February 9, 2013

Diet Soda

Posted in OFF TOPICS tagged , at 8:54 pm by PCOSLady

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/study-diet-soda-increases-risk-diabetes-why-still-192600358.html
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Study: Diet Soda Increases the Risk of Diabetes. Why Do We Still Drink This Stuff?
By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living
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Why do we keep drinking diet soda? (Photo: Getty Images)
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Yet another study confirms what people have been saying for ages: Stop drinking diet soda. Like, right now. Drinking just one 12-ounce can of an artificially sweetened fizzy drink per week can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 33 percent, French researchers found. And given that most people don’t stop at a single weekly serving, your real risk for diabetes could actually be much higher.
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Diet Soda May Increase Risk of Depression
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The study, which was announced Thursday and will be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was conducted by France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research and covered 66,118 middle-aged women whose dietary habits and health were tracked from 1993 to 2007.
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Diet Soda May Be Making You Fat
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The results were unexpected. Though it’s well-known that people who consume a lot of sugar are more likely to develop diabetes, the researchers found that participants who drank “light” or “diet” soft drinks had a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who drank regular, sugar-filled sodas. Those who drank 100 percent natural squeezed fruit juices instead had no additional risk.
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Women who choose artificially flavored soft drinks usually drink twice as many of them as women who choose regular soda or juice—2.8 glasses per week compared to 1.6 glasses. “Yet when an equal quantity is consumed, the risk of contracting diabetes is higher for ‘light’ or ‘diet’ drinks than for ‘non-light’ or ‘non-diet’ drinks,” the researchers, epidemiologists Francoise Clavel-Chapelon and Guy Fagherazzi, said in a statement. Women who drank up to 500 milliliters (about 12 ounces) of artificially sweetened beverages per week were 33 percent more likely to develop the disease, and women who drank about 600 milliliters (about 20 ounces) per week had a 66 percent increase in risk.
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Drinking sweetened beverages increases the risk of becoming overweight, which is itself a risk factor in developing diabetes. But the study didn’t find that the results were the same even among overweight women. So how can artificially sweetened drinks be making the problem worse if they’re fat- and calorie-free?
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“With respect, in particular, to ‘light’ or ‘diet’ drinks, the relationship with diabetes can be explained partially by a greater craving for sugar in general by female consumers of this type of soft drink,” the researchers explained. “Furthermore, aspartame, one of the main artificial sweeteners used today, causes an increase in glycaemia and consequently a rise in the insulin level in comparison to that produced by sucrose.”
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Translation: Drinking artificially sweetened drinks makes you crave other sweet things (hello, chocolate!). And your body reacts to aspartame—also known as NutraSweet and Equal—much in the same way that it reacts to plain old sugar.
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According to the American Diabetes Association, about 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes—about 8.3 percent of the population. The disease is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people age 20 and older, and can also cause heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and damage to the nervous system. Type 2 diabetes—which can be controlled by diet and exercise rather than a daily insulin injection—is the most common form of diabetes in the United States.
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The study’s authors cautioned that more research was needed in order to prove a true causal link between diet sodas and Type 2 diabetes. “Information on beverage consumption was not updated during the follow-up, and dietary habits may have changed over time,” they admitted in their report. “We cannot rule out that factors other than ASB [artificially sweetened beverages] are responsible for the association with diabetes.”

