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Welcome to the thirty-first edition of Viewpoints, our monthly
We at Insulite Laboratories believe that a balanced, nutritious diet is vital
for weight loss. So it's fair to say that the improved health you'll experience
as a result of losing weight can begin with making the right choices in the
That's easier said than done, of course. Almost 40,000 products line the typical
supermarket's shelves these days and customers spend an average of just 22
minutes on their main food shopping expedition of the week.
Add in cost considerations and the distractions of being accompanied by young
children and it's no wonder that many people make the wrong selections when it
comes to buying food for good health.
A few simple guidelines can, however, help to set you on the right road.
The fresh produce section is usually located at the front of a supermarket in
order to draw customers into the store with its colorful offerings. Start there
and take your time selecting an enticing variety of items.
Vegetables and many fruits are crucial for a healthy diet but their benefits
vary. So try to read up beforehand about which varieties are best for you. Did
you know, for example, that some fruits have a very high sugar content, which
can cause an imbalance in your blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to weight
By the way, always wash vegetables and fruit, even if they're pre-washed and
Give a wide berth to the chips and sugary sodas aisle. Neither you nor your
children should be consuming the products on offer here. Child obesity is
growing at a frightening rate in the U.S. and the items here are a contributing
Don't be misled by labels in the meat counter. Packaging that says "80% lean"
means that 20% of the meat's weight is fat. Some fat intake is important for a
healthy diet but be careful where you get it from. Try to eat white rather than
red meat and always remove the skin from chicken.
Check the labeling on cereal boxes. Many boast of their vitamin and mineral
content but are overloaded with sugar at the same time. Select items with high
amounts of the former without the latter.
Supermarkets are set up to tempt you to buy lots of food, much of it running
counter to a healthy diet. But you can avoid many of the in-store traps with a
little care and attention. Combine this approach to healthy eating with regular
exercise and you'll soon find yourself en route to weight loss and a greatly
improved sense of well being.
"Good health is the best bonus that life has to offer."
You owe it to yourself to stay fit.
People suffering from obesity run twice the risk of deteriorating sight
because excess weight increases their chances of developing debilitating eye
Obesity and sight loss,
Institute Of The Blind, 9/29/06
A report by The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) in Britain says the
obese are at extra risk from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), a common
source of sight loss which can be caused by obesity-related hardening of the
People with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30, who are classed as obese, have
double the risk of the most common form of ARMD, according to the report on
symptoms of its patients.
ARMD is a degenerative condition of the macula (the central retina). It is the
most common cause of vision loss in the United States in those aged 50 or older
and its prevalence increases with age.
Hardening of the arteries can cause ARMD, a condition that affects the
nourishment of the retina.
Obesity accelerates coronary artery disease, which, in the case of eyesight,
deprives the sensitive retinal tissue of oxygen and nutrients that it needs to
function and thrive. As a result, central vision deteriorates.
The condition is classified as either dry or wet. Dry ARMD is the most common
form and occurs in 90% of cases, causing retinal cells to thin and
degenerate. This layer of cells is crucial for the function of the 'seeing cells'
of the eye, which then also degenerate and die.
About 10% of macular degeneration patients have wet ARMD. This condition occurs
when new vessels form to improve the blood supply to oxygen-deprived retinal
tissue. However, the new vessels are very delicate and break easily, causing
bleeding and damage to surrounding tissue.
Several studies have indicated a strong link between nutrition and the
development of ARMD. People eating diets high in fruits and vegetables
– especially the leafy green variety – have a lower incidence of the condition.
Those with a genetic pre-disposition to ARMD must be particularly careful about
their weight as their risk of developing the condition increases from four-fold,
if they are a normal weight, to an 11-fold risk if they are obese, according to
the RNIB report.
Obese people also have double the risk of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of
the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil, and is linked
to one in four cases of sight loss in the over-75s. Obesity also significantly
increases the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, which can cause Diabetic retinopathy
or nerve disease.
The risk of sight loss through Diabetes is particularly high in ethnic
minorities. People from Asian, African and Caribbean backgrounds are four to
five times more likely to develop Diabetes and related sight loss.
There is also a link between being severely overweight and glaucoma, caused by
pressure within the eye.
Eye health consultant Barbara McLaughlan, who wrote the RNIB report, said:
"Sight is the sense we most fear losing, but most people don't do nearly enough
to look after their eyes.
"To safeguard sight, we recommend people maintain a healthy weight, eat lots of
fresh fruit and vegetables, take exercise to improve general health, don't smoke
and most importantly have regular eye tests.
"Many thousands of people lose their sight each year through conditions that
could have been treated if picked up early enough through an eye test."
Vitamins A, C and E help prevent damage to cells in the eyes. Foods rich in these
vitamins include oranges, kiwi fruit and dark leafy vegetables.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and trout as well as nuts such as walnuts, also aid eye health.
