How To Avoid Weight Gain During Menopause

Posted on December 1, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , |

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The simple message to you all is eat less, move more and this rings true for all of us whether we are menopausal women or not. However, this report came out with a few things that rang bells for me as this is just where I am now and have been wondering why I am positively avoiding exercise until my brain tells me I better get on that machine or out the door for that walk. Read on and discover some answers from Medical News Today:

“One of the most interesting things that came out of the conference – with applicability to large numbers of women – was the discussion about why women gain weight during menopause,” said Dr Sainsbury-Salis.

“So many women get confused when they start to gain weight during menopause, because their eating habits haven’t changed.”

“What the research shows clearly is that menopause causes a dramatic and sudden reduction in physical activity levels. Just prior to menopause, women halve their amount of activity compared to pre-menopause levels.”

“So one reason women gain weight in menopause is because of a reduction in energy expenditure. Combine this with unchanged eating habits and weight gain is almost inevitable.”

“We don’t know exactly why menopausal women stop moving as much. But we know it’s not because of their age and the lifestyle constraints happening at that time of life. Research suggests it’s directly related to the lack of oestrogen, which has dramatic effects on signals the brain sends to the body. We’re doing research to see what causes these effects and whether or not they continue long-term.

“A lot of women ask whether they can actively counteract that tendency. In fact, it’s been shown that women who maintain or increase their level of physical activity during menopause tend to come out the other end without gaining weight.”

“Another thing, when physical activity levels drop and your energy needs are less, it’s really important to stay in tune with your hunger signals because you just don’t need to eat as much in order to feel satisfied.”

“During menopause, most women experience redistribution of fat, often gaining weight around the middle,” said Professor Campbell. “As we have demonstrated in our research, abdominal fat is a risk factor in the development of cardio-metabolic diseases, such as diabetes. Prior to menopause, women have a lower risk of heart disease than men. Menopause equalises that risk.

Well, I better go jump on my Vibration Platform for 10 minutes and get my body moving…

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Diabetes The Cost to Your Health and Your Pocket

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Over the past 10 years, diabetes rates have doubled in most Western Countries! Yes doubled!!

This survey of diagnosed diabetes rates in the US,   the first of its kind in the US proves the point, and that doesn’t count the many un-diagnosed diabetics or those with leptin or insulin resistance around the US.  But it does prove that everyone eating a western diet needs to wonder why and then act on the information they uncover. We are literally eating ourselves to death, through pure indulgence.

The financial cost of these rising incidences of diabetes around the world are reflected in the financial cost to governments and consumers shown here in this article:

“Because of the increased number of patients, growing reliance on multiple medications and the shift toward more expensive new medicines, the annual cost of diabetes drugs nearly doubled in only six years, rising from $6.7 billion in 2001 to $12.5 billion in 2007 according to a study in the Oct. 27, 2008, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Since more then one-tenth of all health care expenditures in the United States in 2002 were attributable to diabetes, this finding raises important questions about whether the higher cost actually translates into improved care.”
What can you do for your family? Rethink what you and your family are eating. Get some information on Insulin Resistance and Leptin Resistance the two leading causes of diabetes, heart disease, PCOS, obesity, WAT, and age related declines.

Take a look at these eBooks, written specifically about these health challenges and what you can do about them.

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Dean Ornish on Heart Disease, Diet, Cancer and AIDS

Posted on October 18, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , |

Dean Ornish and his interesting lecture on why we have heart disease, why it is our major killer and simple ways to reverse it and regain your health.

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Heart Health For Women

Posted on September 25, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Many women do not even think about their heart, unless it is feeling a little broken. But heart disease is becoming one of the most prevelent causes of death in women. Why?

Once upon a time, it was men who had to worry about their hearts, not women, what has happened to women to change that? One of the reasons is hysterectomies, which have become more and more common over the past 40 to 50 years. Did you know that the hormones produced by your uterus help protect the heart? This is so that women can carry a baby to ter, a huge strain on the heart without this special protection, which continues (in a reduced way) as long as she has her uterus.

Our high starchy carbohydrate diets (anything made of white flour or sugar), are causing something called WAT (White Adipose Tissue), tummy fat. This type of fat is completely different from the fat that accumulated in your thighs, which is BAT (Brown Adipose Tissue) because it is harder to shift and accumulates around your organs. Your heart is especially vulnerable to WAT, as it puts enormous strain on your heart to pump and to push the blood through the other organs surrounded by WAT.

What do you need to know to reduce your risks of heart disease?

Know your waist size: If it measures more than 80c, your risk begins to rise. Measure it every 2 weeks. This helps you keep an eye on how much WAT you are accumulating. More information HERE

Know what and how much you are eating: Make sure you eat little or no white stuff (products made from white flour or sugar), and keep your kj’s down around the 7550kj or 1800 calories per day.

Know your blood pressure: Normal blood pressure is around 120/80 and anything over 140 is considered high. Keep a special eye on the distolic rate (the second number) which needs to stay under 90.

