Friday, March 18, 2011

Diabetes Drugs

For diabetic patients who do not really understand how GTF Products work, they tend to consult doctors and other medical-related officers about ways of treating the disease. As a result, many of these patients do not really know what kind of treatments or what kind of medicines were given to them after each consultation.

Though the government has warned the nation in the fourth quarter of last year in the media, mentioning that certain diabetes drugs, such as rosiglitazone, a diabetes drug which could bring disastrous effect to its consumers, should be prevented, but statistics still showing that a large chunk of total percentage of diabetic patients in our country just would not listen to that piece of advice.

Let us take a good look of how drugs such as rosiglitazone affects our body system. Indeed, rosiglitazone is a drug which can control blood sugar level in our body, but on the downside, it could trigger other hazardous aftermaths, such as heart failure, heart attack, or even death at certain point of time. Researchers in UK and US had taken a study by comparing rosiglitazone and another type of diabetes drug, pioglitazone.

Rosiglitazone appears to have a modest increase of risk in trigerring heart attack compares to its counterpart. Such study involved some 810,000 patients (429,000 on rosiglitazone and 381,000 on pioglitazone), where most of the patients were 60 years of age or above. Compared with pioglitazone, rosiglitazone was associated with a modest but statistically significant increased risk of heart attack (16%), congestive heart failure (23%), and mortality (14%).

Thus, government restriction on such diabetes drugs was implemented. Why putting your life at risk by taking these drugs, while you could enjoy a greater life by just consuming GTF Products?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BMI For Chinese

All this while, the standard of BMI (Body Mass Index) is being referred in the American way. In other words, standards of BMI are always assumed to be measured in an American, not Asian, not African or whatsoever. But lately, there is a piece of good news for BMI, and this time, a new standard has been outlined, particularly referring to Chinese. The reason why a new BMI guideline for Chinese is being implemented, was because the rate of obesity is increasing around the globe, WHO suggested to set another benchmark for the Chinese. Thus, let's take a look what BMI got to say for Chinese.

This study was jointly completed by Taiwan and US researchers. Such study was participated by
58 738 Chinese men and 65 718 women in Taiwan who were aged 20 or older. Next up, their BMI were used to look for associations, if any, with the risk of death. As a result, researchers found that those with BMI which was less than 24 but with chronic disease have greater risk of death compare to those without chronic disease. Besides that, smokers with BMI less than 24 are also considered to fall in the category which has higher risk of death. On the other side, surprisingly, those with higher BMI (above 30), and with chronic disease had a lower risk of death.

Overall, Chinese individuals who have lower risk of death are the ones whose BMI fall between 24-25.9.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dine With FB

Facebook has been a frenzy ever since a good few years ago, due to its pleasant interactive platform which is extremely user friendly. Correspondingly, it did wonders and received countless rave reviews from all over the world. After that few years, "The Social Network" which tells the story of how the creator of Facebook created this magnificent website was aired worldwide. This made the social interactive site's world number spot even firmer than ever.

While many users are using Facebook, chatting with friends, leaving comments and "liking" their friends' status, many do not realize a habit they do daily which could jeopardize their health. Recently, Facebook is closely linked to eating disorders. According to a study conducted in the University of Haifa in Israel, the more time an adolescent girl spent her time on Facebook, the higher the risk of her developing eating disorders such as anorexia, exaggerated dieting as well as bulimia.

A research was then conducted. This research involved 248 participants, whom were all girls, with the age ranged from 12 to 19 years ago. The study was mainly looking through their eating behavior in relation with the amount of time they spend on the Internet as well as other media such as viewing of television programs.

Results showed that participants who spent relatively more time on Facebook suffered eating disorders like the ones which were mentioned previously, and they were very dissatisfied regarding their body images. Besides that, TV programs which were gossip and leisure-related proved to be hazardous for these young girls too. Programs such as Gossip Girl was on the list. According to the researchers, they believed that parents play the key role in the girls' susceptibility to eating disorders as parents, in many times were not aware of what type of media content their girls were consuming.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Power of Fibers

Fiber is normally closely linked in assurance of proper functions of digestive tract. When we go deeper as far as dietary fiber is concerned, they can even go as far as in heart diseases, certain cancers, and also diabetes prevention, many thanks to rich antioxidants they contain. Now, a new study even suggests that consuming the sufficient amount of dietary fiber can even save you from death!

US researchers from National Cancer Institute examined food survey completed by participants who joined the study in 1995 and 1996. The mentioned participants were consisted of 219,123 men and 168,999 women ages 50 to 71 years of age. After nine years, there were about 11,000 people died and so, these researchers further investigate the reasons behind the deaths according to their food patterns throughout those nine years.

