Uptown Dallas Nutritionist writes about diabetes, its effects and actions to take.

Uptown Dallas Nutritionist writes about diabetes, its effects and actions to take.  

Diabetes affects more than 10% of the American adult population.  Some statistics say 13%, with 40% of them not even knowing they have diabetes.  An estimated 57 million more have prediabetes, putting them at a high risk of developing full blown diabetes.  Just as with many medical conditions, early testing  is the key to controlling this difficult condition.

Many aspects of the body and its functions are effected by diabetes.

  • The brain is effected often by depression, causing normal living functions to be difficult.
  • The eyes are often a toll taken by diabetes because of high glucose levels and high blood pressure that can damage tiny blood vessels causing vision loss and even blindness.
  • The heart is a target with diabetics who are twice as likely to develop heart disease or stroke than non-diabetics.  These conditions seem to occur at younger ages than in other people.
  • The stomach is often damaged in that nerves designed to help control digestion are impacted.  Food remaining in the stomach longer than it should-gastroparesis-causes heartburn, bloating, nausea and vomiting.
  • Digestion, bowel and bladder functions as well as urinary tract infections are also a result of nerve damage caused by diabetes.
  • Kidney failure, 44% of it, is brought on by diabetes, sometimes taking years of slow decline to be noticeable.  This can lead to the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant to treat it.
  • Sexual response is lessened by diabetes and 35 to 50 per cent of diabetic men experience erectile dysfunction.
  • Legs become weak and painful due to, once again, nerve damage.
  • Hands and feet in diabetic individuals, 60 to 70%, become weak, painful and loose sensation, causing open sores, ulcers, and infections that the patient may not even be aware of having.

Some important, generalized steps to take right now include:

  1. Regular blood glucose checkups can establish a pattern of your levels, which should normally be between 70 and 100.  
  2. A healthy diet and regular exercise are key to avoiding diabetes. 
  3. Be aware of your family history and take extra precautions if there is evidence of this in your family.
  4. Maintenance of a healthy body weight is also very key.  Be certain your Body Mass Index is within the desired level.

Eating a low-glucose diet is very important.  Healthy eating is not only low calorie eating. Look at the foods you are using to fuel your body.  Check the glycemic index of your foods.   One weight reduction program that concentrates on maintaining muscle mass and low glycemic foods is available online.  Click here to learn more.

Dallas Health Helpers offers solutions to individuals who want to take preventative action to avoid health concerns in the future and have a more energetic, productive life now.  We are a springboard for building a foundation of good health that will propel one into a future of vitality.

Dallas Health Helpers has been involved in natural approaches to health for 26 years.  We are located in Uptown Dallas, but our influence is nation wide.

Dallas Nutritionist recommends others along with calcium.

Dallas Nutritionist recommends others along with calcium.  Most people know that calcium is important. But is the total picture clear to everyone? There are things that help calcium be better absorbed and more effective.


 
Osteoporosis is a major health issue.  Americans consume more dairy products and calcium than any other population in the world, but we still have one of the highest rates of this debilitating disease. Half of women and a quarter of men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in his or her lifetime.

And while osteoporosis can strike at any age, it is often thought of as a disease that affects the elderly.    Think of calcium as the bricks in the bone-building process because it doesn’t work alone to build and maintain strong bones.  Bricklayers know that a house is only as strong as the mortar that holds it together.  And the nutritional “cement” for building and maintaining strong bones includes vitamins D and K, magnesium, boron, zinc, copper and manganese.

Nearly half a million older adults were followed by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers who found that increasing calcium consumption in women was associated with a lower risk of developing cancer. The beneficial effect seemed to peak at about 1,300 mg of calcium daily.  Perhaps because women were more likely to take a multivitamin/mineral supplement that contained calcium, and much more likely to take a calcium supplement regularly, a similar effect on total cancer wasn’t seen  in men .

But men and women were found to be in agreement on at least one thing. A lower risk of developing cancers of the digestive system, including colon cancer was associated with a diet rich in calcium from foods and supplements.  In fact, men and women with the highest calcium intakes had a 16 and 23% lower risk respectively for digestive system cancers compared to those with the lowest calcium intakes.

 Who can benefit from supplementing with calcium and the other nutrients for bone health?

  • Individuals concerned about building strong bones and maintaining long-term bone health
  • Persons whose diet may be low in key bone-building nutrients, particularly women age 30 and older, teenagers, and the elderly.
  • Smokers, those who have high intakes of alcohol, or frequently drink soft drinks —lifestyle habits that can limit or interfere with the utilization of calcium
  • Women who experience PMS symptoms
  • Those concerned with issues of retaining normal blood pressure
  • Anyone who finds calcium supplements too chalky, too big, or hard to swallow

What does a calcium supplement need to contain to be truly effective?

  1. 1,000 mg (100% DV) of elemental calcium from nature’s most concentrated and easily absorbed sources
  2. 400 mg (100% DV) of magnesium to help incorporate calcium into bone and help strengthen bones
  3. 400 IU (100% DV) of vitamin D to stimulate calcium absorption
  4. Boron in a clinically supported amount to aid bone metabolism
  5. Vitamin K to help bind minerals to form bone matrix
  6. Manganese, copper, and zinc – co-factors that activate enzymes that help build bone mass

 You can purchase these supplements individually, but I recommend Osteomatrix,a single supplement that fills the bill easily.  It is recommended that calcium supplementation’s daily dosage be spread over at least intakes to allow for better absorption.
 
