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Diabetes affects more than one in 10 Americans, and an estimated 366 million people worldwide and the global epidemic is getting worse with the numbers projected to keep climbing. The International Diabetes Federation described the number of cases as “staggering,” with one person dying from diabetes every seven seconds.

According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. [Jared Reis, et al., “Lifestyle factors and risk for new-onset diabetes: a population-based cohort study”] getting plenty of exercise—lowered the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 39 percent in women and 31 percent in men.

Although I personally believe heredity is the risk factor I face, I am attempting to take the bull by the horns.  I am renewing my gym membership and making a conscience effort to combat the genes.

Monday September 19, 2011.

Here we go!


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Why do they always suggest Fruit?

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Americans Run on Junk Foods

I read a story today about weight gain in rats and how rats fed a ‘typical American diet’ gained more wait than rats fed good old fashion lard. It has given me great pause! Here’s the story….

Rats fed a snack-based diet of highly palatable, energy-dense foods gained more weight, had more tissue inflammation, and were intolerant to glucose and insulin (warning signs of diabetes) than rats whose diets were high fat from lard. The study is featured on the cover of this month’s issue of the journal Obesity.

“Obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States,” says Liza Makowski, assistant professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hilland the study’s senior author. “These findings provide us with a better animal model to help explore what factors are contributing most to this dangerous trend, and what strategies for prevention and treatment of obesity will be most successful.”

Using obese rats in laboratory experiments has been a common practice for decades, but rodents are typically made obese on manufactured lard-based, high-fat diets, Makowski notes. Her team showed that feeding the rats a diet that more closely resembles a typical American diet filled with snacks—known as the “cafeteria diet,” or CAF—revealed even more severe risks and emphasized the potentially harmful nature of excessive snacking.

“Although we can’t pinpoint what component of these snacks is causing these pre-diabetes conditions, we show that the ‘cafeteria diet’ provides a more severe animal model of metabolic syndrome than lard-based high-fat diets,” she says.

Metabolic syndrome is the cluster of factors that increase a person’s risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.

“The rapid gain in weight, extensive obesity, and multiorgan dysfunctions observed in the CAF model more closely reflect what is happening to humans who eat these snack foods regularly,” Makowski says.

The researchers note that rats fed the tasty, highly palatable cafeteria diet ate more food—about 30 percent more calories—than those eating high-fat or high-sugar diets.

“By the second week, rats on the lard-based, high-fat diet actually ate less, dropping their caloric intake to the same intake as rats on a standard, or healthy, diet,” Makowski says. “However, the CAF-fed rats continued to eat more, and gained almost double the weight of rats on the standard diet.”

Researchers from Vanderbilt University, Duke University, and Indiana University contributed to the study.

On Monday of this week, I had my own realization about myself and food taste and eating satisfaction. (I’ll post my insights tomorrow)

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