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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.

Excess Weight Leads To Disease

Reasons For Why Excess Weight Leads To Disease

There are many detriments of having excess weight. Weight loss is not important purely from an aesthetics point of view. There are many people who believe losing weight is not important unless you want to look like a movie star. While, losing weight does help you look fitter and healthier, it serves a greater purpose. Excess weight has the ability to cause numerous short and long-term health problems that could be avoided by losing weight. This is a big enough reason to start working on losing weight in order to prolong your quality of life for as long as you can. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons for excess weight leading to disease.

Excess Weight Is Too Much For The Body To Handle

excess weightThe body is simply not able to cope with all of the weight that is being accumulated on your frame. You have to make sure the weight is shed as soon as possible. The joints tend to face the brunt of the woes that are presented because of weight related problems.

The joints are not able to hold up the weight for long periods and this can weaken them to a point where you are not able to walk.

The immune system is also taxed because it is not able to get to all parts of the body and rectify the problems that are occurring. This increases the chances of getting sick.

Bad Eating Habits

This is one of those symptoms that come along with having extra weight. You start to crave more and more food because of this added weight and that leads to worsened eating habits.

You have to make sure you are eating properly at all times in order to avoid diseases. If you are continually eating poorly, this can become one of the major reasons for your excess weight becoming problematic in terms of health related issues.

Energy Issues

This is something that is seen on a day-to-day basis. Energy related issues transpire because of the excess weight and this directly leads to diseases forming.

The human body requires a certain level of activity on a regular basis in order to remain healthy and fit. if you are not able to get this exercise or movement in, you are putting the body at risk.

The body will start to feel more and more fatigued in a shorter span of time despite doing nothing. This will start to escalate as both the weight and time start moving ahead.

Poor Sleep

The last reason for extra weight leading to disease has to do with sleeping habits. If you are overweight, you will often have trouble sleeping and this does not always have to do with insomnia. You will simply have physical issues such as breathing problems that keep you from sleeping properly.

Make sure you are focused on losing weight to ensure you are able to sleep as required on a daily basis. The average human requires eight hours of sleep every day and those who are not hitting these requirements will get ill over time.

For those who are overweight, this problem becomes a graver reality as their body needs extra rest to recuperate from handling the excess weight.

These are some of the most important reasons for excess weight leading to health problems. You have to remain focused on losing weight in order to become healthier. There are many people who do not focus on their weight and end up complaining when they are hit with a series of diseases and related health problems. The chances of acquiring diseases that can be fatal increase the longer your body is not able to handle the excess weight. Contact us at the premier weight management center in Boca Raton, or one of our many other locations around North America and we look forward to helping you reach your goal weight.

The Importance of Eating Small Meals for Weight Loss

The importance of eating small meals for weight loss is still a subject that isn’t well understood by the majority of people. Dieters have, for a long time, come up with different ways of using diets in a way that can help reduce weight loss. The frequency of eating, the type of food to be eaten, and the amounts of food to be taken in at a particular time, if all well-balanced can complete a successful weight loss program. Your food intake needs depend on your age, sex and the physical activity levels. Apart from aiding weight loss, eating small meals has been shown to control blood sugar levels as well as ensuring proper nutrition.

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How Eating Small Meals Helps Weight Loss:

1. Eat At Frequent Intervals

The rate at which your body burns calories depends on your body’s metabolism and this is the reason why metabolism is important in weight loss. A higher metabolic rate means more calories are burnt, hence a lesser weight. You could be thinking that the easiest way to weight loss is simply by skipping meals. Simple, isn’t it? Unfortunately, your body’s metabolism slows down when you skip meals. What happens is that, the body interprets this as starvation and an irregular food supply and slows down metabolism rates in order to conserve energy. This is a perfect reaction, but given that, the starvation is not really the case, by the time you take the next meal, the other calories still exist. This simply translates to weight gain given that you will tend to take large chunks of food to satisfy your hunger.

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You are probably thinking that eating more than three meals a day is not a healthy option. It is obvious that the more you eat, the more you increase your calorie intake. This is actually true if you take large meals at a time, but not when you take small healthy meals. Small meals taken to frequently ensure that you do not go hungry as well as prevent you from overeating. It is recommended to take five to six small meals in a day and not to exceed four hours without taking something.

