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5 Simple Steps to Prevent 9 out of 10 Cases of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on: May 25th, 2009 by doctor No Comments

Recent research in Archives of Internal Medicine shows that 5 simple lifestyle factors cause 89% of all cases of type 2 diabetes in adults.  Here they are:

  1. Regular physical activity
  2. Don’t smoke
  3. Eat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains)
  4. Drink a small amount of alcohol
  5. Maintain a healthy weight (body mass index at 25 or less)
Several things are striking about these results;
  • Diabetes is the third most common cause of death in the United States
  • 89% effectiveness prevention of the is very powerful
  • All of these measures that are shown to be effective for type 2 diabetes are also effective prevention for cardiovascular disease – the number one cause of death in the United States
If doing these five things seem overwhelming, consider doing just one to get started.  Increasing exercise is usually a good place to start.
For more support on making healthy change, check out my podcast entitled “Making a Change” at iTunes or in your web browser.
Be Well,
Richard
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Natural Supplement Companies & Shady Research

Posted on: March 2nd, 2009 by doctor No Comments

In my last post, I discussed how pharmaceutical companies can skew medical research and statistics.  They aren’t the only ones trying to profit from science studies.

A supplement manufacturer recently sent me an email about a study that shows that their meal powder is helpful for lowering cardiovascular risk through positive effects on cholesterol that exceed benefits that can be seen with simply adopting a mediterranean diet.  Great News!  Right?  Maybe not.  

The study lasted 12 weeks and has two parts.  In one, people are eating a “Mediterranean” (quotation marks to be explained in a moment) diet, while the other group eats a “Phytochemical Enriched Diet” (PED).  The results of the study show that “Mediterranean” diet participants reduced their cardiovascular risk by 2.9% while the PED dieters reduced their risk by 5.6.  The “Mediterranean” dieters did very good, but the PED dieters did much better.

Actually reading the study brought up some concerns about the validity of the research results:

  1. the “Mediterranean” dieters consumed only 12 grams of fiber per day (a very low amount that is equivalent to the fiber found in only 1/3 cup of chickpeas or garbanzo beans)  
  2. Mediterranean diets are known for improving cholesterol values
  3. Mediterranean diets are known for being fiber-rich
  4. According to According to the Institute of Medicine (the same organization that establishes Daily Recommended Allowances for micronutrients), the daily recommended allowance of fiber is 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men
  5. One of the health benefits of fiber is it’s ability to improve cholesterol values
  6. The PED group in the study consumed 21 grams of fiber per day – 75% more fiber than the “Mediterranean” diet group

Based upon these observations, the study reveals the importance of fiber for improving cholesterol values and cardiovascular risk.  Based upon their own statistical analysis, the researchers show that the fiber intake is the most likely cause for the improved results in the PED group.  However, the study is written as though the “Phytochemical Enriched Diet” in their proprietary “medical food” is the factor for the improved cardiovascular risk.  BALONEY!

The Bottom Line:

When natural medicine or supplement companies spend plenty of their own money on research, they are more likely to bias their results, just like pharmaceutical companies.  In either case, the result is harm to people’s health at worst or harm to their bank accounts at best.

Eating more fiber by consuming more vegetables, fruits and whole grains is a great first step for lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer!

To learn how to empower yourself to understand and improve your cardiovascular risk go to the Heartsection of the World of Wellness.

Be Well,
Richard

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