The level of your blood glucose after you eat is a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk.

The level of your blood glucose after you eat is a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Oxidative stress is directly proportional to the increase in glucose after a meal. This increase in free radicals acutely triggers inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, hypercoagulability ( risk for blood clots), and a cascade of other atherogenic changes (O’Keefe GH, Bell DSH, 2007). The endothelium is the inner lining of the...
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Research update on omega 3 fatty acids and cardiovascular risk.

Research update on omega 3 fatty acids and cardiovascular risk.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  EPA and DHA are 2 of the main active ingredients in fish oil. The following research included a total of 40 studies with 135,267 participants (Bernasconi AA, et.al., 2020). The researcher investigated different cardiovascular outcomes as they related to intake of EPA and DHA. The studies were all randomized...
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Often overlooked factor contributing to neck pain.

Often overlooked factor contributing to neck pain.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The following research was done to determine if raised blood inflammatory markers are associated with neck pain (Farrell Sf, et al., 2020). 10 studies were included in this research with 706 participants. 4 of these studies were for chronic non-traumatic neck pain, 2 were chronic whiplash related, 1 was...
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Osteoarthritis and knee pain, what can you do?

Osteoarthritis and knee pain, what can you do?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Evidence has established a significant correlation between osteoarthritic progression and oxidative stress, causing prolonged inflammation. This is described as a disturbance in the balanced between oxidative stress and antioxidant defenses. When this occurs tissue damage and inflammation is the result. This research was based on numerous studies (Setti T,...
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Testosterone and omega 3 fatty acids.

Testosterone and omega 3 fatty acids.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Many men now have poor semen quality even at a young age. This research investigated testicular function and semen quality in young and healthy men (Jensen TK, et al., 2020). The researchers found that the men who supplemented with fish oil omega 3 fatty acids had a significant improvement...
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Omega 3 fatty acids lowers the response to stress.

Omega 3 fatty acids lowers the response to stress.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Stress affects the body in many ways. The body usually deals effectively with acute stress. Chronic stress however affects the body negatively and can even accelerate aging. This randomized, controlled study examined the impact of omega-3 supplementation on cellular aging-related biomarkers following a laboratory speech stressor (Madison AA, et...
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Can caffeine help burn more fat if used at a specific time?

Can caffeine help burn more fat if used at a specific time?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Caffeine has shown to increase maximal fat oxidation rate and also improve aerobic capacity. This research investigated if there was a difference in the rate fat was oxidized (burned as energy) from ingesting caffeine in the morning compared to the afternoon (Ramírez-Maldonado M, et al., 2021). The participants were...
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Can your fat mass affect your mortality?

Can your fat mass affect your mortality?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The reason for this research was to determine the relationship between body fat mass and fat-free mass to the risk of mortality (Sedlmeier AM, et al., 2021). Data from 7 studies were used including 16,155 individuals. Body composition was measured by bioelectrical impedance analysis and the researchers adjusted for...
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Lose more fat by exercising at a specific time

Lose more fat by exercising at a specific time

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The participants of this study were 32 adult males with an average age of 58 years (Mancilla R, et al., 2021). They had either been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or were at risk for it. These men performed 12 weeks of supervised exercise training either in the morning...
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This one thing reduced the risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease and overall mortality.

This one thing reduced the risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease and overall mortality.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The following research included 237 036 men 57% and 179 068 women with the average age of 62 years (Huang J, et al., 2020). The researchers compared the risk of mortality between animal source protein and plant-based protein adjusting for other risk factors. They found that greater dietary plant...
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Do all types of fat have the same effect on insulin sensitivity, the body’s ability to transfer the blood glucose into the cells?

Do all types of fat have the same effect on insulin sensitivity, the body’s ability to transfer the blood glucose into the cells?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  This research evaluated the effect of ingesting either monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, saturated fat, or water as a control on glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity and insulin clearance in seven overweight or obese, non-diabetic participants (Xiao C, et al., 2006). Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat, walnuts are...
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How does a ketogenic diet affect blood glucose levels and the glucose transport into the cells, and how does it affect blood vessels and other tissue?

How does a ketogenic diet affect blood glucose levels and the glucose transport into the cells, and how does it affect blood vessels and other tissue?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Fat is not metabolized to glucose and does not require insulin to be metabolized. Instead, a ketogenic diet (high fat diet) provides energy from ketones. Eating only fat will for that reason not increase the blood glucose level. That may sound good but let us look at what happens....
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More research on air pollution and omega 3 fatty acids.

More research on air pollution and omega 3 fatty acids.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Air pollution with exposure to fine particles has shown to affect brain volume. The following study investigated if the potential neurotoxic effects of exposure to these fine particles could be modified by ingestion of omega 3 fatty acids (Chen C, et al., 2020). The participants were 1,315 women 65-80...
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How many meals per day are most effective for keeping your blood glucose levels low?

How many meals per day are most effective for keeping your blood glucose levels low?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Elevated blood glucose levels cause tissue damage and increase inflammation. You don’t have to have diabetes to see the damaging effects of high blood glucose levels after a meal. Your body may be able to maintain fasting blood glucose within a normal range for a while even if you...
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How sleep can impact your memory?

How sleep can impact your memory?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Both the amount of time we sleep and the quality of sleep we have is very important. The following research investigated how sleep deficiency and sleep disturbance may affect the risk for dementia and all-cause mortality (Robbins R, et al., 2021). 2812 participants in the USA age 65 years...
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How important is physical activity for glucose control?

How important is physical activity for glucose control?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  We know that physical activity helps to transfer blood glucose into the cells, but you may be surprised what a difference it can make. The following research investigated that more in detail (Burns AM, et al., 2021).   The participants were 10 healthy 24-year-old men. Forearm glucose uptake was...
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Protect your nervous system.

Protect your nervous system.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  As more and more people live longer neurological problems are getting more and more common. There are however things you can do to help protect yourself. The earlier you start the better it is since prevention is always easier than treating a neurological problem. Berberine is an interesting plant...
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New research shows how many hours you need to avoid cognitive decline.

New research shows how many hours you need to avoid cognitive decline.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  This study included 28 756 individuals, half of them lived in England and the other half lived in China (Ma,Y, et al., 2020). The participants from England were 50 years old or older, and the ones from China were 45 years old or older. You may have heard that...
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What you can do to slow down bone loss.

What you can do to slow down bone loss.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Would you like to avoid getting a kyphosis of your thoracic spine which is an exaggerated outward curvature of the upper back, or if you have one, improve it? The following research showed that to be possible. This was a study were the participants either participated in 8 months...
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How can vitamin B6 affect your immunity?

How can vitamin B6 affect your immunity?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  In this study a small group of healthy elderly adults were put through a depletion phase for vitamin B6 (Maydani SN, et al., 1991). The reason was to find out how it would affect their immune system. B-6 depletion significantly decreased the percentage and total number of lymphocytes, a...
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