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Life Line Screening Friday Roundup: Moderation is Key to Good Health

admin - December 2, 2011



We’ve just come from Thanksgiving, and we are looking to the end-of-the-year holiday season. As I browsed through the health news for the week, I began to notice a pattern: Moderation is the key to good health. Read more and see if you agree:

Diabetes

CBSNews.com reports on a study by Dutch researchers that asked 15 volunteers, who were overweight and had diabetes, to follow a 500-calorie-a-day diet for four months. At the end of the trial, not only did their body mass index fall 7.8 points, but they no longer had to use insulin. However, this diet isn’t for everyone. Read more at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57332990-10391704/calorie-restriction-cures-diabetes-what-study-says/

Heart Health

The Journal of American Medicine published a study that cardiovascular patients are at an increased risk for heart attack if they consume either too much or too little salt, saying to stay in between 3000 mg to 8000 mg per day. Read more at: http://topnews.us/content/244914-healthy-heart-needs-balanced-sodium-intake

Livestrong.com reports that Vitamin D may play a role in a healthy heart, but taking too many Vitamin D supplements can impair kidney function and cause side serious side effects. So you should consult your doctor before taking Vitamin D supplements on your own. Read more at: http://www.livestrong.com/article/497438-is-too-much-vitamin-d-bad-for-you/

A BostonGlobe.com reported how moderate beer drinking can benefit heart health in recent article entitled, “A pint of beer a day may boost your heart health,” which cited Andrea Giancoli of the American Dietetic Association who explained, “Alcohol in moderation can increase your HDL, your good cholesterol. The higher your HDL is, the more protected you are against heart disease.” Read more at: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/articles/2011/11/21/a_pint_of_beer_a_day_may_boost_your_heart_health/

Healthy Eating

Rueter’s Health reports on a study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, which found that overweight people eat fewer meals but more calories than normal weight people who ate three meals and snacked twice a day. Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/18/us-overweight-people-idUSTRE7AH2D920111118

Eat Mediterranean for good heart health and to keep a healthy weight.MyFoxAL.com has tips to avoid holiday weight gain from personal trainer, Robert House, who says we tend to pay less attention to the calories we are ingesting because we are having so much fun around friends, family and food. So, downloading an app for your cell phone to count calories as well as eating healthy snacks before a get-together can help you stay on track. Plus, House advises you to eat 3 to 5 small meals a day that include veggies and fish.* Read more at: http://www.myfoxal.com/story/16133654/avoiding-holiday-weight-gain

*This sounds like the healthy Mediterranean diet. If you click on the picture here it will take you to an EatingWell.com article that gives tips on how to eat like a Mediterranean. 😉

While everyone is different, of course, and the way food, nutrients or alcohol can affect us can be based on our genetic makeup, it does appear that, generally, moderation could be the key to good health. Make sure to discuss with your doctor what may be best for you!

 

 




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