Category Archives: Health Problems

Protect Your Pancreas By Saving Your Heart

There is another new reason why you should be ordering your chicken grilled instead of fried- new research has been released linking high triglycerides levels with pancreatitis. Triglycerides, the bad fats that clog up your heart and make butter taste so delicious, are supposed to be kept at levels below 150. Lately though, this levels has been on the rise for many. This is alarming given the rise in obesity in the United States, especially among children. The study released by Danish researchers, showed that levels above the 170 mark increased the risk of pancreatitis by 130 percent, and levels over 400 mean that well your poor pancreas doesn’t stand a chance.
In case your wondering, pancreatitis is the swelling of the pancreas and it cause abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. It is treatable but usually requires a hospital stay. Just a little something to think about next time you get the large double meat combo. While there are medications available to help control these levels, the science is limited. At the end of the day, the best and quickest way to reduce and control these numbers is by practicing a healthy balanced diet and getting plenty of regular cardiovascular exercise.
According to the article released by the New York Times,®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0&referer=, the doctor in charge of the study at the University of Copenhagen believes that patients with triglycerides levels in these ranges should be aware of probability of getting the disease but not overly concerned. His explanation is simple, with that much fat in your blood your heart is more statistically likely to go before your pancreas.
Basically the both choices are awful: either die of a heart attack or live to suffer though pancreatitis. It really makes you rethink asking for extra cheese and more about when was the last time you visited the gym. It goes to further prove what we already knew, its time to start taking care of ourselves and our bodies.

Eating Fat is Actually Good for You: What to Know

For years people have assumed that eating foods or condiments with moderate fat content is going to cause weight gain and an unhealthy heart, but not getting enough good fats could be more dangerous than eating too many bad fats. A study in Spain has proven that there are more heart related deaths that can be blamed because the victims ate too few fats that were plant based, than there were heart related deaths caused by eating too many red meats or other unhealthy fats. Monounsaturated fatty acids help to lower cholesterol and help with regulating the body’s insulin levels to prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes, and need to be incorporated into your daily diet. Healthy fats can be found in many plant based options like olive oil, avocados, almond oil, chia or flax seed and more.

Studies proved this theory even further, showing that people who drank whole milk with full fat had a much lower risk of developing diabetes, than people that were drinking skim or reduced fat milk on a regular basis. If you are cutting all fat out of your diet to help with heart health and because you want to lose weight, consider cutting unhealthy fats but adding in the nutritious plant based fats instead. Adding the right healthy fats is the best option for optimal health, so drizzle olive oil on all your meals and indulge in your favorite plant based fatty acids.

The Real Sweet Treat: Sugar vs. Aspartame

After reading articles, health warnings, and listening to doctors’ cautionary tales, you got the idea: sugar is bad. So you substituted sugar for something presumed to be safer: an artificial sweetener known as aspartame. It’s in most diet sodas, sugar-free candies and snacks, and even medicine flavoring, but it can have some pretty dangerous side effects. Most commonly reported effects include dizziness, headache, digestion issues, and changes in mood. Though a clear link between aspartame and long term health issues have not been found, it is still an artificial substance that your body has trouble recognizing and regulating.

The healthiest, safest way to sweeten your food is to use natural sugar. That’s right! Plain, old sugar is the surest way to treat your body well, and ensure you keep it free of artificial chemicals. Practicing moderation will keep calories down, and blood sugar in a safe range that will keep you, and your doctor happy. Try consuming naturally occurring sugars, as opposed to added sweeteners, such as those found in fruits like apples, oranges, grapes, and pears. The added fibers in whole fruits will help your body break down and process the sugars, so your system stays free and clear of any toxins.

If struggling with sugar intake, or wondering how to eliminate sugars altogether for health reasons, consider a stricter nutrition plan such as the paleo diet for diabetes. Also consider consulting a nutritionist who can guide you toward an all natural way to regulate sugar intake without consuming artificial sweeteners.

Low Salt, Low Health?

For decades, people have been told time and time again that they should maintain a low salt diet. This admonition was ubiquitous, with no real exceptions ever being made.

A new, extensive worldwide study has been completed. Researchers associated with this study are reporting that a low salt diet actually may not be a healthy alternative for some people. In fact, according to the results of this particular study, a low salt diet may be detrimental to the health of some people. In certain instances, according to the study, a low salt diet may actually increase the chances for a person to suffer from cardiovascular disease.

The bottom line conclusion of this study is that only people with high blood pressure who actually consumer a great deal of salt need to cut back. All other individuals are overly focused on reducing salt intake when the actually do not need to be taking this course.

The study found that reducing salt intake only has a minimal impact on blood pressure. Taking salt intake below the recommended daily level for consumption actually increases the risks for other health problems. For example, low salt intake can lead to hormone imbalances in women and men alike.

Before a person makes any specific decisions on adjusting salt intake, he or she should consult with his or her doctor. Because there are a number of variables potentially at play in regard to salt consumption, medical advice is a wise course in advance of changing salt consumption patterns.

Developing Good Eating Habits

When the typical person starts thinking about dieting and healthier eating, they tend to focus on things like watching caloric intake. Of course, this can be helpful for some people in some circumstances. However, a number of new research studies have revealed that breaking bad habits associated with eating and establishing new ones actually may prove to be a better strategy to weight loss and getting on the pathway to a healthier lifestyle when it come to diet.

One area in which breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones is in the arena of snacking. These research studies confirmed what many people probably have thought all along: many, many Americans engage in what can only be described as mindless snacking. In other words, these people pay no real attention to what they eat in the way of snacks, how much they eat and when the snack.

By reigning in and gaining a sense of control of snack related habits, many individuals in these research studies ended up not only losing unwanted weight but they also put themselves on the path to an overall healthier lifestyle.

Rather than mindless snacking whenever, some individuals began to develop strategies for between meal nibbling. These positive replacements for mindless snacking included developing a snack schedule as well as planning healthy food items (in moderate servings) that would be consumed at a pre-scheduled snack time.

At the outset, replacing the good with the bad required concentration and diligence on the part of the participants in these studies. However, over time, the positive changes to snack patterns themselves became habit for these people, albeit healthier ones than what existed before the change.