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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Health Eye Five Tips

1. Up your antioxidant intake.

Studies show that people with low levels of antioxidants are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than those with higher levels. Antioxidants that seem to be especially protective against the disease include vitamin C (in citrus fruits, kiwi and broccoli), vitamin E (in vegetable oils, nuts and avocados) and lutein and zeaxanthin—nutrients that abound in dark leafy greens, such as spinach, kale and collards. While it’s not completely clear how these antioxidants protect your eyes, it seems that they accumulate in the retina where they can mop up free radicals, compounds that damage cells by starving them of oxygen. Lutein and zeaxanthin may also act like natural sunglasses, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays.

2. Eat (whole) eggs.

Egg yolks are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, but many of us avoid eggs because we’re worried about their cholesterol content. Research led by Thomas Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor with the Center for Health and Disease Research at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, suggests that we shouldn’t be so concerned. He found that when people ate eggs regularly—as many as two daily—they significantly increased the levels of lutein and zeaxanthin circulating in their bodies without boosting LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Unless your doctor advises otherwise, go ahead and enjoy eggs regularly. (Just don’t go crazy: the American Heart Association still advises limiting cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams [mg] daily, and one large egg yolk has about 213 mg.) Take a tip from Dr. Wilson and scramble your eggs with spinach for an even bigger nutrient boost.

3. Help yourself to more “see” food.

A recent analysis of nine studies that included more than 88,000 participants suggested that people who ate at least two servings of fatty fish (such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring or trout) per week were about one-third less likely to develop advanced AMD than those who didn’t. Lead scientist Elaine Chong, Ph.D., a research fellow at the Centre for Eye Research at the University of Melbourne, Australia, explains that omega-3 fatty acids—particularly DHA—in fish are key components of the nerve cells in the retina. “DHA is found in much higher concentrations in the retina than in other parts of the body,” she notes, “thus, a deficiency may trigger AMD.” So commit to eating more fatty fish, and don’t stop there: shellfish, such as oysters and crab, provide good amounts of zinc, another nutrient that’s found in the retina and may also help protect against AMD.

4. Consider a supplement.

Although it’s always best to get nutrients from food first, supplements are showing a lot of promise in combating AMD. Reports from large-scale clinical trials suggest that, in high-dose supplement form, several nutrients may help to reduce the risk of AMD significantly. If you have any AMD risk factors, talk with your eye-care professional about taking an “eye health formula” supplement. The current supplement formula being studied in major research trials includes 10 mg of lutein (the equivalent of about 3 cups of spinach), 2 milligrams of zeaxanthin and 1 gram total of EPA and DHA (approximately what you get in a 3-ounce serving of salmon). Until further research is in, there’s no advantage to exceeding those amounts. Remember to take it only under medical supervision; even though these supplements are available over the counter, taking megadoses of any nutrient should always be approached cautiously.

5. Keep your blood pressure—and your weight—in check.

People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop AMD, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The theory is that increased pressure damages blood vessels. This hinders blood flow to the eyes, making it harder for protective nutrients to reach the retina and for damaging free-radical debris to be carried away. Losing extra pounds if you’re overweight or obese might also help. Body fat is a major storage depot for fat-soluble nutrients, and excess fat tissue can act as a “sink” for some eye-protective nutrients, making them less available to the macula.

So I’m redoubling my efforts to eat better—especially when it comes to my weak spots, leafy greens and fatty fish. Since my doctor and I don’t think I’m at high risk for AMD (thanks to my lack of family history and the cloudy, northern climate I live in), I’m not taking an “eye health” supplement for now—just a multivitamin and a calcium supplement. But I’m keeping an open mind about the future, while closely watching for new findings on nutrition and eye health. And I’m doing it all wearing fabulous frames that even Sue would envy. Rachel K. Johnson, EatingWell’s senior nutrition advisor, is a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Slimming Pills and Diabetes

Diabetes is a silent disease affecting the overall health and well being of an individual stricken by the condition. This illness is characterized by the body’s inability to metabolize the hormone insulin for cellular processes. This hormone is important as the hormone enables cells to utilize blood sugar as fuel for normal processes. Without insulin, the cells do not have fuel and result in cellular degeneration. When cells die, organs fail leading to complications and even death.

