Tea Has Powerful Antioxidants

November 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Drink black tea or green tea. Drink tea hot or cold. When possible drink an imported blend and here is why:

Imported tea has more grams of tea per bag than American – made varieties. Black tea does have helpful antioxidants.

Low-Carb Diets Reduce Coronary Disease Risk in Women

November 14, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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(Today’s Health Tip thanks Diabetes In Control for providing this article)

Low-Carb Diets Reduce Coronary Disease Risk in Women
on Tuesday, November 14 @ 17:45:29 CST

A study suggesting that low-carbohydrate diets do not increase the risk for coronary artery disease in women may help to allay fears that people who eat higher amounts of protein and fat, while cutting back on carbohydrates, are not trading hopes of a slimmer waistline for increased coronary disease risk.

In fact, a retrospective analysis of the Nurses Health Study showed no differences in weight change over time between women who ate meals proportionally higher in carbohydrates vs those higher in fats and proteins but nor were rates of cardiovascular events higher in the low-carb group during 20 years of follow-up. A closer look at the types of foods being eaten, however, suggested that diets with a higher glycemic load were strongly associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease, while women who ate a high proportion of fats from vegetable sources may actually lower their risk for disease.

“A low fat diet has been advocated to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease,” Dr. Halton pointed out. “This study shows that a low fat diet was not more protective than a low carbohydrate diet over the long term. In fact, when vegetable sources of fat and protein were chosen, the lower carbohydrate diet was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease in this cohort.”

Halton and colleagues looked at food frequency questionnaires completed by almost 83,000 women who participated in the Nurses Health Study, using responses to calculate a low-carbohydrate-diet score based on consumption of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. A higher score reflected higher consumption of protein and fats, and lower amounts of carbohydrates.

When scores were examined by deciles, the relative risk for coronary heart disease during the 20 years of follow-up, comparing highest and lowest deciles of low-carbohydrate scores, was 0.94 (P = .19). The relative risk was unchanged in analyses that compared highest and lowest scores when a high percentage of fats and proteins came from animal sources. However, the relative risk was significantly lower among women who ate low carbohydrate diets with a higher proportion of fats from vegetable rather than animal sources. Conversely, diets with higher glycemic load — reflecting a higher proportion of foods that rapidly increase blood glucose — were associated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease.

Diets low in carbohydrates were not associated with decreases in body weight during follow-up, but the authors point out this is not unexpected, since participants in the Nurses Health Study were not following particular diets for the purposes of weight loss. In even in the highest decile score, representing the most low-carbohydrate dietary pattern, carbohydrate consumption was less than 30% of total energy — higher than that advocated by popular diets like Atkins and South Beach. But on the other side, this observation “does indicate that the effects of the low-carbohydrate-diet score on outcomes in this analysis were not mediated by weight loss,” the authors note.

“Diets lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fat were not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in this cohort of women,” Dr. Halton and colleagues conclude. “When vegetable sources of fat and protein were chosen, these diets were related to a lower risk of coronary heart disease.”

Commenting on the study, Eric Westman, MD, of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, noted that the study primarily supports a link between higher glycemic load carbohydrates and increased cardiovascular risk, but does not provide a lot of new information for stricter low-carbohydrate diets.

“I don’t think the study included enough people who ate less than 30% carbohydrate diets to draw any conclusions,” Dr. Westman stated. “What was most interesting to me was that cardiac risk did not vary with different intake of dietary fat. The door is open to examine lower carbohydrate diets to reduce cardiac risk.”

Dr. Halton emphasized that the study was not designed to measure weight as an outcome, and with that said, most low-carbohydrate studies have only compared diets during 6 months to 1 year, making the Nurses Health Study observations an important contribution to understanding the implications of dietary choices.

In conclusion, the findings suggest that diets lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fat are not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease in women. When vegetable sources of fat and protein are chosen, these diets may moderately reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. This study is just a piece of the overall picture, but it’s very eye-opening.”
Practice Pearls

· Low carbohydrate diet score is associated with a moderately lower risk and high carbohydrate diet is not associated with lower risk for coronary heart disease incidence.

· A high dietary glycemic load and index is linked with increased risk for coronary heart disease.
N Engl J Med. 2006;355:1991-2002.

Acetaminophen Recall – Very Important Notice If You Use This Product

November 10, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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“The Associated Press reported a massive recall of generic
acetaminophen caplets (500 mg) that are manufactured for sale as “store
brands” for Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Costco and other stores.

Eleven million bottles were recalled when metal fragments were found in
some of the caplets.

*The FDA has not yet released a list of store brands and batch numbers
affected by the recall. If you have questions, you can call Perrigo, the
manufacturer, toll free at (877) 546-0454.

If you have taken any of these pills and are experiencing discomfort in
the throat or stomach, call your doctor immediately.

Of course, this isn’t the only potential danger of acetaminophen.” It’s
overuse is the No. 1 cause of liver failure in America.*

Information courtesy of Today’s Health Tip

If You Gain Weight This Holiday Season How Long Will It Take You To Lose It?

November 9, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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How Long Will Most People Keep The Extra Weight Gained During The Holiday Season?

For most people,almost all extra weight gained during the year is added during the holiday season and it never comes off – never. Of course there are exceptions but those are the facts. When you look closely, people who eat consistently, regardless of where they are and no matter the time of the year, they are most successful in maintaining their ideal body weight.People who indulge, who use food and drink as a consistent reward for themselves, will either be on a path to gradual obesity or on a rollercoaster ride with being overweight, dieting and then overweight again.

Enjoy the Chistmas season. Maintain the image of your ideal weight in your mind. The importance of that image will guide your eating and drinking decisions.

Todays Health Tip: Number 1 Action for Preventing, Colds, Flu Even The Bird Flu ..Bonus: It's Free

November 6, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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The most important step you can take to reduce the risk of catching a cold, flu even the bird flu is washing your hands. Most of us know the obvious advice about when to wash your hands, but do you think about what you are touching that may be carrying bacteria and viruses that can harm you? How about your shoes? Do you wash your hands after putting on your shoes or taking them off. This is a big issue for airport travelers but everyone I know wears shoes and it is not natural to think about washing your hands when dealing with your shoes. Now you know.

Let’s look a another not so obvious area. Wash the outside of food even if you are peeling them. For example: oranges, cantalope, and so on. Why? Because your knife picks up the chemicals and other substances on the outside and transfers them to the inside.

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Steve Pohlit, Business Development Consultant

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