Saturday, January 24, 2009

50 is the new 40, but overweight is the new skinny...

I read this week that for the first time, obesity in this country has overtaken being just overweight, so I guess being overweight is now the new skinny.

How depressing and it is so avoidable.

On my website, I have an Ideal Diet listed for those who want to stay healthy and keep weight normal and inflammation down, as well as a weigh loss (fat loss) and longevity lifestyle program that will, over time, remove fat accumulation safely and in a healthy way.

They are both based on over 35 years of research into what constitutes the best way to eat based on our genetics and the best way to lose accumulated fat that has been acquired over one's lifetime.

The manufacturers of high glycemic food like breads, cereals, and grains, as well as high fructose corn syrup, all want you to believe that they are healthy and use very misleading marketing tactics. All you have to do is follow people around the store, look at what they load their carts with and then look at their physique. It's a study in epidemiology. The carts are loaded with cases of soda, carbohydrates of all sorts, but few of them are filled with lean meats, vegetables, nuts, fruits, or legumes. The healthiest people in the study of anthropology were Hunters and Gatherers. Races like the Egyptians ate a diet high in breads, cereals, beer, and little sugar, yet they had stunted growth, poor teeth, diabetes, and obesity.
READ for yourself...

We have added lots of sugar and corn syrup on top of that diet high in carbs and this is what we have, obesity and an epidemic of type 2 diabetes.

I have included an abundance of studies this week that support a low glycemic diet, as well as other important health issues.

It is never too late to become younger...


Low-carbohydrate Diet Burns More Excess Liver Fat Than Low-calorie Diet, Clinical Study Finds...
People on low-carbohydrate diets are more dependent on the oxidation of fat in the liver for energy than those on a low-calorie diet, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in a small clinical study. The findings, published in the journal Hepatology, could have implications for treating obesity and related diseases such as diabetes, insulin resistance and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, said Dr. Jeffrey Browning, assistant professor in the UT Southwestern Advanced Imaging Research Center and of internal medicine at the medical center. "Instead of looking at drugs to combat obesity and the diseases that stem from it, maybe optimizing diet can not only manage and treat these diseases, but also prevent them," said Dr. Browning, the study's lead author.

Very Low-carbohydrate Diets Work For Men And Upper Body Fat...
Scientists say that low carbohydrate diets, like the Atkins and South Beach Diets, may actually be the best option for men who want to slim. New research, published this week in the Open Access journal, Nutrition & Metabolism, shows that over 70% of men lost more weight and fat on a low carbohydrate diet, despite eating more calories.

Low Glycemic Index Diet Best For Weight Loss And Cardiovascular Health...
The most effective diet for weight loss and cardiovascular health is a high carbohydrate plan based on low glycemic index (GI) foods, according to a study by University of Sydney researchers. Undertaken by Professor Jennie Brand-Miller and Joanna McMillan-Price from the University of Sydney Human Nutrition Unit, the findings show that there is no 'one diet fits all' solution, and although both high protein and low GI diets will help you to shed fat. However, it did show that a diet containing low GI carbohydrate significantly reduces your risk of heart disease.

Sweetened Beverage Consumption Increases Dramatically In U.S....
Over the past two decades, the number of adults consuming sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, fruit drinks and punches has increased dramatically, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers examined changes over the past two decades in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption based on nationally representative survey data, and found that sugar-sweetened beverages comprise a significant source of total daily beverage intake and are the largest source of beverage calories consumed daily.

