Dr. Chuck Davis
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|INTELLIGENCE REPORT: SOARING OBESITY CAUSES "TICKING CANCER TIMEBOMB"
A leading expert is calling for people to take urgent charge of their health to prevent a "cancer timebomb" exploding as a result of soaring obesity rates.
Research is showing that diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of developing up to 40% of cancers. But most people fail to pursue a healthier lifestyle, according to Dr Greg Martin, the science and research manager at the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).
Many people still do not appreciate the strong link between obesity and cancer, said Dr. Martin.
"People getting fatter will lead to an increase in the number of cancer cases as surely as night follows day. You also have to add into the mix that cancer is largely an older person's disease.
"So, if you have an ageing population that is getting more obese, there could be really serious consequences in terms of the number of people getting cancer if people do not act now. It's a cancer time bomb.
"This is almost certainly a function of behavior. It's something we can do something about."
Experts believe hormone-sensitive cancers like breast cancer and endometrial cancer – cancer of the womb lining – are sometimes set off by obesity because excess fat can alter levels of hormones such as oestrogen.
Dr Martin described the increase of cancer over time as being like "an epidemic" which is spreading as people become more sedentary and eat less healthily.
"It's really like an epidemic, a virus spreading. In a lot of ways behavior is communicable. All over the world people are starting to adopt the same kind of eating pattern.
"The frustrating thing is that people can make simple changes to their lifestyle to reduce their chances of getting cancer. But ultimately each person has to make that commitment and at the moment too many people are dying because they are not taking any action.
"It really is as simple as eating more healthily, making sure your portion size is not too big and taking regular exercise. When you think about what a devastating disease cancer is, it really is worth taking these simple steps because they can make a big difference."
|NEW RESEARCH: "GOOD" CHOLESTEROL SHOWN TO HAVE EVEN MORE BENEFITS
Scientists have discovered new evidence that "good" cholesterol is even better for your body than was previously thought.
A new study has found that a higher level of HDL, or "good," cholesterol is linked with a reduction in the amount of plaque that can clog up the arteries - one of the cluster of increased risk factors for a heart attack or stroke known as Metabolic Syndrome.
The findings, by The Cleveland Clinic and reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, may cause a switch in research emphasis towards HDL rather than focusing so heavily on ways to reduce LDL, or "bad," cholesterol.
"We've always assumed 'It's the LDL, stupid,'" said report co-author Steven Nissen. "But now we've learned that pushing up HDL confers a substantial proportion of the benefit."
LDL cholesterol is critically bad for health because it ferries fats into the blood where it can build up within artery walls. HDL cholesterol, on the other hand, relieves artery inflammation and carries fats out of the blood system.
The focus began to shift to HDL in 2003 when Nissen and his colleagues reported that an unusual type of "good" cholesterol, called apoA-1Milano - first found in a 49-year-old Italian man - could reverse plaque build-up in arteries. Until then, only high-dose niacin, which can have undesirable side-effects, was proven to raise HDL.
In the latest report, researchers found that patients' clogged arteries began to clear when statins drove their LDL levels down to 87.6 milligrams per deciliter of blood and their HDL up by 7.5.
"These drugs don't push HDL up very much but whatever they're doing, it's important," said Dr. Nissen.
A balanced, nutritious diet combined with regular exercise can reverse Insulin Resistance - an imbalance of blood glucose and insulin, which can be underlying cause of excess weight and obesity. Both of these latter conditions, in turn, can raise LDL to dangerous levels and push down HDL.
By reversing Insulin Resistance and losing weight, however, you can lower LDL and boost levels of HDL cholesterol.
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|INSULITE LIFESTYLE TIPS: FIVE NEW WAYS TO GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
A full night's sleep is crucial for good health. Yet in today's pressured world, many people find it impossible to just switch off after a busy day or stop thinking about their agenda for tomorrow.
It's a measure of how widespread the problem is that the market is being flooded with products that promise a proper night's sleep. But stories of alarming side-effects, like people waking up in the middle of the night fully-dressed in their office with no memory of having driven there, are also coming to light.
A natural approach to sleep is by far the best. And simple lifestyle changes can greatly improve your chances of achieving it. Here are some new ideas that may not have occurred to you before.
Get the conditions right: use comfortable bedding and try to keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool - but keep your hands and feet warm. Don't use your bedroom as an office. Ban the presence of a computer or phone. Let your body know that your bedroom is associated with sleeping.
Try muscle relaxation. Although you shouldn't do strenuous exercise immediately before bedtime, gentle exercise, such as yoga, can help you fall asleep. Relaxation techniques can make you feel less anxious and sleep better. One technique involves tensing and then relaxing different muscle areas in your body one at a time. Start with your toes and work your way up your body to your face. Deep breathing can also help.
Don't go to bed just because you think it's time to - go to bed when you are sleepy. This helps to reduce the amount of time you are awake in bed. If you can't sleep after about 15 or 20 minutes, get up and go to another room. Try reading with a dim light or take a warm bath. But don't take part in a challenging activity, such as housework or going on the computer. Nor should you watch television: this gives off bright light and gives cues to your brain that it's time to wake up. Return to bed as soon as you feel sleepy.
Avoid alcohol at home. The latter can make you fall asleep in your chair during the evening and when you wake up you may be unable to get back to sleep when you go to bed. Getting to sleep is as much about what you don't do as it is about what you do. You should avoid all the usual suspects like heavy meals, caffeine and nicotine just before you go to bed. Also try to deal with your worries before you get ready to go to bed and clear your mind - stress can keep you awake.
Establish a bedtime routine: give your body cues that it is time to slow down and sleep, such as a warm bath or a few minutes of reading in bed.
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The value of regular exercise cannot really be over-emphasized.
But that still doesn't mean some people don't find it hard to get into the exercise habit.
If you find the prospect daunting, don't despair because millions are in the same boat. But try to remember that even the smallest amount is better than none.
And once you introduce even minimal exercise into your life, you're going to start feeling the benefits right away.
You don't have to cram all your exercise in at once - several regular 10-15 minute bouts, like walking yours kids to school instead of using the car, will begin to help you lose weight and improve your fitness levels.
Once you get used to exercise being part of your day, build up it to 30-60 minutes most days and try making it a little more strenuous.
Re-discover the delights of swimming, for example, or buy a cheap used bike. If you make exercise a fun thing to do, it won't seem like a chore.
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