Know your cholesterol: Cholesterol is necessary for you to make hormones, including the ones that protect your heart, so do not eat a fat free diet. It is not fat that is dangerous to your health it is the type of fat. Olive oil and other vegetables oils are actually good for you and your heart and will not make you fat. Good cholesterol is called HDL and bad is called LDL, so get yours measured and then increase your good cholesterol by adding in vegetable sources of HDL like olive oil, avocados, nuts and other sources of vegetable fats.

Know your triglycerides: These come from eating the wrong kind of carbs and fats. Aim for yours to be around 2mmol/l.

Know your blood sugar levels: The very same things that result in WAT also result in diabetes, Insulin and Leptin Resistance, so have your glucose levels measured and cut right down on any white stuff, and live longer and healthier.

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Transfats Terminated in California

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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WOW!! Arnold has taken a bold stand as Governator of California he has legislated the ban of Transfats in his state of California.

“The legislation signed by Schwarzenegger will take effect Jan. 1, 2010, for oil, shortening and margarine used in spreads or for frying. Restaurants could continue using trans fats to deep-fry yeast dough and in cake batter until Jan. 1, 2011.

Trans fats occur naturally in small amounts in meat and dairy products. Most trans fats are created when vegetable oil is treated with hydrogen to create baked and fried goods with a longer shelf life.

Stephen Joseph, a Tiburon attorney who was a consultant to New York City in developing its ban, said trans fat is a larger health risk than saturated fat because it reduces so-called good cholesterol.

A 2006 review of trans fat studies by the New England Journal of Medicine concluded there was a strong connection between consumption of trans fats and heart disease. Studies also have linked trans fats to diabetes, obesity, infertility in women and some types of cancer.

Trans fats are like cigarettes, with no safe level of consumption, said Jeffrey Luther, a Long Beach doctor who is president of the California Academy of Family Physicians.” Courtesy of Physorg

What about in Australia?? This is what Today Tonight had to say in their special last year:

Trans fats are linked to the death of 25 per cent of our population.

In Australia there is one death every eight minutes from heart disease.

We uncovered foods with the highest trans fats.

Butter has 4.2 per cent natural trans fats with dairy blend full-fat spreads at 3.2 per cent.

Reduced fat blends have 2.3 per cent with a cheese and spinach pastry roll containing 2.2 per cent trans fats.

Puff pastry made with butter contains 2 per cent while camembert and brie cheese contain up to 1.3 per cent.

Popcorn and ice cream have 1.2 per cent, doughnuts 1.1 per cent and regular cooking oils (not including olive oil) contain between 0.5 per cent and 1 per cent.

Trans fats also are prevalent in muffins, cream-filled sweet biscuits, cheese spreads, quiche, sausage rolls, lasagne, milk-powder, potato crisps, fries from fast food outlets, cheesecake and pastries.

Research suggests a diet of just 2 per cent trans fats can increase the risk of having a heart attack by 23 per cent.

Nutritionist, Matt O’Neil, said some products are misleading.

“We’ve eaten natural trans fats for a long time, but it’s only in the last three or four decades that we’ve dramatically increased our consumption of man-made trans fats,” he said.

“That is not good for us, we need to get them out of our food supply.”

Other countries around the world have mandated labelling of trans fats, according to Food Sociologist, Dr Gygory Scrinis, from RMIT’s Globalism Institute.

“I think it is outrageous that Food Standards Australia has decided earlier this year not to label trans fats on foods and nor to regulate the amount of trans fats in foods,” he said.

“The food industry may simply replace trans fats with other highly processed and chemically engineered ingredients.” Today Tonight

We need to let our government know that we want to follow suit and ban all man-made Transfats from Australian diets.

How can you avoid them? Look at your food labels and avoid anything that includes: Partially hydrogenated oil or fats, hydrogenated oils or fats.

Why avoid them? Apart from the proven evidence that they can lead to heart disease, there is also some evidence and ongoing research into their role in contributing to some cancers (particularly bowel and pancreatic), diabetes, Liver dysfunction and infertility.

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Mayo Clinic Gives ‘Fishy’ Advice

Posted on May 28, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , |

The Mayo Clinic is giving out all sorts of advice these days on healthy eating etc.. and I have just come across one on using Fish Oil and the research to back it up, so my hat is off to them. If you want a really good breakdown on Fish Oil and what its effects on the body can do for your health why not pop on over and take a look at the Mayo Clinic pages on this excellent supplement.

Fish Oil is full of Omega Fatty Acids and is proven to be good for your circulation, treating depression, treating heart disease and magic for treating inflammation among it’s other great benefits. Did you know that your brain is mainly made up of these Omega Fatty Acids? Feed your brain today and you will feel great for many years to come.

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Just a Little Walk Improves Heart Disease and Colon Cancer

Posted on April 1, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , |

French Doctors report that an overview of the latest research into spot and good health proves that moderate, frequent exercise improves your chances of surviving and controlling heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, respiratory disease and depression.

This report by the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (inserm) sets a benchmark, for adults of at least 30 minutes of modest exercise, such as fast walking, at least 5 times a week, or 20 minutes of harder exercise, such as jogging 3 times a week.

Younger people are advised to to twice this.

