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A Special Report on Vitamin D

That One Critical Nutrient Your Multivitamin May Not Have Enough of

Did you know that vitamin D is not really a vitamin?  Vitamin D is actually turned into a hormone by the body.  This hormone is called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.”

Your body will make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.

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Vitamin D found to influence over 200 genes, highlighting links to disease

I grew up in Washington State where it always seemed to rain a lot.  As a kid I was forced to take cod liver oil as a supplement.  I was too young to figure out why at the time, but it contained vitamin D and I wasn’t getting enough of it.  This was to help my bones as well as to prevent rickets.   Research is now showing that vitamin D may be a very important part of treating a whole list of serious long term health problems.

It is estimated that 75% of Americans are deficient in this vitamin

Yet, experts estimate that adequate supplementation with this nutrient can reduce your risk of developing cancer by up to 77%, and cut your risk of developing heart disease by as much as 53%.

You may be wondering what is this incredibly important nutrient that can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, but is not included in sufficient amounts in virtually any of the multivitamins out there?

It’s actually a vitamin that our bodies can produce, yet most of us don’t have enough of.

You may have guessed it – it’s vitamin D.

The problem with ALL multivitamins on the market is that they don’t have enough of the “sunshine vitamin”.

You see, most multivitamins only include the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of the various vitamins and minerals. 

The RDA is a minimum number set by the government to ensure people don’t develop acute vitamin deficiency diseases like scurvy, pellagra, and beriberi.

Personally, I am not interested in merely surviving — I want to thrive. I want to enjoy OPTIMAL health.

Therefore I take MORE than the minimal amount of each vitamin. 

And so should YOU.

To achieve OPTIMAL health, you need to take the OPTIMAL amounts of vitamin D.

Currently the RDA (minimum amount) for vitamin D is set at 400 IU.  

They haven’t revisited that number in more than 20 years.  

When these numbers were set in the mid-1990s, most members of the medical community didn’t look at vitamin D as being all that important.  

They agreed we needed some of it to aid in the absorption of calcium in order to maintain strong bones and healthy teeth. 

Here’s the problem with the amounts, though… 

In the last 10 years, numerous studies around the world have shown that vitamin D is a lot more important than we once thought.  

In fact, it could very well be THE most important vitamin there is.  

It reduces the risk of developing most cancers. 

It fights heart disease, diabetes and bone loss. 

It cuts the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. 

How?

By unlocking over 200 DNA blueprints needed by your body’s cells for growth and immunity. 

But don’t take my word for it. See the results of the latest research from the Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford in the UK: 

What does this mean for you?

It means that supplementing with vitamin D can help keep you healthy for much longer. It will also greatly reduce the risk of developing debilitating diseases.

There are no shortcuts. 

Lying out in the sun exposing your entire body to sunlight will absolutely raise your vitamin D levels. 

There are, however, risks that could counter the effect of any vitamin D you create doing that.  

Risks like sunburn and skin cancer to name just two. 

Getting some sun is fine. In fact, it’s a great idea.  

Just be smart about it and give your body the proper support with a good vitamin D supplement.

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Promotes Heart, Immune And Bone Health

 

Healthy Trans Fats Slash Diabetes Risk

Healthy Trans Fats Slash Diabetes Risk

Is “healthy trans fat” an oxymoron?  Maybe not.  Although we’ve learned to opt for zero trans fats and search labels for deadly hydrogenated oils, there may be an exception to the no trans fats rule.  Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have identified a naturally occurring trans fat in dairy that may substantially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

For many years, studies have shown an association between eating dairy products and lower diabetesrisk.  But how dairy protects against diabetes remained a mystery.  The answer may lie in dairy’s fat.

Trans-palmitoleic acid is a fatty acid found in milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter.  It’s not produced by the body.  It only comes from your diet.

Palmitoleic acid, or trans-palmitoleate, is found almost exclusively in naturally-occurring dairy and meat trans fats.  Unlike trans fat found in hydrogenated vegetable oils, it has not been linked to higher heart disease risk.  In fact, palmitoleic acid is heart healthy.  It also has anti-microbial properties and is a key compound in cell communication.

In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Harvard researchers analyzed datafrom the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a prospective cohort study designed to investigate risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease in the U.S.

In 2000-2002, they recruited 6,814 adults aged 45–84 years from six regions of the country.  They measured circulating blood levels of trans-palmitoleate.

At the end of 5 years participants with the highest levels of trans-palmitoleate had 6.4% higher LDL cholesterol.  But their triglycerides were 19% lower, their fasting insulin levels were 9% lower, and their systolic blood pressure was 2.4 Hg lower.

