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Obesity Can Lead To Diabetes

Reasons For Obesity Leading To Diabetes

serious disease - diabetesMany diagnosed with diabetes are listed as being ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’, but is there a correlation between the two realities or is it a simple coincidence? There are some people who believe diabetes and obesity are not interlinked, but research studies have shown these two to have a deeper connection. Let’s take a look at why obesity tends to lead to diabetes for patients.

 

Individual Cells Stressed

Diabetes occurs at the micro level as the body is unable to produce insulin that is required to sustain homeostasis (i.e. internal balance). When the insulin is not being made on a consistent basis, the body will start to become frail and weaken.

This is a general case of obesity, but what happens when the individual is overweight. The chances of recovering for diabetes tends to falter because the individual cells are being routinely stressed.

As you are eating more and more, the cells and their receptors start sending signals to the rest of the body. The signals are saying ‘it is time to shut things down so we can process the excess nutrients’ and this means insulin cannot be pumped in.

As the stress on the individual cells start to accumulate more and more, it will lead to severe diabetes in the individual. The cells will start to shut down and the issue worsens.

Production of Resistin

The body is designed to handle nutrients and proteins in a certain manner. There are limits in place that make sure the body does not overdo things which causes imbalance internally.

Over time, the body will start to develop resistin if there is excess weight in place. This is to help the body save energy and focus on handling the excess weight that is present.

What does resistin do for the patient? It will disable the insulin from getting to the cells at a normal level. This reduced access to the cell makes it impossible for the body to remain healthy.

As weight is shed, the body is able to get rid of the resistin that has developed and make sure everything returns back to normal.

Sugar Remains in Bloodstream

sugary drinks - diabetesDiabetes requires the sugar inside to be circulated in a manner that is healthy for the body in the short and long-term.

When the body starts to shut off at the cellular level, the sugar will begin to remain inside the bloodstream. Not only will this lead to diabetes, it will lead to a sustained growth in weight which worsens the issue.

To refresh the body and make sure the insulin is going where it is supposed to, the patient has to lose weight as soon as possible and start heading in the right direction.

PEDF

This is a protein that is released into the body that can become the catalyst for the individual becoming a diabetic.

What does PEDF have to do with diabetes? Generally, this protein is going to come in contact with the liver and/or muscles which results in them becoming desensitized to insulin. They will simply not read the emergence of new insulin that is coming in and that causes issues and results in diabetes.

The more the insulin is resisted, the pancreas will try to overcompensate and produce more. This will result in the insulin stopping as a whole internally.

These are four of the most important reasons for diabetics generally being obese. Being overweight can lead to a number of issues as the body is taxed to hold the excess weight in place. Diabetes is one of those issues that becomes more and more apparent as time goes on.

To get help with your weight loss and get your Diabetes or obesity under control, contact the #1 weight loss doctor in Boca Raton, Dr, Sasson Moulavi today at 877-701-7277. We look forward to helping you.

5 Ways to Move Beyond a Weight Loss Plateau

Have You Hit a Weight Loss Plateau

It’s hard to comprehend that for weeks your weight loss program is steaming ahead, the pounds are melting away, and then you come to a screeching halt. The scales won’t budge another ounce. Take heart. Your weight loss plateau is perfectly normal.

5 Easy and Effective Weight Loss Plateau-Busting Strategies To Try Now:

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1. Visualize your Success! It has been proven that people who can visualize and see their success have a much greater chance of achieving it. Close your eyes and see yourself fitting into your skinny jeans. It’s fun and it works.

2. Record your food intake. Often, you may think you’re following a program, but you’re not. I call it “forgotten calorie syndrome”. You’re made accountable for what you eat by writing it down. Reality will look you in the eye.

3. Make sure you eat a protein-rich breakfast. Protein in the morning is key to revving up your metabolism and getting your day off to the right start.

