Natural Ways Of Treating Diabetes- Bamboo Socks – Bamboo Flooring?

diabetesDiabetes can be controlled and prevented by following a healthy diet and exercise program. Diabetes is the body’s inability to produce enough insulin. There are 2 kinds of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes strikes before the age of 25, in type 1 diabetes the pancreases stop producing insulin. This however accounts for only 5 % of the cases. Most of the adult population suffers from type 2 diabetes in which the pancreases cannot produce enough insulin or the cells start becoming resistant to it. Some people recommend Bamboo socks, but does having bamboo flooring make a difference? No, but its natural and durable.

According to a study conducted by Finnish researchers on 522 over weight adults divided into 2 groups, it was noted that out of the two groups the group which followed a healthy lifestyle that is dieted and exercised had a lower chance of contracting diabetes then the other group which didn’t follow their kind of lifestyle.

What is good about type 2 diabetes is that it can be completely eradicated by following a healthy lifestyle. Making a few dietary changes and increasing the number of days you exercise per week can help prevent diabetes. Read on to see how you can control diabetes or prevent it altogether.

Controlling and Preventing Diabetes

The following are some of the foods which can help control diabetes

Foods High In Quercetin

According to nutritionists foods which are high in quercitin can help beat diabetes. These foods include apples, berries, onions, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables. So go on a ladle your plate with these healthy goodies which not only taste great but are good for keeping your sugar levels in check.

Cinnamon

According to a study conducted by Human Nutrition Research Centre in Beltsville, Maryland it was observed that people who consumed half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily had an increased sensitivity towards insulin which helps the cells in converting blood sugar in to energy.

Oranges

Oranges are known to be rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. vitamin C can help people suffering from diabetes to have lowered sugar levels. So snack up on delicious citrus fruits which are full of vitamins and fiber too.

 Fill Up On Beans and Lentils

The best thing about beans and legumes is that they are low in fat and high in energy. These foods can pack a powerful punch. They are slow to release energy which keeps you feeling full throughout the day and also reduces instances of craving. The high amount of fiber present in these can help control blood sugar level and prevent it from spiking which is so common in people suffering from diabetes.

Kale

Kale is known to be rich in lutein, it’s a chemical known to restore proper vision. Since many people suffering from diabetes suffer a hazy vision, filling up on kale juice can help restore it.

Salmon

According to the American diabetes Association filling up on cold water fish like salmon can increase the omega 3 fats in your body. These omega 3 fats help combat obesity which is indirectly linked to type 2 diabetes. Next time you are eating out make sure you order delicious salmon.

Try to include these super foods in your diet and see the difference these make in your blood sugar levels!

Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 11:21 pm

More Effective Antibiotics Are Coming

antibioticsHistory is in the making and potentially we have the greatest breakthrough in the development process of antibiotics since Alexander Fleming’s original discovery of penicillin in 1928. After a laboratory study researchers from the US, Germany and the UK have come out with a completely new antibiotic named as teixobactin which is pretty effective against drug resistant bacteria like MRSA and tuberculosis (TB). This is the first potentially new antibiotic in 20 years. This study was published in the peer reviewed journal Nature and has received huge media coverage worldwide.

The pivotal breakthrough of the study was the invention of an ingenious device named as iChip that can be immersed in soil to force or trick the organisms into growing, but still allowed the team to isolate the micro-organisms for further study. With this technique the researchers have been able to grow some hitherto uncultured organisms. Some of these organisms were capable of producing antibiotics. And from their cultured organisms the teixobactin is the most valuable antibiotic that they have discovered.Teixobactin inhibited cell wall synthesis via a mechanism that bacteria are unlikely to develop resistance to, as it is so fundamental to their normal survival.

Superbugs, such as MRSA and C-difficile, which are a leading cause of hospital-based infections and other extensively drug-resistant bacteria like TB, which can take up to two years to treat, have the potential to pose one of the greatest threats to public health in the 21st century.

Howeverthis study funded by the US National Institutes of Health, the Charles A King Trust, German Research Foundation and the German Centre for Infection Research shows light of bright hope. Because experimental tests in mice revealed teixobactin was effective against Gram-positive bacteria including MRSA and the bacteria that cause TB.

