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Saves Lives By Screening For Colorectal Cancer

Although colon cancer is a preventable and even highly curable disease, it remains the second source of cancer deaths in the U.S. according to gastroenterologists Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman and Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl. Why? Not nearly enough people are getting screened, and experts want to get the word out that with screening cancer of the colon, a disease often without symptoms, can be detected early and even prevented from developing at all. Amazingly one in every three American is NOT getting screened for colorectal cancers, even though the screening tests are available everywhere.

Colon cancer is defined by your doctor as a malignant tumor that grows from the inside wall of the colon, also known as the large intestine, the long coiled tube that takes water from food after it’s been digested. Rectal cancer is a cancerous tumor that forms in the rectum, which is the medical term used for the last 6 inches of the large intestine where stool is stored before leaving the body. These two cancers share lots of risk factors, symptoms and the type of screening that’s done to detect them. It’s the treatment plans that are typically different. Colorectal cancer is a term that covers both colon and rectal cancers.

Here are five facts to think about before you put off a colorectal cancer screening…

1. Screening for colorectal cancer can save your life, finding a cancer very early on or spotting polyps before they get a chance to be cancer. Screening should start at 50 for both men and women. In years to come there may be a new test to detect colorectal cancer involving a breath sample, a method just presented in the December 2012 British Journal of Surgery.

2. Have screenings when you are feeling well because early colorectal cancers don’t have symptoms and you feel just fine. Screening before symptoms is the key, by the time you’re having symptoms the cancer is no longer in its early, most treatable stages.

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WARNING: The truth about Moles, Warts and Skintags…

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3. Know the risks for colorectal cancer and talk with your doctor about getting screened earlier than 50 years if you have reason to do so. Your risk can go up if you have inflammatory bowel disease, a personal history of colon cancer or polyps, a family history of colon cancer or polyps or conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis or Lynch syndrome that can cause colon cancer.

4. Live healthy – stop smoking, get moving and start eating better (avoid red and processed meats, eat lots of fiber) to bring down your risk of being diagnosed with this type of cancer. Exercise especially is linked with lower rates of colon and breast cancers according to research in the May 2012 Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

5. This type of cancer doesn’t discriminate; one in every 20 is diagnosed with colorectal cancer sometime in their life. This disease affects both men and women equally.

In this year alone, an estimated 102,480 cases of colon cancer, another 40,340 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed. You can keep yourself from being one of them by making the call to schedule that screening, and making lifestyle changes that reduce your risk of disease.

To your good health,

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They Have So Many Health Benefits!

They’re delicious… and nutritious… full of crunchy goodness; and where once they were considered too high calorie to be eaten regularly, people are taking a second look at nuts. This is likely the result of two new studies that have drawn attention to the benefits of nuts for control of blood sugar. Aside from this benefit, nuts have been associated with weight control and improving heart health. One study from 2013 found that eating nuts might even help you live longer.

The good news is that nuts are not linked to weight gain according to a team from Purdue University, which runs counter to lots of conventional diet wisdom out there. Yes, nuts do have lots of calories (one ounce has from 160 to 200 calories) as you’ve seen; they’re also loaded with other good for you nutrients. So if you eat them in moderation, watching your serving size, you can reap the benefits without taking in lots of extra calories.

In terms of diabetes, work appearing in Diabetes Care found that eating pistachios daily helps those at risk of developing diabetes
maintain control
over their blood sugar. Another study in PLOS One saw that tree nuts (including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans) might help with blood sugar control in those who already have type 2 diabetes. Nuts have also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, and this brings down the risk of diabetes.

If you’re wondering why so much of the research in the area is funded by the nut industry, the answer is simple. There’s too little government funding for this type of work, as is the case for many areas of research. The nut industry understands the health benefits of their product and is working hard to get the word out. Even though they give grants to researchers, the teams work independently and the studies are peer reviewed before they can appear in a journal.

Modern medicine has known for some time now that nuts are good
for the heart
. And the ability of the nut to bring down cholesterol is also well understood. The protein naturally in nuts helps to keep blood sugar stable, and the fiber helps with controlling your weight by helping you feel full after you eat. Of course the crunch value may also contribute to that feeling of being satisfied after eating a serving of nuts.