4. Is sugar or alcohol in your system? Sugar (including fruits) or alcohol will stop fat metabolism as they raise insulin levels which will cause you to stop burning fat.

5. Are you drinking enough water? Lack of water will stop fat burning just as quickly as sugar, so drink your water, faithfully.

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Weight loss plateaus, stalling & re-starting, its all to be expected as shown in these charts, below:

Everyone wants to lose weight in a linear fashion and keep it off-as seen in the graph to the left. This rarely ever happens. Most successful people lose in spurts; losing, re-gaining a bit, then restarting-as seen in the graph to the right.

The key is to accept this natural rhythm, set a stop point for yourself, and get back on the program any time you find yourself moving away from your goal. Weigh yourself each week and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

To your health,

Dr. Sass
Medical Director, Smart for Life® Weight Management Centers

P.S. Hitting a weight loss plateau is normal and manageable. Don’t give up!

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Can I lose weight with diet alone or do I have to exercise?

You Will Lose Weight With Dieting Alone

Dieting in this case means eating less calories than you are burning daily. You will lose weight when dieting this way. According to the Smart for Life® philosophy, the best way to reach your weight loss goal is by eating fewer calories.  After you lose the weight, you should begin your exercise program.  This method is well-founded in science and can be easily explained with the following examples.

Let’s say two people have the same 50 lbs to lose.  One goes to the gym for an hour every day.  She burns, on average, 500 calories.  In a week that adds up to 3500 calories which equals approximately one pound.  At this rate, if she actually sticks to her daily routine, it will take her 50 weeks to reach her goal weight.

lose weightProblem:  Most people don’t exercise this much and that amount of exercise will trigger greater hunger.  She may end up eating more calories than she burned thus making it harder to lose weight.

Conversely, the second person begins the Smart for Life® program which immediately creates a 1300 calorie deficit in her body.  In a week, that’s approximately 2.5 lbs. of fat.  She will lose her 50 lbs. within 25 weeks.  On week 25 she begins her exercise program and by week 35, she is trim and fit.

Studies Have Shown That This Type of Plan Has a Much Higher Success Rate of Losing Weight

So, follow the Smart for Life® philosophy to increase your chances of success in 2014.  Get started on the program and give yourself the best gift of the season…a beautiful, healthy, trim silhouette.  You’ll look and feel younger than you have in years.  Come to see us in one of our Centers, or visit us online at: www.SmartforLife.com.

To your health, -Dr. Sass

Medical Director, Smart for Life® Weight Management Centers

P.S.  Remember:  The if you want to lose weight effectively, get to your goal by eating fewer calories; then begin your exercise program to firm and tone.

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weight loss boca ratonThe testimonials keep pouring in from our weight loss Boca Raton clients because SmartforLife® products taste amazing and they work. The way you reduce your weight is by reducing your calories and eating your meals in small portions throughout the day and evening. Smart for Life cookies, protein bars, soups and snacks offer you this solution very effectively while keeping your hunger at bay and feeling comfortably full throughout the day. On the Smart for Life diet program you will lose an average of 2 to 3 pounds per week which is the right way to lose weight. Our products are healthy, all-natural and delicious. Give us a call today or come into one of our many weight loss management centers  across North America.

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Weighing Too Much Can Deny Patients Emergency Airlift Service

Weighing Too Much Can Cost You Your Life

Not just weighing too much, but size as well can negate emergency transportation via helicopter.  Many municipalities have not yet upgraded to the heftier aircraft that can accommodate larger patients. The cost for two new EC-145 helicopters ran up a tab between $8 and $10 million for the Duke University Health System.  Their Life Flight program is now able to airlift patients weighing up to 650 lbs.

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America’s annual air emergency needs are up to about 500,000 people per year.  Of these, an estimated 5,000 – or about 1 percent of these patients are denied air transport because they are either weighing too much for the aircraft to lift them or they are too large to fit through the aircraft doors.  Either way, it can delay the care so desperately needed.  Occasionally, when a patient is grounded, the highly trained helicopter crew members will travel with the patient in the ambulance to ensure that the critical care required is not delayed during the drive.

