June 25, 2012

How Sugar Affects Triglycerides

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:51 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS Lady:
Do you have questions on triglycerides? I sure did like how do i lower them, what are they, etc…
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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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
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.
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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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May 6, 2012

Mold Exposure Symptoms

Posted in MOLD tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:28 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS Lady:
Remember: If you see mold of any type on the outside of fruits and vegetables “it” is already through it! I see soft spots, greenish spots, black spots, white spots and at times fuzz… Flies are a good indicater to spoilage…

MOLD EXPOSURE SYMPTOMS
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Symptoms of Fungal Exposure (Mycotoxicosis)
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Susan Lillard-Roberts
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Mold toxicity is often the end result with constant exposure to mold of a toxic substance. A common misconception among allergists who are untrained in this type of toxicity levels in humans, which is technically not their area of expertise unless they have trained specifically in environmental medicine with their background in immunology, is to do general allergen testing. Most tests usually result in an unequivocal result, a 2+ or less. This induces some physicians to order allergy shots, regardless. These shots are absolutely worthless (and could possibly be harmful) to a person who has been heavily exposed to these mycotoxins as they are already in a state of toxicity. If anything, this could exacerbate the problem. Because many doctors are not trained in this field, they may try to “guess” at a diagnosis.
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In laymen’s terms, molds produce mycotoxins. These substances, although unseen by the naked eye, are ingested and then enter the body through the skin, mucous and airways. Once ingested, mold has the requirements to colonize and spread. In doing this, it can compromise the immune system and damage everyday processes of the body. Mold and yeast are interchangeable only in their dimorphic state, which is often a big misconception, although both are fungi. There has been a theory of a connection between Autism Spectrum Disorder onset and Candida Albicans in the body. New studies are being conducted during the first quarter of 2006. Updates will follow.
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Fungi, which include yeasts, moulds, smuts and mushrooms, are responsible for causing four types of mycotic (fungal) disease:
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1. Hypersensitivity – an allergic reaction to moulds and spores;
2. Mycotoxicosis – poisoning by food products contaminated by fungi
3. Mycetismus – the ingestion of preformed toxin (toadstool poisoning)
4. Infection (systemic) – (Mycotoxicosis; the subject below)
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The following are a list of the most common symptoms of fungal exposure (bear in mind, people never fit all of below criteria). Most people with some forms of Mycotoxicosis meet at least 8 (recent symptoms) of the following criteria:
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~ Fibromyalgia/mps (and several correlated symptoms)
~ Respiratory distress, coughing, sneezing, sinusitis
~ Difficulty swallowing, choking, spitting up (vomiting) mucous
~ Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
~ Burning in the throat and lungs (similar to acid reflux and often misdiagnosed as such)
~ Asthmatic signs; wheezing, shortness in breath, coughing, burning in lungs, etc.
~ Irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, diarrhea, sharp abdominal pains, stomach lesions
~ Bladder, liver, spleen, or kidney pain
~ Dark or painful urine
~ Dirt-like taste in mouth, coated tongue
~ Food allergies/leaky gut syndrome/altered immunity
~ Memory loss; brain fog, slurred speech, occasionally leading to dementia
~ Vision problems
~ Swollen lymph nodes
~ Large boils on neck (often a sign of anaphylaxis)
~ Yellowing of nails, ridges, or white marks under nail
~ Thyroid irregularities, sometimes leading to complete dysfunction; adrenal problems
~ Headaches
~ Anxiety/depression, heart palpitations – confusion, PTSD
~ Extreme blood pressure, cholesterol, or triglycerides irregularities
~ Ringing in ears, balance problems (very common), dizziness, loss of hearing (aspergillus niger)
~ Chronic fatigue (also included under this classification directional confusion)
~ Intermittent face flushing; almost always systemic, Called the Mylar Flush (neurological))
