Is Our Standard American Diet Making You & Your Loved Ones Sick? April 4, 2011 V5 N14
A WORD FROM ERIN:
"Type 2 diabetes has changed from a disease of our grandparents and parents to a disease of our children."
-Francine Ratner Kaufman, MD
American Diabetes Association President, Dr Francine Kaufman has gone on record to say that, "There is an opportunity to attempt to prevent type 2 Diabetes in youth by addressing the epidemic of childhood obesity."1
So- is it a matter of everybody just learning how to count calories?
As the UCLA study showed us- significant weight loss is not necessary first in order to reverse the symptoms of metabolic syndrome but eating a healthy diet is crucial.
I don't have Diabetes- why should I worry?
The study, titled "Effect of a diet and exercise intervention on oxidative stress, inflammation, MMP-9, and monocyte chemotactic activity in men with metabolic syndrome factors,” 2 involved 31 men eating a high-fiber, low-fat diet with no limit to the number of calories they could consume.
Many people have it and don't even know it- and due to the prevalence of this disease, you most likely know someone that does.
Diabetes has risen 90% over the past decade- WHY?
Most people tend to eat according to what is cheap, easy, and available. Unfortunately, if you live in areas similar to a majority of people in the western world- what is cheap, easy, and available is NOT the proper fuel for your body if you wish to remain healthy for your entire lifespan.
Instead of saving "time" now- you may wish to avoid spending time in the hospital later in life by coming to terms with the fact that taking shortcuts with what is supposed to be your sustenance is not a good habit to acquire!
DIabetes has risen in OTHER parts of the world- why do Westerners need to be especially concerned?
The rise in diabetes in other locations may be able to be traced back to the introduction of the Western diet.
In fact, in regards to this, physician & author Kevin Patterson3 ,according to NPR, has reported a disturbing trend that he observed within nations that have switched to a more Westernized diet.
“[Patterson] explains that the increase in abdominal fat [seen in North Americans] has driven the epidemic of diabetes over the last 40 years in the developed world — and that he's now seeing similar patterns in undeveloped regions that have adapted Western eating patterns.”
One such example is in the indigenous population in the Arctic Circle which has seen a “marked increase.”
"The traditional Inuit culture of relentless motion and traditional diet…has been abandoned over this period of time for Kentucky Fried Chicken and processed food and living a life very similar to ours," he says. "[They're] spending a lot of time in front of a glowing screen." NPR reported Patterson as saying, “Part of the problem, says Patterson, is that it's so much cheaper for processed food to be flown into the Arctic Circle than fresh food.”
Patterson explains, "There's a very clear parallel between that and the inner city. In poorer neighborhoods in North American cities, fresh food is either not available or extremely expensive compared to — on a calorie-by-calorie basis — compared to fast food available on every street corner."
Diabetes can be treated- why should I worry?
After reading the article I have provided below, it becomes clearer that not only should we as a nation be very concerned about this rapid rise in cases of Diabetes- we must also recognize it's part in the continuing increase in modern man’s most frightening and increasingly prevalent disease, cancer.
If we do not start making it a top priority to get our children healthy lunches and stock our kitchens with fresh, raw fruits and veggies, preventable diseases- not only Diabetes, but the 'Big C' as well- may just be a couple steps behind.
What is the connection between Diabetes and Cancer?
Gabriel Lai, a cancer prevention fellow at the U.S. National Cancer Institute concurs with this via her recommendation for “lifestyle modifications, such as eating a healthful diet and exercising, to prevent diabetes and cancer...There are a lot of risk factors that are very similar among the two diseases. Maybe avoiding diabetes may be even better for avoiding cancer risk. In general, there are a number of benefits in avoiding diabetes, including the possibility of reducing morbidity and mortality in cancer.”
So how can you and your loved ones improve your diet?
For one, try adding Purium’s Scoop of Greens™ to your daily eating plan!
Scoop of Greens is a 100% plant based, certified organic, non-pasteurized whole food concentrate endorsed by the Diabetes Resource Center because it naturally contains essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, lignans, fiber, a rich source of chlorophyll, trace minerals, and enzymes that are necessary to life, and the ability to help regulate the bodies pH balance.
WHY Scoop of Greens?
The results of the Diabetes Resource Center’s recent clinical evaluation showed that at 21 days all subjects had significant decreases in fasting blood glucose, with an average percentage change of 19.88%. The most remarkable decrease was at the end of 90 days. All subjects, which adhered strictly to nutrition, fitness and diabetes care recommendations given by Diabetes Resource Center throughout the study, decreased fasting blood glucose levels by 53.44%. And it tastes good!
Further encouragement needed?
I leave you with the words of our founder, David Sandoval from his article The Diet That Will Save the Planet…
“As we change our diets in a radical way, we will change our own health in a similarly extreme fashion. We’ll take in fewer of the chemical toxins implicated in damaging reproductive and immune health. We’ll take in fewer of the foods that damage our arteries and set the stage for the growth of cancer.”
