Friday, June 27, 2008

Sailing

Hello everyone!!

I am very excited to go on my sailing vacation next week.

If the technology spirits of the Ether are kind to us, I will be able to post to you from this Bberry device.

Have a wonderful week, and I'll talk to you soon!!

Will
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Diabetes Increased in 2007 by 3 Million

We face a health crisis that we have failed to curtail, nor even stop the increases.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported tuesday that 3 million more Americans had diabetes in 2007, than in the prior year.

The increases in obesity, diabetes, and the 757 million cases of pre-diabetes occurred in both men and women (in all age groups), but disproportionately affects the elderly. Almost 25 percent of people aged 60 and older had diabetes in 2007, the CDC said.

Ethnic Americans are not faring any better: Native Americans and Alaska Natives, 16.5 percent; blacks, 11.8 percent; Hispanics, 10.4 percent; Asian Americans, 7.5 percent; and whites, 6.6 percent.

We must reassess what we're doing and how we're doing it. This increase, for example, occurred even though the CDC found that more people were aware of their diabetes. It is not that they have pre-diabetes and aren't aware, but that they have diabetes and cannot make inroads toward normalized health.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Genes and Metabolic Syndrome

The headline are this news release reads that your chances of having Metabolic Syndrome increases if you have a certain pattern of genetic markers. And this is important, we continue to learn, because people are overweight, eating unhealthy schlock, and this leads to chronic diseases, including Metabolic Syndrome.

Here’s the kicker from the article:
This linkage is important, because as the population of obese adults continues to grow in the United States, they become susceptible to problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Better understanding of associations between obesity, the CD36 gene and disease risk may led to earlier identification and intervention for people susceptible to metabolic syndrome, the team said.

This focus on treating symptoms is symptomatic of our culture of health. We have somehow lost the courage to hold people accountable for their actions.

We tend to point to problems that are outside of ourselves – those fats, why, they’re the culprit; no it’s the carbs, no it’s the genes, no it’s the environment.

Another alternative is that we create the conditions that lead to Metabolic Syndrome by eating schlock, and lots of it. If, as stated above, we need to manage this growing issue (no pun intended), we should treat the problem rather than the symptoms. Our genes have not changed as we have taken on more weight and health problems. Our behaviors and food choices have changed.

Yes, we need treatment for the already sick. But any sustainable solution must improve the cause of the problem and not just Band-Aid its effects.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Big Breakfast Buyer Beware

The “Big Breakfast” diet seems like a food fad made-to-order for anyone selling anything that could be consumed before 10:00am. And if you read this press release, notice how it is written – as if by the PR team of the dream diet to be. It even italicizes the amount of weight that participants lost on this diet (40 lbs). They might as well have written, “a whopping 40 pounds”.

Basically, In this diet, your breakfast accounts for roughly half of your daily calories, and includes milk, 3 ounces of lean meat, two slices of cheese, two whole grain servings, one fat serving and one ounce of milk chocolate or candy.

Nice. Milk chocolate and candy. For breakfast.

The authors go on to say how your body is “primed” to look for food in the morning. It is interesting, in this regard, that those cultures who are persistently, annoyingly slim and healthy do not have milk chocolate, candy, and a cheese pork chop before heading off to work.

Healthy cultures, such as in the Mediterranean region, breakfast is a must, but it is definitely the smallest meal of the day.

The bottom line? Big Breakfast buyers beware.

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