Another significant finding of the study is that until now only 1% of the organisms that grow in soil could have been produced in the laboratory but with this invention of iChip it is now possible to grow the hitherto uncultured 99%. That means a huge reservoir of untapped antibiotics that were uncultivable till now can be tapped and discovered.This ensures that the drug resistant bacteria will be an issue of the past in the near future because with this amount of organisms with possible antibiotic potential will very naturally rule out every type of bacterial resistance.

But we have to be patient till the discoveries can be of any use to us as it has to be tested extensively in humans for efficacy and safety measures before mainstream use for treatment can be made possible. On the other hand teixobactin is not effective against Gram-negative bacteria, like E.coli and others, because they have an extra layer of wall protection.However it can be safely assumed that with the latest device iChip it is just a matter of time when antibiotics for such bacteria will also be invented and will thereby end this long and strenuous battle of humanity against bacteria.

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 5:20 am

Live Long with Wholegrains

wholewheatThough regular and sizeable consumption of wholegrains have long been associated with healthy living it has been recently proven by a scientific study that wholegrains can potentially increase your lifespan significantly.

The researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and other research centres in the US and Singapore have found out this important fact after an analysis of enormous amount of data from two prospective cohort studies looking at whether eating more wholegrains is associated with living longer. This was the first ever study to confront the relationship of long life with wholegrains.The research was funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and it was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. Before that wholegrains have already been proven to be connected with reduced risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The researchers took under consideration 118,085 adults and kept them under follow up for 26 year to gather and analyze information on their eating habits and other characteristics. On average the participants were around in their 50s. Then they started to look at the accumulated data to find out whether people who ate more wholegrains were less likely to die during this period than those who ate fewer. The participants had to fill up a well-accepted food frequency questionnaire every two to four years.These questionnaires asked about how often the individual had eaten specified portions of a wide range of foods in the past year. From this the researchers got to know the amount of wholegrain each one of them take. Whole wheat and whole wheat flour, whole oats and whole oat flour, whole cornmeal and whole corn flour, whole rye and whole rye flour, whole barley, Bulgar wheat, buckwheat, brown rice and brown rice flour, popcorn, amaranth and psyllium (two other types of grains) were considered as wholegrains by the study.

During the follow up the researchers identified deaths and causes of death from the US National Death Index of the participants involved and found out whether those who took the most amount of whole grains were the one who were less likely to die during the follow up. During the analysis they tried as much as possible to deal with the confounders that could potentially effect the test results like healthier behaviors or characteristics, such as taking regular exercise, which could affect their risk of death during follow-up.

After the analysis was done the researchers found a significant trend for reduced risk of death during follow-up with increasing wholegrain consumption. People who had the highest wholegrain consumption were 9% less likely to die during follow-up than those with the lowest wholegrain consumption. Furthermore while looking at death from specific causes the researchers found that people who had the highest wholegrain consumption were 15% less likely to die from heart disease during follow-up than those with the lowest consumption.

So this proves that if you love your life and want to live long it is high time you turned to consuming wholegrain rich food, as well as exercise and and maybe take a bcaa supplement to help with muscle building.

Posted on Sunday, June 15th, 2014 at 3:19 am

Infertility- The Basic Facts

infertilityInfertility can be depressing for most couples wanting to achieve a pregnancy. It becomes especially difficult when you see friends throwing baby showers or loading pictures of their newborns on Face book or any social networking sites. Most couples wonder why they suffer from infertility while some people are dropping off babies by the dozen. Latest scientific procedures have now made it easy for infertile couples to have children too.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 10% of women may suffer from infertility at some point in their lives. However one thing which must be taken into account is that fertility is not only a woman’s problem. Men too can suffer from infertility. Often both men and women when treated for infertility have known better success at achieving pregnancy through assisted reproductive techniques.

What Things May Cause Women To Be Infertile

Infertility in women may be caused by the following factors

  • PCOs or polycystic ovaries syndrome. This might cause a woman to suffer from hormonal problems and irregular periods. This can greatly reduce their chances of becoming pregnant.
  • Fallopian tubes might be blocked either due to damage caused from an ectopic pregnancy or endometriosis. This can prevent the egg from being fertilized and embed in the uterus.
  • Fibroids both benign or timorous growths might prevent pregnancy from occurring naturally
  • Smoking can also decrease a women’s fertility.
  • Being overweight or underweight might also cause infertility
  • A woman’s age also determines her fertility.