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Are Your Genetics Keeping You Fat? (1 tip to change fast)

Ever heard the excuse “I’m overweight because of my genetics”?

Are several members of your family overweight and you just figured, you were stuck that way too? Well, I have great news. Recent studies reveal that being overweight has NOTHING to do with genetics and EVERYTHING to do with your lifestyle.

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All kinds of nuts are healthy, similar in protein content, fiber and fat. Even though nuts are about 80% fat, it’s good fat, the unsaturated kind. Some types of nuts, almonds for instance, are the best sources of vitamin E, cashews are a good source of magnesium and pistachios are full of the phytonutrients key to healthy eyes while also supplying plenty of magnesium, folate and vitamin E. Nuts even contain arginine, an amino acid that’s needed to create nitric oxide, a substances the body uses to relax blood vessels.

Your best bet is to eat a variety of nuts to get the most well rounded set of nutrients in their natural state. You get all the benefits and won’t be as likely to get bored with one taste.

One to (possibly for someone very active) two ounces a day is a smart limit to set. How many nuts that is depends on the nut in question, for almonds it’s 25, pistachios it’s 40; but only 17 macadamia nuts. Going unsalted is the best bet, but if this is too bland, you can try a sprinkle of cinnamon and broil, or add some rosemary and garlic to taste. You might want to add nuts to a salad or stir fry dish, rather than enjoying them atop a sundae. The good news is that any kind of nut can take the place of other, less healthy snacks. Just pay attention to how many you eat, perhaps give yourself the serving size and put the rest away, so you can’t overeat without thinking.

To your good health,

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Main Diseases Link To Gum Problems

You may not realize just how closely the condition of your mouth is linked with your overall state of health according to a good deal of recent research. Turns out, a healthy mouth doesn’t just look great and feel great, it’s good for you too. Not caring for your teeth and gums can open the door to all kinds of health issues.

Here’s what we know.

Type 2 diabetes and gum disease

Type 2 diabetics have a higher incidence of periodontitis (gum disease). The connection was reaffirmed in July 2008 by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. They examined 9,296 subjects who were diabetes free, measuring the amount of periodontal bacteria they had over a 20-year span of time. Those who had higher levels of periodontal disease also had a twofold chance of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during the study, compared to those with no gum disease or low levels of bacteria in their mouths.

There are some interesting theories about why this might be. One suggests that when infections in the mouth get bad enough, they bring low-grade inflammation all through the body, and this causes all kinds of trouble for your sugar processing abilities. It may be that some inflammatory molecules attach to insulin receptors and keep the body’s cells from using the insulin as it should to get glucose inside the cell.

Another theory to explain the link between gum disease and diabetes involves damage to the pancreas. This is an example of a localized infection that’s capable of impacting a systemic organ that is tied to the pathophysiology of diabetes.

Gum infections and preterm birth, low birth weight

Gum infections during pregnancy are just one of many things that are the result of all those fluctuating hormones. Often patients put aside their own oral care during pregnancy… an easy thing to do with all the appointments and pressing things on your mind. This is a mistake. Experts think that inflammation in the mouth may trigger an increase in a compound known as prostaglandin that might induce early labor.

This theory hasn’t been confirmed by research, but a 2001 project found that women who were pregnant and developed gum disease between weeks 21 and 24 were four to seven times more likely to deliver before week 37. That’s impressive evidence. There’s even the suggestion that extremely poor gum health can lead to low birth weight. Two other studies in 2007 of Turkish and Brazilian women supported the ideal of a link between gum problems and both preterm birth, lower birth weight.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

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…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

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Gum disease and the heart

Oral health and heart disease have also been recognized as being connected, the two are very often found together in a patient. Still there’s no research bringing us evidence of a direct causal relationship. One of the difficulties lies in the fact that there are any number of risk factors that can also put you at risk for gum disease and heart problems. In 2005, an NIH funded study of 1,056 randomly selected subjects with no history of heart attacks/stroke who were evaluated for periodontal bacteria levels showed there was an independent relationship between heart disease and gum disease.