Obesity in ancient Egypt
Ten or twelve years ago we wrote in Protein Power about the data contained in the vast amount of ancient Egyptian mummies. We pointed out that several thousand years ago when the future mummies roamed the earth their diet was a nutritionist’s nirvana. At least a nirvana for all the so-called nutritional experts of today who are recommending a diet filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and little meat, especially red meat. Follow such a diet, we’re told, and we will enjoy abundant health.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work that way for the Egyptians. They followed such a diet simply because that’s all there was. There was no sugar - it wouldn’t be produced for another thousand or more years. The only sweet was honey, which was consumed in limited amounts. The primary staple was a coarse bread made of stone-ground, whole wheat. Animals were used as beasts of burden and were valued much more for the work they could do than for the meat they could provide. The banks of the Nile provided fertile soil for growing all kinds of fruits and vegetables, all of which were a part the low-fat, high-carbohydrate Egyptian diet. And there were no artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring, artificial flavors, preservatives, or any of the other substances that are part of all the manufactured foods we eat today.

Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Breast Cancer Death Risk by 75 Percent...
Women who are deficient in vitamin D at the time they are diagnosed with breast cancer are nearly 75 percent more likely to die from the disease than women with sufficient vitamin D levels, and their cancer is twice as likely to spread to other parts of the body."This study links vitamin D with the aggressiveness of disease," said JoEllen Walsh of the University of Albany, who was not involved in the study. "It suggests that your vitamin D status may affect how your disease progresses."
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Oily Fish Consumption At Least Once A Week Will Protect Your Eyesight In Old Age...
Eating oily fish once a week may reduce age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which is the major cause of blindness and poor vision in adults in western countries and the third cause of global blindness, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

How scientists linked sunshine, diet and disease...
The evidence that points unerringly to a link between vitamin D and Scotland's health statistics can be traced back to a journey undertaken in 1977 by two young Americans, Frank and Cedric Garland, who were studying cancer.
They regularly drove their white Ford Mustang from San Diego, California, to Johns Hopkins Medical School on the east coast, noticing the dramatic change in weather from sunshine to snow. When they saw a map showing that bowel cancer was much more common in the northeast of the United States than it is in the south and west, they immediately understood that sunshine might provide the explanation.
“Everyone else was thinking it must be something that people ate, like the amount of fibre or meat burnt on the barbecue,” said Frank Garland. “We were alert to the difference in climate because we had direct experience of it.”

Low potassium linked to high blood pressure...
In a multi-ethnic population-based group of 3,303 adults, half of whom were African American, a low potassium level in the urine correlated with high blood pressure, regardless of the level of salt (sodium) in the diet or cardiovascular risk factors.
This observation "supports the hypothesis that dietary potassium deficiency plays an important role in the development of high blood pressure," Dr. Susan Hedayati, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, told Reuters Health.

Depression in elderly tied to heart disease...
Older people who are depressed are much more likely to develop a dangerous type of internal body fat — the kind that can lead to diabetes and heart disease — than people who are not depressed, a disturbing new study found.
The connection goes beyond obesity and suggests some biological link between a person's mental state and fat that collects around the internal organs, scientists said.

Most Heart Attack Patients' Cholesterol Levels Did Not Indicate Cardiac Risk...
A new national study has shown that nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels that would indicate they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event, based on current national cholesterol guidelines. Specifically, these patients had low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels that met current guidelines, and close to half had LDL levels classified in guidelines as optimal (less than 100 mg/dL).

"Before the day is over we'll have 12,000 more Baby Boomers hit 52," said gerontologist Dr. Robert Butler, 81. "By 2025, (Boomers) will constitute 20% of our society, and they'll be over 65." Butler is the founder and president of the New York-based International Longevity Center, which advises individuals and politicians about the latest age boom. His own book, "The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life," came out last spring, aimed toward a graying readership that is naturally looking for ways to stay healthy.
"There is a field of 'anti-aging medicine,' where there is a lot of baloney," Butler cautions, but he notes that in addition to the expected cadre of snake-oil salesmen, there exist solid - if early - scientific breakthroughs.
"There really has been some progress not only in preventing age-related disease but also in the capacity to slow aging at the biological level," he says.

Video special - Your car tires may be the biggest risk to your health and maybe your life...
A friend of mine sent this video to me and I believe it is very important that you take the time to watch this all the way through.

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