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Diabetes - Thanksgiving and Holiday overeating can be hazardous to 6 Million Undiagnosed Cases

Diabetes - Thanksgiving and Holiday overeating can be hazardous to 6 Million Undiagnosed Cases

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UT Southwestern Medical Center experts warn everyone this holiday season to be careful to not overeat, and to keep physically active. Diabetes can be a silent killer that can lead to deadly heart disease and other disabling conditions. You may have Type 2 Diabetes and not even know it; an estimated 6 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes that is undiagnosed.

"The obesity epidemic is surging and people don't realize they're setting themselves up to develop diabetes. They're like ticking time bombs," said Dr. Manisha Chandalia, an endocrinologist at UT Southwestern. "Without treatment, high levels of blood sugars in the body can damage blood vessels and nerves over time, leading to high cholesterol, hypertension, stroke, kidney disease and amputations."

UT Southwestern Medical Center recommends if you are over the age of 40, are obese, and physically inactive, or have a family history of diabetes, you should take time out this holiday season to get tested. Symptoms of diabetes included excessive thirst or hunger, , dramatic weight loss, fatigue, frequent urination or blurry vision.

Can Dark Chocolate really work on lowering Blood Pressure Levels?

Can Dark Chocolate really work on lowering Blood Pressure Levels?

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Although this may seem like a joke to many, a study has been carried out in the US and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association regarding lowering your blood pressure levels by eating dark chocolate. It has been found that one bar of dark chocolate is more than enough to lower a persons blood pressure in a natural and enjoyable way and it also been found that it helps to improve the bodies insulin resistance.

It has already been discovered that foods which are rich in flavinols are great for lowering blood pressure. Flavinols are known in the medical fields as a natural antioxidant and things that we already consume containing these antioxidants are tea and red wine and from now dark chocolate can be added to the list.

Muscle Building Supplements: Are You The Sucker?

Muscle Building Supplements: Are You The Sucker?

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Those of us vigorously pursuing fitness goals tend to be easy marks for muscle-building supplements that are heavy on hype but light on substance. We work hard at the gym, we pay attention to everything that goes into our bodies. We are determined to lose or gain the weight and build the muscle that our goals demand. Still, the results from all our dedication can often be slow to appear.

Then, on a trip to the supplement store, we see the newest muscle-building supplement "XYZ." The box's headline tells us that XYZ "will revolutionize the future of muscle-building nutrition." We're hooked. We have to read on.

Red Meat Link to Breast Cancer Risk – Hormones or Iron is Possible Cause of Higher Rate of HR-positive Form

Red Meat Link to Breast Cancer Risk – Hormones or Iron is Possible Cause of Higher Rate of HR-positive Form

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Eating more red meat may be associated with a higher risk for hormone receptor–positive breast cancers in premenopausal women, according to a report in the November 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

"Breast tumors are often characterized by hormone (estrogen and progesterone) receptor status," the authors write as background information in the article, meaning that the cancer is classified by whether these hormones can bind to proteins on the surface of the tumor. "Although the incidence rates of hormone receptor–negative tumors have remained relatively constant, the incidence of hormone receptor–positive tumors has been increasing in the United States, especially among middle-aged women." The diets of American women may be linked to this increase, since some foods--including certain components of red meat--can contain hormones or hormone-like compounds that influence tumors through their hormone receptors.

Sugar Linked To Pancreatic Cancer – Increased Insulin Production and Upset Glucose Metabolism Consequences Raises Risk - Coffee

Sugar Linked To Pancreatic Cancer – Increased Insulin Production and Upset Glucose Metabolism Consequences Raises Risk - Coffee

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Researchers say that consumption of both sweetened food and drink increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. They say that the three most common ways the risk is increase is by drinking fizzy drinks and sugared coffee or tea and eating creamed fruit.

They believe that pancreatic cancer is caused when the pancreas produces heightened levels of insulin as a consequence of upset glucose metabolism. For some time now, scientists have believed that there could be a link. Insulin production can be increased by eating lots of sugar, and now they have evidence that the consumption of sweetened food and drink affects a person's chances of developing pancreatic cancer.

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