2. Increased Energy

Your body’s energy is obtained from consuming food. Getting continuous energy requires a frequent eating of small meals. A regular and frequent pattern of small food intake regulates the levels of insulin. Insulin hormone helps in increasing the levels of metabolism, which makes the body active as well.

3. In Nutritional Health

Small meals that are taken at frequent intervals are good because people tend not to repeat the same kind of meal. The variety will ensure that you obtain the necessary nutrients for a good body functioning. Some categories of food tend to have more calories than other categories and when taken in large chunks as in the case of taking two or three meals a day, they result in extra calories that would have otherwise not been there. When you take small meals, the probability is that you will take more vitamins and minerals that do not contribute to weight gain.

The importance of eating small meals in weight loss is well rounded and is the perfect weight loss and dietary solution that you have been looking for for a long time.

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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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Obesity Rivals Smoking as Major Health Risk

Obesity – Major Health Risk

obesity - major health riskRecently, I came across a report published in the American Journal of Medicine. It reports that obesity is becoming a major health risk and global epidemic that is comparable to cigarette smoking in its level of hazardous effect.  He notes that obesity is the leading avoidable cause of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. which is on the rise, globally, as well.  Hennekens has published these findings with co-author Felicia Andreotti, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at Catholic University in Rome, Italy.

“I am deeply concerned that the United States is the fattest society in the world and likely to be the fattest in the history of the world.” said Hennekens.  “Unfortunately, most people prefer prescription of pills to proscription of harmful lifestyles.  I am, however, optimistic that weight loss of 5 percent or more combined with a brisk walk for 20 or more minutes daily will significantly reduce cardiovascular and total deaths.”

Hennekens continues to explain that this generation of adolescents are more obese and less physically active than their parents and are already showing higher rates of type 2 diabetes thus under a major health risk.  The current generation of children and adolescents in the U.S. are likely to be the first since 1960 to have higher mortality rates than their parents.

As this type of report hits home with all of us; now, more than ever before, we need to be teaching our children (and re-training ourselves) to be our own best advocates of a healthy diet and more active lifestyle.  It may seem like a huge task, but every positive change you embrace is an investment in your future, and theirs. -Dr. Sass

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Eat the Tangerine Skin – Protect your heart!

You might think that tangerines are just a great treat but new research shows that they also have potent health effects for your heart. Researchers from The University of Western Ontario have discovered that a substance in tangerines not only helps to prevent obesity, but also protects against type 2 diabetes, and even atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of most heart attacks and strokes. According to the research published in the journal Diabetes, the secret ingredient is a flavonoid known as nobiletin.

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To study the effects of nobiletin on metabolic syndrome in humans, researchers fed mice a “western” diet high in fats and simple sugars. One group of the mice became obese and showed all the signs associated with metabolic syndrome: elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood levels of insulin and glucose, and a fatty liver. These metabolic abnormalities greatly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The second group of mice was fed the exact same diet but researchers added nobiletin. Those mice experienced no elevation in their levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or glucose, and gained weight normally. In addition, the mice became much more sensitive to the effects of insulin.

According to the researchers, nobiletin was shown to prevent the buildup of fat in the liver by stimulating the expression of genes involved in burning excess fat, and inhibiting the genes responsible for manufacturing fat.

“The nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Director of the Vascular Biology Research Group at Robarts. “And in longer-term studies, nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. This study really paves the way for future studies to see if this is a suitable treatment for metabolic syndrome and related conditions in people.”

About Tangerines

Tangerines, also known as mandarin oranges, have unique health properties which distinguish them from other oranges or citrus fruit. One compound, tangeretin, is known for inhibiting the growth of leukemia. Both tangeretin and nobiletin have been found to fight breast cancer. Want to increase the nobiletin in your diet? Eat the tangerine but don’t forget the skin. The healthiest compounds in citrus fruit are in the rind and zest. Toss the minced rind or zest into marinades, salads and desserts.

I believe that eating a diet rich in flavonoids is key to good health. Eat your flavonoids and get started today with SmartforLife! -Dr. Sass

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Dr. Sass in DietsinReview: How PepsiCo Could Build a Better Snack

DietsInReview- In the May 16 edition of The New Yorker, John Seabrook delves into the ways that PepsiCo is working to reposition itself in light of the global obesity crisis. “Snacks for a Fat Planet” is bookended with the author’s interactions with Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo’s C.E.O. Nooyi argues that it’s not enough for the company to make snacks that taste good, but also be “the good company.”

