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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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Weigh In, Pay Out – Airline Charges By The Pound

Airline Charges By The Pound

Airline charges by the poundMaybe your airline charges by the pound…I read an article this week written by Matt Brownell at Daily Finance, reporting on Samoa Air, a small airline in the South Pacific that is now weighing passengers and their baggage to determine the cost of their ticket.  Per kilogram, you may pay $1 or up to $4.16, depending on the length of your flight.  This is most interesting as Samoa has a high rate of obesity.

The airline’s website is taking this tack: “We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh.  Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for.  Simple.”  In an interview, the airline’s CEO took a similar stance:  “there are no extra fees in term of excess baggage or anything – it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo.”

Although this school of thought holds a basic truth, the underlying controversies are many.  With the aspects of discrimination that begin to surface after contemplating this for a while, it seems doubtful that such a practice would take hold in the U.S.  Remember the trouble Southwest got into when they told an obese passenger she had to purchase two seats?  As it turns out, she flew part of her trip, as planned, but was told when re-boarding after a layover that she would have to purchase a second seat.  Her argument was with the inconsistency, not being told at the time of purchase and the embarrassing lack of privacy during the incident. If an individual can’t fit into one seat without infringing on co-passengers, then it makes sense to pay for an additional seat, but in a dignified manner.  Otherwise; it’s a flawed policy.

What if you happen to be really tall?  Or pregnant?  Or you have a debilitating medical condition, over which you have absolutely no control that causes you to be overweight?  Such thoughts must not have occurred to the airline when they began touting the claim “you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost”.

If the airline is thinking their idea will get travelers to lose weight, they may want to reconsider.  Individuals who battle problems with obesity need diet education,inspiration and support from their loved ones and their communities. For a business to focus their financial structure on an individual’s weight seems to take us back a step in cultural progress.  This way of thinking is morally and socially wrong.  Any airline in the U.S. that would adopt this policy should be boycotted by all of us, in unison: “A seat is a seat is a seat!”  This is one idea that should never have gotten off the ground.

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Study: Most Obese Moms, and Their Kids, Underestimate Their Weight

They underestimate their weight…With obesity and weight issues affecting nearly 2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children in the U.S., it seems to be changing our perception of what’s considered heavy.

Those who are carrying unhealthy extra pounds are more likely to see their weight as normal, and are therefore unlikely to feel the need to drop some of those pounds.

The latest indication for this was presented recently at an American Heart Association conference.  Columbia University researchers reported the preliminary results of a study that found that overweight mothers and children tend to underestimate their own – and each other’s – weight.

“A lot of their misperception has to do with the fact that overweight and obesity is becoming the norm,” says the lead author of the study, Nicole E. Dumas, M.D., an internal medicine resident at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York.

The study included 222 mostly Latino mothers and children who were recruited at a children’s health clinic in an urban setting.  The research team interviewed the participants about their medical history and social background and also measured their height, weight and BMI (body mass index).

Almost 2/3 of the mothers were overweight or obese.  Nearly 40% of the children, who ranged in age from 7 to 13, were also overweight or obese.  The vast majority of the overweight people weighed more than they thought they did — and the heavier they were, the more likely they were to underestimate their weight.

82% of the obese women underestimated their weight, compared with 43% of overweight and 13% of normal-weight women.  Likewise, 86% of overweight or obese children failed to correctly estimate their weight, compared with just 15% of normal-weight children.

“There was a trend that showed that as women became more and more overweight, and then obese, the larger the misperception of true body weight was,” says Dumas. “Unfortunately, we found this was the case with the children as well.”

The participants’ misperceptions were not limited to how they viewed themselves.  Almost ½ of the mothers who had an overweight child believed their child’s weight to be normal.  And even though more than 80% of the women were overweight, only 41% of the children thought their moms needed to lose weight. So you see it was very easy for them to underestimate their weight.

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Is Being A Junkie Making You Chunky?

Does Junkie Equal Chunky?

junkie and chunkyA new study by researcher Paul Kenny of the Scripps Research Institute has found that those fatty foods you enjoy so much may be as addictive as cocaine and heroin.

The scientists allowed lab rats to stuff themselves round-the-clock on foods such as bacon, sausage and sweet treats and found that it caused addiction-like responses in their brains similar to the reaction rats addicted to cocaine and heroin exhibited in previous studies. These responses can lead to bad eating habits and you getting chunky.

They suspect these same chemical changes that occurred in the rats when they were overeating may also occur in humans.  Paul Kenney explains, “People know intuitively that there’s more to [overeating] than just willpower.  There’s a system in the brain that’s been turned on or over-activated and that’s driving it at some subconscious level.”

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