The Glycemic index

The Glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly 50g of carbohydrate from a given food raises blood sugar levels compared to 50g of glucose.

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Insulin the fat storage hormone – how to lose weight by controlling insulin

Many of you will have heard of the hormone insulin, perhaps some of you know a person with type 1 diabetes who has to inject insulin many times a day to keep their blood sugar stable, or perhaps you may be or know a person with type 2 diabetes who has been told they have high levels of insulin or that you have insulin resistance. But what actually is insulin and what does it do?

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Inflammation and diabetes

Today I’m going to discuss how inflammation might be a cause for type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is generally considered to be the results of being overweight and from eating too much sugar which makes the cells resistant to the effects of insulin.

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Inflammation and cancer

Today I’m going to discuss how inflammation may be a cause for cancer. A growing number of cancer researchers are coming to the conclusion that cancer is basically an inflammatory disease and that the longer there is inflammation present in a tissue or an organ, the higher the risk of associated carcinogenesis.

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Inflammation and blood pressure

Today I’m going to discuss how what Dr Barry Sears calls “silent inflammation” can contribute not only to heart disease but also to high blood pressure or what is sometimes referred to as hypertension. Now, hypertension is somewhat of a unique disease as there aren’t any noticeable symptoms in the early stages, so it’s a good idea to get it checked and do all you can to keep it in the “normal” zone.

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Silent killer – inflammation and heart disease

Yesterday I told you about two different types of inflammation – classic inflammation, the type of inflammation that happens when you stub your toe or get a splinter in your finger and silent inflammation that results from chronic low level damage to cells. Today I’m going to tell you how this low level inflammation can result in heart disease. Now this might be a little out there for some of you, especially as we have been brain washed in to thinking that saturated fat and cholesterol blocks arteries and causes heart attacks. But what researchers are now finding out is that inflammation is perhaps the major player here, not cholesterol.

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Silent killer – Inflammation

This week I’m going to tell you about a process in the body that is now believed by medical experts to be involved in all known disease processes from heart disease to cancer to Alzheimer’s disease – inflammation. Most of you will have experienced inflammation before. Have you ever got a splinter in your finger? It got red and swollen, it may have bled a little and it was certainly hot and painful – all the classic signs of inflammation.

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Recent Study in BMJ claims “no significant benefits of increasing the consumption of vegetables, fruit, or fruit and vegetables combined” to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

A meta analysis has recently been published in the BMJ looking at the association between food and risk of type 2 diabetes. This study pooled the results of six other studies, investigating 225,000 individuals over 13 years.

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Get better sleep

Sleeping disorders are fast becoming a major problem for the British population. One in twenty of us suffer from excessive daytime drowsiness caused by poor sleep that is believed to be responsible for 1 in 5 motorway accidents. One in 50 British adults are on prescribed medicine to help with sleep, and there are probably as many people self-prescribing over-the-counter remedies. This article will set about trying to explain why we are suffering from a lack of sleep and present some ways to combat sleep deprivation.

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Public health information

A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrated how diet, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors for chronic disease contribute to deaths in the USA. Although these are statistics from the USA they will correlate to how diet, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors for chronic disease contribute to deaths in the UK.

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