Dr. Shana Spector
of Our Medical
& Advisory Team
Welcome to the 46th edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter. Click on In This Issue headlines to read individual articles.
|INTELLIGENCE REPORT: JOB BURN-OUT RAISES RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
People who suffer from job-related stress may be prone to developing Type 2 Diabetes.
A new study of 677 middle-aged workers found those affected by burn-out were nearly twice as likely to develop the condition than those who said they didn't feel under pressure in their jobs.
Lead researcher Dr Samuel Melamed of Tel Aviv University in Israel said: "Earlier studies have found emotional burn-out to be associated with cardiovascular disease risk, sleep disturbances, impaired fertility and musculoskeletal pain.
"Our findings suggest that the potential damage to health may be greater than suspected and it may also include a risk of Diabetes."
Dr Melamed emphasized that coping with stress was crucial to good health.
"It is possible that these people are prone to Diabetes because they can't handle stress very well. Their coping resources may have been depleted not only due to job pressure but also life stresses, such as family or personal problems and daily hassles," said Dr. Melamed.
"Knowledge and implementation of stress-management techniques, such as exercising, getting enough sleep, dieting and assertiveness training may prevent burn-out or reduce it before it becomes chronic, thereby reducing the potential risk of physical health impairment," he added.
Whatever its source, stress can have harmful physical effects.
For example, stress is a cause of high blood pressure, which is a key risk factor for the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
Stressed-out people are also much less likely to get regular exercise because they lack energy and motivation.
Inactivity, in turn, can cause fat to be deposited around the waist, especially if people eat "comfort food" that is high in carbohydrate content. The resulting weight gain is another major risk factor for the development of Diabetes.
Doctors say that unless people find the time to fit in 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week, along with adopting a balanced, nutritious diet to lose weight, the worldwide Diabetes epidemic will continue to get worse.
|NEW RESEARCH: OBESITY "MAY DISTORT PROSTATE CANCER TEST"
Doctors need to take weight into account when reading test results for prostate cancer as obesity in men may distort the findings, according to a new study.
Obese men have more blood in their bodies than people of a normal, healthy weight, so the concentration of antigen - a marker for cancer - is lower, researchers have found.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved 14,000 patients. The findings may explain why obese men seem to have more aggressive cancers. In essence, tumors may initially be missed because of excess weight.
The standard test for prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is known to be notoriously unreliable.
Latest figures suggest about a third of men with raised PSA levels will undergo unnecessary invasive tests when they do not have prostate cancer.
By another bitter irony, the PSA test also sometimes misses prostate cancer, according to the study by the Duke Prostate Center in North Carolina.
"We've known for a while that obese men tend to have lower PSA scores than normal weight men," said urologist Stephen Freedland.
"But our study really proposes a reason why this happens and points to a need for an adjustment in the way we interpret PSA scores to take body weight into account."
If such action was not taken, a large number of cancers in obese men could be missed each year, he added.
The study reported that, in extreme cases, men in the most obese category who proved to be suffering from prostate cancer had PSA concentrations as much as 21% lower than those of men of normal weight.
|CONSULT DR. SARI: "CAN PCOS CAUSE ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION?"|
Dr. Sari Cohen
of Our Medical
& Advisory Team
Yes, it very definitely can. Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) often struggle
with these side effects of their conditon.
It's due in part to the symptoms and exterior physical effects of PCOS, which is an endocrine disorder affecting approximately one in ten women of childbearing age.
It is typically characterized by irregular menstruation, high levels of
androgens (male hormones) and ovarian cysts as well as weight gain and the imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance.
Overweight women do not have a monopoly of PCOS, however, as up to 50% of sufferers can be females of normal weight or even those regarded as being lean.
Several PCOS symptoms directly affect physical appearance. The high
androgen levels are associated with acne, excess facial and body hair and female baldness. Unwanted weight gain is another troublesome symptom for about half of women with PCOS. As a result, women with the condition may have self-esteem issues.
Low self-esteem contributes to reduced quality of life and emotional problems like depression and anxiety.
A study published in 2005 concluded that obesity and excess hair growth in women with PCOS were the two physical symptoms of the condition most likely to correlate with psychological problems and reduced sexual satisfaction.
PCOS also contributes to infertility which may further exacerbate mood problems in women who are trying to conceive.
Fortunately, PCOS symptoms can be better managed by weight loss to enhance health or even be reversed so the condition disappears. Both courses of action often result in greatly improved mood and outlook.
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|INSULITE LIFESTYLE TIPS: TAKING THOSE FIRST STEPS TO FITNESS
OK. So you made a New Year's resolution to start exercising regularly in a local gym and you've decided on your choice after checking out what is on offer locally.
But that first aerobics class is now imminent and the prospect of being surrounded by fitter people than you suddenly seems a little intimidating.
So what's the best approach to take to make the first session an enjoyable experience as well as a healthy one?
Remember that each person you see exercising was an aerobics virgin once. So bear in mind a few tips and you soon will be enjoying your classes.
Work at your own pace. If you've never taken a class before, don't jump into the advanced format.
Let the instructor know you are new and unsure of what will be asked of you. A good instructor will suggest you begin with the low-stress version of challenging work. She or he will keep an eye on you throughout the class and talk to you afterwards about how you did and how you felt, with suggestions for the next class.
Ask a friend to start at the same time as you. Having someone familiar by your side and at the same level of fitness can ease the discomfort of being "the new kid on the block."
Or make a new friend. Exercise veterans are often more than willing to help out a newcomer and it's a good way for you learn some valuable tips.
Wear clothes than are comfortable and don't worry about how you look. While it may be tempting to wear layers that hide flabby thighs and arms or a big stomach, they could lead to you becoming over-heated and make it difficult for the instructor to assess your form and how you're doing.
Believe us. Going to the gym will soon become second nature ... and fun at the same time.
A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM INSULITE LABORATORIES
Putting a spring in your step can be vital for good health whether you're a teenager or a senior citizen.
Regular exercise is the simplest thing you can do to boost fitness, no matter how old you are.
And now it seems the faster that people of advancing years move, the longer they can live.
A new 9-year study by the University of Pittsburgh has shown that older adults who were regularly able to walk the equivalent of two-and-a-half miles per hour on a treadmill had a threefold likelihood of living longer than the slowest walkers, who could only manage one-and-a-half miles an hour.
Realistically, no one can expect to remain in peak physical shape as they enter their Sixties and Seventies.
But keeping physically active is one of the best ways to enjoy a great sense of well being while avoiding many of the drawbacks of aging.
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PCOS is a major cause of female infertility, as well as irregular periods and excessive bleeding, obesity, skin conditions like acne and brown patches, excess body hair, female baldness and reduced sex drive.
The Insulite PCOS System includes a scientifically-designed combination of nutrients which are primarily designed to increase insulin sensitivity.
As a result, cells can absorb blood glucose more efficiently for conversion to energy, thereby reducing levels of circulating glucose. A decrease in elevated blood glucose lowers the secretion of insulin. When insulin and glucose are in balance, weight loss is facilitated and the symptoms of a related disease like PCOS can be better managed or even reversed.