Nooyi is clearly a leader who understands the huge potential for corporate good, both for the bottom line and for society. She also sees that the health crisis created by obesity does not bode well for the future of PepsiCo’s profits, no doubt a factor in the company’s efforts to make healthier products. Earlier this year, the company began making a number of Frito-Lay products with natural ingredients. They also have plans to reduce the amount of sodium and sugar in their products by 25 percent by the year 2015, under guidelines created by Derek Yach, the former World Health Organization cabinet director.

PepsiCo’s removal of artificial coloring and their reduction of sodium seems encouraging, considering the company’s vast market share. But Seabrook’s article shows that PepsiCo’s plans to make “better for you” snacks and beverages revolve around new technology, huge research facilities and the development of new additives. Although the company is moving towards using “all natural” products, these products will still be highly processed. It’s also worth noting that because the term “all natural” is in no way regulated, it is one of the most common and abused packaging gimmicks.

Reading through the article, it seemed to me that many of the changes are token gestures, not meaningful improvements in the nutritional quality of PepsiCo’s products. “When you make something that is full of sugar and chemicals, it doesn’t take much to make it a little better,” Ann Rosenstein, the author of Diet Myths Busted: Food Facts Not Nutrition Fictionwrote me. “But healthier isn’t necessarily healthy! Going from an 80% junk food product to a 60% junk food product still makes food junk.”

Perhaps my conclusion is too easy, a knee-jerk reaction from someone who spends her days thinking and writing about healthy food. There are certainly plenty of nutrition experts who argue that we shouldn’t eat pre-packaged, processed foods at all, from those espousing the Paleo diet to those who favor the raw diet. However, this does not reflect the way the vast majority of Americans eat.

“Unfortunately we are a snack machine society, so until that changes I think it’s great that companies are attempting to make things healthier,” said Jessica Forbes, MS CCN. “Even if I don’t necessarily agree on how they are doing it.” Forbes said she’s wary of foods containing lab-engineered chemicals. “I believe if it doesn’t exist in nature in some form, then we shouldn’t be eating it!”

Stacy Goldberg, R.N. and Chief Nutritionist of Daily Gourmet, agrees that we should eat foods that come as directly from nature as possible. “The challenge is that’s not always reality.” Goldberg explains that while eating natural, whole foods will have more benefits in the long run, eating better snack foods can have immediate benefits for individuals who are not going to make such a radical change. “If someone’s consuming a large amount of sodium and they’re getting it from their snack foods, they may in fact be better off choosing a product that’s lower in sodium because their blood pressure is so high.”

Seabrook reports that one of the new substances that PepsiCo will soon be using in its U.S. products is a “15 micron salt,” a new kind of salt that contains 25 to 40 percent less sodium than the current formulation. I can’t help but wonder, what exactly does it mean to create a new salt? How will the body break it down? Many of the experts I spoke with also seemed skeptical of the new molecule. “We don’t know the long-term effects,” said Goldberg. She has similar concerns about Splenda, which is used in a large number of PepsiCo products, including Pepsi One, all Propel beverages, Diet Mountain Dew and Amp Energy. “We don’t have any clinical research studies behind them with long-term data to show what are the effects of these new particles or these new creations that they’re coming up with.”

Dr. Sasson E. Moulavi, M.D. and Medical Director of Smart For Life, is similarly cautious. “We don’t know what they’re going to do” in the body he said. “What [PepsiCo] really should be doing is cutting the salt down without adding anything else instead of it.”

Dr. Moulavi is a particularly interesting person to talk about the nutrition of processed foods with, because his company has created a weight-loss program that’s centered around prepackaged, portion-controlled cookies, bars and shakes. “If you can see the ingredients in it, then generally it’s minimally processed and it’s generally good for you.” He argues that there a number of natural additives that companies like PepsiCo could use to improve the nutritional quality of their snack foods, instead of simply replacing sugar and salt with substitutes that are not used by the body. He cites ingredients such as flax seed, fish oil, blue green algae and pomegranate extract, which can all help the body perform essential functions.

Forbes also suggested a number of ways that snack foods could be made with ingredients that would better serve the body. “If I could design my own snack machine contents, it would contain food bars made from raw nuts or nut butter with dried fruit and honey or whole stevia, root vegetable chips fried in coconut oil or olive oil (to me the unhealthy fat is just as much an issue as sodium), and high protein items like salmon jerky that contains enough natural spices to not require a ton of salt.” That’s a long way from Nooyi’s concept of “drinkified snacks” and “snackified drinks,” supposedly healthy products that would be so heavily processed that the original food would undergo a material change of state.