Why might this be? Small amounts of bacteria get into your bloodstream as you chew. This gives infectious bacteria a chance to lodge themselves inside a blood vessel, potentially leading to a dangerous blockage. Adding weight to this thinking is that when experts have examined atherosclerotic blood vessels they’ve found fragments of periodontal bacteria.

A study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 also established that aggressive treatment of gum disease cuts the risk of atherosclerosis in just six months. That’s astonishing, and one more reason why taking care of your dental health is so very important.

Gum disease and pneumonia

There’s even been a link established between bad oral health and pneumonia, though the work centers on high-risk populations, like the elderly. A 2008 study of this exact population found that the number of subjects diagnosed with pneumonia was 3.9 times higher in those with periodontal infection than in those who did not have it. The lungs are close to the mouth, and there is a lot of bacteria in there.

Bacteria from a mouth that’s not healthy can get aspirated into the lungs, causing problems with existing COPD or bringing on pneumonia. There are several CDC studies that have found better oral health can lead to a drop in respiratory infections of this kind.

Gum disease and cancer of the pancreas

Based on a 2007 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that surveyed over 50,000 American men about their health, the link between pancreatic cancer and periodontal disease was striking. No matter what their smoking status, having a history of periodontal disease was linked to a higher risk of pancreatic cancer. This could be due to the systemic inflammation, or carcinogenic compounds produced in an infected mouth.

Now you see why it’s so important to take care of your teeth and gums. So make (and keep) that next cleaning appointment and you’ll be glad you did.

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7 Simple Signs Of Health Troubles

Turns out, you don’t need tarot cards or a crystal ball to predict the future… you can do this for yourself by relying on the observations of your own five senses. You might be surprised to learn that many health problems often begin with a physical change you might not think is anything to be concerned about, something so subtle you might not notice it at first. Yet these changes can be warning signs you’ll want to heed.

One of the most surprising links between the senses and chronic disease comes in the form of hearing loss. Hearing loss is more likely in those who have diabetes. The higher than normal blood sugar may also do some damage to the blood vessels in the ears themselves. If you notice a decline in hearing, have a full hearing evaluation, as well as a physical and blood work, to see where you stand.

Vision changes can be an early signal of cognitive decline. The veins in your eyes are very much the same as the ones in your brain, so larger veins in your eyes could indicate a decline in the health of your brain years before any signs appear. Your eye doctor will be able to examine you for this.

If your sense of smell is slipping, this has been shown to be a potential early sign of Alzheimer’s disease according to the latest studies in the area. The changes that come in smell may appear much sooner than those that happen I the rest of the brain. If you’ve noticed a decline earlier than age 70, talk with your doctor.

Bad breath is a well-known (and despised) sign of gum disease, but this unfortunate problem can also be linked to erectile
dysfunction.
Brush and floss daily and make sure you have regular dental exams and cleanings every year. If it persist despite your good dental care, talk with your doctor to look for other causes.

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WARNING: The truth about Moles, Warts and Skintags…

There are so many “scare” stories that it’s sometimes hard to know what to believe. Which is why this is so timely…

Find out how you, too, can:

- Have freedom from the pain and irritation of your unsightly moles, warts, or skin tags

- Naturally REMOVE moles, warts, or skin tags at the root without any scarring

- Enjoy having clear skin, free from unsightly and painful moles, warts or skin tags

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Your own reflection can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside your body. Those who look older than their age, with 3 to 4 visible signs of aging, have a higher chance of heart issues later on according to research. If you’re concerned by looking older, ask your doctor to check for any other heart disease risk factions and remember that you can change your risk by the choices you make going forward.

Your hairline can give clues to thyroid issues, and while thyroid issues affect many hormones in the body, one of the most visible is the hormone that is linked to hair growth. You might see your hair getting dry or coarse before it begins to fall out, you might also notice thinning of your eyebrows. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and have blood work done to check for thyroid hormones.

Smooth, spot free fingernails are a sign of good health. If yours have redness underneath this could be an early sign of lupus. You may also notice swelling and puffiness at the base of your nails or a rash on the backs of your hands and fingers.

