Metabolic Syndrome Leptin and Insulin Resistance Taking Over

Posted on November 10, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , |

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A study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM reports that statistics for Metabolic Syndrome (leptin and/or insulin resistance), could be as high as 1 in 4 American workers!

This cluster of resistance syndromes that result in premature aging, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other inflammatory and immune system challenges is affecting so many people in the western world or who take on our western diet.

Metabolic syndrome is defined as having at least three of five disease risk factors: large waist circumference (more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women), high triglyceride levels, reduced levels of high-density cholesterol (HDL, or “good” cholesterol), high blood pressure, and high glucose levels. People with metabolic syndrome are at high risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

In the workplace sample, men and women had similar rates of metabolic syndrome, although men had a higher average number of risk factors. As the number of risk factors increased, so did the rate of lifestyle health risks such as obesity, low physical activity, high stress, and smoking. Workers with metabolic syndrome were also more likely to rate their own health as fair to poor, compared to workers with fewer risk factors.

Workers with more risk factors missed more work days because of illness. The percentage of workers with three or more sick days in the previous year increased from 25 percent for those with no risk factors to 39 percent for those with all five risk factors.

Metabolic syndrome was not linked to increased “presenteeism”-days the employee was at work but performing at less than full capacity because of health reasons. There was a trend toward higher rates of short-term disability, but this was not significant.

Affecting approximately 69 million U.S. adults, metabolic syndrome has major health and economic consequences. The new study is one of the first to examine the effects of metabolic syndrome in the working population.

The results draw attention to the high rate and impact of metabolic syndrome among U.S. workers. Dr. Burton and colleagues call for further studies to assess the impact of metabolic syndrome in the workforce, as well as to evaluate programs to identify and treat these high-risk workers.” Medical News Today

Another report states that studies into Metabolic Syndromes show that increasing your intake of calcium rich foods and getting some exercise could cut your risk of ending up with these health challenges and even manage them well enough to get off your medication.

“Health behaviors also appeared to have a significant influence. The researchers found that adults who reported little or no daily exercise had nearly twice the risk of developing the condition.

In addition, adults who failed to consume calcium-rich foods regularly had about 1.5 times the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, compared to adults who ate calcium-rich diets.” Medical News Today

There are methods that work, if you have any of the symtoms of Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance or Leptin Resistance we may have an answer:

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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.

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Just One Exercise Session Can Kick Start Your Metabolism

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

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Scientists at the University of Michegan have found that it only takes one, yes 1 exercise session to kick start your metabolism. Giving hope to millions of overweight and obese individuals this makes every session seem worthwhile.

At times, when you are over weight all the exercise and lifestyle dietary changes can seem to be useless, it can be so difficult to keep your motivation up and your pain levels down when beginning and continuing on your weight loss and health journey. Yet, this news gives all of us hope.

Most weight related issues are now known to be caused by metabolic disorders such as insulin and leptin resistance, and the lifestyle changes needed to prevent many of the diseases associated with these health challenges can be a bit daunting. They are simple changes, but not always easy as one of the challenges of this kind of metabolic syndrome is depression.

However, if even one session of exercise can re-start our metabolism and increase our fat burning rate, we can keep our motivation up one session at a time.  “According to Andrea Cornford, a member of the research team, “Exercise decreases everyone’s insulin resistance and therefore reduces the chances of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes. This study shows that even a single bout of exercise helps obese individuals increase their body’s fat-burning rate and improve their metabolic health.”

A team of researchers has examined the effect of exercise on fat accumulation in a new study involving five obese women. In one session the women overate and did not exercise; in a follow-on session they overate and did exercise. The researchers found that:

  • the body’s fat-burning oxidation rate was reduced after one day of overeating;
  • conversely, just one session of exercise increased the rate of fat-burning oxidation; and
  • exercise increased the amount of fat that would eventually be stored in the muscle.Science Daily

To learn more about Insulin and Leptin Resistance my downloadable eBook, “Sick, Tired & Overweight” will tell you what you need to know and for information on lifestyle designed to reduce and even eliminate metabolic syndromes and the causes of overweight, “A Rainbow on My Plate.

