, it may motivate them to continue a healthy lifestyle.
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It seems like a fairly simple equation. If you eat too much you get fat and if you get fat you are more likely to suffer heart disease.
But the process by which the current obesity epidemic could lay waste to a whole generation of youngsters before their parents is not quite that straightforward.
In fact, it's the development of diabetes - a direct consequence of poor diet and inactive lifestyle - that is the crucial factor in this deadly chain of events.
Doubling previous figures, the government estimates that 41 million Americans have pre-diabetes -- blood sugar high enough to dramatically increase their risk of getting the full-blown disease.
The figures are significantly higher than previous estimates because doctors have changed the criteria for diagnosing the condition after research showed they were missing too many at-risk patients.
Women who have gained more than 20 pounds since age 18 have a higher risk of developing breast cancer after menopause than women who have kept their girlish figure. The finding was published by American Cancer Society researchers in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention (Vol. 13, No. 2: 220-224).
One big reason for the current obesity epidemic in America could be a CLA deficiency. Diabetics who added an essential fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) to their weight loss diets had lower body mass as well as lower blood sugar levels by the end of the eight-week study found in the January 2003 issue of the Journal of Nutrition. Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is a hallmark of diabetes.
Researchers also found that higher levels of this fatty acid in the bloodstream meant lower levels of leptin, a hormone thought to regulate fat levels. Scientists think that high leptin levels may play a role in obesity, one of the biggest risk factors for adult-onset diabetes.
OBESITY AND CANCER
According to research published in the August 20, 2003, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute obesity increases the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women by increasing the amount of estrogens in the blood. High levels of estrogen definitively have been linked as a causative factor for breast cancer.
Can't seem to lose those stubborn pounds? You are not alone. If you are frustrated over the results of endless weight loss diets, take heart: you may have overlooked the obvious. Losing weight may not be as difficult as you think. Weight loss can be fairly easy in the healthy individual - all it takes is a few diet modifications and life-style changes along with willpower. Try our Green Tea Extract. It provides both antioxidants and natural energy without the "jitters" or nervous feeling that some thermogenesis products cause.
Calcium definitely does seem to have a negative effect on fat storage and in fact a diet high in calcium is associated with weight loss especially around the torso. Numerous studies have shown that people with low calcium intake have more weight gain, less weight loss and bigger, fatter fat cells.
Follow directions for the herbal weight loss program of your choice. The formula for weight loss is this simple: when your body consumes more calories than it takes in, it uses calories stored in the tissues.
Losing weight means losing excess fat. A pound of fat equals about 3,500 calories. To lose 1 pound a week you need to cut 500 calories a day or increase fat-burning activity by 500 calories a day.
Excess weight may also be due to severe water retention, which can be caused by a number of culprits, such as birth control pills, and consuming too much salt.
The suggested weight loss program includes a diet high in complex carbohydrates and low in fat with adequate protein and other nutrients. On this type of program, your body breaks down fat instead of muscle. Carbohydrates also take up more space in the stomach than fats and proteins - which may make you feel fuller.
"Crash" or "Yo-Yo" dieting is ineffective and harmful. Rapid weight loss on super low-calorie and low-carbohydrate diets is due largely to lean tissue loss. Not only do these diets encourage nutritional deficiencies, but they encourage only temporary weight loss - many times the dieters gain back all of the weight they lost and then some.
The following suggestions for weight loss are designed to promote gradual, healthy, permanent weight loss of 1-3 lbs. a week - the recommended weight loss. As with any weight loss program, please consult your physician before starting, especially if you suspect a medical condition.
Calcium and Weight Loss
The National Institutes of Health published a review of studies, in 2003, that examined the correlation of body weight to the intake of supplemental and dietary calcium. Among the data, researchers found evidence that:
Subjects who showed the highest level of weight loss also had the highest intake of calcium
Subjects with lower calcium intakes generally were found to have elevated body weight
Subjects with diets high in dairy and calcium tended to have greater loss of fat in the trunk area.
The NIH report notes that the studies they reviewed were mostly small in scope, but conclusive enough to justify larger, population based clinical trials - especially in light of the growing numbers of Americans suffering from obesity and other pre-diabetic conditions.