If you have concerns about these, or any symptoms you are experiencing, talk to your own doctor. An honest discussion and careful evaluation by a trained professional will reassure you, and perhaps set you on the path to better health by making healthy choices about what you eat, and how active you are. Early intervention is also incredibly beneficial, often keeping you healthier, longer than you might be otherwise.

To your good health,

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When Eating Too Much Protein Affect Your Health

Protein, the building block of life, is good for you, right? But can it ever be trouble? Certainly, if you have damaged kidneys, otherwise moderate dietary intake of protein is fine. Even then, if you’re aiming to up how much protein you’re eating, do so gradually, as a sudden jump may not be the best thing for your body, though there isn’t much research on the topic. When eating lots of protein, experts do recommend drinking more water, and though this may (or may not) have a biological basis, it’s still a good practice.

So how much protein is too much? A good rule of thumb is try not to go over one gram of protein per pound of body weight. So a 185-pound person would want to take in under 185 grams of protein a day to stay healthy. Too much protein can cause dehydration and damage to kidneys. The best sources of protein have all the essential amino acids in the right amounts.

In general, animal proteins are considered better than plant proteins.

Protein is all-important these days, mostly because of research that’s found it keeps you feeling fuller, longer and therefore helps you lose weight. If you look at your grocery store shelves, you’ll see many products that call out protein on the label – granola bars, cereals, almond milk and juices are some of the items that typically advertise that they’re sources of protein.

Research that examined active male athletes and measured the urinary creatinine, albumin and urea found there were no significant changes in dosages of 1.25-2.80/kg bodyweight. The same lack of association has also been shown for postmenopausal women. Keep in mind these are healthy subjects.

When it comes to the kidneys and protein, there are functional changes in these organs related to your intake of this nutrient. Restricted protein diets are the norm for those who know they have kidney damage. This makes sense, as protein is known to be involved with renal function, and if not controlled for by diet could possibly accelerate (or not reduce) the loss of kidney function.

If you have kidney damage, check with your doctor on protein intake.

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Are Your Genetics Keeping You Fat? (1 tip to change fast)

Ever heard the excuse “I’m overweight because of my genetics”?

Are several members of your family overweight and you just figured, you were stuck that way too? Well, I have great news. Recent studies reveal that being overweight has NOTHING to do with genetics and EVERYTHING to do with your lifestyle.

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The latest research appears to point to a “too much, too soon” situation as slower, more controlled changes don’t bring any adverse changes to the kidneys. Take home? Change your protein intake over a moderate length of time, not abruptly, for the best results.

And while normal dietary amounts of protein are also okay for the liver, there’s evidence that high protein refeeding after prolonged (over 48 hours) of fasting might cause injury to the liver. The current treatment standards for hepatic disease call for a reduction in protein intake. This is due to the chance of ammonia build up in the blood that could contribute to encephalopathy.

At least some work with animals suggests that the damage can become evident when going through periods of sufficient protein intake and then protein malnutrition. The evidence is still preliminary and more work will need to be done.

There is also no relation between protein intake and risk of bone fractures, which is a sign of bone problems. For postmenopausal women, soy protein seems to have a protective affect on bone mass, perhaps due to the isoflavones content.

To your good health,

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14 Food Combos To Improve Your Life, Part 2

Here’s the second half of our list of food combinations that are readily available, tasty and a whole lot better for you than eating either of the two foods by themselves. Here are the final seven…

1. Yogurt + Bran Cereal = Improved Digestion

A cup of yogurt is full of good bacteria that work even better when paired with the prebiotics in 3/4of a cup of wheat brain. Prebiotics are the nourishment for the probiotics, helping them thrive even better in the digestive system, so they can do the work they need. Watch for yogurt brands that have the words “live and active cultures” on the label.

2. Apricots + Almonds = Plaque-Free Arteries

This combo helps keep bad LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, the process that takes place whenever LDL reacts with free radicals. Oxidized LDL is harmful as it encourages the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Research finds that the natural phytochemicals in almonds cut LDL oxidation when paired with antioxidant vitamins C and E, both in apricots.

