July 25, 2012

Triglyceride FAQS

Posted in FAQS, LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:36 pm by PCOSLady

Monday, June 25, 2012
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http://conditions.aolhealth.com/triglycerides/site-map
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TRIGLYCERIDE ~ FAQs
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1. What are triglycerides?
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Triglycerides are a type of fat derived from the food we eat. Any calories we take in that aren’t used right away for energy are converted into triglycerides. Triglycerides move through the blood and are stored in fat cells. Our hormones regulate when triglycerides are released from fat cells to be used as energy between meals.
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2. Why should I care about my triglyceride level?
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A high blood triglyceride level–called hypertriglyceridemia–increases your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It’s linked to an increased risk for diabetes. High triglycerides are also a risk factor for chronic pancreatitis–inflammation of the pancreas.
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3. What causes high triglycerides?
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Excess triglycerides occur most often due to inactivity and being overweight. But they can also be triggered by high alcohol consumption, diabetes, or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Hypertriglyceridemia can also be a side effect of some medications, including birth control, corticosteroids, beta blockers, and others. High triglycerides also can stem from a genetic condition.
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4. How do I know if I have high triglycerides?
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A simple blood test, called a fasting lipid profile, measures cholesterol and triglycerides. If you’ve had your cholesterol tested and know your numbers, it’s likely your triglycerides were included. Doctors usually recommend men and women have the test at least every five years, beginning at age 20. People who have high triglycerides or are at risk for heart disease may need to have the test more often. Ask your doctor when you should be tested.
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5. What does my triglyceride level mean?
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Everyone has triglycerides in their body. And at normal levels, triglycerides are healthy. Talk to your doctor if your levels are above normal.
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Below are the ranges for triglyceride levels:
Normal: Less than 150 mg/dL
Borderline-high: 150 to 199 mg/dL
High: 200 to 499 mg/dL
Very high: 500 mg/dL or higher
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6. What lifestyle changes can I make to lower my triglycerides or keep them under control?
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If you’re overweight, reduce your calorie intake to achieve a normal weight. Exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fats. Drink alcohol only in moderation–one drink a day for women and two for men at most. And try to reduce your carbohydrate intake to no more than 60 percent of total calories. A diet high in carbohydrates raises triglyceride levels.
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7. Are there medications that can help?
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Lifestyle changes are the primary treatment for hypertriglyceridemia. But there are medications that may help some people. If your doctor prescribes medicine for high triglyceride levels, it’s still very important to exercise and eat a healthy diet.
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How Sugar Affects Triglycerides
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From Every Day Health site – story is deleted
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Triglycerides Health Center
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High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Lead to High Triglycerides
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Open your fridge or cupboard, and take a look at the labels on your food. Chances are you’ll see high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a common form of added sugar. The U.S. food supply provides a whopping 53 pounds of HFCS per person each year. That adds up to a lot of empty calories. Now a new study from Princeton University suggests that it may also lead to higher triglycerides.
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Is HFCS Bad News?
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HFCS is made by processing corn syrup to create a blend of two simple sugars: fructose and glucose. The result is a cheap sweetener used in a wide array of sugary drinks and processed foods, such as regular sodas, energy drinks, sweetened fruit drinks, candies, desserts, canned fruits, jams, yogurt, condiments, soups, spaghetti sauce, crackers, cereals, and breads.
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In the Princeton study, rats given HFCS gained more weight than those given sucrose (a.k.a. table sugar). This was true even when their calorie intake was the same. Over a period of months, rats fed HFCS also developed higher triglycerides and abnormal increases in abdominal fat. When such changes occur together in humans, they increase the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
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The Effect on Triglycerides
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Scientists are just starting to sort out how HFCS and triglycerides might be linked.
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Fructose vs. Glucose
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There has been little research done comparing the effects of HFCS with those of pure fructose or pure glucose. Pure fructose—found naturally in fruit—is broken down and used by the body differently from glucose.
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Studies show that eating a lot of fructose may raise triglyceride levels after meals. If this eating pattern continues for weeks, it may lead to higher triglyceride levels at other times, too. The triglyceride-raising effect may be stronger in men and in women after menopause than in younger women. Compared to glucose, fructose also may decrease insulin sensitivity and increase belly fat—risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that often go hand-in-hand with elevated triglycerides.
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HFCS vs. Sucrose
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In real life, most sugar in the U.S. diet isn’t pure fructose or glucose. Instead, it’s HFCS or sucrose. The latter are both compounds made of fructose and glucose, but there are key differences between them. First, sucrose contains equal parts fructose and glucose. But HFCS contains unequal amounts and often is a bit heavier on the fructose side. Second, the fructose molecules in HFCS, unlike those in sucrose, are “free” and “unbound.” This means they’re easier for the body to use.
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Theoretically, these differences could account for the different effects seen in rats fed HFCS or sucrose. Researchers think similar effects may occur in people as well. But more research in humans is needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn.
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Short and Sweet Advice
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What does this mean for you? To help manage not only your triglycerides but also your weight, it’s best to limit all added sugars. That’s any form of sugar put into a food or drink during processing, cooking, or serving. The American Heart Association says such sugars should add up to no more than 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons) per day for men or 100 calories (about 6 teaspoons) per day for women.
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Reaching this goal isn’t easy; the average American currently gets more than two to three times that many calories per day from sugar. But every little bit helps. To get started, the next time you’re at the store, instead of buying sugary sodas, energy drinks, or fruit punches, choose sugar-free or low-calorie drinks instead.
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Keep reading those food labels. If you see HFCS listed there, you might want to give your food or drink choice a second thought.
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GOOGLE:
triglycerides
how sugar affects triglycerides

