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Four Important Facts You Should Know About Whey Protein

Posted by Emily Clark on Apr 5th, 2008 in Health & Exercise, News & Articles | No Comments »

Whey ProteinAre you concerned about taking care of your body before and after strenuous activities or workouts? Do you try to avoid supplementsthat contain additives and possible side effects?

If you are interested in better health and improved physical fitness you have surely heard that bodybuilders and other athletes are turning to a simple, natural supplement called whey protein.

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What is Adult Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted by John Richmond on Mar 23rd, 2008 in Foods & Eating, Health & Exercise, Type 2 Diabetes | No Comments »

Adult type 2 diabetes may be a lot more common than you think. There are three different kinds of diabetes. Type 1, type 2, and gestational. Slightly more than 1% of the population has type 2.

Obesity. Being overweight increases the risk for adult type 2 diabetes. Obesity is common in approximately 55% of all people diagnosed with it. Decreasing your weight is very important because carrying excess pounds can lead to adult type 2 as well as heart disease.

Treatment for adult type 2 diabetes varies from one person to the next. How old you are, your current health profile and whether or not you have other health conditions are all taken into consideration when recommending treatment. Your physician will advise you about diet and exercise, monitoring your glucose, and other adjustment to the way you take care of yourself.
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The Top 7 Ways that Exercise Helps Diabetics

Posted by Katrina McKenna on Feb 26th, 2008 in Health & Exercise, News & Articles | No Comments »

Active Exercise Improves DiabetesExercise is an important tool in managing your diabetes in order to live a longer, healthier life.

  1. Exercise increase insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. The key problem of Type 2 diabetics is insulin insensitivity, or insulin resistance. By exercising you can improve how well your insulin works; this helps you to control your blood glucose level.
  2. Exercise improves your cholesterol levels. Exercise helps by raising the good kind of cholesterol (HDL) and lowering the bad kind of cholesterol (LDL). Exercise can also lower triglyceride levels. This is good news for diabetics as diabetics are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. I myself have had cholesterol problems, but between proper diet and exercise and no drugs, I now have a much healthier cholesterol levels.
  3. Exercise can decrease blood pressure. Many diabetics also have hypertension or high blood pressure. Exercising can reduce both your resting blood pressure and your blood pressure during effort (including exercise). This is very important for reducing your chances of heart disease and stroke. I also used be on blood pressure medication, and have been able to get off the drugs. Because of the strong genetic component, this took more than just diet and exercise; I take several supplements specifically to help keep my blood pressure in the healthy ranges. I also work on stress management and meditate, but exercise is a key ingredient to lowering it in most people.
  4. Exercise can also improve heart efficiency, and help it work less. This also helps with the cardiovascular risk factors. You will be able to exercise harder and it does not feel harder. This will make performing your daily tasks easier. Many people do not exercise because they think they do not have the energy. They need to exercise to get the energy. Your resting heart rate can also lower.
  5. Exercise can improve your mood. Diabetes can be a stressful disease, exercising can help you feel better mentally. Exercise can even improve depression which can be an issue with a disease like diabetes.
  6. Exercise aids dramatically in weight-loss and maintaining weight-loss. Specifically, the right kind and right amount of exercise aids in fat-loss and preservation of muscle tissue. Losing weight can improve blood pressure, insulin resistance, glucose levels, and cholesterol levels above and beyond what exercise alone does.
  7. Exercise helps you to reduce your chances of diabetic complications. Better control of your blood glucose helps prevent serious complications of diabetes, including blindness, neuropathy, and kidney failure.

Please talk to your doctor and start exercising! You will feel so much better!

About the author:Katrina McKenna is the leading diabetes and heart disease fitness expert. She is the author of the upcoming book “Diabetes Secrets: How You Can Lose Weight, Control Your Blood Sugar, Look Great and Feel Great with Diabetes”.

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Diabetes - A Disease Of The Modern Age

Posted by Terry Cod on Feb 7th, 2008 in Information, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes | No Comments »

There are two major variations of the disease – Type 1 and Type 2, and they are completely different in root cause. There also exists a type of the disease known as gestational diabetes that is only suffered by pregnant women.

To understand the disease, we must first understand the role that insulin plays in our body. When we consume glucose, fructose or carbohydrates, our body breaks them down into glucose within the blood stream. For us to be able to use the glucose for energy, our pancreas produces insulin which ‘unlocks’ receptors in our cells and permits the glucose to enter the cells and be used for energy.

In Type 1 diabetes the body fails to produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar adequately. It is often referred to as insulin dependant diabetes or juvenile diabetes, and it is usually found in people under the age of 30.

The symptoms come on quite quickly and is characterized by severe thirst brought on by an excess of glucose in the blood stream. This consequently results in frequent urination, another symptom. It is a chronic condition – in other words, it is a lifelong condition. It seems that the pancreatic cells that normally produce the insulin could have been damaged or destroyed by the body’s own immune system.