In addition Inserm recommends “strengthening” and stretching at least twice a week, and even advises the elderly to do more stretching.

Daily activities such as climbing stairs and cleaning your bathroom can also be included in the exercise tally. (Good to know doing housework is good for something :0)

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Are You Insulin Resistant?

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

insresist_w300_h2401.jpg Do you have the signs of being Insulin Resistant? Are you pre-diabetic?

Do you have heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels?

Are you gaining weight around your middle even though you’re dieting?

Are you depressed or chronically tired?

Do you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Do you have non-viral Chronic Fatigue or Fibro-myalgia?

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you just might be Insulin Resistant.

What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin is a hormone that is produced by your pancreas to help the body to utilize sugars in your diet, it helps the glucose (sugar) pass from your blood into your cells. Once it is in your cells, it is either used to fuel muscles or stored as fat for future needs.

Insulin resistance happens when a diet high in carbohydrates forces the cells to resist the flood of carbohydrates and all that glucose just stays in the blood, and not only do you now have high blood sugar which is the forerunner to diabetes, the pancreas continues to produce more insulin and you now have insulin overload as well.

What are the symptoms of Insulin Resistance?

  1. Fatigue.
  2. Brain fogginess and inability to focus. Sometimes the fatigue is physical, but often it’s mental.
  3. Low blood sugar. Mild, brief periods of low blood sugar are normal during the day, especially if meals are not eaten on a regular schedule. But prolonged hypoglycaemia with some of the symptoms listed here, especially physical and mental fatigue, are not normal. Feeling agitated, jittery, moody, nauseated, or having a headache is common in Insulin Resistance, with almost immediate relief once food is eaten.
  4. Intestinal bloating. Most intestinal gas is produced from carbohydrates in the diet. Insulin Resistance sufferers who eat carbohydrates suffer from gas, lots of it.
  5. Sleepiness. Many people with Insulin Resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a meal containing more than 20% or 30% carbohydrates.
  6. Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight. For most people, too much weight is too much fat. The fat in IR is generally stored around the midsection in both males and females.
  7. Increased triglycerides.
  8. Increased blood pressure. It is a fact that most people with hypertension have too much insulin and are Insulin Resistant. It is often possible to show a direct relationship between the level of insulin and blood pressure: as insulin levels elevate so does blood pressure.
  9. Depression. Because carbohydrates are a natural “downer,” depressing the brain, it is not uncommon to see many depressed persons who also have Insulin Resistance.**

What can be done?

First of all the good new is Insulin Resistance can be controlled by diet, this is a whole new lifestyle, not a diet that you do for a few weeks or months. A whole new way of eating and exercising is needed. If you need more help there are some drug treatments and supplements that can greatly help with the challenge of getting your insulin and blood sugar under control. The great new is that once you have changed your lifestyle, most if not all of your previous health challenges will often disappear completely.

For more information on Insulin Resistance and the Lifestyle choices you need to make please see my eBooks “Sick, Tired and Overweight” and “A Rainbow on My Plate” on http://www.health-fitness-videos.com or click the link to Wamuran Fitness and Wellbeing in the left sidebar under the heading “Blogroll”.

**This is not a guide to the various types of depression and in no way constitutes a medical diagnosis or recommendation.

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Missing Link Between Belly Fat and Heart Disease

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , |

cad_w300_h3141.jpgCarrying extra weight around your midsection is known to increase your risk of heart attacks, and a new study by University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center researchers may have figured out why this is so.

They discovered a link between belly fat, also known as visceral fat, inflammation and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).

The discovery came while the team was studying obese mice that lack leptin, a hormone that plays a role in appetite and metabolism. When they transplanted fat cells from normal mice into the leptin-deficient mice, the fat transplants prevented obesity and produced leptin.

The fat transplants also became inflamed, and the researchers set out to discover what was causing the inflammation, and whether it was linked to atherosclerosis.

They then divided mice that had been developed to be high in cholesterol and have hardened arteries into three groups: two that received fat transplants from normal mice, and one control group.

Some of the mice received visceral fat transplants, while others received subcutaneous fat (the type found just under the skin).

The mice that received the visceral fat developed atherosclerosis at an accelerated rate, and had inflammation similar to that found in the leptin-deficient mice. Those that received subcutaneous fat had increased inflammation, but not atherosclerosis, while the control group had neither inflammation nor increased atherosclerosis.

The results suggest a strong link between belly fat, inflammation and hardening of the arteries.

The researchers found that treating the mice with pioglitazone, a diabetes drug, was able to calm the inflammation and stop the atherosclerosis.

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Diet Drinks Linked to Heart Disease and Insulin Resistance

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Eating two or more servings a day of red meat increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 25 percent, compared to those who have two servings of red meat each week, a new study found.

Drinking diet soda also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such as excessive fat around your waist, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, all of which can raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The researchers examined the diets of over 9,500 people between the ages of 45 and 64. They were categorized into two groups: a “western-pattern diet” that included processed meat, fried foods and red meat, or a “prudent-pattern diet” that included more fruits and vegetables, poultry and fish.

They concluded that lots of meat, fried foods and diet soda increase your risk of heart disease.

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