Compared to those with the lowest level of the fat, those with the highest levels had half the risk of developing diabetes. 

The results confirmed an earlier Harvard study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  In that study, researchers examined 3,736 participants in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded Cardiovascular Health Study.  They had been followed for 20 years to evaluate risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in older adults.

At the beginning of that study, higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid were associated with healthier levels of blood cholesterol, inflammatory markers, insulin levels, and insulin sensitivity.

During follow-up, participants with the highest levels of trans-palmitoleic acid had a 60% lower risk of developing diabetes.

When the researchers combined the data from the two studies they found that each .05% increase in trans-palmitoleate in the blood levels was associated with a 34% lower risk of diabetes.

The authors called for additional observational studies and controlled trials, noting the magnitude of the association between trans-palmitoleic acid and reduced diabetes risk was striking.  They noted that this trans fat seems to have an extremely strong protective effect, stronger than other things known to be beneficial against diabetes.

In the meantime, enjoy full-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt, preferably from grassfed animals.  And you can add reducing diabetes risk to the 10 other healthy reasons to eat real butter.

But continue to avoid artificial trans fats from hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/healthy-trans-fats-slash-diabetes-risk


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How Risky Is Your Sleep Schedule?

How Risky Is Your Sleep Schedule?

 

Are you a night owl?  Do you work the night shift?  Do you have trouble getting to sleep or sleeping through the night?  If so, your biggest worry isn’t dragging yourself through the next day.  You may also be at significantly higher risk of gaining weight, and developing metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

In a comprehensive review of sleep and metabolism studies published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, German researchers noted that sleep loss has been rising at epidemic rates in our society.  The increase parallels the rise in obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes throughout the world.  Epidemiological studies clearly point to a link between those conditions and short sleep duration, sleep disturbances and sleeping at the wrong times.

Sleep Loss Increases Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

The researchers noted that data from the Adult Health and Behavior Project registry, including 1,214 Americans aged 30—54 years, showed a clear association between short sleep duration and an increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is usually defined as a cluster of metabolic disturbances including belly fat, impaired glucose metabolism, and high blood pressure.  All of those factors increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.

In the Adult Health study, 22% of participants developed metabolic syndrome.  But those who slept only 6-7 hours per night had a 48% increased rate of developing the condition.  Those who slept less than 6 hours had an 83% increased rate.

The quality of your sleep also matters.  In a study of women aged 46—57 years, those who woke intermittently and were awake cumulatively for a long time during the night had a 40% higher rate of metabolic syndrome. And if you work at night, several large cohort studies show you may have increased odds of developing metabolic syndrome.  In one study of 1,811 employees of an airline, night shift workers were 2.3 times more likely to have metabolic syndrome than regular daytime workers.

Lack of Sleep Increases Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

A meta-analysis of 17 studies with more than 600,000 participants, clearly established a link between short sleep duration and increased bodyweight and obesity.  People who got 5 hours or less of sleep at night had a 55% greater likelihood of developing obesity compared to regular sleepers.

In the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I) of 9000 Americans researchers found a strong association between short sleep duration and type 2 diabetes.[v] Participants sleeping less than 5 hours per night had a 57% increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

Another meta-analysis confirmed that having difficulty going to sleep raised diabetes risk by 57%, and difficulty staying asleep through the night raised risk by 84%. Lack of sleep seems to impair your body’s ability to metabolize sugar.  In one study researchers restricted the sleep of 11 healthy young men (aged 18—27 years) to 4 hours for six consecutive nights. Sleep restriction was associated with impaired glucose tolerance and reduced insulin response.

Less sleep can lead to more eating.  In a study in adolescents, those sleeping only 6.3 hours consumed foods higher on the glycemic index, including more sweets and desserts compared to those sleeping 8.9 hours.

And your sleep habits could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.  In a study published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine, dieters who got a full night’s sleep lost 55% more body fat than those who cut back on sleep. When dieters got two to three hours less sleep, they felt hungrier and produced higher levels of the hormone ghrelin which triggers hunger, increases fat retention and reduces energy expenditures.

When you sleep also matters.  In a study published in the Journal Obesity researchers from Northwestern Medicine found people who go to bed late and sleep late eat more calories in the evening, more fast food, and fewer fruits and vegetables.  They also weigh more than people who go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. The authors found the extra daily calories can mean a weight gain of about two pounds per month.

 

In the study late sleepers went to sleep at an average time of 3:45 a.m., awoke by 10:45 a.m., ate breakfast at noon, lunch at 2:30 p.m., dinner at 8:15 p.m. and a final meal at 10 p.m. Normal sleepers on average were up by 8 a.m., ate breakfast by 9 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., a last snack at 8:30 p.m. and were asleep by 12:30 a.m.

