The effect of lifestyle habits on type 2 diabetes risk is so large that it renders genetic susceptibility insignificant, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge and published in the journal PLOS Medicine.
The study was funded primarily by the European Commission.
The findings imply that generalized lifestyle interventions are still the most effective way to prevent diabetes, regardless of an individual’s genetic profile.
“One of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes is to stop people developing the condition in the first place,” researcher David Lomas said, “and this large international study reinforces the idea that broad promotion of a healthy diet and lifestyle is the way to go.”
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Type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body loses its sensitivity to the blood-sugar-lowering hormone insulin, now affects more than 380 million people globally. As with many chronic diseases, researchers believe that it originates from an interaction between underlying genetic risk and various lifestyle factors, including diet and exercise.
In recent years, scientists have identified numerous gene variants associated with risk for the disease, and
Cancer can be incredibly scary, especially when you don’t understand how to prevent the onset through incorporation of a healthy and holistic lifestyle that addresses all the core factors that facilitate its development. Unfortunately, avoidance of this deadly disease is difficult due to the pollution of our food, air, and water.
Check out these 8 sobering stats, and then make a decision to be an exception to the rule.
1. Worldwide, about 1 in 8 deaths is caused by cancer. Yet, the media and health authorities are obsessed with “preventing” virtually non-existent diseases like polio or generally non-life threatening conditions like measles. Is because there isn’t a vaccination or pharmaceutical “cure” for cancer yet? Interestingly enough, developed countries have higher incidences of cancer, where humankind has generally aborted its connection from the healing power of pure food, air, water, sun, and earth.
2. People aged 55 or older have the highest cancer risk. Approximately 77% of ALL cancers diagnosed are present in men and women in this age group.
3. On the other side of the spectrum, more than 40 children are diagnosed with cancer every day, which equals more than
If you live with a woman who suffers from PMS, you know firsthand that your loving wife or significant other can change from a loving, sweet-tempered woman into someone you barely recognize with little to no warning. And you know how easy it is the say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Or maybe it seems that everything you say is going to be wrong for a few days each month. There are a lot of things you can do to make it worse, but there are also many things you can do to make it better during this time.
First of all, if she is experiencing PMS, know that she’s right. It doesn’t really matter what she says. Only a fool would argue with her now. This is not the time for logic. This is the time for compassion. Listen. DO NOT PROBLEM SOLVE! Just listen.
If she chooses this time to complain about all of your faults, know that she has lost her “filter.” She really does mean what she says when she tells you she’s tired of you being a slob, never hanging up your
It has been proclaimed that we are at the peak of food production, and with industrialization, chemicals, and genetically modified foods choking the nutritional efficacy of the food supply, it’s time to get back to a better model.
Something as humble as a back yard garden, or even a patio container garden, can help us get back not only a nutritious food supply, but also, to regain skills and interactions that are missing from our current lifestyle.
Fresher, cleaner, and more nutritious food
The introduction of large scale farming geared towards world production on the shoulders of a relatively small number of producers, was a recipe for a degraded and highly travelled food supply. This movement virtually guaranteed that food quality would become compromised, and the people of this planet would suffer as a result.
However, if we get back to our roots and begin supporting smaller scale farmers or produce even a small percentage of our own food supply, we can start to alleviate the negative impact industrialized farming has created for our health. A planet with fewer chemicals, pollution, “strip mining”, and genetic alterations will undoubtedly make a positive impact for people, and this can be
It seems that every few years we hear of another diet fad or food fad. In the last few years gluten is getting all of the attention. How can wheat or other common grains–fixtures of the American diet–be causing such problems?
What is gluten? Gluten is the protein found in wheat (including spelt, kamut, triticale , which are varieties of wheat), rye, and barley.
Why has gluten become a problem for so many?
There are several reasons gluten has become a problem for so many Americans.
First of all, bread or wheat forms the basis of the American diet. Toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, rolls or pasta for dinner–the majority of Americans eat wheat all day, every day.
The wheat we eat barely resembles the wheat our ancestors ate. Although it is not genetically modified (yet), it has been significantly altered by selection, through generations of hybrid alterations to increase yields and make it more disease resistant.
Our ancestors used to sprout grains before using them. We rarely take this step to make grains more digestible.
And last, but certainly not least, Candida overgrowth in the gut is epidemic due to the American diet and use of antibiotics.
Medical professionals from the University of Zurich have compiled important public health results that can be used in counseling and primary care to slash the risk of early death.
Their conclusion was general, stating that people can live longer due to an active lifestyle, more fruit and vegetable consumption, and limited cigarettes and alcohol use. However, they did show at which ages these lifestyle choices are most important and effective.
