Monthly Archives: January 2008

Nuts and berries fight metabolic syndrome

Nuts and berries fight metabolic syndrome: “(NewsTarget) A number of recent studies have indicated that nuts and berries provide great advantages in averting metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to heightened risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Preliminary results from a Spanish study involving 9,000 people suggest that a Mediterranean diet leads to improved levels of cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure, all linked to metabolic syndrome. In particular, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with 15 grams of walnuts, 7.5 grams of hazelnuts and 7.5 grams of almonds per day appeared to provide a long-term 50 percent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, more than the Mediterranean diet high in olive oil or the low fat diet. The research was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In another study, researchers found that people who supplemented their everyday diet with 2-3 ounces of pistachios per day for four weeks showed significantly improved cholesterol ratios, perhaps due to their increased intake of fiber and lower intake of saturated fat. This study was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

‘This research challenges the previously held belief that a low-fat diet is best for heart health. Studies now show that a diet with a moderate amount of healthful monounsaturated fat, like the kind found in pistachios, is a more effective way to prevent heart disease than reducing overall fat intake,’ said lead researcher James Cooper.

In a long-term study of 34,000 post-menopausal women published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the consumption of flavonoid-rich foods such as berries was correlated with lowered incidence of cardiovascular disease over the course of 16 years.

An estimated 50 million people suffer from metabolic syndrome in the United States, placing them at a doubled risk of cardiovascular disease and five times the risk of diabetes compared with those who do not have the syndrome.”

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Weight gain after menopause: Reverse the middle age spread –

Weight gain after menopause: Reverse the middle age spread – “”

Doctor’s Comment: Its true that its not just your hormonal changes. But even the big clinics like the Mayo, accuse you of eating too much, while ignoring you declining basal metabolic rate. Ok, that does it, I’m going to work on the BMR calculator!

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How to Calculate Your Waist to Hip Ratio

In order to figure you Waist to Hip Ratio ( WHR ), measure the smallest section of your waist and the widest area around your hips. Divide your waist by your hips (waist / hips). A healthy woman’s ratio should not be over .8 and a health man’s should not be over 1.0. Ratio numbers above these may indicate Central Obesity which puts you at higher risk for chronic disease.

Waist to hip ratio is better as a predictor of heart attack than body mass index (BMI): Does that mean we should abandon the BMI?

Waist to hip ratio is better as a predictor of heart attack than body mass index (BMI): Does that mean we should abandon the BMI?:

Remember, if your BMI is elevated (above 25), you should (really, you must) check your blood pressure, blood glucose (sugar), and cholesterol level. If you are overweight, keeping them in the normal range (especially the blood pressure) is, health wise, very important.

Doctor’s Comment:
No! We should not give up on BMI.

People who have a high basal metabolic index ( BMI ) do have increased risk for all sorts of diseases ( if you don’t now yours go to out BMI Calculator ). You can have a high BMI with out having an unhealthy waist to hip ratio. This is because people carry weight in different patterns. If you carry your weight in your upper body and you have a high BMI, then you will probably have an unhealthy waist to hip ratio

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