One of the most prevalent types of diabetes is Type 2 diabetes or diabetes mellitus. In this kind of diabetes, the individual’s dietary lifestyle affects the body’s ability to metabolize insulin. Because of a high fat an high sugar diet, the diabetic individual cannot process the blood sugar for fuel and excessive amounts are stored as fat. Thus the pernicious effect of Type 2 diabetes comes to fore, the increase in weight as well as lack of fuel for cellular regeneration and operations. This often leads to complications such as cardiovascular disease, renal failure, recuperative disorders, blindness and a whole host of other ill effects.

There is also a wealth of literature regarding weight and diabetes. Because of the intense association of weight gain, body mass index and fat ratios with diabetes, many opt for quick fixes to lose weight in the hope that the diabetes would be properly managed. The following are some of the more common weight loss pills in the market today and their effects on healthy individuals.

• Orlistat. This diet pill inhibits the breakdown of fat in the digestive system, blocking the absorption into the body and eventually being passed out through the stool.
• Hoodia Gordonii. This is South African plant used by bushmen to suppress their appetites. There are no current studies on this protected herb.
• Capsiplex. The main ingredients of this drug are chili and capsicum and is said to increase the individual’s metabolic rate to lose weight.
• Fat Binding. While there are many brands, such as Proactol and Lipobind that say that the extract of dried cactus fibers would bind the fat in the diet. This would then be passed out in the stool.

There are issues involved with using these weight loss pills as a diabetic. Many physicians though prescribe them, the use of weight loss pills should properly be monitored and administered, as there are more health issues involved with diabetics, which are as follows:

1. Weight loss is not the cure all for diabetes. Diabetics need to lose weight in order to lower the demand of insulin in cellular processes. The weight loss is also important to prevent other complications, such as heart ailments, fatty liver and other obesity related diseases.

2. Weight loss pills are not magic potions for diabetics. Even with the use of weight loss pills, the absence of any change in the individual’s dietary habits would only blunt the promised benefits of weight loss pill use.

3. Weight loss pills have effects on the body. Many weight loss pills use suppression and excretion of particular substances, such as fat, as their effect on the body. Since the diabetic body is slow to heal and recuperate, the use of weight loss pills can bring the body to the brink of injury as an effect (appetite suppression, increased bowl movement, increased metabolism). This may even create more complications for the individual instead of benefits if this kind of regimen is continued.

Thus, it is important to be properly guided by your physician regarding the use of weight loss pills as a diabetic. This regimen is not a magic bullet as the best recipe for weight loss in diabetics is still dietary modification, self-discipline and exercise to properly manage diabetes in the long run.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Women Health Tips: Breasts Of Women Without Bra

Breasts Of Women Without Bra: latest news about Breasts Of Women Without Bra updates, I have been searching the internet for advice on how to be confident with a flat chest, or how to find a suitable swimsuit, etc. There are so many websites that encourage that small busts are attractive – but I am not small, I am flat – and 22 years old.

I know this is not a health concern in regards to hormones. I have spoken to my family doctor and my period is regular. I have absolutely no breast tissue and this has never been the case for other women in my family. I feel like I am the only one in this situation and it is very difficult to cope without the support of someody who understands exactly what I am going through. Please help.”

After hearing from literally thousands of women in our ten-year history, let me say, you are not alone. Some women have even sent us pictures so I know exactly what you are talking about. The good news is that, as your doctor says, there is no health concern for you and chances are that you will be able to breastfeed normally as well, if you so desire when you have a child.

You have not told me about your weight, but a lot of skinny women have this problem. When they put on additional weight, they also gain breast tissue. So in case you are underweight, it makes sense to gain some weight in a healthy manner (working closely with a nutritionist, you want to gradually increase your fat intake but make sure that you exercise at the same time so that you build a good body rather than look totally out of shape).


Then you have two options:

Deal with the problem and fix it. The only solution that really works is breast augmentation. There is NOTHING else that works. BRAVA provides a very limited improvement and there are some reports that acupuncture breast augmentation also is effective.

Two, accept it. Keira Knightley, Debra Messing, and Kate Beckinsale have, for example, though I think they all appear to have some breast tissue. In that case, you accept it the way you accept everything else about you. The less attention you will pay to it, the easier life will become. We all have something that we don’t like. I got gray hair in my 20s and for a while I tried to accept it but people thought I was “old,” or made fun of me. Eventually, I did something about it – now I color it regularly and it is amazing how people don’t believe it when I disclose my age. I also feel better about myself and now regret that I should have made the change in my 20s. So if this is something that bothers you so much, breast implants are fairly safe and affordable these days.