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10 Reasons to Avoid Your Doctor

Posted in FYI tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:33 pm by PCOSLady

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/25/ten-reasons-to-avoid-doctors.aspx?e_cid=20120725_DNL_artNew_1
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TOP TEN REASONS to AVOID YOUR DOCTOR
July 25 2012… By Dr Mercola
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By Dr. Mercola
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I’ve long said that the best strategy for achieving health is avoiding a visit to your doctor in the first place. Why? Because in many cases you will simply leave the office with a prescription or two, which will rarely solve your health problem. Most doctor visits result in “solutions” that only suppress your symptoms, often causing other side effects and problems.
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Rather than advise patients about the true underlying conditions and real solutions that lead to health, they are left putting toxic Band-Aids on gaping wounds. As shown in the slideshow above, and as I detail in depth below, there are actually many reasons why avoiding your doctor may be in the best interest of your health …
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1. Annual Pap Smears
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Many physicians still advise women to receive yearly pap smears, but the newest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force specifically recommend against this. The new recommendations call for women to undergo PAP screening only once every three years, beginning at age 21 and ending around age 65.
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2. Mammograms
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Only about 1 in 8 women whose breast cancer was identified during a routine mammogram actually had their lives “saved” by the screening, a recent analysis estimated2 – and this does not accurately account for how many women will fall victim to mammogram-induced breast cancer.
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Using breast cancer data from The National Cancer Institute and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers calculated a 50-year-old woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer in the next 10 years, the odds the cancer would be detected by mammography, and her risk of dying from the cancer over 20 years.
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They found that a mammogram has, at best, only a 13 percent probability of saving her life, and that the probability may actually be as low as 3 percent. No matter what analyses they used, including considering women of different ages, the probability of a mammogram saving a life remained below 25 percent.
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3. Cold and Flu
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Think it’s wise to go to a conventional physician for these? Think again. Thanks to routine over-prescription of antibiotics, and the prescription of inappropriate antibiotics, you’re likely to walk away after being told to take a drug you don’t actually need.
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Antibiotics do NOT work against viruses, hence they are useless against colds and flu’s. Unfortunately antibiotics are vastly over-prescribed for this purpose. If you have a cold or flu, remember that unless you have a serious secondary bacterial pneumonia, an antibiotic will likely do far more harm than good, because whenever you use an antibiotic, you’re increasing your susceptibility to developing infections with resistance to that antibiotic — and you can become the carrier of this resistant bug, and can spread it to others.
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The first thing you want to do when you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu is to avoid ALL sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods. Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system — which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection. This includes fructose from fruit juice, and all types of grains (as they break down into sugar (glucose) in your body).
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4. Cholesterol
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Many doctors are unaware that a high-fat diet is NOT the cause of heart disease. They are fooled into believing that total cholesterol is an accurate predictor of heart disease. If you visit your physician and you have high cholesterol, you’re likely to be told two things:
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Take a statin cholesterol-lowering drug and
Don’t eat saturated fat.
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While statin drugs do lower cholesterol very effectively, cholesterol is not the culprit in heart disease. Plus a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims that no study has ever proven that statins improve all-cause mortality3 — in other words, they don’t prolong your life any longer than if you’d not taken them at all. And rather than improving your life, they actually contribute to a deterioration in the quality of your life, destroying muscles and endangering liver, kidney and even heart function. The best ways to optimize your cholesterol levels and your heart health have to do with lifestyle measures, including eating healthy minimally processed fats and avoid highly processed vegetable fats and oils that are loaded with toxic omega-6 fats.
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5. Depression
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Once again, you’re more likely to leave the doctor’s office with a prescription for a drug that could be more dangerous than the problem itself. Every year, 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. The psychiatric industry itself is a $330 billion industry—not bad for an enterprise that offers little in the way of cures.