~ Night head sweats, and drooling while sleeping, profuse sweating
~ Multiple chemical sensitivity; only upon exposure to Stachybotrys and Chaetomium
~ Nose bleeds (stachybotrys)
~ Bruising/scarring easily; rash or hives, bloody lesions all over the skin (Often systemic, see images; skin)
~ Reproductive system complications; infertility, changes in menstrual cycles, miscarriage
~ Sudden weight changes (Detoxifier genotypes tend to gain weight, non-detoxifier genotypes tend to lose weight)
~ Cancer
~ Hair loss, very brittle nails, temporary loss of fingerprints (in rare cases)
~ Joint/muscle stiffness and pain
~ Irregular heart beat/heart attack
~ Seizures, inadvertent body jerking, twitching, inadvertent facial movements or numbness in face
~ Hypersensitivity when re-exposed to molds, which can lead to anaphylaxis
~ Anaphylaxis upon re-exposure to mycotoxin producing molds
~ Death, in extreme cases
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Note: despite inaccurate and misleading reports by theorists regarding immuno-compromised, babies, and the elderly being more susceptible, this is a big misconception as exposure to the T-2 mycotoxins found in many types of current indoor molds will poison anyone in time; no one is immune. The reason for this conflicting information is that studies have never been conducted to prove this. If so called experts are going to make such a broad and misleading statement, they may as well say that this same category of people is more susceptible to SARS, West Nile Virus, AIDS, and cancer. The T-2 mycotoxins found in many of these molds are the exact same T-2 mycotoxins that have killed widespread groups of innocent people with Yellow Rain, a biological warfare agent.
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Different mold species can have varying health effects, but it is important to remember that any excessive mold growth needs to be taken care of, regardless of the species. Any excessive mold growth can lead to increased allergies, toxicity, and house/building structural problems.
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SITES
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http://www.mold-survivor.com/symptoms.html
~ Symptoms of Fungal Exposure (Mycotoxicosis) …
by Susan Lillard-Roberts …
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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/22/mold-and-other-chronic-diseases.aspx?e_cid=20120722_SNL_Art_1
~ ** Dr Mercola & Dr Richie Shoemaker, MD … Effective Strategies to Identify and Correct the Inflammation Caused by Mold Exposure… They cover mold, algae, spirochetes, etc… causing asthma, MS, Fibromyalgia and more that upset our metabolism, etc.. causing inflammation in us… Taking drugs does no no good unless directed at the causes… The video explains it all! Well worth telling your doctors about!
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Deadly Mycotoxins Found In Breakfast Cereals
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/deadly-mycotoxins-found-breakfast-cereals
~ Green Med Info … It’s been estimated that mycotoxins infect around 25% of the world’s cereal crop.
Mycotoxins include over 300 toxic compounds produced when certain molds or fungi infect crops.
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Why Turmeric May Be the Diseased Liver’s Best Friend
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-turmeric-may-be-diseased-livers-best-friend-friend-a
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Mycotoxins in Grain – What are mycotoxins? – Food-borne …
http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/x5008e/x5008e01.htm
~ FAO.org … Mycotoxins are poisonous chemical compounds produced by certain fungi. There are many such compounds, but only a few of them are regularly found in food …
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Mycotoxin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycotoxin
~ Wikipedia… The other primary mycotoxin groups found in mushrooms include: orellanine, monomethylhydrazine, disulfiram-like, hallucinogenic indoles,
muscarinic, …
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Food Standards Agency – Mycotoxins
http://www.food.gov.uk/policy-advice/mycotoxins/#.U2JzHFOwXrY
~ Food Standards Agency … Mycotoxins are a group of naturally occurring chemicals produced by certain moulds … Descriptions of some of the most commonly found mycotoxins in food and …
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Unregulated mycotoxin found in cereals – FSA
http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Safety-Regulation/Unregulated-mycotoxin-found-in-cereals-FSA
~ Food Production Daily by Mark Astley … Nov 23, 2011 – An unregulated, potentially harmful mycotoxin was found in over 10% of cereal sampled during a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey, …

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FORUMS
SurvivingMold.com
~ Surviving Mold – Forum of 1st hand experiences and doctors posts with information…
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