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June 25, 2012

10 Things Packing On Pounds

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:53 pm by PCOSLady

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/30/what-are-the-10-things-that-can-pack-on-pounds.aspx
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by Dr Mercola
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What are the 10 Things that Can Pack on Pounds?
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#1: To Lose Weight You MUST Eliminate Fructose from Your Diet
~ You’ve gone to all the trouble of getting some exercise. But despite sticking to your new plan you discover the pounds are not coming off.
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You ask yourself, “Why?”
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It is important to understand and know that while exercise is important and crucial for weight loss and I am a major fan, the foods you choose to eat are THREE times more important for controlling your weight than your exercise. It’s very easy to sabotage yourself with sugary foods and exercise beverages. Especially beverages containing HFCS.
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# 2 You MUST Plan Your Meals
~ It’s said that failing to plan means you’re planning to fail. When it comes to meals designed to promote your health and eliminate unwanted calories, you’re going to have to heed this advice.
The problem is, if you fail to plan your meals you are basically eating according to either your emotions or whatever whim may come over you around mealtime. Both of these can mean added calories, poor nutritional choices and a growing waistline.
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#3 Avoid All Sodas, and Especially Diet Soda
~ Soda, in my opinion, is the one of the primary health threats. Did you know that just one can of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar?!
This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake (which is more than double my recommended daily allowance to begin with). Within 20 minutes of drinking that soda, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
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#4 Be Sure to Eat PLENTY of Organic Vegetables
~ One of the best ways to improve your health is to make sure you’re eating plenty of fresh, minimally processed high quality vegetables, ideally locally-grown and organic, with a majority of them consumed raw. One simple way to boost your vegetable intake is to juice them. Juicing organic vegetables is something that I highly recommend to anyone working to restore or improve their health.
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#5 Make Sure You Do Sprint 8 Exercises Once or Twice a Week
~ Your body has three types of muscle fiber: Slow twitch, fast twitch and super-fast twitch fibers. A major problem with conventional exercise is its inability to engage the fast and super-fast twitch muscle fibers. Conventional exercise merely engages your body’s slow twitch muscle fibers, which is your preferred mode of muscle engagement. To produce dramatic results when it comes to exercise you simply have to engage your fast and super-fast muscle fibers.
The best way to do this is through something called Sprint 8 exercises.
Sprint 8-style exercise has many benefits, the biggest being it naturally increases your body’s production of human growth hormone (HGH), which plays a significant role in the aging process.
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#6 Avoid Drinking Fruit Juice
~ Fruit juice is probably the most requested drink by children of all ages, not because it quenches thirst, but because it tastes good. And fruit juice, it turns out, is not one of the best things you can put into your body, especially for children. Drinking fruit juice is only slightly different from drinking soda. Both deliver a massive dose of sugar to your body unbound by any of the slow-releasing mechanisms provided by nature.
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#7 Eating Outside of Your Home
~ There’s a reason your favorite restaurant food often tastes better than your home cooked meals: many times it’s loaded with extra calories in the form of sugars, hydrogenated fats and artificial flavor enhancers like MSG.
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#8 Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption
~ Alcohol is converted by your body into simple sugar, and it turns out the metabolic pathway converting alcohol into its simple sugar components is the same pathway your body uses to convert high fructose corn syrup into its component parts.
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#9 Avoid Consuming Fast- or Processed Foods
~ Avoid fast food if you value your health. It is loaded with sodium, sugar and feedlot animals who have been subjected to the absolute minimums in the areas of feeding and care.
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#10 Avoid Condiments and Idle Snacks
~ www.fitsugar.com will explain why…
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SITES
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Artificial Sweeteners Cause Greater Weight Gain than Sugar
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/04/saccharin-aspartame-dangers.aspx?e_cid=20121204_DNL_art_1
~ Dr Mercola … Artificial Sweeteners Cause Greater Weight Gain than Sugar, Yet Another Study Reveal … December 04, 2012
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New Belly Fat Weight Loss Exercise Takes Less Time and Works …
Sprint 8-style exercise

http://www.emaxhealth.com/8782/new-belly-fat-weight-loss-exercise-takes-less-time-and-works-better-say-researchers
~ EMaxHealth … By Timothy Boyer on June 29, 2012 … Research has demonstrated that a 20-minute workout consisting of 8 seconds of sprint exercise, … The fast-paced LifeSprints style of exercise includes the use of cycling, boxing …
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GOOGLE:
* fast food dangers
* aspartame dangers
* processed food dangers
* MSG dangers
* hydrogenated fats dangers
* trans fats dangers
* fruit juice dangers
* soda dangers
* diet soda dangers
Sprint 8-style exercise
HGH
human growth hormone
* alcohol consumption dangers

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