Dr. Moulavi also argued that companies need to be more honest about portion sizes. “They’ll say a portion is a handful of chips, or seven chips, or they’ll give a very small number of grams. Companies have to become truthful and make their portions realistic.”

Everyone I spoke with agreed that consumers need to read the ingredients list on packaged foods before purchasing them, despite any claims made on the front of the package. “I think it’s always important to know what you’re putting into your body, and into your children’s bodies,” said Goldberg, who also advocated for more transparency on the part of food manufactures. “Use the company as a resource. Go to Pepsi, go to Nestlé, go to whatever company, ask them, ‘What is this food?’ and ‘How is it created?’ As a consumer, I think you’re entitled to that information.”

Read more at http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/05/forget-drinkified-how-pepsico-could-build-a-better-snack/

Sugary Drinks Linked to Diabetes

Consumption of at least 1 sugary drinks per day is significantly associated with the development of diabetes, according to a report by Vasanti S. Malik, ScD and his colleagues with the Harvard School of Public Heath, as reported in Diabetes Care.

Sugar-sweetened beverages were defined as soft drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy and vitamin water, sweetened iced tea, punch, cordials, squashes and lemonade.  Not included were 100% fruit juices without added sweeteners.

Dr. Malik notes that although consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has been associated with weight gain, their role in the development of diabetes has not been reviewed.  According to Dr. Malik and the researchers, the high content of rapidly absorbable carbohydrates in sugar-sweetened drinks may increase risk of diabetes not only through obesity, but also by increasing glycemic load, leading to insulin resistance and inflammation.

How About One Sugary Drink?

One single extra sugary drink has about 200 calories.  That is equivalent to a 20 pound weight gain per year.

This study further supports my reasons to stay away from sugar-sweetened beverages and switch to healthy alternatives, such as water. Get started with SmartforLife® today and lose weight fast.

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Junk Food Is Everywhere

potato-chips-junk-foodJunk food is now everywhere on our planet.  High in calories but low in nutritional value, junk food is available in the most unlikely places:  museums, cruise ships, city parks, and school hallway vending machines.  It is inescapable in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants.

In all children 12-18 years old, critical growth, bond building and amassing of nutrients such as calcium are taking place.  Your grandchild’s body will never be as efficient at performing those functions to ensure a healthy future as it is while they are teens.  Eating large amounts of junk food has far-reaching consequences.  Here are just a few:

 

  • Teens have greater access to junk food and more control over how they spend money than your younger grandchildren.  Teens who fill up on empty calories will have less appetite for a nutritious main meal, and it’s unlikely they are taking in all the nutrients necessary for growth and development.  Key nutrients such as calcium from dairy and protein from meats help bones and muscles strengthen and grow.
  • Teens who don’t consume enough of the needed nutrients tend to feel fatigued.  This can lead to poor concentration and test performance.  Instead, encourage them to eat “brain foods” such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables and dairy foods that are rich in vitamin D and calcium.
  • Weight gain is a consequence of regularly consuming high-fat, high-sugar and high-calorie junk food.  Kids who become overweight or obese during adolescence are likely to maintain an unhealthy weight as adults, with associated healthy consequences that include heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, poor self-esteem and even cancer.  By encouraging healthy food choices during your grandchild’s teenage years, you can give them a higher chance of a healthy adult life.

 Tips to help your teen eat more healthy with less junk food:

  1. If you must have fast-food, choose a fast-food restaurant that offers healthier choices.  And no matter where you are, opt for food and beverages that are high in nutrients.  Avoid sweetened beverages and fried foods.  Good choices include: freshly squeezed orange juice, whole-wheat bagel, bean burrito, pizza topped with veggies, grilled chicken sandwich on a whole grain bun.
  2. Look for products low in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, refined grains and partially hydrogenated oils.  Choose a 100 percent whole-wheat cracker made with canola oil, for example or snack on a cheeses and fruit plate instead of a bowl of cheese puffs.
  3. Limit TV viewing when the grandkids visit.  Certain shows seem to attract more junk food commercials than others, so you might want to discourage your grandkids from watching these shows.  Get them involved in outdoor activities!

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