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March 15, 2011

I think we all know that that diabetes is not a good thing. But there are ways to treat type 2 diabetes.
So don’t give up! Please educate yourself how to prevent the type 2 diabetes. Also it is possible to treat it by modifying your life style and diet.
NEW YORK — A 50-year-old with diabetes dies six years sooner than someone without the disease, and not just from a heart attack or a stroke, new research suggests.
Type 2 diabetes is tied to obesity. Those with diabetes had double the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those without the disorder. But also it was found that diabetics had a 25 percent higher risk of dying from cancer and were more likely to die from a variety of illnesses including infections, lung and kidney disease as well as falls.
The new research squares with that report’s conclusion that “there’s a lot more we need to understand about diabetes and the link to cancer,” said one of the authors, Dr. Richard Bergenstal of the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis. He is a former president of the diabetes group.
United Press International
03-09-11
Diabetes rates greater than 11 percent

The belt

Areas with high rates of diabetes — a “diabetes belt” — are clustered in 644 counties in 15 mostly Southeastern states, U.S. health officials said.

Lead investigator Lawrence E. Barker of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said it was in the 1960s when Southern states were identified as the “stroke belt,” but this is the first time diagnosed diabetes clustering was identified in all U.S. counties.
The belt — diabetes rates greater than 11 percent — includes portions of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the entire state of Mississippi.
“Although many risk factors for type 2 diabetes can’t be changed — age and race/ethnicity — others can such as physical activity and eating healthier food,” Barker said in a statement.
“Community that promotes physical activity, along with access to healthy food, can encourage the healthy lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”
The diabetes belt counties contained substantially more non-Hispanic African-Americans compared with the rest of the country, obesity was more prevalent, sedentary lifestyle was greater and a smaller percentage of people have a college degree, Barker said. So again education is a factor
The findings are published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
From Market America
American diet

Feed your diabetes!

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So in conclusion I suggest to please change your diet: NO KFS, McDonalds or any other brand of Fast Food.
Limit red meat and poultry. No bleached flower products.
Limit sugar and salt.
Read more articles about healthy life style on this blog or on other health sites.

February 28, 2011

Gett your fat butt off the couch

Fat and lazy

I think it is time to push americans a little harder toward helthier life style.

By using:
Tax incentives
Insurance premiums
Profiling for jobs like flight attendat, healthy foods stores and so on.
It costs the country too much to have so many fat and lazy people.
It does affect the economy.
It affects the national security.
We are becoming lazy fat and stupid.
Some Superpower!
That is if we want real freedom
Freedom from being sick
Freedom to have a full life
Freedom to being able to play with our kids and greandkids
Freedom to live longer
Freedom not to use medications
Freedom to keep the money for ourselves and not for big Pharma
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two prominent Republicans came to the defense of First Lady Michelle Obama, breaking ranks with some of their party’s top stars who have taken jabs at her campaign against obesity.
Mike Huckabee
“What Michelle Obama has proposed is that we recognize that we have a serious obesity crisis, which we do,” said Huckabee, who calls himself a “recovering foodaholic” who once weighed 300 lbs.
The former Arkansas governor pointed out that 75 percent of military age youths in the United States do not qualify for military service “because they’re either overweight or obese.
“That’s serious,” he said. “This is no longer just a health issue, an economic issue. It is becoming an issue of national security.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has called himself portly, also distanced himself from conservatives critical of the first lady’s efforts to encourage young Americans to stay fit and eat healthy foods.
“I think it’s a really good goal to encourage kids to eat better,” Christie stressed.
“I’ve struggled with my weight for 30 years. And it’s a struggle. And if a kid can avoid that in his adult years or her adult years, more power to them. And

Obesity epidemic

Obesity in kids

I think the first lady is speaking out well,” he added.

While “I don’t want the government deciding what you can and what you can’t eat. … I think Mrs. Obama being out there encouraging people in a positive way to eat well and to exercise and to be healthy, I don’t have a problem with that,” Christie added.
Childhood obesity in the United States has tripled in 30 years.
Today, one in three US children are overweight or obese, meaning they are more likely than their normal-weight peers to grow up to be obese adults at higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease.
In my opinion The country is anly as healthy as it’s citizens.