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Dallas Health Expert offers tips for a safe and happy summer.

Dallas Health Expert offers tips for a safe and happy summer. There are precautions that one can take to avoid discomfort and damage during the hot, sunny days ahead. Some of the ways to ensure healthy skin from the inside out include simple practices anyone can do.

Be aware that the sun’s ultra violet rays are the strongest during the mid day hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Try to schedule your outdoor activities before or after this timeframe.  Even on an overcast day, 80% the sun’s UV rays can still penetrate the clouds.  You can still get burned.

Cover as much of your body as possible with protective clothing.  Wear a wide brimmed hat to cover your hair and head.  The more protection you have the better off your skin will be.

Sunglasses help deflect the sun’s UV rays from sand, water, and other surfaces. Always wear sungalsses.  They help to lower your risk of cataracts and other eye conditions. And you won’t have to squint, which can bring on more wrinkling of the skin.

Many people seem to think of sunscreen only when going to the pool or beach. Not a good plan.  Any activity in the great outdoors can be a source of sunburn and skin damage.  Some of the sunbelt states like Oklahoma have a lower incidence of skin cancers because of advertising campaigns encouraging the use of sunscreens.  Slather on a liberal amount of sunscreen evenly on all exposed areas of the skin—and remember your lips, nose, ears, neck, hands, feet, and head (if necessary). Apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun and think to re-apply every two hours, especially after swimming or exercising.Â

Make sure you get plenty of antioxidants.  What’s the big deal? Environmental assaults such as sunlight, pollution, stress, and even normal metabolism produce free radicals in our bodies, that can damage cells, alter DNA, and cause skin to age prematurely. Phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids—antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, and plants—combat these free radicals and protect your body against cellular damage. So be sure to include lots of antioxidants in your diet. Your skin—and your overall health—will thank you.   Â

Dallas Health Helpers has been in the health and wellness industry for 26 years.  We are located in Uptown Dallas, but our efforts reach nationwide audiences.

Uptown Dallas Massage Therapist recommends daily stretching.

Uptown Dallas Massage Therapist recommends daily stretching.  Flexibility is a part of being healthy and these simple guidelines will help even the novice feel good and effective when stretching.

Many people seem to find stretching to be a bore and a waste of time.  Besides, stretching may take some precious time out of the alloted exercise period.  However, stretching is so good for the body and mind, it may even enhance your workout.  Even if you are not on a regular exercise regime, a nice stretching session can actually improve your day.

The most effective time to stretch is generally in the morning.  A short, 10 to 15 minute routine will get the blood flowing and loosen up muscles that may have tightened up during the night.  Carving out that short period of time can pay back big dividends during the next few hours.  And done daily, the benefits will compound for you.

Often, when one begins a new exercise regime, the tendency is to over do it and go at the activity full force.  Stretching is best performed slowly and gently.  It is a process of allowing the muscles and tendons and ligaments to lengthen.   Forcing the soft tissue to lengthen too quickly is where the trouble can come from.   Compare your soft tissues to a rubber band.  If a rubber band is cold when you try to stretch it, it breaks more easily.  A rubber band that is warm will stretch more easily and possibly farther.  A cold muscle is much more prone to damage than a slightly warmed one.

Begin slowly and breathe comfortably.  Get yourself into a peaceful state of mind and let the stresses of the day, past or upcoming, drift away for this brief period of time.  Focus on your body and the calmness that resides deep inside you.  Once you’ve gotten your mind at ease, begin your stretching.

Stretching should feel good.  Forcing the muscles generally does not feel good.  Stay in your happy state of mind.  Whatever stretches you choose, listen to your body.  With stretching, less is better than a little bit more.   We all naturally, without conscious thought, stretch. Pets will stretch themselves and their movements can be easily immitated.  Try what a dog or cat does and see how it feels.

Expand your stretching thoughout your day; sitting at your desk, walking down the hall, sitting in the car at a redlight.  Do those innate moves that you do to make yourself feel better.  Just be aware that whatever you do to lengthen your muscles makes them feel better.

Again, don’t make stretching a big deal.  Just do what comes naturally and comfortably. Make sure you do it often.

Dallas Health Helpers has been involved in natural approaches to health for 26 years.  We are located in Uptown Dallas, but our influence is nation wide.

Genetic Engineering of trees is a major threat to our ecological system.

Genetic Engineering of trees is a major threat to our ecological system.  There would be major repercussions if this is allowed to happen, even in an experimental stage.

The USDA is currently taking public comments on whether or not the company ArborGen should be allowed to conduct 29 field trials of genetically engineered “cold tolerant” eucalyptus trees in the U.S. For the first time in history, this massive experiment, which is on the verge of being green-lighted, will literally be using nature as the laboratory to test more than 260,000 “franken-trees.”  Scientists across the U.S. are voicing concerns over this proposal including:

-The USDA failed to do an Environmental Impact Statement to assess potential negative issues related to the proposed field trials.

-Studies have shown tree pollen can travel up to 1,000 kilometers. The spread of the these plants into the wild through seeds and plant matter is highly likely, and the impacts on native ecosystems from this invader are unknown.

-One of the experimental GE tree varieties is a known host for cryptococcus gatti, a fatal fungal pathogen whose spores cause meningitis in people and animals.

Comments are being accepted by the USDA until July 6, 2009. Take action today by going directly to the USDA website to submit comments 

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main… to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.