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Do you want to reduce your risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis?

Posted by on 8:27 am Anti-aging, Arthritis, High fructose corn syrup, Sugar, Sweet beverages | 0 comments

Fotolia,arthritisNo one, of course, wants to develop rheumatoid arthritis. You can reduce your risk to a large extent by making a small change to your habits by avoiding this item.
 

The reviewed research this is based upon was very large, and for that reason it is worth paying attention to.

Since the consumption of sugar sweetened soda has been associated with an increased risk for chronic inflammatory conditions like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, the researchers investigated if it would play a role in developing rheumatoid arthritis (HuY, et al. 2014).

This study included women, and it was a follow up of 3,381,268 person-years.

 The results documented that the women consuming 1 or more servings of sugar sweetened soda per day had a 63 percent increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis compared with those who consumed no sugar sweetened soda, or less than 1 serving per month.

 

 

 

Hu Y, Costenbader KH, Gao X, Al-Daabil M, Sparks JA, Solomon DH, Hu FB, Karlson EW, Lu B. Sugar-sweetened soda consumption and risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Sep;100(3):959-67. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.086918. Epub 2014 Jul 16.

What you drink could increase your blood pressure.

Posted by on 5:52 pm Artificial Sweeteners, Blood Pressure, Bloodsugar, BMJ Formula, Diet, Fruit juice, Heart disease, High fructose corn syrup, Sugar, Sweet beverages | 0 comments

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A lot has been written about the effect salt may have on your blood pressure, but not much has been mentioned about the topic of the reviewed research.

In this research the results of several studies which included 409,707 participants were included (Malik AH, et al. 2014). The researchers investigated how a common habit many people have may affect their blood pressure, and that habit was drinking sugar sweetened beverages.

They found that the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages were associated with higher blood pressure leading to increased incidence of hypertension.

Comparatively few people may be aware of the health hazards of sweet soft drinks. Many also still think that a glass of fruit juice is a very healthy choice, but it is actually loaded with sugar. Keep that in mind especially now when it is summer and you want to pick up something to drink.

Water is certainly the best choice, but if you want something sparkly, use carbonated water and squeeze some lemon juice in it if you want more taste.

 

 

Malik AH1, Akram Y2, Shetty S2, Malik SS3, Yanchou Njike V4. Impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on blood pressure. Am J Cardiol. 2014 May 1;113(9):1574-80. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2014.01.437. Epub 2014 Feb 12.

How to reduce your risk of dementia.

Posted by on 12:49 pm Anti-aging, BMJ Formula, Brain, Cognition, Dementia, Glucose, Memory, Sugar | 0 comments

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It’s great that you and I are probably going to live longer, but the idea of being mentally impaired by dementia is terrifying. Dementia affects more people than you may be aware of: for that reason it makes a lot of sense to do what we can to prevent it.

The reviewed research evaluated the relationship between glucose levels and the risk of dementia (Crane PK, et al. 2013). The researchers used 35,264 measurements of glucose levels and 10,208 measurements of glycated hemoglobin levels from 2067 participants without dementia to examine the relationship between glucose levels and the risk of dementia. Glycated hemoglobin is a measurement of long-term glucose control. The average follow up time was 6.8 years and there were participants both with and without diabetes included in the study.

The results documented that higher glucose levels were related to an increased risk for dementia both in participants without diabetes as well as participants with diabetes.

Just by making some changes to the composition of your meals you can reduce the risk of dementia. Click here to find out how you can learn to modify your diet and reduce your potential for dementia.

 

 

 

Crane PK, Walker R, Hubbard RA, Li G, Nathan DM, Zheng H, Haneuse S, Craft S, Montine TJ, Kahn SE, McCormick W, McCurry SM, Bowen JD, Larson EB. Glucose levels and risk of dementia. N Engl J Med. 2013 Aug 8;369(6):540-8. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1215740.

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The risk of sugar sweetened beverages

Posted by on 12:01 pm Cardiovascular Disease, Health, Health Risk, Inflammatory factor, Sugar, Sweet beverages, Type 2 diabetes | 0 comments

Most people believe that sweets are not healthy, and sugar sweetened beverages are associated with weight gain and also increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The reviewed research investigated the association between sugar sweetened beverages and several risk factors for cardiovascular disease (de Koning L, et al. 2012).

42,883 men were included in the study and followed for 22 years.

The results showed that the sugar sweetened beverages was significantly associated with increased triglycerides, C-reactive protein, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor receptors 1 and 2 and decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL), lipoprotein(a) and leptin. These are inflammatory markers and other risk factors. This led to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

You can improve your health significantly just by changing the habit of drinking soft drinks.

 

 

de Koning L, Malik VS, Kellogg MD, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Hu FB. Sweetened beverage consumption, incident coronary heart disease, and biomarkers of risk in men. Circulation. 2012 Apr 10;125(14):1735-41, S1. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.111.067017. Epub 2012 Mar 12.

Surprise health risk of diet soda.

Posted by on 10:31 am Brain, Health, Stroke, Sugar | 0 comments

Usually the research reviewed here is published in national or international medical journals. The research reviewed this time was however presented at a recent international stroke conference (Anwar Z, et al. 2011). The study was both interesting and surprising and for that reason you should know about it.

The researchers investigated the association between drinking soda, both diet soda and regular soda and the risk of strokes in 3, 298 participants. The average follow up was 9.3 years during which 559 vascular events occurred.

It was documented that the subjects who drank diet soda everyday had a 61% higher risk of ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke when compared to those who did not drink any soda.

If you want to drink something sparkly you are better off with carbonated water.

 

 

 

Zane Anwar, Chuanhui Dong, Tatjana Rundek, Joanna Guzman, Mitchell Elkind, Ralph Sacco, et al. “Race-Ethnic Disparities in Ideal Cardiovascular Health in the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS)” (Abstract # W MP17). Presented at the 2011 International Stroke Conference and Nursing Symposium, 9 Feb. 2011. Stroke. 2011 Mar;42(3):e111-350. Epub 2011 Feb 7.

Eating irregularly is a risk factor for the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.

Posted by on 1:14 pm Bloodsugar, Diet, Energy, Glucose, Insulin resistance, Sugar, Weight gain | 0 comments


The metabolic syndrome is a condition consisting of multiple symptoms including elevated blood glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, LDL (the bad cholesterol) and decreased HDL (the good cholesterol). A part of the metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance which occurs when the insulin is not able to transfer the blood sugar into the cells as efficiently as it used to. This will first result in elevated insulin levels as the pancreas compensates trying to transfer the glucose into the cells so it can be used for energy. Later the blood glucose may also increase as the pancreas is not able to compensate and the insulin resistance get worse. Symptoms are usually weight gain especially around the waist, less energy and increased low grade inflammation.

Risk factors associated both insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome are not enough physical activity, stress and high glycemic index foods. Skipping meals can also be added to the list of risk factors, this was documented in a Swedish study recently (Sierra-Johnson J, et al, 2008). This makes sense since going a long time without eating results in glucose production in the liver to avoid low blood sugar. With time, the liver may produce more glucose than needed which will result in increased blood sugar.

Triggering this response is the hormone glucagone which stimulates the body to break down its own protein. The protein (amino acids) are then converted to glucose in the liver. This is a quicker way to produce energy than using fat which the body also will do.

The results is usually weight gain especially around the waist, the break down of muscle tissue because that is a big source of protein, and lack of energy.

The best way to ensure that you have high energy and stay lean is to eat high nutrient, low glycemic index foods regularly and not skip meals. Many smaller meals are better than 1 or 2 big meals. Exercise should of course also be a part of your routine.

References:

Sierra-Johnson J, et al, 2008. Eating meals irregularly: a novel environmental risk factor for the metabolic syndrome. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Jun;16(6): 1302-7.