Better than drugs

Author: Yoselin
December 9, 2010


 


prevention of diabetes

Run from Diabetes!

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) was a major multicenter clinical research study aimed at discovering whether modest weight loss through dietary changes and increased physical activity or treatment with the oral diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage) could prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in study participants. At the beginning of the DPP, participants were all overweight and had blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes—a condition called pre-diabetes.
 
The DPP found that participants who lost a modest amount of weight through dietary changes and increased physical activity sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes.
Taking metformin also reduced risk, although less dramatically. The DPP resolved its research questions earlier than projected and, following the recommendation of an external monitoring board, the study was halted a year early. The researchers published their findings in the February 7, 2002, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study of two groups.
The first group, called the lifestyle intervention group, received intensive training in diet, physical activity, and behavior modification. By eating less fat and fewer calories and exercising for a total of 150 minutes a week, they aimed to lose 7 percent of their body weight and maintain that loss.
The second group took 850 mg of metformin twice a day.
The third group received placebo pills instead of metformin. The metformin and placebo groups also received information about diet and exercise but no intensive motivational counseling. A fourth group was treated with the drug troglitazone (Rezulin), but this part of the study was discontinued after researchers discovered that troglitazone can cause serious liver damage. The participants in this group were followed but not included as one of the intervention groups.
The first group—those receiving intensive individual counseling and motivational support on effective diet, exercise, and behavior modification—reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. This finding was true across all participating ethnic groups and for both men and women. Lifestyle changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing their risk by 71 percent. About 5 percent of the lifestyle intervention group developed diabetes each year during the study period, compared with 11 percent of those in the placebo group.
The second group taking metformin reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 31 percent. Metformin was effective for both men and women, but it was least effective in people aged 45 and older. Metformin was most effective in people 25 to 44 years old and in those with a body mass index of 35 or higher, meaning they were at least 60 pounds overweight. About 7.8 percent of the metformin group developed diabetes each year during the study, compared with 11 percent of the group receiving the placebo.
Metformin possible side effects (drugs.com)

Prevention works better than pills

Would rather go for a walk

Possible side effects using Metformin:

Diarrhea; gas; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach upset; temporary metallic taste; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Metformin:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain or discomfort; dizziness or lightheadedness; fast or difficult breathing; feeling of being unusually cold; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; general feeling of being unwell; muscle pain or weakness; slow or irregular heartbeat; unusual drowsiness; unusual or persistent stomach pain or discomfort; unusual tiredness or weakness.
So again eat right and exercise! And don’t use pills if you don’t have to! But you can try natural supplements.

November 24, 2010

Soft drinks are bad for you

Soft drinks and obesity

Coke:

Put silver into Coke for 12 hours to let the stains dissolve; Polish silver with cotton cloth and then dry it.
Ever wondered how sodas affect your stomach?
Let`s consider what doctors and health clinics have to say about the dangers of drinking soft drinks.
If you look at the list of ingredients in most soda pops, you will likely see most or all of these listed:
caffeine
carbonated water
phosphoric acid
sugar or high fructose corn syrup
aspartame
acesulfame-k
sucralose
People drink more soft drinks

Soft drinks industry

The United States ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption.

According to the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA), consumption of soft drinks is now over 600 12-ounce servings (12 oz.) per person per year. Since the late 1970`s the soft drink consumption in the United States has doubled for females and tripled for males. The highest consumption is in the males between the ages of 12 – 29; they average 1/2 gallon a day or 160 gallons a year.
Drinking one or more carbonated beverages per day may increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.
The most commonly associated health risks are obesity, nutritional deficiencies, tooth decay, diabetes, osteoporosis and bone fractures, heart disease, food addictions, blood sugar disorders and other eating disorders, neurotransmitter dysfunction from chemical sweeteners, and neurological and adrenal disorders from excessive caffeine.
The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soft drink consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.
Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus must be maintained in the proper balance for bone health.  When too much phosphorus is in the blood, calcium is leached from the bones, causing osteoporosis.  Even in citrus sodas which contain citric acid instead of phosphoric acid, calcium is needed to normalize blood pH.  It has been said that the fastest growing group of people with osteoporosis in this country is teenagers….because of the huge number of sodas they consume.
Diet sodas that are low in calories are high in sodium. Too much salt in the diet may cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine and increase the risk of osteoporosis.
What about  ADHD in kids?

