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.”


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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Simple Ways to Increase Your Metabolism

Posted on June 23, 2008. Filed under: weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , |

January 25th, 2008--Weighing In

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Everyone is talking about Boosting your metabolism, but do you know what that really means?

It means the rate at which you burn your intake of calories or energy. This is a highly involved process involving many structures and cellular and chemical changes within the body, including the mitochondria, the ATP cycle, your thyroid, pancreas, and lots more.

This little post on Wired Berries this morning tells most of the story:

“Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the biggest factor in determining your metabolism, and it’s the minimum amount of energy you would need to sustain all your life processes, like breathing and circulation, when you’re at rest. The amount of calories each person needs to survive differs from person to person and is at least partially based on genetics and gender (men tend to have higher metabolisms), but there are some things you can do to increase yours.

Regular exercise and weight training help to build muscle, which is more metabolically active than fat. If you’re on a serious calorie-restrictive diet, quitting it might raise your metabolism pretty much instantly, since hard-core diets can cause your BMR to drop dramatically. Your metabolism is like a low-burning fire that needs to be stoked constantly in order to burn most efficiently, and you can stoke your metabolism by eating several small meals a day rather than three big ones. Your body requires calories to digest, and eating more frequently not only satisfies your hunger and provides your body with needed nutrients, but it also uses up more calories. The types of food you eat also make a difference in how many calories your body requires to digest them: adding more protein and substituting unprocessed foods for processed (whole grains for refined ones and raw fruits and veggies for cooked and baked ones) forces your body to work harder just to extract the nutrients that it needs.” Wired Berries

Instead of buying all those expensive pills to boost your metabolism, why not:

  • get some exercise
  • eat a lot less starchy, grain carbs
  • add more protein to your diet
  • up your intake of good fats (olive oil, Fish oil, Coconut oil)
  • eat lots of vegetables and fruit (fibre makes your digestion work harder – burning calories and joules in the process.
  • eat little and often (grazing like kids do – I mean yours not the goats 😉

Try it and see what happens next.

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Can the ‘Diet’ Drinks They’re Making You Fat!

Posted on March 2, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

sweeteners“TO LOSE weight, bin the diet cola. That’s the message from studies showing rats got fatter on diets containing artificial sweeteners than on those with sugar.

Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, gave rats set amounts of yogurt sweetened with either sucrose or saccharin, plus an unrestricted supply of ordinary rat food and water. Five weeks later, the saccharin-fed rats had eaten more food, gained more weight and put on more body fat than the others.

There’s something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit, your brain chemistry,” said ABC News’ medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard. Though Savard said more research needs to be done to uncover more information, the study does hint at the idea that the sweeteners alter a person’s metabolism.

Savard said another recent study, which included more than 18,000 people, found healthy adults who consumed at least one diet drink a day could increase their chance for weight gain.

Because so many foods today contain artificial sweeteners, the study results may go beyond diet drinks.

“The truth is, we’re putting artificial sweetener in so many different things in water, in yogurt,” Savard said. It’s unclear if the results only adhere to diet sodas, she said.

“We have to rethink what this artificial stuff does to us. If we put this in water it might not be so good,” she added.”

(Behavioural Neuroscience)

I have long held the belief that artificial sweeteners in all their forms are bad for you and finally here’s the proof. Well at least the beginning, there has been lots of anecdotal evidence for years about artificial sweetener and I am glad that science is finally catching up. Not only does much of the anecdotal evidence point towards sweeteners making you fatter, it also points toward speeding you towards diabetes, giving you migraines, neurological damage and even heart arrhythmias.

At least we know sugar doesn’t do that. Here’s a thought, perhaps it might be a good idea to retrain our taste buds to like wholesome foods again and cut down on the sweet foods. Check out my recommended lifestyle eating plan in my eBook: “A Rainbow On My Plate” on the website in the sidebar to your right.

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