3. Yogurt + Blueberries = Strong Body

Research shows that blueberries help keep you focused during your workout, while yogurt’s protein helps heal the little tears in muscles that happen as part of exercise. The carbs in both yogurt and fruit replenish your muscles with glycogen, a stored type of energy; and the protein in yogurt serves to stimulate a hormone that brings those energizing carbs into your muscles. Your body is most efficient at absorbing these nutrients when eating in the first 15 minutes after your exercise.

4. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil + Tomatoes = Disease Defense

Tomatoes have four major carotenoids plus three potent antioxidants that can help fight both cancer and heart disease. You’ll absorb more of the protective nutrients if you eat them with the extra virgin olive oil that’s loaded with monounsaturated fats and slows digestion so you can take in more of them. Add some olive oil to your next marinara sauce and see what happens.

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5. Oatmeal + Strawberries = Strong Heart

Oats have two key phytochemicals shown to work synergistically with vitamin C to cut the harmful effects of LDL (bad) cholesterol and help prevent plaque buildup that can cause heart attacks. A half-cup of sliced strawberries with your bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a healthy, tasty start to your day

6. Cinnamon + Whole Grain Toast = More Energy, Faster Weight Loss

Sprinkling on the cinnamon can help keep your blood sugar at a healthy level and this keeps your energy level stable and hunger at bay. Cinnamon was found to show the rate that the stomach empties after meals. Use whole grain bread and a teaspoon of fresh cinnamon.

7. Garlic + Onion = Head To Toe Protection

Both these veggies have many organosulfur compounds, chemicals in the plant that help the heart, keep arteries flexible and free of plaque. Eating these together means you are covering your nutrient bases and upping your chance of getting the most healthful compounds in a single serving. Cooking these two together makes a great tasting base for soups, sauces or sauté with broccoli with olive oil for a tasty side dish.

To your good health,

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Laughing Is Good For Your Health

Humor is infectious… in a good way. Shared laughter binds people, increasing feelings of both happiness and intimacy. Researchers think that laughter is truly good medicine as it lifts your mood, helping you feel better, more energized. It can ease pain and protect your from the damage of stress. What we don’t know is if it’s the act of laughing that makes the difference or is simply having a good sense of humor, a positive outlook and support of a network of friends and family that is responsible for the improvements in health.

Definitive research on the benefits of laughter hasn’t been done. We do know that nothing works faster to rebalance your body and that laughter is a powerful antidote to conflict and stress. The ability to laugh, freely, easily and often may well be an untapped resource for solving problems, enhancing relationships and doing all you can for your physical and emotional health.

Science has established that we undergo physiological changes when we are laughing. Muscles stretch all through the face and body, pulse rate and blood pressure increase and our breathing gets faster, which sends more oxygen to all the tissues of the body. Some people believe that the benefits of laughter equal that of a mild workout.

Here’s what science knows about how laughter affects the body…

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Laughter keeps blood flow normal, so vessels expand and contract easily.

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The ability to see humor might just raise levels of infection fighting antibodies;
boost amounts of immune cells.

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Lower blood sugar levels are the result of laughter according to a small study
of those with diabetes.

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Improved relaxation and better sleep come from watching things that make you
laugh, ten minutes has been shown to bring up to two hours of pain free rest.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

Also, discover how a Licensed Psychologist, Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D.fromMinnesota broke her insomnia cycle.

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A pioneer in research on laughter, William Fry, found that it took ten minutes
on a rowing machine to get his heart rate to the same level it was after only
a single minute of hearty laughter. Laughter also seems to burn calories; studies
have found that 10 to 15 minutes of laughing burns 50 calories.

When it comes to researching laughter, most of the work on laughter and the body involved small groups and was not well conducted, with many researchers having a rather obvious bias. This is an area where it’s pretty tough to determine cause and effect. It’s hard to say if laughter is an agent of change, or simply a sign of what a person was like to start.

One potential benefit of laughter that is supported by science is its ability to ease pain. There are many projects that examined people in pain and found that laughing brought reports of pain not being as bothersome. It may just be the distraction that works, and not the laughter itself. Or, it may be that being with family and friends is the benefit, and having a strong connection to others rather than laughing is responsible for the positive effects.

Even though the research can’t show why, being with those we are close to, feeling happy and laughing delivers a real boost to mood. And that’s a quality of life boost we all deserve.