ADHD in kids

ADHD in kids

Most children diagnosed with ADHD are actually suffering from severe nutritional imbalances that can be easily corrected through changes in diet. Soft drinks are the single greatest source of caffeine in childrens diets; a 12-ounce can of cola contains about 45 mg
For anyone over age 40, soft drinks can be especially hazardous because the kidneys are less able to excrete excess phosphorus, causing depletion of vital calcium. Excessive consumption of soft drinks, which are high in phosphorus, can also deplete you of calcium and increase your chances of osteoporosis
So what to drink?
Water. But room temperature please. Don’t drink iced water.

November 1, 2010

Junk food

They raise total cholesterol levels and gum up arteries.

Most of us know by now that the main villains are saturated fats, found chiefly in meat and high-fat dairy products, and trans fats, found in fried foods, cakes, crackers, and some margarines. They raise total cholesterol levels and gum up arteries.

Unsaturated fats

Unsaturated fats are essential to good health.

Unsaturated fats, which mostly come from plants and fish, are essential to good health.

The recent Optimal Macronutrient Intake Trial for Heart Health (OmniHeart) study showed that a diet rich in unsaturated fats lowers blood pressure and reduces overall heart disease risk.
Currently, the modern diet is tipped heavily toward omega-6s, says Floyd Chilton, PhD, director of the Bontanical Lipids Center at Wake Forest University. “In the average western diet, the ratio is about 9:1 omega-6s to omega-3s. In some individuals we’ve studied, the ratio is as high as 40:1.”
No one knows what the optimum balance should be. There’s good evidence that the diet of hunter-gatherers — and thus the diet our bodies evolved to eat — had a ratio of 2:1 omega-6s to omega-3s.
Restoring something close to that balance could help fight many of the chronic diseases that plague us. “Omega-6s fatty acids regulate genes that spark inflammation.
And inflammation is increasingly being seen as the central process in heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other chronic health problems.”

Type of harmful fat

Food source

Saturated fat

Animal products (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, lard and butter), and coconut, palm and other tropical oils

Trans fat

Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, commercial baked goods (such as crackers, cookies and cakes), fried foods (such as doughnuts and french fries), shortening and margarine

Dietary cholesterol

Animal products (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, lard and butter)

October 22, 2010

Weight gain and diabetes

Forget the escalators! Walk!

Our Gym is on the second floor.

And most take the escalator. And then they go on the treadmill!

Forget the escalator! Walk!

What is wrong with us?

Every day I see parents DRIVING their kids half the block to the school bus.

Does this make any sense?

(Reuters Life!) – Up to a third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if Americans continue to gain weight and avoid exercise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected on Friday.

The numbers are certain to go up as the population gets older, but they will accelerate even more unless Americans change their behavior, the CDC said.
“We project that, over the next 40 years, the prevalence of total diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) in the United States will increase from its current level of about one in 10 adults to between one in five and one in three adults in 2050,” the CDC’s James Boyle and colleagues wrote in their report.
“These are alarming numbers that show how critical it is to change the course of type-2 diabetes,” CDC diabetes expert Ann Albright said in a statement.
“Successful programs to improve lifestyle choices on healthy eating and physical activity must be made more widely available because the stakes are too high and the personal toll too devastating to fail.”
The CDC says about 24 million U.S. adults have diabetes now, most of them type-2 diabetes linked strongly with poor diet and lack of exercise.
Boyle’s team took census numbers and data on current diabetes cases to make models projecting a trend. No matter what, diabetes will become more common, they said.
“These projected increases are largely attributable to the aging of the U.S. population, increasing numbers of members of higher-risk minority groups in the population, and people with diabetes living longer,” they wrote.
Diabetes was the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States in 2007, and is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults under age 75, as well as kidney failure, and leg and foot amputations not caused by injury.
“Diabetes, costing the United States more than $174 billion per year in 2007, is expected to take an increasingly large financial toll in subsequent years,” Boyle’s team wrote.

