There is significant evidence that reducing the amount of calories we consume every day brings a host of health benefits. This includes a longer lifespan, reduced risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes and conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Another side effect of restricting our caloric intake is a lower body temperature, which is nature’s way of helping us burn less energy until the amount of food we had been eating becomes available again.
There may be something deterring you from reaping the full benefits of all the aerobic exercise you may be doing. And that 'thing' may be hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).
Many of us are now aware that metabolic syndrome puts us at greater risk of developing complications from COVID-19. But many people still don’t really understand what metabolic syndrome is.
Eating more fiber may improve the life expectancy of people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2).
There are several stories such as these. So many black Americans with underlying health conditions are dying due to complications from COVID-19.
One of the most difficult and painful aspects of the current SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus or COVID-19) pandemic is having to accept that individually as well as a society, we could have done so much more to reduce the impact of this virus. Admittedly, our lifestyles have contributed to the underlying health conditions that greatly increase the risk of developing complications or even dying from this virus.
One of the great things about life is that there is always a reason to spend time with family and friends and celebrate - the holidays, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, weddings, baby showers, graduations, vacations, birthdays and the list goes on. And what this sometimes mean is that year-round we may be tempted to eat too much food and overindulge with the booze.
If you go to a restaurant and ask to see a kids’ menu, you will likely see food items such as french fries, chicken tenders or nuggets, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese and pizza. These are all foods classified as "unprocessed" and may increase your risk for diabetes.
It’s the holidays. And I’m not trying to be Scrooge by discussing not so jolly topics such as obesity and diabetes, but the truth is we have to be mindful and proactive about these issues.
Every 21 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. I would like this statistic to change! And I am hopeful that it will through awareness, education and being proactive. But it is equally important to be able to effectively manage diabetes if you are already diagnosed with it.
Some of the most dangerous occupations in America include construction laborer, firefighter, electrician, mining machine operator and athlete. And this all makes sense if you consider the risk of injuries associated with these occupations.
Celebrity trainer and fitness guru Jillian Michaels said you should always eat something before working out. I happen to agree with her. I wrote a blog about how we need micronutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins C and E (just to name a few), in order to fuel our bodies for physical fitness. And, of course, let’s not forget the importance of macronutrients.
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