Insufficient Sleep Raises Risk of Hypertension and Death

In the Nurses Health Studies I and II investigators assessed data from more than 70,000 women.  They found those who slept less than 5 hours per night had a 19% increased risk of hypertension compared to those getting 7 hours of shuteye.

Another meta-analysis of 11 prospective studies concluded the risk of hypertension was also increased 20% by disturbed sleep, and 14% by early-morning awakening.

All of that adds up to a shorter life.  A meta-analysis of 16 prospective studies and 1,382,999 participants showed that less than 7 hours of sleep per night was associated with a 12% increased risk of death.  But more is not necessarily better.  Getting more than 8 hours of sleep per night was associated with a 30% increased risk of death.

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

The message from these studies is clear. The quantity and quality of your sleep can powerfully affect your metabolism, your weight, your risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as your lifespan.

Here are some natural tips for a restful night without prescription sleep aids:

1. Be in bed by 9:30 pm and lights out by 10:30 pm at the latest.

2. Don’t drink or eat anything after 7:30 pm so that your sleep is not disturbed by bathroom visits.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.

4.  Eat foods rich in natural melatonin.

5. Make your bedroom a sanctuary with no television, computer or briefcase allowed.

6. Keep your bedroom dark to get a better, deeper sleep.

7. Don’t overheat your bedroom and open a window for fresh air if possible.

8. Relax for an hour or two before bed without work, computers or TV.

Come check out this article to learn more about it at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-risky-your-sleep-schedule?page=1

 

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Regular And Decaf Coffee Both Lower Diabetes Risk

Regular And Decaf Coffee Both Lower Diabetes Risk

Lots of studies have looked at the question of whether coffee drinkers are less likely to develop diabetes.  The short answer is yes they are.

But the question remains, why does coffee seem to lower diabetes risk?  Is it the caffeine?

Researchers from Harvard wanted to know the answer.  They conducted a meta-analysis of 28 prospective studies of coffee with 1,109,272 participants.  Follow-up ranged from 10 months to 20 years.

Their results published in the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes Care confirmed that drinking coffee was inversely associated with the risk of type 2 diabetes.  And it’s dose dependent.  The more you drink, the lower the risk.  For one cup a day the relative risk dropped to 92%; for three cups a day, to 79%; and for six cups a day it dropped to 67%.

But the researchers also concluded that it doesn’t matter whether your coffee is decaf or high test.  You get the benefits either way.  That seems to indicate that it’s not caffeine’s impact on insulin levels that makes the difference.  Instead, the researchers suggested that other compounds in coffee like polyphenols may be responsible for coffee’s health benefits.

The results are consistent with an earlier prospective cohort study from Harvard researchersthat included 88,259 U.S. women from the Nurses’ Health Study II.  That study concluded that very high consumption was not required to realize coffee’s health benefits.  Their results suggested that drinking just two or more cups per day was associated with a lower diabetes risk.

Other research indicates drinking coffee kills pain, lifts mood, and sharpens the mind.  Drinking decaf coffee may help reduce diabetes risk and bestow additional health benefits while avoiding some of the potential adverse effects of caffeine like the jitters and inability to sleep.

Caffeine is a form of natural pest control protecting the coffee plant from bugs with its bitter taste. A typical cup of regular coffee contains about 100 milligrams of caffeine.

You probably know by now that even coffee advertised as decaf contains caffeine. The general rule of thumb is that the decaffeination process removes from 94 to 99% of the caffeine.  So you should expect your cup of decaf to provide one to six milligrams of caffeine per cup.

Although coffee is considered a psychoactive drug, it is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  There’s currently no requirement to disclose caffeine amounts in coffee or other products.

Coffee labeled or sold as “decaffeinated” may contain anywhere between 2 and 13 milligrams of caffeine. A tall decaf Starbucks can have up to 20 milligrams.  So if you are particularly sensitive, beware.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/regular-and-decaf-coffee-both-lower-diabetes-risk

 

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Splenda (Sucralose) Found To Have Diabetes-Promoting Effects

Splenda (Sucralose) Found To Have Diabetes-Promoting Effects

 

Promoted for decades as a “safe” sugar alternative, presumably to prevent or reduce symptoms of diabetes, Splenda (sucralose) has been found to have diabetes-promoting effects in human subjects.

The artificial sweetener sucralose, which is approximately 600 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar), and marketed under a variety of brand names, such as Splenda, Cukren, Nevella and SucraPlus, has recently been found to have diabetes-promoting effects in human test subjects, despite containing no calories and being classified as a ‘nonutritive sweetener.’

