Sunday, March 29, 2009

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Now for this week. I have supplied more evidence that Alzheimer's disease may really be a form of Diabetes. This is important as it indicates that a low glycemic diet may be the best way to prevent this disease from a dietary prospective.

Pre-Diabetes is rampant and is now called Hyperinsulinemia, or Syndrome X. It is a precursor to many diseases Americans suffer with, especially the risk of Heart Disease.

You all know by now how much I like Alpha Lipoic Acid and L-Carnitine as an anti-aging nutracuetical. Now there is evidence that L-Carnitine may protect you from liver cancer as well.

There is a lot of evidence that drinking red wine and eating a higher protein diet is beneficial health wise and I have included 2 studies this week that support that. Even if you are a vegetarian, there are ways to eat a high protein diet and rely less on high glycemic foods.

Also included this week are studies on vitamin D and it's role in multiple sclerosis and prostate cancer, as well as vitamin K2 for heart health, especially in postmenopausal women. And lastly, why Beta Carotene, maligned in a population-based study reporting concerns over beta-carotene and other carotenoids and lung cancer in smokers, was based on invalid or bad science. By the way, a simple way to get all these important nutrients in a complete multi is in NSI Synergy CardioLift® Multi-Vitamin, it's an excellent product.

Enjoy the articles and apply the research and remember...

It's never too late to become younger...


More evidence links diabetes to Alzheimer's risk...
You've heard that diabetes hurts your heart, your eyes, your kidneys. New research indicates a more ominous link:
That diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease and may speed dementia once it strikes. Doctors long suspected diabetes damaged blood vessels that supply the brain. It now seems even more insidious, that the damage may start before someone is diagnosed with full-blown diabetes, back when the body is gradually losing its ability to regulate blood sugar.
In fact, the lines are blurring between what specialists call "vascular dementia" and scarier classic Alzheimer's disease. Whatever it's labeled, there's reason enough to safeguard your brain by fighting diabetes and heart-related risks.

'Pre-diabetics' Face Heightened Risk Of Heart Disease...
ScienceDaily (Mar. 9, 2009) — Older adults who have impaired glucose tolerance but who are not considered diabetic are at elevated risk for heart disease and may benefit from preventive therapies, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Diabetes becomes increasingly common with age. An estimated 37 million Americans over the age of 65 have diabetes, almost one-quarter of that population. Another 20 to 30 percent of seniors, an estimated 7.5 to 11.1 million, are not clinically diabetic but have impaired glucose tolerance, which is considered a form of "pre-diabetes."

Long-term L-carnitine supplementation prevents development of liver cancer...
A study will be published on March 21, 2009 in World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses the question. A research group in King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia investigated, for the first time, the role of carnitine, a naturally occurring compound that is synthesized mainly in the liver, during the development of hepatocarcinogenesis. Authors of the study reported that carnitine deficiency is a risk factor and should be viewed as a mechanism in hepatic carcinogenesis, and that long-term L-carnitine supplementation prevents the development of liver cancer. Therefore, carnitine supplementation alone or in combination with other natural chemopreventive compounds could be used to prevent, slow or reverse the occurrence of liver cancer.

Increase Complete Protein and Lose Weight ...
(NaturalNews) All the rave reviews of fruits and vegetables lately have captured our attention. Many people have made significant changes in their diets to accommodate seven to nine serving of these healing superstars. Some have had difficulty fitting all these servings into their diets, and have cut back on primary protein sources to make room for them while trying to watch their weight. This may not be the best decision because recent research has shown that getting a higher percentage of calories from protein helps the body burn fat more efficiently. Complete proteins are especially important because they form the structure and integrity of every part of the body.

Drink Red Wine and Keep Breasts, Livers and Brains Healthy ...
(NaturalNews) Red wine is turning out to be a superfood. Although many health conscious people have opted to get isolated grape compounds in capsule form, recent research is showing that the best way is to drink red wine. That's because red wine contains the entire grape polyphenol group of nutrients, a group that has been shown to work much better synergistically. In fact, newly released research is showing that breast tumor growth and metastasis to bone and liver are inhibited by the complete grape polyphenol complex.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Risk Of Advanced Prostate Cancer...
ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2009) — Omega-3 fatty acids appear protective against advanced prostate cancer, and this effect may be modified by a genetic variant in the COX-2 gene, according to a report in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. "Previous research has shown protection against prostate cancer, but this is one of the first studies to show protection against advanced prostate cancer and interaction with COX-2," said John S. Witte, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco.

Physical Activity Improves Longevity: It is Never Too Late to Start ...
(NaturalNews) A Swedish study recently published in the British Medical Journal has given those who have reached or passed middle age hope and encouragement to begin a new healthy lifestyle, having discovered that starting a solid exercise regime after the age of 50 can raise one's level of longevity to that of those who have been exercising regularly all along.

Multiple Sclerosis Caused by Vitamin D Deficiency ...
(NaturalNews) Researchers from Oxford University and the University of British Columbia have discovered that Vitamin D deficiency affects a section of the human genome already linked with multiple sclerosis (MS) risk, adding further weight to theories that this vitamin deficiency might play a role in development of the disease."Here we show that the main environmental risk candidate -- vitamin D -- and the main gene region are directly linked and interact," said co-author George Ebers.

Prostate Cancer Death Risk Linked to Vitamin D...
Elevated serum levels of vitamin D may be associated with a reduced risk of death from prostate cancer, researchers reported in the British Journal of Cancer (2009;100;450-454).
In a study of 160 prostate cancer patients, those with medium and high serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (calcidiol) were at 67% and 84% decreased risk of death from prostate cancer, respectively, compared with patients who had a low level. Among the 97 men receiving hormone therapy, medium and high calcidiol levels were associated with 82% and 91% decreased risk. Medium and high calcidiol levels were defined as 50-80 and greater than 80 nmol/L, respectively.

Vitamin K2 Supports Heart Health...
Vitamin K2 may decrease the risk of developing coronary heart disease in postmenopausal women, a new study has found.
Researchers evaluated data from 16,057 postmenopausal women, aged between 49 and 70. None of the women had cardiovascular disease at the start of the study. Dietary intakes were determined using a food frequency questionnaire.
After more than eight years of follow up, researchers observed an association between a higher consumption of natural vitamin K2, particularly menaquinone-7, -8, and -9, and a significantly reduced prevalence of coronary heart disease. For every 10-microgram increase in the amount of vitamin K2 consumed, there was a 9 percent reduction in the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD).

Beta-carotene, lung cancer study flawed: Experts...
A population-based study reporting concerns over beta-carotene and other carotenoids and lung cancer in smokers was based on invalid methodology, questionable statistical evaluations, and speculative explanations, says a German professor.
Reacting to the results of a population-based study that reported long-term supplementation with beta-carotene may increase a smoker’s risk of lung cancer, Prof. Hans Konrad Biesalski from the Institute for Biological Chemistry and Nutrition at the University of Hohenheim said: “The obvious weakness of this study lies in its methodology.”

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