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Magnesium may aid in fight against Diabetes

 The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled since 1980 to a mind-numbing 347 million, officially making it a global epidemic. But believe it or not, there’s good news about diabetes: There are a number of ways to combat and even outright prevent this growing disease.

As the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes costs the nation $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 79 million Americans – one-third of the nation’s adult population – has prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated, raising a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In fact, according to research, having diabetes increases the risk of death from all causes.

For example, in examining data involving 820,900 subjects enrolled in 97 published studies, John Danesh, from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), and colleagues found that high fasting blood sugar levels ( >100 mg/dL) not only doubles vascular death risk, but also substantially raises the risk of death from nonvascular causes, including cancer and infectious diseases. Subjects with diabetes were 80 percent more likely to die from any cause during the study period. The researchers found that diabetics were at 2.32-fold higher adjusted risk of death from vascular causes, as compared to nondiabetic counterparts; and at significantly elevated risk of death from cancer and other non-vascular, noncancer causes including pneumonia and other infectious diseases, mental disorders, nervous system disorders, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Diabetics are also at increased risk of developing aging-related diseases. Men and women in their 50s with diabetes have nearly double the risk for developing cognitive impairment, incontinence, falls, dizziness, vision impairment and chronic pain compared to same-age counterparts who do not have diabetes. Because diabetes affects multiple organ systems, it has the potential to contribute significantly to the development of a number of health issues that we associate with aging.

Today, nondrug interventions such as nutritional supplementation, smart dietary choices, and lifestyle changes are becoming more widely recognized as key approaches to reduce the risk of diabetes and/or manage the condition if you’ve developed it. Let’s review some of these strategies and help ensure a healthier, happier, diabetes-free you.

More Magnesium Makes a Difference  

While magnesium is found in dietary sources such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains, nuts and milk, a number of surveys suggest that many adults fail to consume the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for this essential mineral. Frank Christoph Mooren, from the Institute of Sport Sciences at the Justus-Liebig University (Germany), and colleagues enrolled 52 men and women in a study in which each received either a magnesium supplement (containing magnesium-aspartate-hydrochloride at a dose of 365 mg per day) or placebo for six months. At the study’s conclusion, the team found that two out of three measures of insulin sensitivity had improved significantly in those receiving the supplemental magnesium compared to the placebo group, and blood sugar levels, measured as fasting levels of glucose in the blood, had improved by about 7 percent in the magnesium-supplemented group compared with placebo

July 15, 2012 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sitting Less & Moving More Leads to Longer Life

Movement is key to Longevity

Study finds that sitting less may lead to Longevity

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests people who spend more time sitting (specifically, more than six hours a day) during leisure time have an increased risk of premature death compared to those who sit for three hours or less, and the results are independent of exercise

When you sit for prolonged periods of time, usually with little or no movement, it negatively affects circulation, metabolism, resting blood pressure and cholesterol, among other things. And more time sitting, especially in front of the TV, computer, etc., often contributes to excessive snacking -all too often the unhealthy variety – which can lead to obesity and weight-related disorders such as diabetes.

Sit less and move more is a great message to store in your memory bank and recall on a daily basis. Anytime you start to feel stuck to your chair, peel yourself away and add a little motion (and a few years) to your life. Talk to your doctor about the health dangers associated with prolonged sitting (especially its impact on the spine and posture) and how you can sit less and live longer.

 So all you runners, walkers and joggers, just keep doing it and exceed the average American Life Span.  Don’t forget to add a healthy diet to the mix. 

October 15, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coffee helps Athletic Performance and Recovery

Kona Coffee for sale in upstate New York


   During our travels to the East Coast we saw many places that were selling Kona Coffee by the pound or by the unrefined, plantation, bag.

   Several studies suggest that drinking this “Black Gold” can help us dodge a stroke, certain cancers, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

   Why such a super drink you ask?  Scientist believe that the secret lies in the synergistic interaction between the powerful antioxidants and the caffeine in the coffee beans.  Several studies included in a 2008 report in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport have concluded that consuming caffeine before or during exercise helps us work harder and longer.

   Caffeine is a central nervous stimulant so it gives us runners a perception of using less effort during an endurance run.

   Is there a difference between using 100 percent Kona coffee or a blend from South America?  The difference only lies in ones taste buds and personal preference, as far as the benefits from drinking coffee go – caffeine is caffeine.

July 7, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment