Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’

Bisphenol A Linked to Metabolic Syndrome in Humans

The University of Cincinnati has used human tissue for their study on “average” BPA exposure. Their findings, though not surprising, supports other independent research that BPA does affect human health.

Excerpt:
In a laboratory study, using fresh human fat tissues, the UC team found that BPA suppresses a key hormone, adiponectin, which is responsible for regulating insulin sensitivity in the body and puts people at a substantially higher risk for metabolic syndrome.
 
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of risk factors that include lower responsiveness to insulin and higher blood levels of sugar and lipids. According to the American Heart Association, about 25 percent of Americans have metabolic syndrome.  Left untreated, the disorder can lead to life-threatening health problems such as coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
 
Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, and her team are the first to report scientific evidence on the health effects of BPA at environmentally relevant doses equal to “average” human exposure. Previous studies have primarily focused on animal studies and high doses of BPA.

How was the study conducted?

…the UC team collected fresh fat tissue from Cincinnati patients undergoing several types of breast or abdominal surgery. These samples included three types of fat tissue: breast, subcutaneous and visceral (around the organs).
 
Tissue was immediately taken to the laboratory and incubated with different concentrations of BPA or estrogen for six hours to observe how the varied amounts of BPA affected adiponectin levels. The effects of BPA were then compared to those of estradiol, a natural form of human estrogen.

What were the results?

They found that exposing human tissues to BPA levels within the range of common human exposure resulted in suppression of a hormone that protects people from metabolic syndrome.
 
“These results are especially powerful because we didn’t use a single patient, a single tissue source or a single occurrence,” she adds. “We used different fat tissues from multiple patients and got the same negative response to BPA.”

Again, very interesting findings. This does support other independent research, yet the FDA still claims the safety of BPA. I am really not all that surprised, yet I am in shock. I cannot believe with all this mounting evidence, they can stand by that claim.

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“Drug” to improve health, reduce cancer risk

Amen to this!! Turns out mom and grandma were right all along; eat your fruits and veggies! One interesting point in the article is that the lung cancer rate for smokers taking a supplement with beta carotene actually increased. But no such finding have been discovered with eating food. Very interesting. So ditch unnecessary diet pills, supplements, etc. and enjoy some fresh fruits and vegetables. They are naturals vitamins, health improvers and they taste good too.

Of course there are many more ways to improve health and protect against cancer (like choosing organic foods; cosmetic and personal care products with safe ingredients), but this is a simple and easy first step.

To Produce Good Health, Bite Into Fruit and Veggies
Washington Post
June 25, 2008

Imagine a drug that could whittle your waistline, control blood pressure, keep you regular, protect your heart, strengthen your bones, cut the risk of stroke and possibly help you sidestep some types of cancer. And what if this drug were also easy to obtain and inexpensive, and it even tasted good?

It would be hard to beat, wouldn’t it? There’s no pill with those benefits, but there is food that hits those high nutritional notes. I’m talking, of course, about fruit and vegetables.

Scientists are just beginning to fully understand the power of produce. And the start of summer provides a great opportunity to expand your nutritional horizons by sampling the foods that will come into peak season during the coming months.
Seasonal fruit and vegetables cost less than produce available at other times of year, so they can help stretch your food dollars. Plus, if you pick or grow your own, you can also save money and maybe even burn a few extra calories along the way.

What many people don’t know is that it isn’t only fresh fruit and vegetables that provide health benefits. Studies show that canned, dried and frozen produce have nearly all the same attributes as fresh — provided that you choose products that don’t come slathered with added sugar or laced with lots of extra salt.

Eating more fruit and vegetables sounds like a no-brainer, the kind of common-sense advice that mothers have dished out for generations. Now, 21st-century scientists are beginning to fathom why these foods provide so many benefits.
It has to do with an array of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients –plant-based substances with tongue-twisting names such as anthocyanins and lycopene. Don’t worry about pronouncing them. All you need to know is that these antioxidants are found in red and deep-pink fruit and vegetables. That means pomegranates, red cabbage, cherries, red peppers, watermelon, red grapes and more. They appear to help reduce the risk of some tumors, including prostate cancer. And that’s just for starters.

Green fruit and vegetables, from avocado, pears and limes to okra, green beans and zucchini, are rich in carotenoids. These substances help preserve vision by protecting the retina and gobble up free radicals to help thwart cancer and aging.

Yellow and orange produce is rich in beta carotene, which is converted by the body into Vitamin A. It boosts immunity and protects vision. Count apricots, bananas, papayas, peaches, carrots and butternut squash in this group, which also packs other nutrients. Pineapple, for example, has bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion and reduces bloating.

White vegetables and fruit, from jicama to litchi nuts, contain allicin, which helps control blood pressure and cholesterol and may bolster immunity.

But the superstars seem to be cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, arugula, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy, horseradish, wasabi and watercress.

These vegetables contain potent substances that seem to protect against cancer and appear to have antimicrobial activity. In April, scientists reported that substances extracted from broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables thwarted (in the laboratory, at least) the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers as well as 23 of 28 other common microbes and fungi. There’s also evidence that eating cruciferous vegetables may help counteract the suspected cancer-causing chemicals found in grilled food.

Dietary supplement makers have tried to duplicate the health effects of fruit and vegetables, without success. And in one large Scandinavian study, smokers who took supplements with beta carotene had an increased risk of lung cancer compared with those who didn’t take the pills. To date, there have been no reported harmful effects of consuming any of these substances in food.

What makes food better? Scientists believe it comes down to synergy: reactions that take place in the food itself between phytonutrients and vitamins and minerals.
That’s why it’s key to meet the recommended daily intake for fruit and vegetables. Studies suggest that just 25 percent of adults and children in the United States eat enough fruit daily. Only 13 percent get enough vegetables each day.

How much do you need? Forget the old “five-a-day” advice. That was retired in 2005, when the U.S. Dietary Guidelines were updated. Current recommendations are for most adults to eat about two cups daily of fruit (roughly equal to two pieces) and about 2.5 cups of vegetables per day.

The message is simple: If you’re looking for flavor that also is worth its weight in nutritional benefits, reach for fruit and vegetables as often as possible. Or perhaps this Middle Eastern saying puts it best: “A melon for ecstasy!”

Estrogen Mimicry of Bisphenol-A Threatens Human and Animal Health

Very interesting. This article is stating that BPA found in canned foods, baby bottles, plastic containers and wrap, etc. could be a factor in obesity and other health problems, such as diabetes and ADD/ADAH. 

(NaturalNews) Bisphenol-A could be making us fatter. Diet and too little exercise are the main culprits of what has been called the obesity epidemic, but the hormone mimicker bisphenol-A might be tipping the scales, so to speak.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is mainly found in polycarbonate plastic, which is labeled with the number 7; in plastic food wrap, and in the resins that coat the inside of metal cans for food. It is so prevalent in today’s products that it is even in refrigerator shelving, water bottles, plastic food storage containers, water pipes and flooring.

BPA is an endocrine disrupter that mimics the hormone estrogen. Studies have shown harmful biological effects on animals using low-doses of the chemical and harmful effects on humans have been observed outside of studies. Hormone disrupting effects have been shown to occur at levels of application as low as 2-5 pars per billion and many canned foods are within and over this range. [1] With such a low level of toxicity, it’s easy to see how even a minuscule rate of bisphenol-A (BPA) leakage from plastics disturbs many people. The damaging effects of the chemical include impairment and unnatural changes to sex organs and their functions, increased tumor formation, hyperactivity, neurotoxin effects, and signs of early puberty have been observed. Clearly, BPA’s toxic effects are diverse.

A recent study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that about 93% of the United States population have bisphenol-A in their body at a median concentration of 2.7 ppb. [2]

Read the entire article.

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  • Obesity Surgery Seen as Diabetes Cure

    Wow, this is a pretty interesting article. Study shows that surgery to reduce stomach size has cured diabetes in many patients.

    http://health.yahoo.com/news/ap/diabetes_obesity_surgery.html

    Vaccines: What are we putting in our children?

    To vaccinate or not is a hotly contested debate today. Parents have good reasons on both sides of the fence. Me? I am currently on the fence, but the more I learn, the more I am convinced that at minimum, we are over-vaxing our children.

    Many vaccines contain an alarming amount of additives as well as animal and even HUMAN by-products. Nearly all vaccines contain at least 1 animal by-product, heavy chemicals, and most contain antibiotics. The MMR, as well as several others, contain cells from aborted HUMAN fetuses. This is shocking an unacceptable in my opinion. And I highly doubt the general public is aware of this. Other harmful ingredients are thimerosal (mercury based preservative), aluminum (liked to Alzheimer’s disease) and formaldehyde. Mercury is highly toxic and when combined with aluminum and formaldehyde, the synergistic effects increase 10,000-fold. Scary stuff.

    The growing number of children diagnosed with Autism is alarming. Many parents say their children exhibited early signs after receiving the MMR vaccine. The preservative thimerosal (mercury) is believed to be a cause. Before the MMR vaccine, Autism cases were 1 in 10,000, today 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with Autism. Some studies show a link between the hepatitis B vaccine and diabetes, the DTaP and SIDS, and the Rotovirus vaccine and intestinal problems. Some believe the shaken baby syndrome is sometimes misdiagnosed and is really a reaction to vaccinations.

    By vaxing too early in life, you interfere with the body’s own God-given, natural immune system. Doctors will tell you they “do not know” when your immune system is fully mature. I think this is because we always encounter new diseases/germs and the immune system is hard at work until the day we die. I have read that the most critical time for immune system development is the first 2 years of life, a very good reason to continue breastfeeding for 2 years as is suggested by UNICEF and the WHO. The AAP encourages nursing beyond 1 year as well.

    In fact, when Japan increased the vaccination age from 2 months to 2 years, their infant mortality rate dropped drastically and they went from being ranked 17th in the world to #1. Meaning, Japan had the greatest infant survival rate in the world and these were non-vaccinated children!!

    I recently picked up “The Vaccine Book” by Dr. Sears. I am still reading the book, but it is really great so far. It goes through each vaccine and he lists the pros and cons. He gives his take on where the pros outweigh the cons and gives a suggested minimum vaccination schedule for those parents who do what to vaccinate, but not fully.

    Certainly this is every parent’s decision, and a very difficult one at that. Many parents vaccinate against diseases because a family member may have had the measles or mumps. Very valid reason. Other’s have researched and learned of the dangers and risks associated with vaccinations and opt not to vaccinate their child – also very valid reason.  Both groups are responsible parents and their decisions should be respected.

    I found this handout on recognizing signs of reactions to a vaccination. It also includes some staggering statics of childhood diseases such as the number of children diagnosed with diabetes, asthma, autism, ADHD and developmental delays have more than tripled in the last 25 years. The number of vaccines recommended for children under 6 by the AAP has more than doubled in those 25 years. 

    There are exceptions you can get since most daycares and public schools require all enrolled children be current on the AAP recommended vaccination schedule. These exemptions can be medical, religious or philisophical.

    Here are some resources.

    Medical Web Forum
    http://www.pahealthsystems.com/message675498.html
     
    Vaccinations: Deceptions & Tragedy
    http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/vaccines.htm
     
    Informed Choice: Vaccine Ingredients
    http://www.informedchoice.info/cocktail.html

    Dispelling Vaccination Myths
    http://whale.to/v/phillips.html

    National Vaccine Information Center
    http://nvic.org/Default.htm
    (Read some parent’s stories at the bottom of this page. This website is FULL of great vaccine information.)