It’s difficult to predict when the coronavirus will be fully contained. It is spreading at alarming rates around the globe. At the moment, there are approximately 266,073 cases globally with 11,184 confirmed deaths in 169 countries, according to the CDC. In every community, people are concerned. They want to stay safe but most of us … Read more
Cracking the code on aging remains one of the biggest challenges in science today. As recently as a decade ago, the general aging theory focused on the oxidative stress model. Basically, the idea was that aging is due to the sustained accumulation of cellular damage and a lifetime of reactive oxygen species and free radicals coursing through our veins.
Depending on who you talk to, you may hear different opinions on taking vitamins. However, recent research indicates at least some of us, especially as we get older, may need more nutrition than our diet is providing. Certain vitamins may also help protect us from health concerns associated with aging. Take vitamin D3, for example, and its potential benefits related to type 2 diabetes.
By now you probably know all too well that a healthy lifestyle featuring daily exercise, plenty of sleep and a nutritious diet is key to top-of-your-game physical and mental health. But as the song goes “you’re only human” when faced with social situations where enjoying a cocktail (or two) is the norm.
According to the recently published National Diabetes Report, over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. That’s nearly 10% of the population. Perhaps more disconcerting is that nearly 30% of those folks go undiagnosed, unaware that they even have the disease. All told, adult type 2 diabetes accounts for 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
Should we exercise? Some would say “no.” Here’s their theory: the body – bones, muscles, organs – is built to withstand a predetermined number of hours of wear and tear. Once this limit is reached, part by part, the body fails. By speeding up the timetable with the stresses of exercise, we contribute to a shorter lifespan.
The food pyramid has recently been rearranged to promote more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and fewer simple carbohydrates (so-called bad). The major emphasis is to stay away from those simple carbohydrates with a high glycemic index (foods made from refined flour and sugar, and which the body readily converts to simple sugars). Simple carbohydrates have been shown to produce a sharp elevation in blood-glucose levels, which promotes disease. Why the sudden change away from these carbs?