The fact that at least two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, is forcing emergency medical providers to buy these larger aircraft so everyone can receive the care needed in these life and death situations.  Statistically, patients transported by medical helicopter are a third less likely to die than those who go by ground.

The pilots of these craft have a number of factors to take into consideration when a patient is of a size that’s borderline.  Balancing the risks of a victim’s weight with the forces needed to lift the craft can vary greatly with the condition of the weather.  Air density is a major player.  Denser air produces greater lift just as thinner air decreases lift.  Higher temperatures thin the air making hot, humid days a much greater challenge than one that is crisp and cold.

The possible denial of airlift emergency care for those suffering from obesity points out that the risks of this disease reach much farther than increasing the chances of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Craig Yale, the 57-year-old executive at Air Methods, underwent gastric sleeve weight loss surgery when, at the previous weight of 335 pounds, he realized he may not fit on his own firm’s aircraft.  Craig now weighs in at 225 pounds.  His advice, quite simply is; “I would encourage anybody to do what they can to be healthy.”

If you’re weighing too much, it’s never too late to get started toward a healthier, happier life.  Let Smart for Life products get you going in the right direction…today!

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If You Aren’t Feeding Your Kids Healthy, Whole Foods, Is Anyone?

It’s Time To Eat More Healthy, Whole Foods

I recently watched an amazingly eye-opening video, featuring Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution on healthy, whole foods.  Jamie’s a 34 year old, average citizen and chef from Essex, England, who has a not-so-average take on where we need to focus our attention, immediately.  Jamie’s message is simple and to the point: Teach our children about food.  It’s an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.  Our kids are going to live a shorter life span than us, by about ten years, if we don’t teach them how to shop for, prepare and eat real food.  The processed food and fast food that is the bulk of so many diets today is literally killing us.  Diet-related diseases are the biggest killers in the U.S. and two-thirds of our population is obese.  Those of us who are older are probably better off since these dangerous “pseudo foods” weren’t around or as prevalent when we were growing up, but think of the youth of today.  If we aren’t cooking in our homes, where are our kids going to learn about real food?  Jamie visited an elementary school classroom and showed them various fresh vegetables in their “whole state”.  Cauliflower, potato, beet, tomato, eggplant; the children could not identify any of them.

Healthy, Whole Foods Should Be The Standard In Daily Eating

healthy, whole foods kidsJamie’s been working on this revolution for seven years and believes the United States, as a leader, needs to take the wheel so the rest of the world will follow.  That’s why he came here and began in West Virginia, where obesity and related fatalities are so high.  He talked with families, teaching them how to teach others.  He has made himself available to the lunch ladies, convinced that the limited budgets can be creatively adjusted to provide healthy meals to the school-aged children.  Jamie is calling out for all of us to make the change for our own families and then spread the word, the recipes, and the information on healthy, whole foods that will change the health of our society, in general.

Being on the leading edge of change isn’t usually a comfortable place to be…but it’s the only place to be if you really want to make a difference.  Stepping out from the crowd is the way it’s always been done.  More so than ever before; it’s time to step up!

Jamie Oliver is one of a small army of concerned individuals who are carving out their own perfect way to make a difference.  As he so aptly points out in this video, if those of us who have valuable pieces of information to contribute, each get involved on a small grass roots level, the change will happen quickly.  As we share information with a few, who share with a few, the knowledge travels easily and effortlessly, like the ripples in a pond; reaching an ever-widening circle as we move forward as a healthier town, nation and world.

Do yourself, your family and your friends a favor by watching and sharing this video post.

To your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass. Eat healthy, whole foods for a healthier life you deserve. Get started with our healthy diet plans today!

