HFE Magazine

July 10, 2009

Blood Glucose

Filed under: Depression,Diet,Weight Loss — Gail @ 10:16 am

Here is an excerpt from a fascinating article about blood sugar levels in America:

Breaking News on Supplements & Nutrition – North America
Blood glucose control ranks high in US death causes

By Shane Starling, 29-Jun-2009

High blood glucose levels are one of the most common killers of Americans, according to new research from Harvard researchers. In a study that assessed 12 dietary, lifestyle and metabolic factors risk factors in causes of preventable death, high blood glucose levels came out as the fifth most deadly killer, after tobacco, high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity.

High blood glucose levels were more perilous than high LDL cholesterol, high levels of dietary salt, low omega-3 levels, high levels of trans fatty acids, alcohol use, low levels of fruit and vegetables and low levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

According to the mathematical model used by the researchers, there were between 163,000 and 217,000 high blood glucose-related mortalities in 2005 that could have been avoided. Tobacco smoking ranked as the highest risk factor with 436,000 to 500,000 attributed preventable deaths, followed by high blood pressure (372,000 to 414,000), obesity (188,000 to 237,000), physical inactivity (164,000 to 222,000), high LDL cholesterol (94,000 to 124,000) and high salt intake (97,000 to 107,000).

The other risk factors were alcohol use; low polyunsaturated fatty acids; low fruits and vegetables intake and alcohol use.

Source: Public Library of Science Medicine Journal
Vol. 6, April, 2009

‘The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors’

Authors: Goodarz Danaei, Eric L Ding, Dariush Mozaffarian, Ben Taylor, Jurgen Rehm, Christopher J L Murray, Majid Ezzati

And here is another excerpt that seems to me to be interesting and related:

Controlling Blood Sugar with Cinnamon and Coffee Berry

A Major Advance in Glucose Management

By Dave Tuttle

The growing epidemic of type II diabetes in the United States is neither surprising nor inevitable. It is a direct consequence of a profound deterioration in the dietary habits and lifestyle practices of millions of Americans.

Fortunately, health-conscious individuals can implement preventive strategies to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. In addition to exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy body weight, nutritional supplements such as chromium and lipoic acid can help support optimal insulin action, helping to keep the body’s cells sensitive to insulin’s signals. Cinnamon increases glucose uptake into the cells, while coffee berry contains phytochemicals that promote healthy blood sugar levels.

In combination with regular exercise and maintenance of a healthy body weight, these nutrients can help support optimal metabolic function and blood sugar control.

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