A new study published in the journal Diabetes Care, lead by researchers at the Center for Human Nutrition, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, set out to test the metabolic effects of sucralose in obese subjects who did not use nonnutritive sweeteners.

Seventeen subjects underwent a 5-hour oral glucose tolerance test on two separate occasions preceded by consuming either sucralose (experimental condition) or water (control condition) 10 min before the glucose load in a randomized crossover design.

The results were reported as follows:

Compared with the control condition, sucralose ingestion caused 1) a greater incremental increase in peak plasma glucose concentrations (4.2 ± 0.2 vs. 4.8 ± 0.3 mmol/L; P = 0.03), 2) a 20 ± 8% greater incremental increase in insulin area under the curve (AUC) (P < 0.03), 3) a 22 ± 7% greater peak insulin secretion rate (P < 0.02), 4) a 7 ± 4% decrease in insulin clearance (P = 0.04), and 5) a 23 ± 20% decrease in SI (P = 0.01).

In other words, a single dose of sucralose lead to a .6 mmol/L increase in plasma glucose concentrations, a 20% increase in insulin levels, a 22% greater peak insulin secretion rate, and a 7% decrease in insulin clearance, an indication of decreased insulin sensitivity.

They concluded

These data demonstrate that sucralose affects the glycemic and insulin responses to an oral glucose load in obese people who do not normally consume NNS.

Discussion

Despite the fact that preapproval research on sucralose found a wide range of adverse health effects in exposed animals [see The Bitter Truth about Splenda], national and international food safety regulatory bodies, including the FDA, now consider it completely safe for daily human consumption.*

The same applies for synthetic sweeteners like aspartame, which despite its well-known link with brain damage and over 40 documented adverse health effects, is safety approved in 90 nations.

Industry influence largely accounts for the fact that synthetic chemicals like asparatame, neotame, saccharin and sucralose are being foisted onto the public as ‘safe’ non-calorie sweeteners, despite obvious research to the contrary, and the fact that stevia, the non-calorie natural alternative, has over 1500 years of documented safe use.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), for instance, does nothing to hide its explicit partnership with McNeil Nutritionals, maker of Splenda, despite the obvious conflict of interest. On its website, the ADA describes McNeil Nutritionals as a “national strategic partner ” and lauds them as “committed to helping people and their families with diabetes by focusing on the overall nutritional needs of the diabetes community.”  McNeil Nutritionals sponsors the ADA’s “Recipe of the Day,” along with a variety of educational tools and information for consumers and healthcare professionals.

Despite these cozy relationships, the research on sucralose’s adverse health effects continues to accumulate.  Some of the more recent research on the chemical indicate that it may contribute to the following health and environmental problems:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A researcher from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark NJ, proposes that sucralose may be causing a global increase in cases of IBS, including both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. [i] In an article titled “What made Canada become a country with the highest incidence of inflammatory bowel disease: could sucralose be the culprit?”, author Xiaofa Qin describes how Canada, which once had one of the lowest rates of IBS in the world, attained the highest levels after being the first country in the world to approve the use of sucralose in thousands of consumer products in 1991.
  • Harms Gut Flora and Gastrointestinal Health: A 2008 study found that the administration of sucralose to rats at a dose far below the US FDA Acceptable Daily intake level resulted in: 1) a decrease in the numbers of a wide range of beneficial gut bacteria. 2) “increase in fecal pH.”  3) “enhanced expression levels of P-gp, CYP3A4, and CYP2D1, which are known to limit the bioavailability of orally administered drugs.”
  • Migraines: A report was published in the journal Headache in 2006 indicating that physicians should be mindful of the possibility that sucralose can trigger migraines.
  • Environmental Persistence: Like many persistent organic pollutants in the pesticide category, sucralose is exceptionally resistant to degradation, both through environmental processes (microbial degradation, hydrolysis, soil sorption) and advanced treatment processes (chlorination, ozonation, sorption to activated carbon, and UV radiation). Sucralose, after all, was discovered accidentally by pesticide researchers, and is chemically related to DDT, a chlorinated hydrocarbon.  Some researchers now consider it an ideal “tracer of anthropogenic activity,” which is true also of lethal radioisotopes such as uranium 238 and plutonium 239, due to their resistance to degradation.  Indeed, recent research found that sucralose has a low rate of removal (11%) in drinking water tested that presently serves 28 million people.
  • Environmental Toxicity: Sucralose was recently found to alter the physiological and behavioral status of crustaceans, leading researchers to warn that the chemical will likely have wider ecological consequences.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/splenda-sucralose-found-have-diabetes-promoting-effects-1?page=1

 

 

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