To your good health,

For Optimum Results, Address Aging, Not Heart Disease Or Cancer

Here’s interesting news. Research that finds a way to delay the aging process is a “better investment” than addressing specific diseases like heart disease or cancer according to a recent economic analysis published in the journal Health Affairs. The findings suggest that a major advance in cancer/heart disease treatment can give a 51-year-old about 1 added year of life. This could be doubled by modest improvements in the way we handle aging.

It appears that slowing aging (senescence is the fancy term) is a goal within the reach of modern medicine. What’s more, the benefits of doing so call for a new focus for medical research, which at present is focused on fighting specific diseases rather than understanding the process of getting older. According to the micro simulation of the future health/spending of aging Americans, a focus on disease is not as effective as adding healthy years to a person’s life.

In fact, delaying the aging process could up life expectancy an incredible 2.2 years, most of that time enjoyed in fine health. The researchers went so far as to put a dollar value on delayed aging – $7.1 trillion over a 50-year period. Working to solve cancer or heart disease separately yields diminishing improvements in both longevity and the health of those years by 2060.

The micro simulation used in the study is known as the Future Elderly Model and it compares best possible disease specific scenarios with a theoretical scenario of delayed aging. Even with average gains in the understanding of slowing aging, an added 5% of those over 65 in the U.S. would be healthy, instead of classified as disabled, during the years 2030 to 2060. This gives us 11.7 million more able, healthy U.S. adults who are older than 65 years by 2060.

The cost for all this is enormous. The authors suggest offsetting the expense by raising the Medicare eligibility age as well as the retirement age for Social Security. Of course, we’d all be healthier so that would work out.

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When asked if delaying aging would only hold off onset of disease and contribute
to the growth of population, Professor Dana Goldman, a co-author on the study
and the Norman Topping chair in medicine and public policy from the University
of Southern California at Los Angeles, used an example from history. If medicine
were practiced today as it was in the 1970s, it would take 2.5 years off your
life expectancy, but would cost much less. Is that what you want? Of course not.

What’s more, the research focus on single disease has been called into question by no less than the American heart Association. They want to stop treating the specific biomarkers of heart disease and focus on changing lifestyle factors instead. The AHA wants doctors to start treating unhealthy lifestyles as aggressively as they do high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other risks for heart problems.

People value a long life when those years are good healthy ones. What we all need to find is a way to get there that isn’t impractical, or doesn’t cost a fortune. The amazing thing is that very much of what can be done to help yourself age well are things you can do for yourself.

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Long Naps Are Associated With Disease

If you’re a regular napper, this news is for you. Naps are a wonderful, arguably beneficial, break in your day, however the discussion of the health benefits of napping remains ongoing. Some research has shown cognitive benefits from a short sleep in the afternoon (1:00 to 3:00 is the optimal time), while others link napping with very negative things such as a shortened lifespan. So which is it?

The most recent study on the subject, appearing in the journal Sleep Medicine has discovered that those who nap longer than others are at risk for diabetes. The project included 27,000 Chinese men and women who were retired, breaking them into groups based on how long they napped each day. The napping time started at 0 minutes, there was an under 30 minutes, a 30-60 minutes, a 60-90 minute group and an over 90 minute nap a day group. The subjects also underwent in person interviews and blood tests to monitor their blood sugar levels. Nappers were found to have higher blood pressure (40% of them) and cholesterol numbers (24% of them) than those who didn’t take naps.

More than 2/3 of the study subjects said they did take afternoon naps, and after adjusting for other factors, the team saw that those who napped for more than an hour had an increased risk of prediabetes and diabetes itself when compared to those who didn’t nap.

Those who took short naps of under a half hour tended to have lower levels of blood sugar compared to the non-nappers, but the link did not rise to the level of statistical significance. Still worth mentioning because these nappers are in good company – Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George W. Bush, also were know to be nappers.

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Another Chinese study from 2010 found that nappers were 50% more likely to have diabetes than those who didn’t nap as much. These results held even after controlling for other risk factors and excluding subjects who might have been potentially ill and dealing with daytime tiredness. Maybe daily naps cut into time that could have been spent exercising. Daytime sleep also can throw off circadian rhythm, and expose organs to higher levels of stress hormones.