“Proper diet leads to proper health, and that proper health is the foundation upon which the future of humanity rests. Any questions?”
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1. ‘Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Young Adults: A “New Epidemic” Francine Ratner Kaufman, MD. Read more here: http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/20/4/217.full
2. You can read the online edition of this study in the Journal of Applied Physiology published by the American Physiological Society. Researchers were Christian K. Roberts, Dean Won, Sandeep Pruthi, Silvia Kurtovic, and R. James Barnard, all of UCLA; Ram K. Sindhu of Charles R. Drew University, Los Angeles; and Nosratola D. Vaziri of University of California, Irvine.
3. NPR’s Fresh Air- “How the Western Diet is Making the World Sick” Kevin Patterson http://www.npr.org/2011/03/24/132745785/how-western-diets-are-making-the-world-sick&sc=nl&cc=es-20110403
4. Clinical Evaluation of Scoop of Greens by the Diabetes Resource Center
Read more at www.phporder.com < Scoop of Greens < Clinical Evaluation of Scoop of Greens
5. The Diet That Will Save the Planet, David Sandoval
Read more at www.phporder.com < Education
David Sandoval is currently traveling in Norway.
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Add Cancer to Health Risks of Diabetes: Study
By Serena Gordon
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes is already linked to a number of complications, but emerging evidence suggests an increased risk of cancer can be added to that list.
A new study found that women with diabetes had an 8 percent increased risk of developing cancer generally, while men with diabetes had a 9 percent higher risk when rates of prostate cancer were excluded from the calculation.
The risk of dying from a cancer was also higher in people with diabetes -- 11 percent greater for women and 17 percent higher in men.
"We used a prospective cohort to evaluate the relationship between diabetes and cancer risk," said the study's lead author, Gabriel Lai, a cancer prevention fellow at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "Diabetes was associated with an 8 percent increase in cancer risk in women, and there was a similar pattern in men, except for prostate cancer," said Lai.
For reasons that remain unclear, diabetes was actually associated with a lower incidence of prostate cancer in men, the study found. When rates of prostate cancer were included in the mix, diabetic men's odds for cancer generally were reduced by 4 percent.
But once the statistics on prostate tumors were factored out, men with diabetes were found to have a 9 percent higher risk for cancer overall, compared to nondiabetic men.
Lai is scheduled to present the study's findings on Sunday at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Orlando, Fla. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until it is published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The study included data from the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study that included 295,287 men and 199,665 women from eight states (California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania).
Diabetes was self-reported by the study participants, but they didn't note whether or not they had type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, Lai said that in this population, the majority would have type 2, the more common form. The researchers also were unable to evaluate diabetes management or different medications, as this data wasn't included in the initial study.
After 11 years of follow-up, 55,888 men and 26,364 women had developed cancer.
The risk of liver cancer was increased more than two-fold in people with diabetes, according to the study. The risk of cancer of the rectum was increased by 28 percent in people with diabetes, and the risk of colon cancer was increased by 15 percent.
In men, the risk of pancreatic and bladder cancers was increased in those with diabetes. In women, stomach, anus and uterine cancer risk was greater in those with diabetes.
No association was found between lung, skin and other cancers and diabetes in this study.
Lai said it's not clear what the mechanism behind these increased risks might be, but said there are numerous possibilities. "It's important that more studies are done," he added.
Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the clinical diabetes center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, agreed that there could be many causes. "There are so many risk factors for cancer. Is it the way they eat, inactivity, socioeconomics? We really don't know what the cause is," he said.
But, he added, "Those with diabetes need to be aware that they are at a higher risk of certain cancers, and they have to be screening for cancer. Also, modifiable risk factors, like smoking, should be stopped."
Lai recommended lifestyle modifications, such as eating a healthful diet and exercising, to prevent diabetes and cancer. "There are a lot of risk factors that are very similar among the two diseases. Maybe avoiding diabetes may be even better for avoiding cancer risk. In general, there are a number of benefits in avoiding diabetes, including the possibility of reducing morbidity and mortality in cancer," he said.
Another study, also scheduled for presentation at the AACR meeting, linked metabolic syndrome to an increased risk of liver cancer. Someone with metabolic syndrome has three or more of the following conditions: high blood pressure, elevated waist circumference, high triglycerides, increased fasting blood sugar levels and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
People with this condition are known to have an increased risk of heart disease, but the current study, which analyzed more than 4,000 people with liver cancer and compared them to nearly 200,000 people without cancer, found that people with metabolic syndrome were even more likely to develop liver cancer.
The study found that 37.1 percent of people with a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma had metabolic syndrome, while only 17.1 percent of those without liver cancer had metabolic syndrome. Nearly 30 percent of people with another type of liver cancer called intrahepatic carcinoma had metabolic syndrome.
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