Softening stool is the most common effect of fiber known by the public. But specifically, how does that happens? Dietary fiber basically can be categorized into soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. As such, soluble fiber has the ability to absorb water (as how its name indicates), and thus become gelatinous and further fermented by bacteria in the digestive tract. Whereas insoluble fiber is the one which increases bulk and soften stool, in turn shorten transit time in the intestinal tract.

From the results of the study, it is found that people who ate at least 26 grams of fiber per day were 22% less likely to die compare to those who ate less amount of the same thing, which was ranged 13 grams or less. What is more, researchers found out that getting fibers from grains can have biggest impact on that.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Energy-Draining Mobile

In the past, or even to this day, when mobile is being put into the frame of discussion topic, what people would regard the excessive utilization of mobile is about the growth of brain tumor. Is that true? Past researches did not really indicate that brain tumor could grow statistically in such a way when a person very much depends on the utilization of a mobile phone, but another evidence which can be ascertain, is that when a person is using mobile phone (listening to another party over the phone by sticking the phone towards the ear, such as how the picture illustrated), the utilization of brain energy is very great.

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the director of National Institute on Drug Abuse, has led a team of researchers in conducting such study. According to Dr. Nora, certain chemicals are involved when one is talking over his or her mobile phone near the head. Fifteen minutes of phone call actually increases the utilization of brain glucose, and thus also increase the rate of brain glucose metabolism.

In the brain, there are structures which are known as neurons. Neurons are components that demand for great amount of glucose as they are always in an active state even when we are sleeping. When we enter our dreamland, what neurons do is to work repairing and rebuilding their worn out structures. Other than that, brain cells are also known to consume two times more energy compare to cells in other parts of our body.

Such study produced certain results to an extent where great utilization of brain glucose is confirmed when we are on call, though no statistic results are showing that brain tumor would appear due to that, but the growth of brain tumor often use up brain glucose. Hence, the use-up of brain glucose in such rate is not a good thing. These days, the category of people who uses mobile phones inclines to the younger side, even as young as small kids. Still-developing brains might be damaged and might face an increase risk from the radio frequency emission.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Listen to Your Legs

Next time whenever you move your legs, whenever you are walking, whenever you are using your legs to do certain movements, listen attentively. Do they cry out to you, scream in agony where painfulness can be felt all of a sudden? If they tell you so, beware that some other parts of yours might be in trouble!

A recent investigation about legs and heart had been conducted, and the results showed somewhat positive about certain association between the two parts of our body. In the United States, there are approximately nine million Americans who raised concerns about their leg problems are associated with heart complications as well. And unluckily, normally heart diseases of theirs are difficult to be discovered.

Researchers referred to such heart disease as PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease). PAD plays a role as a silent killer as they lurk within the human body without any visible symptoms. Its existence is now being closely linked with leg complications which are experienced by many today. Studies show that when one feel that his or her legs become painful while walking, or due to other factors such as disability, sometimes such circumstances happened due to the narrowed arteries in legs, which causes blood clogged or blood blockages. When arteries in legs are blocked, it also means there are arteries blocked somewhere else in the body and it is strongly related to the blockage of arteries near the heart.

Being a silent disease, PAD nonetheless is sometimes associated with the following symptoms:

- Fatigue, heaviness, tiredness in certain parts of legs, such as calf or thigh.

- Foot as well as toe pain which directly disturbs sleeping patterns.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fish for Folks

Fish oils are said to be edible stuffs to be eaten by people who have heart related diseases. With the presence of Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils, fish oils certainly hailed as one of the most effective foods which ought to be consumed in the long run as far as the health of heart is concerned. But for now, just ignore the heart part, but focus on Alzheimer's instead.

Fish oil, as referred by many people previously, as the effective food in treating or maintaining great health of heart, is now also considered as the essential foods in improving Alzheimer's Disease. Prof. Daniel Michaelson of Tel Aviv University's Department of Neurobiology at the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences mentioned that one of the five molecules (scientists believed that there are five molecules which determine the occurrence of Alzheimer's Disease), which is known as APOE plays an important role as far as Alzheimer's Disease comes into the picture.

APOE comes in two different forms, good and bad genes; just like LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). The bad gene is called APOE4. APOE4 is now being held responsible as one of the main factors which cause Alzheimer's Disease, as researchers found out that APOE4 appears in 50% of all Alzheimer's patients. The good news is, by adapting to diet which is high in Omega-3 and low in cholesterol, it somehow significantly reduce the negative outcomes of APOE4 in mouse models.