Poor lifestyle choice lead to a 2.5 fold higher mortality risk
With cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory disorders and cancer rising across the board in all industrialized countries, now is the time to hone in on preventive strategies.
That’s what the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is taking on — developing a process of national prevention strategies that will encourage healthier behavior and improve the population’s health competence.
Brian Martin and his colleagues from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Zurich looked into the combined and individual effects of four factors on life expectancy. These included tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, quality of diet and excessive alcohol consumption.
They investigated the obvious and did not look at some of the more silent destroyers
If you’ve made the decision that you are truly ready to change your lifestyle and claim your birthright of vibrant health, these are the basic steps that most people need to take in order to restore their health:
If you drill down health to its most critical and essential element, diet plays the most important role, by far. We’ve all heard the old adage, “You are what you eat.” Once you understand the critical role diet plays in health, you will understand the absolute truth of this statement. Your diet provides every single building block your body uses to create cells, to repair tissue, to move, to breathe, to exist.
Common sense tells us, the better your diet, the better your health. But what is the best diet? Hopefully we all know the traditional American diet ranks at the bottom of the list. But which of the many alternative diets hold the top position? Vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo? There are many to choose from. But I suggest, you don’t choose.
We are all individuals with particular likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, we are habitual creatures who seem hell bent on getting stuck in the same patterns and the same ruts. But this
Halifax has long been regarded as one of Canada’s best cities. It may not have the size of Toronto or the climate of Vancouver, but it can be proud of many of its great qualities, which include amazing senior care options. If you’re looking to retire in Canada, be sure to consider Halifax. Here are just a few reasons why.
- Beautiful Scenery
With its rugged landscape and sea views, Halifax is one of the most beautiful and rarely-seen gems in the Canadian landscape. People come from around the world to take in Halifax’s natural landscape. The combination But the scenery doesn’t stop with the natural beauty in and around Halifax, the city itself also has a local charm. Old buildings, many dating back to before Canada became a country, are mixed in with some brand new architecture and a classic east coast aesthetic. It’s a beautiful place to be, and one that offers different kinds of beauty during each season, from snowy winter wonderlands to bright and sunny seasides.
- Low Costs
Away from the hustle and bustle of Canada’s major metropolitan areas, Halifax boasts a reasonable cost of living that makes retirement and
The old saying, “Whatever doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger,” may not hold true when it comes to chronic stress. Stomach ulcers were the first disease linked to chronic stress. It took many more years of research to learn that many diseases and health problems are linked to chronic stress, including the following:
- Bone Loss
- Cancer (due to reduced immune system)
- Digestive problems
- Heart disease (stress actually creates plague in the arteries)
- Impaired immunity
- Insulin resistance
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
- Metabolic syndrome
- Memory and concentration impairment
- Reduced libido
- Senile dementia
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Stomach Ulcers
- Weight gain (stress encourages fat to be retained in the body, especially around the abdomen)
Scientific understanding of the stress response has improved a great deal in recent years, but there is still a lot that science does not yet fully understand. Physiological changes brought on by stress are very complex.
If you feel that your life is stressful and there’s no avoiding stress, you’re right. Stress is unavoidable. Life has a way of giving us ups and downs, and worse still, life has a way of kicking us when we’re down. We’ve all been there – when things couldn’t possibly get worse… and then they do.
We all have choices to make. How
Everybody knows they need to get healthier, but not everyone knows how to accomplish that in a simple, step-by-step program. Today, the Thrive Holistic Lifestyle E-Course is being launched by Natural News contributing writer and educator Derek Henry (of Healing the Body), an extremely knowledgeable and caring person who has already helped thousands gain skills and know-how for achieving their holistic health goals.
The Thrive Holistic Lifestyle E-Course begins September 28th and registration is open right now. This is a hands-on eight-week course with detailed online instruction, discussion boards for students and an extraordinary outline to help you succeed in transitioning to a holistic lifestyle that prevents disease, supports optimal health and vastly improves the quality of your life.
Here’s some of what you’ll learn in the online e-course:
Week 1 – Maintaining the Proper Mindset (for achieving optimum health)
Week 2 – Incorporating Therapeutic Nutrition & Supplementation
Week 3 – Eliminating Toxins
Week 4 – Creating An Effective Digestive & Immune System
Week 5 – Balancing Your Hormones
Week 6 – Cleansing and Detoxification
Week 7 – Doing the Right Type of Exercise
Week 8 – Evaluation and Maintenance
Bonus #1 – Natural Pharmacy
Bonus #2 – Alternative Therapies
The problem with blood pressure medications is that they do not correct the underlying issue of the problem. Imagine you have a car with a 6-cylinder engine that is running very rough. You find out that two of your six cylinders have the problem, so you remove them or otherwise shut them down.
