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Here’s a new diabetes update about how your own Body Information Markers (B.I.M.) can help you assess your status, at any age, and make better food choices. You’ll also learn new diet information which has profound impact on your body, which I mentioned last time, but it was buried in my gardening article and so I am alerting you here.
From: Science Daily – Diabetes and Heart Disease Surprising Clinical Studies.
Most of us know that extra-virgin olive oil and a Mediterranean diet are associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease and more, but a new July 2010 research report published in the FASEB Journal offers a surprising reason why: These foods change how genes associated with atherosclerosis function.
“Knowing which genes can be modulated by diet, in a healthy way, can help people select healthy diets,” said Maria Isabel Covas, D.Pharm., Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work. “It is also a first step for future nutritional therapies with selected foods.”
Yes, Hippocrates and my views are finally scientifically validated!
“Let food be your medicine!”
In the Spanish study, scientists worked with three groups of healthy volunteers:
___ The first group consumed a traditional Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil rich in polyphenols. (Extra-virgin would even be better.)
___ The second group consumed a traditional Mediterranean diet but only with an olive oil low in polyphenols — the generic, non-virgin, inexpensive, light-in-color olive oil.
___ The third group followed whatever their habitual diet was.
After three months, the first group had a lessened activation (“down-regulation”) in the expression of atherosclerosis-related genes – helping to curb the condition of inflexible arteries.
Additionally, the olive oil polyphenols made a significant impact on the expression of genetic changes influencing coronary heart disease, itself, that is a difference in clotting and closure, and the helpful polyphenols continued into reducing inflammation and excessive blood sugar levels.
Results definitely showed that the consumption of virgin olive oil in conjunction with a Mediterranean diet can positively impact lipid and DNA oxidation, insulin resistance, inflammation, carcinogenesis and tumor suppression.
This news should encourage you to start using organic virgin and organic extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat source. Daily use should be in the realm of 1 – 2 tablespoons, total, as your portion, depending on your recipes. It’s best to use it in dressings, but this oil can be used in cooking, as can the organic coconut oil below.
This leaves room for another Tablespoon of other healthy oils you need, like: Omega-3 oils from cold-water fish or hempseed or flaxseed (walnut oil, somewhat) and the medium-chain essential fatty acids from organic coconut oil (yes, I know it’s “saturated”, but in this case, in moderation, it is important to use for your body so it can make important hormones. There are very few foods that already are in medium-chain form, and I believe that coconut is a basic human food).
Omega-3 hemp and flax should only be used cold; never cook with them.
Now to learning more about Body Information Markers (B.I.M.).
___ Dr. Gupta on CNN reports that most of us have been gaining weight in our 50s and early 60s and if so, after age 65, that can double your risk of diabetes later in your life, according to a new University of Washington study.
“Prior to the study it was well established that adiposity [fat tissue] was a strong risk factor in young and middle-age adults, but there was limited information on older adults”.
As seniors are the fastest growing segment of most Western populations, more geriatric research does have to be done, as we have never had this many older humans living to such age before.
In the United States, we know that 12.2 million people or 23.1 percent of the people age 60 or older already have diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health. A lifetime of poor choices or uneducated choices catches up with us.
As we age we tend to experience loss of muscle mass (and therefore reduced and altered metabolism) (some of this could be mitigated by life-long exercise or starting an exercise program at any time), I believe.
So Dr. Biggs wanted to find out whether the risk factors for determining diabetes in older adults would be the same as younger adults.
The University of Washington study looked at more than 4,000 participants and found 339 new cases of type 2 diabetes over an average of 12 years, between 1989 and 2007. That’s nearly 10% of the group becoming diabetic in early old age, and more could still become so.
Dr. Biggs and her fellow researchers examined height, body weight, waist and hip circumference, body mass index (BMI), and body fat composition of the participants
The study is published in the Journal of American Medical Association and it found that those who were obese in midlife were more likely to develop diabetes later in life. Researchers also found if people gained substantial weight between age 50 and older, then after 65, they were more likely to develop diabetes.
So it’s really a combination says Dr. Biggs: Higher body fat AND gaining weight are pretty strongly related to diabetes in older age and are a double whammy.
Therefore, use your weight as an indication and perform at least the “pinch” test as a B.I.M. — you can do a Pinch Test on the back of your upper arm. Gently gather that tissue until your arm is taut back there. If you have an inch or more of raised flesh gathered between your 2-finger “pinch”, then you are carrying too much fat.
Knowing that, helps you decide to start a walking program (with your doctor’s permission and guidance). If you do well, you may be able to incorporate more vigorous exercise, at your physician’s discretion.
The exercise will build muscle, make for a more efficient metabolism and help you detoxify, which diabetics need to do! If you do a long, slow exercise, like walking for 45 minutes, at that point you should have finished burning your liver’s short-term glycogen carbohydrate stores, and you will burn fat until your next meal.
Be sure to have a small, balanced snack before you exercise. For me, I find that Balance Bars are an important buffer to give me safe-space to exercise. You will find them in the health sections of all good stores or online. This nutritional profile is very carefully calibrated and they are the only bar I recommend for diabetes control.
The study suggests that losing weight when you’re over 65 doesn’t reduce the risk of diabetes, as studies in younger people have shown it does for them. I know that is what they “say”, but I don’t believe it!
I believe that our bodies always have the capacity to heal, but that it happens best when we give the right environment. Otherwise, it may seem that we are not able to heal.
If people in the study were left to choose the same poor foods, even if in smaller amounts, then I would expect no change. BUT, if the pH correct foods are chosen and ALL the bad foods are eliminated, and the emphasis is on healthy vegetables as the diet foundation and only drinking spring water or alkaline waters, then I know much of diabetes can be mitigated and in the case of Type 2 diabetes, it can even be reversed.
Several enlightened physicians reversing diabetes all the time, so I think that “research” statement is lacking and disingenuous.
Certainly, stopping or slowing weight gain as you age may contribute to diabetes prevention.
Consistent exercise can help reduce abdominal fat, even when your scale doesn’t register that you are losing, as your body is importantly modifying its tissue composition.
The researchers suggest to maintain weight, but reduce belly fat, activities such as strength training can help reduce your waistline.
And, more about that waistline number next time! It is an important B.I.M. as is your neck size! Read about these in Part 2.
Best to all — Em
University of Washington Diabetes Study
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