Male Infertility

Male infertility can be caused by

  • Varicocele, this is a medical condition in which the veins of the testicles tend to be too large and can cause the sperm to alter its shape.
  • Some men suffer from a low sperm count
  • Others have a problem with the viability of their sperm
  • Using a great deal of alcohol or smoking can result in a lowered sperm count

Infertility Treatment Options

There are assisted reproductive techniques which can help infertile couples achieve a pregnancy.

 

IVF

The most common form of ART is in vitro fertilization or IVF. A woman’s eggs are fertilized outside the reproductive system and fused with the male sperm. The embryos which are formed are then transferred into the female uterus. ART have helped numerous infertile couples, however the rate of successes of an ART decreases after the age of 35.

ICSI

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection refers to a form of ART in which the healthy sperm is injected directly into the matured egg. ICSI is proved effective in cases where sperm quality is poor or previous attempts at IVF have failed.

Assisted Hatching

Assisted hatching refers to an attempt to implant the embryo in the uterus by opening the outer cover of the embryo.

The above mentioned infertility treatments have their side effects as well. These include

  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Low birth weight or a premature delivery
  • It can also result in the ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome in which the ovaries may become swollen and painful.

Regardless of these complications infertility treatments have helped a large number of infertile couples.

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 7:18 am

Hypertension: Are you at Risk?

hypertensionHypertension or High Blood Pressure can be fatal but it can be managed. It is fatal only because if left un-managed, it could lead to cardiovascular disease. So, if you know the risk factors and if you realize that your circumstance and lifestyle puts you at risk, you can have yourself checked by your doctor and get the right medicines prescribed.

To continue, here are the other risk factors that can make you susceptible to hypertension:

LACK OF VITAMIN D – Research has shown that a group with low Vitamin D has more cases of high blood pressure. However, there is no direct link and research has yet to prove if vitamin D can lower blood pressure levels of people who are already hypertensive.

LACK OF POTASSIUM – Potassium lessens the effect of sodium or salt in the body. If you have a salt-heavy diet and you don’t meet the 3,500 mg. potassium requirements daily, the chances of having high blood pressure increases.

TOO MUCH SODIUM INTAKE – A diet high in salt restricts the body’s natural sodium balance which causes water retention. The increased amount of fluids increases the pressure exerted by our blood against our arterial walls.

KIDNEY DISEASE – 85% to 95% of people with Kidney Disease have high blood pressure. This is called Renal Hypertension. It is caused by the narrowing of the arteries that delivers blood to the kidneys. When it’s not getting enough blood flow, the kidney reacts by acting as if it’s dehydrated; releasing hormones that make the body retain sodium and water. The blood vessels are filled with more fluids and the result is high blood pressure.

DRUG USE – Some drugs cause secondary hypertension. This includes amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine, corticosteroids, estrogens and other hormones, OTC coughs, colds and asthma medications, migraine medications, nasal decongestants and more.

High Blood Pressure is caused by a combination of lifestyle, diet and the above factors. It’s a chronic disease that happens over time. You have to remember that the above mentioned factors are just, well, factors. Unless your high blood pressure is elevated due to a chronic disease, a lot of these risks can be controlled and avoided.

Since a lot of people are not even aware that they have high blood pressure or hypertension, it is left unmanaged and untreated – and that is not a good thing. Early detection and proper management is required before untreated high blood pressure can damage your organs and threaten your well-being.

There are different medications available to treat Hypertension:

  • Statins
  • Beta blockers
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Alpha blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Vasodilators
  • And many more

If you already have Hypertension, work with your doctor and see which one works best for you. Each type of medication has a side effect. Some may be negligible, but some can affect you negatively. The good news is that your doctor can find the right blend of medication that will protect your heart without the negative side effects.

 

Source:

CDC = Blood Pressure Risk factors

UCS Health = Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

HEARTORG = High Blood Pressure – Understand Your Risk for High Blood Pressure

Rx List = High Blood Pressure Hypertension Medications

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 3:17 am