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Despite all of these prescriptions, more than one in 20 Americans are depressed.4 Of those depressed Americans, 80 percent say they have some level of functional impairment, and 27 percent say their condition makes it extremely difficult to do everyday tasks like work, activities of daily living, and getting along with others.
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The use of antidepressant drugs—medicine’s answer for depression—doubled in just one decade, from 13.3 million in 1996 to 27 million in 2005.
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6. High Blood Pressure
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The definition of what constitutes high blood pressure expanded greatly in 2003, so that drug companies could sell drugs loaded with side effects to 45 million extra people. Because the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (rife with drug industry conflicts of interest) decided that what were in actuality relatively low blood pressure readings were a risk for heart disease, millions more over the years, were suddenly labeled abnormal, and in need of “treatment” for a condition that didn’t exist in medical literature until that panel met.
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Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a very serious health concern that can lead to heart disease and increase your risk of having a stroke. The good news though is that following a healthy nutrition plan, along with exercising and implementing effective stress reduction techniques will normalize blood pressure in most people.
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7. PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer
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See my Prostate Cancer post or go to the site above for complete article…
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8. Inappropriate and Unwise Dietary Advice
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Most doctors are clueless about what constitutes a healthy diet. As such, they will recommend health catastrophes like artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils in lieu of butter, and fat-free pasteurized dairy products. Most will also neglect to tell you about the foods you could be eating more of to optimize your health, like fermented vegetables, raw dairy products, healthy fats (like saturated and animal-based omega-3s), grass-fed beef and more.
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In addition, most are ignorant about the importance of how to cook your food – most foods are best consumed when raw or only lightly cooked, and this includes animal proteins like eggs and meat.
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9. Prescription Drugs Might Kill You and They Don’t Address the Cause of the Problem
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A drug prescription is usually a Band-Aid that gets nowhere near the root cause of illness. And many drugs are dangerous. Last year an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control CDC) revealed that deaths from properly prescribed drugs now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States! And when you add in deaths attributable to other medical care modalities, like hospital admissions and surgery, the modern medical system becomes the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.
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10. Your Doctor Might Not Even Tell You the Truth
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A U.S. telephone survey found that 79 percent of Americans trust their doctor.6 But a recent survey of 1,900 physicians revealed that some are not always open or honest with their patients The results were less than impressive, to put it mildly:
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* One-third of physicians did not completely agree with disclosing serious medical errors to patients
* One-fifth did not completely agree that physicians should never tell a patient something untrue
* Amazingly 40% believed that they should hide their financial relationships with drug and device companies to patients
* Ten percent said they had told patients something untrue in the previous year
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When making health care decisions, you should certainly get your physicians’ advice — that’s what you’re paying them for, after all.
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* Please read the entire post and search his numerous topics on his site to be better informed of the “TRUTHS” he has researched for all of you…. *
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REFERENCES:
1 ~ Lancet. 2004 Nov 6-12;364(9446):1678-83. PMID: 15530628
2 ~ Archives of Internal Medicine October 24, 2011
3 ~ How Statins Really Work Explains Why They Don’t Really Work March 11, 2011
4 ~ NCHS Data Brief, No. 7, September 2008
5 ~ New England Journal of Medicine November 25, 2010
6 ~ Rasmussen Reports August 24, 2010

July 19, 2012

EAGLES Fan Fever!

Posted in OFF TOPICS tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:45 pm by PCOSLady

EAGLES FAN FEVER!

Eagles football fans i have a man selling his Season Seat(1) Contract for $, negotiable!
Contract expires in 2019…
~ Note: the lower priced seats are for a 20 year contract!

~ Serious inquiries “ONLY” ~

Club Box seat right under the Press Box literally!
~ I watched the Eagles vs Giants game in 2011 there…

The Club Box comes with numerous “PERKS”…
~ Club Box food is gourmet!
~ Smoking is in the stairwell not outside…
~ The Fan Vision is being thrown in free ($200 worth new)
~ $1,400 license fee he has already paid is a “perk”…Free…
~ You get 1st dibs on concert tickets early before the public…
~ Meet the players through the year…
~ “Gifts” are sent through the year to you…
~ list goes on….

Contact: Scott at .. eaglesfanfever@yahoo.com

The man needs to sell this seat contract ASAP!
He has moved out of the state and can’t see them!

Scott looks forward to discussing the contract and
numerous “Perks” with you…

Scott
~ posted by Christie for him….

NOTE:
Sorry for post in here but he is needing to sell ASAP…

Thank you very much!

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