Now your car runs smoothly, but it’s having to put out a lot more effort to get up to speed. You should have cleaned all of the cylinders, flushed out the engine, and changed the oil like an automotive detox. Instead, you cut out two of the cylinders completely, and now four are doing the work of six. And because the car was not meant to do this, your gas mileage is terrible, and more problems will develop soon. How long do you think this engine is going to last?
In order to get off of high blood pressure medications, it helps to understand the cause of high blood pressure.
What causes high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is almost always caused by thick, toxic blood. Consider that engine analogy and think of our blood like the car’s motor oil and it’s gasoline. The cleaner
A quarter of British young adults walk “only when necessary,” resulting in less than 5 minutes of activity per day, according to a new study by health insurance company Bupa.
The survey, conducted on 2,000 British adults, focused on young adults between the ages of 18 and 24. The researchers found that, although the British Heart Foundation recommends a minimum of 30 minutes per day spent walking, the average woman walked only 12 minutes per day, and the average man walked only 8 minutes. 15 percent of adults decided to walk somewhere but gave up partway through (switching to public transportation) at least once a week.
Parents aged 42 to 54 largely attributed their children’s sedentism to new technology, such as smart phones and social media, and said that they had walked more at the same age. The young adults themselves, however, had different explanations.
The most common excuse given for not walking was “I don’t have anyone to walk with.” Women typically cited poor weather or fatigue, while men typically blamed lack of time or a busy schedule.
Among adults in general, the most common excuses were weather (31 percent), lack of time (26 percent), lack of fitness (12 percent), not
why and how to get it moving
When the lymphatic system is not working properly, our bodies cannot remove toxins; fight viral, fungal, and bacterial disease; or regulate the amount of fluid in our tissues. In order to achieve maximum health, we must keep this system functioning well and our lymph fluid flowing.
It is a complex system that includes organs, nodes, and vessels that perform three primary functions: fluid balance, fat absorption, and immunological defense.
When the blood reaches the capillaries, fluid is released from the thin-walled capillaries and flows into all of the tissues in the body. This fluid, called interstitial fluid, bathes the tissues with nutrients and gases as it washes over the cells.
The cells absorb nutrients and oxygen and release their waste products back into the interstitial fluid. Ninety percent of the interstitial fluid is reabsorbed by the venous capillaries, to recombine with the blood and flow back to the heart. The other 10% of the interstitial fluid, now called lymph, flows through the lymphatic system and is filtered through the lymph nodes before being returned, ultimately, to the bloodstream.
If the lymphatic system is not working properly, interstitial fluid builds up in the tissues, and
Suddenly you realize there’s a little black cloud over your head. Or maybe it’s a big one. Things that usually don’t bother you are getting on your very last nerve. You’re not sure if you want to pick a fight or cry. Before you tell your boss what you really think of him or confront your significant other about his shortcomings, stop and check the calendar. Is this PMS? Is “estrogen poisoning” ruining your day? If that’s the problem, there are supplement and herbs you can use to get back in control.
Herbs known to relieve symptoms of PMS
- Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
- Chaste tree or chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus)
- Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
- Dong quai (Angelica sinensis), also known as Chinese Angelica
- Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
- Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
- Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
- St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
- Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)
Vitamins, minerals, and supplements to relieve symptoms of PMS
Chocolate candy is not your best friend right now. You do not need to add unstable blood sugar to unbalanced hormones and underachieving neurotransmitters. If you are craving chocolate, your body is craving magnesium. But that is not the only supplement you need right now. Your first aid
Flu season is upon us. It’s time to decide if you or your children will receive a flu shot this year. After all, 23,607- 35,000 people die from the flu each year, right? You don’t want to be included in this year’s statistics! But are those numbers accurate?
You’re not going to find any clear answers from the CDC. If you start drilling down, searching for the actual numbers of flu victims, flu deaths, and the efficacy of the vaccine on their website, suddenly nothing is clear – except the fact that the vaccine industry is a big business and the CDC does a superior job of hiding actual facts and figures under a mountain of doublespeak.
What are the actual numbers?
No one knows. The CDC uses statistical projections to estimate the number of flu cases based on any illness that may be related to secondary infections caused by the flu.
- States are not required to report flu deaths in adults.
- Influenza is rarely listed on the death certificate as a cause of death when patients die of flu-related illnesses.