Pycnogenol

Author: Yoselin
August 19, 2010

Powerful antioxidant

Pine bark extract Pycnogenol

Pycnogenol is a trade name for a compound of natural antioxidants extracted from the bark of the French Maritime pine tree-Pinus pinaster. Loaded with bioflavonoids and other biologically active phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, Pycnogenol is backed by clinical research and a long history of use. Studies show that Pycnogenol-a powerful antioxidant-has cardiovascular benefits, boosts the immune system, improves the appearance of the skin, treats varicose veins, relieves the pain of arthritis, and reduces inflammation.

Pycnogenol is one of the few standardized bioflavonoid-containing plant extracts that has undergone numerous experimental and clinical studies to determine its effects on the human body. Because Pycnogenol is a standardized extract-meaning that each batch of Pycnogenol contains exactly the same amount of bioflavonoids and procyanidins-other researchers can use it in their experiments to confirm the results of previous studies. This is one of the important criteria of scientific research-that experiments can be successfully reproduced by other researchers. In fact, one reason why researchers have come up with so many different results when testing plant extracts and compounds is because these substances have not been standardized. Once a substance becomes standardized, however, it often attracts much scientific attention.
Short history
French explorer Jacques Cartier was introduced to pine-bark tea by the native Indians of Quebec during the winter of 1534. The Indians gave Cartier and his men the pine-bark tea to save them from dying of scurvy. Over 400 years later, Professor Jack Masquelier of the University of Bordeaux in France was working in Canada and came across this information. It fascinated him because he was very interested in studying the bioflavonoids, which he suspected were partly responsible for helping Cartier’s group ward off scurvy.
Professor Masquelier began to conduct research on pine bark to determine its biological effects. Later in France, he worked with extracts made from the bark of the Maritime pine trees that grew there. From this work, he determined that the extract did indeed display antioxidant activity and had beneficial effects on the vascular system-similar to the vitamin-P factor observed years earlier by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi. Professor Masquelier continued his work on pine-bark extract and developed a standardized extract, which he eventually called Pycnogenol.

OPC-3 in Isotonic form

The Isotonix (TM) OPC-3

Pycnogenol has been used safely for many years in Europe. This substance has no mutagenic activity as determined by the Ames test. This means that Pycnogenol does not cause DNA mutations and is non-cancer causing. Moreover, Pycnogenol has gone through extensive testing to confirm its purity and safety. Studies on humans report no alarming side effects-even at high dosages. Pycnogenol is therefore considered nontoxic at the recommended dosage of 20 to 100mg per day for extended periods of several months, or 100 to 300mg for shorter periods of a few months, which is reserved for therapeutic usag

The phytonutrient components of Pycnogenol-including the antioxidant organic acids caffeic acid, gallic acid, and ferulic acid-have been tested for their free-radical scavenging activities. Pycnogenol has been shown to be effective in neutralizing several types of free radicals, such as the super oxide radical and hydroxyl radical. It also inhibits fatty-acid peroxidation caused by the biochemical t-butyl hydro peroxide, and thereby reduces damage to the cardiovascular system.
Here is some research done on Pycnogenol:

June 28, 2010

The carbonation in all soft drinks causes calcium loss in the bones through a three-stage process:
The carbonation irritates the stomach.
The stomach “cures” the irritation the only way it knows how. It adds the only antacid at its disposal: calcium. It gets this from the blood.
The blood, now low on calcium, replenishes its supply from the bones. If it did not do this, muscular and brain function would be severely impaired.
But, the story doesn’t end there. Another problem with most soft drinks is they also contain phosphoric acid (not the same as the carbonation, which is carbon dioxide mixed with the water). This substance also causes a drawdown on the store of calcium.
So, soft drinks soften your bones (actually, they make them weak and brittle) in three ways:
Carbonation reduces the calcium in the bones.
Phosphoric acid reduces the calcium in the bones.
The beverage replaces a calcium-containing alternative, such as milk or water. Milk and water are not excellent calcium sources, but they are sources.
Diabetes in a can
The picture gets worse when you add sugar to the soft drink. The sugar, dissolved in liquid, is quickly carried to the bloodstream, where its presence in overload quantities signals the pancreas to go into overdrive. The pancreas has no way of knowing if this sugar inrush is a single dose or the front-end of a sustained dose. The assumption in the body’s chemical controls is the worst-case scenario. To prevent nerve damage from oxidation, the pancreas pumps out as much insulin as it can. Even so, it may not prevent nerve damage.
But, this heroic effort of the pancreas has a hefty downside. The jolt of insulin causes the body to reduce the testosterone in the bloodstream, and to depress further production of it. In both men and women, testosterone is the hormone that controls the depositing of calcium in the bones. You can raise testosterone through weight-bearing exercise, but if you are chemically depressing it via massive sugar intake (it takes very small quantities of sugar to constitute a massive intake, because refined sugar is not something the human body is equipped to handle), then your body won’t add calcium to the bones.
Add this to what we discussed above, and you can see that drinking sweetened colas is a suicidal endeavor. And now you know why bone damage formerly apparent only in the very old is now showing up in teenagers.

The carbonation in all soft drinks causes calcium loss in the bones through a three-stage process:The carbonation irritates the stomach.The stomach “cures” the irritation the only way it knows how. It adds the only antacid at its disposal: calcium. It gets this from the blood.The blood, now low on calcium, replenishes its supply from the bones. If it did not do this, muscular and brain function would be severely impaired.But, the story doesn’t end there. Another problem with most soft drinks is they also contain phosphoric acid (not the same as the carbonation, which is carbon dioxide mixed with the water). This substance also causes a drawdown on the store of calcium.So, soft drinks soften your bones (actually, they make them weak and brittle) in three ways:Carbonation reduces the calcium in the bones.Phosphoric acid reduces the calcium in the bones.The beverage replaces a calcium-containing alternative, such as milk or water. Milk and water are not excellent calcium sources, but they are sources.Diabetes in a canThe picture gets worse when you add sugar to the soft drink. The sugar, dissolved in liquid, is quickly carried to the bloodstream, where its presence in overload quantities signals the pancreas to go into overdrive. The pancreas has no way of knowing if this sugar inrush is a single dose or the front-end of a sustained dose. The assumption in the body’s chemical controls is the worst-case scenario. To prevent nerve damage from oxidation, the pancreas pumps out as much insulin as it can. Even so, it may not prevent nerve damage.
But, this heroic effort of the pancreas has a hefty downside. The jolt of insulin causes the body to reduce the testosterone in the bloodstream, and to depress further production of it. In both men and women, testosterone is the hormone that controls the depositing of calcium in the bones. You can raise testosterone through weight-bearing exercise, but if you are chemically depressing it via massive sugar intake (it takes very small quantities of sugar to constitute a massive intake, because refined sugar is not something the human body is equipped to handle), then your body won’t add calcium to the bones.
Add this to what we discussed above, and you can see that drinking sweetened colas is a suicidal endeavor. And now you know why bone damage formerly apparent only in the very old is now showing up in teenagers.

I know that some people use calcium supplements and drink carbonated beverages.

Sounds a little counterproductive to you?