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The elevated blood sugar
condition caused by Insulin Resistance and known as Pre-Diabetes should trigger
testing for heart disease, says a new report.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Washington DC found that, compared with people who have normal blood glucose levels, those with Pre-Diabetes had more risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and obesity
Pre-Diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high
enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Blood sugar levels between 100 -125
milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) after an overnight fast qualify for a diagnosis
of Pre-Diabetes, with Type 2 Diabetes kicking in at 126 mg/dL and above.
It's possible to reverse Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes by losing weight
via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise. But if neglected,
Pre-Diabetes may lead to Type 2 Diabetes, which can only be managed for the rest
of a person's life and may require extra injections of insulin. Type 2 Diabetes
is a severely increased risk factor for blindness, amputation and kidney
disease, as well as a heart attack or stroke.
Approximately 41 million Americans of both sexes have Pre-Diabetes and risk
progressing to Type 2 Diabetes.
A diagnosis of Pre-Diabetes necessitates testing for heart disease and vice
versa, said Michael Engelgau, acting director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes
Classic heart disease symptoms like high cholesterol and and high blood pressure
are often present when someone has Pre-Diabetes. Similarly, when a person is
diagnosed with heart disease, the doctor should also check for Pre-Diabetes, he
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Myth: Zero Content On Food Labels Regarding Trans-Fat Really
Means Zero Content
No, it doesn't. If an item of food has less than 0.5 of a gram of unhealthy trans-fat per
serving, a label can say it contains 0 trans-fat.
Look for tell-tale words like "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated"
vegetable oil in the list of ingredients.
Although manufacturers are now obliged by law to list trans-fat content, some
won't be listing it on their products for a while. That's because the Federal
Drug Administration has allowed certain companies to use up their old labels
without the trans-fat listing before switching to the new ones with the listing.
Plus, some of the products with the new labels won't appear on supermarket
shelves until products with the old labels have been sold.
If you really want to avoid trans-fat, a move to Denmark could be an option. In
2003, it became the only country to effectively outlaw the fat by passing a law
that made it illegal for any food to contain more than 2% of trans-fat.
Q. Which Causes The Greater Risk of Stroke – Metabolic Syndrome or Type 2
Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular
disease. The condition is characterized by having at least three of the
- Insulin Resistance (when the body can't absorb blood
sugar or utilize insulin properly)
- Abdominal fat in men this means a 40-inch waist or larger, in women 35
inches or larger
- High blood sugar levels at least 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
- High triglycerides at least 150 mg/dL in the blood stream
- Low HDL "good" cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL if male and 50 mg/dL if female
- Prothrombotic state (e.g. high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor
in the blood)
- Blood pressure of 130/85 mmHg or higher
All the conditions mentioned above increase your risk of heart disease such as
atherosclerosis, which involves plaque build-up in artery walls that can lead to
a stroke. Until recently, however, Type 2 Diabetes was regarded as being the
major risk factor for stroke.
(1) Najarian RM,
Sullivan LM, Kannel WB, Wilson PW, D'Agostino RB, Wolf PA.
However, a new Framingham Offspring Study compared Metabolic Syndrome with Type
2 Diabetes as an independent risk factor for stroke. The study looked at 2,097
people between the ages of 50-81. The criteria for Metabolic Syndrome were met
in 30.3% of men and 24.7% of women and the study concluded that people with
Metabolic Syndrome had a higher risk of stroke than those with Type 2 Diabetes
If you do have at least three of the above symptoms, you may have Metabolic
Syndrome. It is best to think preventatively and address Metabolic Syndrome to
reduce your future risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
This can be achieved through lifestyle changes that include improved diet and an
increase in regular exercise. These changes will help you to lose weight and
increase your sensitivity to insulin, which are major ways to avoid suffering
from Metabolic Syndrome.
Some dietary changes you can begin today include reducing the amounts of refined
carbohydrates, such as pasta, breads, crackers and cookies. Replace these with
fresh water fish, such as salmon and trout, as well as nuts and seeds, which are
great sources of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
A daily routine of brisk morning walks will also help to increase your physical
fitness and help to ward off Metabolic Syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome compared with Type 2 diabetes mellitus as a risk factor for
stroke: the Framingham Offspring Study.,
Arch Intern Med. 2006 Jan 9;166(1):106-11. PMID: 16401818
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Everything in the human body is connected by the flow of blood. So
if your coronary arteries are in bad shape and becoming blocked
because of poor diet and lack of regular exercise, the chances are
that your sex life is suffering, too.
Good circulation is a key factor in keeping everything working
correctly and the healthy foods that help maintain cardiovascular
health can have a similar effect on sexual function. The heart needs
unrestricted blood flow to function properly and so do male and
female sex organs.