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A cola and a smile? Not so fast….Diabetes Kills

Sodas And Lots Of Daily Sugar Can Cause Diabetes

In an on-line article by Kate Kelland (Reuters) I read of a very disturbing study done on the consumption of sugary drinks and Diabetes.  You know the ones to which I’m referring; Coke, Pepsi, and any of the other brands of soft drinks in that category.  Those of us who drink these on a regular basis consider these 12 ounce wonders to be a true friend.  They give us a boost of energy and refresh us with their effervescence.  Well, don’t be fooled.  These are the bad guys hiding behind clever commercials, fun packaging and a burst of ice-cold bubbles.

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Hold onto your hat for this statistic.  Drinking just one of these sugar-rich beverages a day can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%!  This study was done throughout eight European countries, utilizing information from 350,000 individuals.  They questioned these people about their diet, including the number of sugary and artificially sweetened soft drinks and juices they consumed each day.  The research team at Imperial College London was headed up by Dora Romaguera.  She has great concerns about the fact that Europeans have increased their consumption of these sugar-laden drinks and wants to get the information out to the public.  It’s also interesting to note that, according to this study, fruit juice consumption was not linked to diabetes incidence.  Actually, Smart for Life® believes that in the weight loss phase, no fruit or fruit juice should be consumed.

Type-2 Diabetes Is A Long Term Condition

The research that’s been done in the United States shows alarmingly similar results.  Several studies have linked the consumption of these beverages to being overweight and developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes is a long-term condition characterized by insulin resistance and affects more than 310 million people, worldwide.

Patrick Wolfe, a statistics expert from University College London, who was not involved in the research, said the message is quite clear.  “The bottom line is that sugary soft drinks are not good for you – they have no nutritional value and there is evidence that drinking them every day can increase your relative risk for type 2 diabetes.” Wolfe was quoted to say.

So, there it is.  It’s time to steer away from what I call “dumb” calories.  For those of us who need to kick the habit, believe me, I know it’s tough.  We drink our 8-10 glasses of water a day and feel great about it, but really look forward to that occasional sweetness.  Personally, I’ve turned my diet cola habit into a Smart for Life® water enhancer habit.  I’m not saying it’s easy, but between the Peach Mango and Acai Pomegranate, I’m able to satisfy that craving and reap the benefits of this natural appetite suppressant supplement.   A few squirts in my water bottle, and I get great flavor along with an energy boost from the Vitamin B6 & B12.  But honestly, the biggest benefit is feeling the relief from knowing I’m no longer ingesting the colas.  Whether we’re trying to eliminate the sugar or the artificial sweeteners, we know it intellectually, but we have to line it up on a deeper level to be successful when we go to change these types of habits.  It feels like we’re saying goodbye to a dear friend; but believe me, some relationships just run their course.  This is one that’s best seen through your rear view mirror as you move on down the road to your healthier lifestyle.

To a Diabetes-free life, your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass

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Smart For Life iPad Mini Giveaway

Smart For Life iPad Mini Giveaway Contest

iPad Mini Giveaway

Smart for Life is hosting a free iPad Mini and Smart for Life Coaching Membership Giveaway Contest!

Were you bummed that the Smart BMI App was released, but you don’t have a device to use it on? Worry no more! Smart for Life is giving away an iPad Mini and Coaching Membership for those who dig down deep to share the Smart for Life lifestyle. Like us on Facebook to unlock the contest page!

After you like us on Facebook, you can start participating in the contest. Below are ways that you can “rack up” entries to become the owner of a brand new iPad Mini and Smart for Life Coaching Membership. Want to learn more about Lifestyle Coaching?

The first thing you need to do is viewing and liking our Facebook page!

Ways to Enter:

  • Follow @Smart4Life on Twitter
  • Tweet about the contest
  • Join our mailing list
  • Follow us on Pinterest
  • Repin us on Pinterest
  • Refer to Friends (up to 10 entries per referral!)