Obesity

Author: Nathan
June 16, 2010

Statement of
Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.
Surgeon General
U.S. Public Health Service
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
Department of Health and Human Services
“Looking back 40 years to the 1960s, when many of us in this room were children, just over four percent of 6- to 17-year-olds were overweight. Since then, that rate has more than tripled, to over 15 percent. And the problem doesn’t go away when children grow up. Nearly three out of every four overweight teenagers may become overweight adults.
I’m not willing to stand by and let that happen. American children deserve much better than being condemned to a lifetime of serious, costly, and potentially fatal medical complications associated with excess weight. The facts are staggering:”
In the year 2000, the total annual cost of obesity in the United States was $117 billion. While extra value meals may save us some change at the counter, they’re costing us billions of dollars in health care and lost productivity. Physical inactivity and super-sized meals are leading to a nation of oversized people.
This year, more than 300,000 Americans will die from illnesses related to overweight and obesity.
Obesity contributes to the number-one cause of death in our nation: heart disease.
Excess weight has also led to an increase in the number of people suffering from Type 2 diabetes. There are at least 17 million Americans with diabetes, and another 16 million have pre-diabetes. Each year, diabetes costs America $132 billion. It can lead to eye diseases, cardiovascular problems, kidney failure, and early death.
Despite seeing the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan on television nearly everyday, America has become an obese nation. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34% of adults in America are obese, while the number of obese children in America is at 17%. Clearly, America has become an unhealthy nation, too busy with video games and cell phones to be concerned with nutrition and health.
How a Person is Determined to be Obese
Not everyone understands how doctors determine a person to be obese. Certainly, weight is a factor, but what other aspects are involved? Obesity is determined based upon a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI), a ratio based on one’s height and weight. A person is considered obese if their BMI is over 30%. Therefore, a person that is five-foot-six and weighs 180 pounds would be considered obese (nytimes.com).
Obesity, cancer clearly linked, experts say
News Date: 04/08/2010
Outlet: Dallas Morning News
There is a clear correlation between obesity and cancer, according to a November report by the American Institute for Cancer Research. It went so far as to link excess body weight to more than 100,000 cancers in the U.S. annually.
Researchers from the American Cancer Society cited this connection as far back as 2003.
In fact, the only issue in doubt among most experts is why.
Some say increased weight causes an increase in the amount of hormones, such as estrogen, or an increase in low-grade inflammation in the body, both of which are theorized to increase cancer risk.
Dr. David Euhus, professor of surgical oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and director of the Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Program at the Simmons Cancer Center, believes the true culprit is insulin resistance, which increases with weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.
“Breast cancer risk increases in the years prior to a diagnosis of diabetes,” says Euhus, who is working with researchers at UT Southwestern to explore his ideas. “Women with higher levels of circulating insulin have higher breast cancer rates.”
Euhus is examining medicines such as Metformin, which heightens insulin sensitivity, as possible cancer preventives.
DMN

April 29, 2010

 By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY

 More than half of Americans have either high blood pressure or pre-hypertension, says cardiologist Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association and medical director at the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute in Dallas
There are several theories for why sodium increases blood pressure, Yancy says, “but the most obvious one is that it makes us retain fluids, and that retention elevates blood pressure,” which injures blood vessels and leads to heart disease and stroke. “It’s a connect-the-dots phenomenon.”

Some people, especially some African Americans, are more salt-sensitive than others, Yancy says.

“When they are exposed to sodium, they retain more fluid, and because of the way their kidneys handle sodium, they may have a greater proportional rise in blood pressure,” he says.

The cost of this damage? An analysis by the Rand Corp. found that if the average sodium intake of Americans was reduced to 2,300 milligrams a day, it might decrease the cases of high blood pressure by 11 million, improve quality of life for millions of people and save about $18 billion in annual health care costs.

The estimated value of improved quality of life and living healthier longer: $32 billion a year. Greater reductions in sodium consumption in the population would save more lives and money, says Roland Sturm, a senior economist with Rand.

Yancy says the country doesn’t just need health care reform, “we need health reform. If we don’t adjust the demand part of the equation, no system will work. Remarkably, people might be overall healthier by simply reducing sodium.”

But Yancy says people need to keep in mind that sodium is just one of the factors that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Others include obesity, consuming too much sugar and too few fruits and vegetables, lack of physical activity and smoking.

As I said before take charge of ypour health.

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