Research suggests 1,200 mg of calcium is a good daily intake for women and men over 50. Unfortunately, the body does a poor job of absorbing calcium. But there are ways to get around the absorption problem. Magnesium is known to increase the absorption of calcium.
Diabetes Risk Factors
Are you overweight?
Do you drink soft drinks or juices with High Fructose Corn Syrup everyday?
Do you have high cholesterol?
Do you spend too much time online or watching TV and don't exercise enough?
Do you have relatives with diabetes?
Do you have heart disease?
Do you smoke?
Are you over 55?
Are you over 45 and have high blood pressure?
Are you over 35 and are Asian, Black, Latino or Native American?
What should you eat and drink?
HFCS high fructose corn syrup is responsible for the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes. It is getting difficult to find a food product at the grocery store or McDonald's that is not loaded with HFCS. One 20-ounce bottle of Coke, Pepsi, Mt Dew, Sprite or Dr. Pepper is the equivalent of pouring 17 teaspoons of straight sugar into your body. HFCS is the leading ingredient after carbonated water in these beverages. Women who drink at least one regular soda a day are 85 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drink less. It also leads to tooth decay.
According to Dr. William Dietz of the CDC, "significant weight gain may occur when carbohydrates are consumed as liquids rather than as solids."
For optimal weight loss, no more than 30% of your calories should come from fat. Six small meals a day instead of the typical three will stabilize blood sugar and reduce the likelihood of "starving and binging," which could result in food cravings and consumption of too many calories. You should consume the majority of your calories during the day; your metabolism slows down in the early evening. See our Diet Information page.
Eat a limited amount of broiled, baked or roasted meat: poultry, seafood, and lean red meat. Choose food which is labeled low-fat, low-calorie, or no-fat, such as low-fat yogurt and no-fat salad dressing.
Consume moderate amounts of fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, breakfast cereal, beans, whole-grain breads and whole-grain rice. These are also high in nutrients. Fiber fills the stomach and slows the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestines, thereby controlling appetite. Reduce salt and margarine intake. Consume more olive oil. Drink fruit juices instead of colas and soft drinks. Eat more fish.
Drink six to eight glasses of water a day to ensure the removal of toxins and to help with water retention.
Sweet substitutions: fruit juice concentrates, honey, maple syrup and stevia.
Exercise those pounds off. Aerobic, fat-burning exercises include brisk walking, bicycling, dancing, working out to aerobic tapes. You might also consider yoga classes.
Exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes. Also, increase your overall activity, such as climbing stairs instead of using the elevator and parking your car at the opposite end of the parking lot.
The benefits of exercise include:
Burning off fat and building muscle, increasing metabolism, controlling appetite by releasing chemicals into the blood that shut off hunger signals, sugar cravings and nutritional deficiencies. You also lower the risk of chronic health problems such as heart disease.
Uncontrollable sugar cravings could be due to nutritional deficiencies or other imbalances in your body. Many times when a problem is corrected, the cravings are significantly reduced.
A deficient thyroid, which regulates our basic metabolism, might be due to a deficiency of nutrients needed for the thyroid, such as Vitamins A, C, B-2, E and the mineral iodine. Many hypoglycemics crave sugar. Some cases of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) are due, in part, to a Vitamin B-Complex deficiency, especially B-1, B-2, and B-3. The B-Complex vitamins and high quality protein will help balance blood sugar and control hypoglycemia.
Research has shown that overweight, inactive individuals have higher risk for many cancers, but a clear biological explanation for exactly why this is so has been more elusive.
Now, however, one likely reason is beginning to emerge from the research. It has been shown that being overweight and inactive can cause the body to secrete higher and higher amounts of insulin and other growth factors.
Cells exposed to high levels of these substances over an extended period of time may begin to reproduce so quickly that cancer becomes more likely. Researchers from the American Institute of Cancer Research stress that this potentially dangerous condition is reversible.
Regular physical activity can help reset the body's hormonal systems and regulate the secretion of insulin.
Losing weight and keeping it off also helps restore insulin levels to normal. As research continues, scientists will likely identify additional biological reasons that excess weight and inactivity increase risk. It is already clear, however, that diet, physical activity and weight management play key roles in cancer prevention.
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