- Many deaths occur weeks after the initial flu infection due to a secondary infection or complications of
Odds are, the average person knows they have a lymphatic system, and that’s about it. You can’t blame them too much; the lymphatic system is complicated. It runs throughout the body, working side-by-side with the circulatory system, spanning various nodes, organs, and vessels in the body. If your lymphatic system isn’t working properly, it is unable to drain excess toxins and fluids from the body, causing problems such as swollen limbs, tonsillitis, lymphatic cancer, and other conditions. A working lymphatic system balances the body’s fluids, absorbs fat into your system, and helps your body’s immunological defense. Obviously, it is important to keep it in tip-top shape.
When your blood travels throughout your body, it releases fluid from the capillaries. This fluid, called interstitial fluid, provides nutrients and oxygen for the tissues as it flows throughout the body. In response to this generosity, the cells throw their garbage and waste products out for the interstitial fluid to pick up on its way back to the bloodstream. Luckily the interstitial fluid doesn’t mind this treatment and carries this waste back home to the capillaries where 90% of it is reabsorbed. The remaining 10% contains particles too large to pass through the
Vitamins are an important part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet, getting enough exercise, and ensuring healthy daily rest. However, just making sure you take vitamin supplements is not enough: when you take them greatly effects their efficacy in the body. To make sure to achieve maximum performance from vitamins, it is important to understand the proper times of day to take them.
As the body performs different functions at varied times of the day, supplements designed to support those systems should be taken at correlating times. Absorption and digestion of these elements will also be more effective.
* Fat-soluble vitamins: these can be taken at any meal, as long as the meal contains fat. Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D need fat for absorption, so they should be consumed with a fat-based meal.
* Vitamin C doesn’t remain in the system very long, so experts recommend that the daily dose should be divided and consumed at each meal. Avoid taking vitamin C too close to bedtime, as it can stimulate the system and hamper sleep.
*Probiotics : Probiotics are meant to assist in digestion, easing stomach issues
As we approach an epidemic in the number of newly diagnosed cases of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, irrefutable evidence continues to emerge supporting the science behind following simple lifestyle modifications to dramatically lower the risk of developing memory-robbing illnesses and most other chronic diseases as well. Based on the current trend, experts fear that as many as one in three Americans over the age of 65 will suffer from some degree of dementia by the year 2050. Not more than 50 years ago, Alzheimer’s disease was virtually unknown to the average person, yet it now threatens to directly or indirectly impact the life of almost every man, woman and child in the US. Fortunately, there are some very simple lifestyle changes that we can adopt to change the current course of this explosion in new dementia cases.
Publishing in the journal PLOS One, a research team from the Cardiff University School of Medicine in the United Kingdom has identified five lifestyle behaviors that have been shown to reduce the risk of cognitive decline, and researchers say these healthy habits are more beneficial than medical treatments or preventative procedures.
Researchers identified exercise as the most important lifestyle factor to
There is s strong belief in the natural health community of one disease, one cause. In other words, the body, if cleansed of toxins and given proper nutrition, will heal itself. All disease begins at a cellular level. There is also a consensus that health starts in the gut. Four things are known about migraines: they involve vessels, inflammation (nerves and vessels), low levels of serotonin, and may be caused by heavy metal toxicity.
One of the symptoms common to migraine sufferers is a drop in serotonin or low levels of serotonin before a migraine. The beneficial bacteria in the gut produces 80% of the body’s serotonin, therefore it stands to reason that gut health and high serotonin levels may reduce or eliminate migraines. In order to achieve this,? one must cleanse the gut of bad bacteria and Candida and repopulate the gut with beneficial bacteria. The diet must be rich in both prebiotic and probiotic foods.
Inflammation is another causal factor. To reduce or eliminate inflammation, eliminate all foods that cause an allergic response, refined and processed foods, and eat a diet high in naturally occurring omega 3 fatty
In its natural, healthy state, the body is detoxifying at all times. Breathing, digesting healthy, clean vegetables, using our muscles, or just being alive creates toxins in the body that need to be expelled.
With today’s typical modern lifestyle, toxins are accumulating in the body at a greater rate than the body can expel them. Not only do we have much higher levels of toxicity, many of the toxins are not normally found in nature. Once the body is in that vicious cycle of toxic accumulation, disease will set in, organ failure will eventually occur, and doctors will blame it on genetics or age.
Disease has one cause: cellular malfunction. There are two causes for cellular malfunctions: lack of nutrition and too much toxicity.
It is no wonder “detox” is the buzz word amongst the natural health enthusiasts and healers. The problem is, even amongst the natural health crowd, there is a tendency to eat poorly and detox once or twice a year with a juice fast or a smoothie binge, which is typically done in a way that feeds the body way too much sugar, which for most people completely negates the detox.
Now for the good news: your body can