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1 in 4 Americans are Pre-Diabetic or Have Diabetes: Are You Safe?

Posted on July 19, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , |

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This report I found courtesty of Mercola.com, (thanks Joseph) should have every Aussie asking this question: “Am I on track to follow in the USA statistics?” Fellow Aussie’s we are closely following in the American’s footsteps when it comes to our dietary habits and therefore our Pre-Diabetic and Diabetic statistics: Are you going to be one of them?


“The number of Americans with diabetes has grown to about 24 million people, or roughly 8 percent of the U.S. population.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on data from 2007, indicates an increase of about 3 million cases since over just two years. The CDC estimates another 57 million people have a condition called pre-diabetes, which puts people at increased risk for the disease.

Diabetes results from defects in insulin production that cause sugar to build up in the body. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.”

Sources:

Type 2 diabetes is totally different from Type 1 (the kind you get in childhood and which is an autoimmune disease). Type 2 diabetes is not only preventable, it is reversable! Who is in control of whether you get this disease or any of its precursers? YOU ARE! No-one else, it all rests in your choices. Your lifestyle choices.

  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. (Is that really difficult for you? Then try a Vibration Platform to get you started – read the information on vibration platforms and weight loss and health here.
  • Make healthy food choices by avoiding starchy, white foods which means anything white or processed like: white bread, white rice, cake, biscuits, cookies, etc.. And eat more: fresh fruit, vegetables, protein, good oils and fats and whole grains – preferably in that order. For more information on this subject of pre-Diabetes (metabolic syndrome) CLICK HERE and diabetes and how and why you need to make healthy food choices CLICK HERE.

How do you know you might be at risk? Take a look at this list of symptoms and if you have any of these at all start your new lifestyle today:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fogginess
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Intestinal Bloating
  • Sleepiness
  • Weight Gain (especially if it is hard to shift and mostly round your middle _ although you can still have the symdrome and have a normal weight distribution)
  • Increased triglycerides
  • Increased cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Poly Cystic Ovarian syndrome

Check out those links today and change your lifestyle, prevent or reverse your pre-diabetes or diabetes, you can do it, I know you can. The alternative is unthinkable, so get yourself healthy today.

Our new weight loss targeting lifestyle workshops will be starting soon at the centre, why not drop in for a chat about how you can change your lifestyle and win back your health.

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How To Shed That Belly Fat

Posted on July 2, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , |

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Thanks go to Nito for this question:

First of all it’s a good idea to understand why people have trouble shedding belly fat. The fat or ‘adipose tissue’ we carry around our belly is called WAT or White Adipose Tissue and this kind of tissue is resistant to change. It is fed by carbohydrates, especially the starchy carbs like, WHITE STUFF: bread, pasta, rice, fries, cakes, biscuits, cookies, basically anything made of white flour or sugar.

If you read through my posts you will find references to insulin resistance, and having belly fat that is resistant to weight loss techniques is one of the signs of Insulin Resistance. So how to get rid of it?

First of all this will require a lifestyle change, not a diet!

I have written two downloadable books on this; The 1st is, “Sick, Tired and Overweight” an explanation of the Metabolic Syndromes and how they can affect your life and the answers (my research was greatly helped by my friends who are in a University based research program and have access to the most cutting edge information on these modern day diseases. The 2nd is, “A Rainbow on My Plate” the information you need to lose the weight and reclaim your health, this is an explanation of the whole lifestyle change: what to eat, what to avoid and what to do, I’ve even thrown in some recipes and some menu ideas.

Simply put: eat mainly fresh vegetables and fruit, protein and good oils, limit your starchy carbs to wholegrains and keep them low on your list. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes.

To lose belly fat requires a slightly different approach and realise that it will come off last as it is the most resistant. I give an entire explanation of WAT in my book, “Sick, Tired & Overweight.” However once you have a Metabolic Syndrome it will require a lifestyle change, this means this is not a diet that you can stop, it is your lifestyle for the rest of your life!

Next Post: will be some AB toning specifics.

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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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