It may well be that naps of differing lengths impact the body in different ways. There is earlier research suggesting a link between diabetes and nighttime sleep (too much or not enough). It’s possible that sleeping in the daytime disturbs the internal clock and this causes problems with the release of insulin. Shorter naps don’t have time to have this effect. It may also be that those with diabetes aren’t sleeping as well at night, and this loss prompts them to sleep for a longer period in the daytime.

While here in the U.S. napping is considered an indulgence we continue to be sleep deprived with lifestyles that are busier than ever. In China, like many societies the world over, napping is readily accepted and practiced by all ages. As a result, the research team believes this makes it less likely that regular napping would be the cause of the high blood sugar levels of diabetes.

To your good health,

Which Carbs For A Healthy Diet

Carbs do not deserve the bad rap they often get. Especially when it comes to your weight. The thing to understand is that some carbs are better than others, and your body needs the good kind to work properly. They are naturally found in many plant based foods and drinks, and food makers add carbs to processed foods.

Sources of natural good carbs include, fruits, veggies, milk, nuts, grains, seeds and legumes. Understand that the labels reading “low carb” or “net carbs” are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, so there isn’t a standard meaning nor any accountability for the makers of such items.

There are three types or carbs:

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Sugar is the simplest carb and is a natural part of foods like fruits, veggies,
milk and milk products.

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Starch is made of units of sugar bonded together and is a natural part of veggies,
grains and cooked peas or dry beans.

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Fiber is also units of sugar that have bonded, while also being a part of fruits,
veggies, whole grains and cooked peas or dry beans.

Carbs do a whole lot for your body including…

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Providing energy. You’ve heard that your body uses carbs as a fuel source. The
extra glucose you don’t use is stored in the liver, muscles and other cells for
later use, or is stored as fat.

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Protecting against disease. There is some evidence that has found whole grains
and dietary fiber help cut the risk of heart disease. Fiber might also offer
protection for type 2 diabetes and help fight obesity and promoting digestive
health.

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Controlling weight. Evidence finds that eating lots of veggies, fruits and whole
grains can control your weight. The bulk and natural fiber content keep you feeling
fuller and thus eating less food. There are very few studies that find a diet
rich in healthy carbs leads or either weight gain or obesity.

When it comes to carbs and weight loss, you’ve likely heard the term “glycemic index”. This index classifies foods that have carbs according to how much they could raise your blood sugar. Healthy foods are low on the glycemic index, thus weight loss plans will typically restrict the foods at the high end of the glycemic index… yummy stuff like potatoes and corn.

Here are some tips for getting healthy carbs into your diet…

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Choose fiber rich veggies and fruits, and aim for whole fresh or frozen varieties
that don’t have added sugar. Fruit juices and dried fruits aren’t as good.

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Choose whole grains, as they are healthier choices than the refined grains we’re
used to eating. Whole grains have more fiber and other key nutrients like selenium,
potassium and magnesium.

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Don’t skimp on the beans and legumes, as they are among the most versatile and
nutritious food choices you can make. Legumes are low in fat, have no cholesterol
and are loaded with folate, potassium, iron and magnesium… all good for you.
There are also lots of beneficial fats, plus both soluble and insoluble fiber.

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Go for low-fat dairy for your milk, cheese, yogurt and other foods as these are
great natural sources of calcium, protein and many other essential vitamins and
minerals. The low fat helps cut the calories and saturated fat you’re taking
in.

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Limit added sugars and refined grains, while not harmful in small amounts there’s
no advantage to eating lots of added sugar. Too much can bring on health problems
like tooth decay and poor nutrition while also helping you pack on the pounds.

So how many carbs are enough? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for American call for carbs to make up 45-65% of your total daily intake of calories. A 2,000 calorie a day diet would allow for 900 to 1,300 (225-325 grams) of the total calories from carbs.

Look for the carb content on a package in the Nutrition Facts area of the label. This is where you will find total carbohydrates and possibly total fiber, soluble fiber and sugar. Online sources are also great places for finding nutrient information – check the website of a manufacturer for details or use a nutrient calculator.

To your good health,