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Diabetes Symptom - You Can Do A Self-Check Of This Fatal Disease

Posted by Brooke Hayles on Jan 17th, 2008 in News & Articles | No Comments »

Are you finding yourself battling dizziness? Do you have the need to wake up and use the bathroom in the wee hours of the morning? Is you weight yo-yoing for no apparent reason? These are symptoms that have been associated with diabetes. If you answered yes to more than one of these diabetes symptom questions, you should see your doctor. But, if you answered yes to these questions, don’t automatically assume that you are diabetic. Following are some things to keep in mind when waiting to talk to your doctor.

There are two types of diabetes; Type one or Type II that show different symptoms. Blood sugar levels in the body that are elevated is a hallmark of the disease. And insulin production, or rather how it is used, is what differentiates the two types.

Type I diabetes is where there is not enough insulin made by the body to balance sugar levels in the blood. Teenagers and young children are more common like to have this which is why this is also known as Juvenile Diabetes.

When the body struggles to produce insulin is the Type II diabetes. This is the more common form of the ailment. Between the ages of 35-45 is when this will usually show itself. Also, three to five percent of pregnant women will experience gestational diabetes. The hormonal imbalance during pregnancy is the reason for this to occur during the 24th to 28 week of pregnancy.

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Insulin Resistance and Morbid Obesity

Posted by Scott Meyers on Dec 4th, 2007 in Foods & Eating, Health & Exercise | No Comments »

Morbid obesity We are suffering an obesity epidemic in the United States. About 66 million people are classified as ‘obese,’ which means that they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30%. That means that a person’s body is over 30% fat.

Morbid Obesity: An Epidemic

Even more concerning is the number of ‘morbidly obese’ people in the US. One in six, or over 10 million people, is defined in this category. That means that they have a BMI of 40 or greater. When you assume that a healthy person has a BMI of 20 or less, a morbidly-obese person has over twice the body fat of a person at a healthy weight.

We all know that morbid obesity can cause heart problems and strokes. What many don’t know is that morbidly obese people suffer from high rates of diabetes. For the most part, their diabetes emerges because they don’t exercise enough and eat too much.

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Medicinal Properties of Bitter Melon, Good for Diabetics

Posted by Junji Takano on Nov 5th, 2007 in News & Articles | No Comments »

Medicinal Properties of Bitter Melon, Good for Diabetics Bitter Melon is the English name of Momordica charantia, a climbing vine whose leaves and green fruits, although bitter, has been used to fight cancer, diabetes and many infectious diseases. It is also a powerful weapon against HIV/AIDS since some reports claim that bitter melon has substance Q. It is one of the most favorite vegetables among the Chinese and the most popular herbal tea as well.

The fruits and leaves of bitter melon are a good source of minerals and vitamins, such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin B. However, it is not known how much nutritional contents can actually be absorbed by the body’s digestive system of the plant become some of these substances exist in unabsorbable form.

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What are the Complications of Diabetes?

Posted by Charlene J. Nuble on Jul 25th, 2007 in Information, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes | No Comments »

Diabetes Symptoms Much of the treatment of diabetes is the prevention and avoidance of complications. The complications of diabetes include heart disease, stroke, eye problems which can cause blindness, kidney disease, and vascular problems that can lead to foot amputation. Sixty percent of those with type 2 diabetes have one or more serious health problem related to the disease.

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Drug Used To Treat Diabetes In Texas May Kill Patients

Posted by Pat Carpenter on Jun 23rd, 2007 in Diabetes Medicines, News & Articles | No Comments »

Another drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may increase the risk of heart attacks and deaths. Avandia, a medication that has been used to treat diabetes for eight years now, and has been prescribed for six million people worldwide, has come under attack in light of recent reports. The implications for the healthcare and health insurance industries are huge, particularly in Texas, where the rate of diabetes is high.

More than one million Americans still take Avandia. Adding this to the international Vioxx scandal, an arthritis medication known to increase similar cardiovascular risks and also approved by the FDA, is not helping the organization’s safety reputation. Texas is particularly vulnerable to these mistakes, where in 2004, over 500,000 statewide — from Austin, to Dallas, to Houston — already suffered from diabetes, with more expected to be diagnosed.

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50% Of People With Pre Diabetes Don’t Realize They Are

Posted by Julia Hanf on May 19th, 2007 in Type 2 Diabetes | No Comments »

Pre-diabetes is an impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. Pre-diabetes is often a sign that type 2 diabetes is developing. Most people who develop type 2 diabetes will have symptoms of pre-diabetes first. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body is not able to make enough insulin or does not respond to the insulin it makes properly. Type 2 diabetes can lead to several heart, nerve and kidney problems as well as stroke.

Pre-diabetes is often asymptomatic. A staggering 50% of people who have prediabetes do not know it. This silent condition that has no symptoms and can come upon you somewhat suddenly. You can, however, be prepared for the risk of developing pre-diabetes if you know that you have a family history of diabetes. Obesity and lack of exercise can also cause the onset of pre-diabetes. Even if you are healthy, you must be aware that you have an increased risk for developing this condition.

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