Keep in mind, the more entries you have, the better the chance you have to win. Each option is worth 1 entry, but referring a friend will give you bonus entries (up to 10 for sharing). Every option can only be performed once, except for sharing.

Prizes:
One winner will receive an iPad Mini and a Smart for Life Coaching Membership. As a coach, you will receive 25-40% all personal purchases, plus a starter package with everything from cookies, protein bars, granola squares and much more. Coaches will also be able to use the new Smart for Life Smart BMI App. This Smart giveaway is valued at over $500! Contest Ends July 5th, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Good luck! Coaches, don’t forget to sign up for the new BMI app!

Can a diet in high-fructose corn syrup make you “dumb”?

What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)?

Though we may not have fully come to terms with it, in theory we know that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an adversary of health.  Lots of work has been done looking at the effect of fructose on weight, liver function, diabetes risk, and even the growth of cancer cells.  But not much has been looked at the role of fructose in brain function, until now.  Researchers have just reported that among the list of bodily illnesses fructose contributes to, it  may also “make you dumb.”  Luckily, eating a diet rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids seems to counteract this phenomenon.

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In the new study, UCLA researchers had rats spend a few days learning to navigate a maze. Then some of the rats ate diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids or deficient in them; some rats also drank a fructose solution in the place of their regular drinking water. After six weeks on their respective diets, the team put the rats back in the maze to see how well they recalled it.

High Fructose Corn Syrup Affects You In Many Negative Ways

The rats that had eaten omega-3-deficient diets were slower at completing the maze than the ones who ate diets rich in omega-3s. Those who drank the fructose solution instead of water were the worst-off of all when it came to their cognitive capabilities.

The rats also had important differences in how their bodies – and brains – were metabolizing sugar and functioning overall. The rats that had eaten diets without omega-3s had higher triglyceride levels as well as higher glucose and insulin levels. In fact the rats seemed to enter a state of insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes), but this too was reversed by the addition of omega-3s.

Perhaps most interesting was the fact that the brains of rats without omega-3s showed a decrease in synaptic activity, the means by which brain cells “talk” to one another and which is critical in learning and memory. “The DHA-deprived animals were slower,” said study’a author, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, “and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier.”

Insulin influences not only blood sugar, but it also affects the ways in which brain cells function. So being in a state of insulin-resistance might be what’s behind the problems in brain function. Gomez-Pinilla suggests that fructose might somehow block insulin’s effect on brain cells, and specifically how it signals neurons to store and release the sugar that is needed for the brain to function efficiently – and for us to think crisply and clearly.

The study also points to the fact that metabolic syndrome, which is plaguing so many Americans these days, can also adversely affect our cognitive abilities.

The important thing to remember is that not all fructose is created equal. “We’re not talking about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants,” explained Gomez-Pinilla. “We’re more concerned about the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, which is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative.”

Luckily, omega-3s seem to counteract the effect of fructose in part, although it’s probably a good idea to cut down on highly processed, high-fructose foods in the first place. And since our bodies are not very good producers of DHA and EPA, taking in the healthy fatty acids through diet or supplements may also be wise. The best sources of DHA/EPA are cold-water fish like tuna and salmon, and for the vegetarians out there, these forms may also be found in seaweed and algae (in small amounts), or in concentrated seaweed/algae supplements.  Gomez recommends consuming about one gram of DHA every day.

The bottom line is that omega-3s may protect our brains – not just now, but in the years to come. “Our findings suggest that consuming DHA regularly protects the brain against fructose’s harmful effects,” said Gomez-Pinilla. “It’s like saving money in the bank. You want to build a reserve for your brain to tap when it requires extra fuel to fight off future diseases.”

Remember that Smart for Life® products contain no sugar alcohols or high fructose corn syrup and are made with natural ingredients that are 60% organic.  I created Smart for Life products to keep your body in a low glycemic index, which in turn keeps your sugar and insulin low, in a fat burning no- hunger zone.

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