In particular, blood vessels need specific nutrients like nitrogen
and an amino acid called L-arginine to create nitric oxide gas that
improves blood flow to the penis. Without good blood flow, erection
and ejaculation are impossible while female orgasm via stimulation
of the nipples, clitoris and vagina is much less likely.
Sexual arousal problems, such as erectile dysfunction (ED), are a
common side-effect of reversible, Insulin Resistance-linked
conditions like obesity, Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and
Nitrogen-rich vegetables such as artichokes and asparagus as well as
leafy greens like spinach help create nitric oxide, which triggers
vessel dilation critical to sexual performance and pleasure.
Foods rich in the amino acid L-arginine also help create nitric
oxide. Good sources include nuts such as almonds, Brazils and
pecans, as well as fish, especially those high in omega-3 fatty
acids like fresh water salmon, together with lean beef and poultry.
Brightly colored vegetables and fruit, like tomatoes, carrots,
melon, peaches and mango are high in anti-oxidants, which help
minimize artery damage and blockage from renegade molecules called
Don't expect one healthy meal of chicken masala and Greek salad to
suddenly solve all sexual problems, many of which are very complex.
Hormonal deficiencies, for example, can sap the libido of many
menopausal and post-menopausal women. Some women's body insecurities
hamper their ability to enjoy or even engage in sex, while many men
lose sexual stamina as they age.
But a healthy diet will help to maintain clear arteries and keep
them well supplied with the nutrients essential to the creation of
nitric oxide and good blood flow, which is essential for a
satisfying sex life.
Last month, we detailed the health benefits of ballroom dancing. But you
don't have to do the quickstep or the samba. Other kinds of dance can be
just as beneficial, enabling you to burn between 200 and 400 calories an
Additional benefits range from an increase in flexibility to
strength-training, improved mental agility and lowered blood pressure.
Swing is fast, furious and filled with flips, kicks and twirls that can burn
a good 370 calories an hour.
Tap offers the chance to step away from stress while making your thighs
slimmer and improving co-ordination.
Hip-Hop is on a par with any step-aerobics class in terms of physical
Belly dancing is all about working your thighs, abs and glutes. Although the
pace is slower and repetitive, this form of exercise is a good
calorie-burner and is growing in popularity among women of all cultural
There are several other advantages to learning to dance. Unless you're
appearing on TV's Dancing With The Stars, dancing doesn't have to be
competitive, which makes it an enjoyable, healthy and creative outlet for
children who don't like sports.
There's also a social component to dancing because you interact with a
partner and other couples around you. Many people start dancing after a
divorce or the death of a spouse and find it a healing experience.
Dancing can even connect people to their roots, whether it's Irish
step-dancing, flamenco or traditional Native American dance.
Whatever your reasons to dance, the floor is waiting and it's all yours.
a good night's sleep is vital for excellent health and a general sense of
well-being. Yet more and more Americans are finding it difficult to enjoy
the recuperative benefits of a full eight hours, if sales of
heavily-advertised pharmaceutical sleep aids are anything to go by.
Planning for the stresses and strains of everyday life, including
ever-longer commutes and work hours and the demands of family life, can make
it impossible to clear your mind when you need to doze off. But here are
some simple steps you can take to improve your chances of getting the right
amount of sleep.
- Darkness prompts the pineal gland to produce melatonin, a hormone that
increases sleepiness as well as length and quality of sleep. Too much light
can compromise melatonin production and interfere with slumber. So buy thick
curtains that keep out street light and even a shining moon. Tuck away
digital clocks and other electronics illuminated by LED lights where they
won't affect the darkness. A sleep mask may help, especially one made of
- Many people say they sleep better to the sound of a traditional ticking
clock. Others play calming sounds of nature recorded on a CD like rustling
leaves or ocean waves. Noisy neighbors or a snoring bedmate may require
moldable foam earplugs, which block out noise without causing irritation.
- Give yourself at least three hours to digest a big meal so your digestive
process doesn't keep you up at night. Avoid alcohol and caffeine late at
night because both can disrupt sleep.
- Natural and traditional sleep aids like valerian, passionflower, lemon balm
and chamomile can lead you to sleep. Inquire about them at health shops and
follow the instructions on the label. The aroma of lavender, in particular,
has been shown to improve sleep.
- The right kind of mattress is essential. If it's too hard or too soft, your
sleep will be badly affected. Breathable cotton bedding in calming colors is
better than scratchy covers in busy patterns. Natural buckwheat or
millet-filled pillows conform to the shoulders and neck without irritating
- Experts are unable to agree whether any threat is posed by electromagnetic
fields (EMFs). But why take chances? Keep devices like telephone chargers
and air purifiers away from where you sleep. EMF exposure decreases
significantly as you move away from electronic sources.
Sleep well and sweet dreams.
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