We have had such a mild winter here in northeast Ohio that my husband, Rich, and I have been playing Speedminton in the yard! However, it has been lightly snowing here for the last two days. The light snow looks very pretty out my window as I write this.
In honor of February being Heart Month, I would like to share some newer insights that can help you to keep your heart healthy. This was discussed in The Fat Summit, which aired a couple of weeks ago.
- high triglycerides
- unhealthy cholesterol levels
- high blood pressure
- high blood sugar
- excess belly fat
You don't have to have all of these symptoms to have Type 2 Diabetes--and it does not have to run in your family to get it, as it is diet and lifestyle dependent, with physical inactivity (less than 30 min of exercise, 4 times per week) increasing your risk. Note that Type 1 Diabetes, referred to as juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune condition and different than Type 2 Diabetes, which is diet and lifestyle related. Type 2 used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes until it started to become epidemic in children.
So you might be thinking, why do I care? I enjoy eating donuts and I take my blood pressure meds to keep that in check--what's the big deal? Because Type 2 Diabetes that is not addressed can, over time, damage your heart and blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, nerves, and even lead to Type 3 Diabetes, the new term for Alzheimer's Disease. How many of you don't want to end up with Alzheimer's or dementia, which is happening more frequently in younger adults?
Consider that your brain is made up of 70% fat--what do you think the effect of a diet that is high in sugar and low in fat does to your brain? The thinking that your brain needs sugar to operate has been debunked. It needs fuel, but it seems to prefer the fuel that comes from fats--healthy fats.
But the government keeps telling us to eat low fat to keep our cholesterol low to prevent heart disease, right? Well, the US Dietary guidelines committee, which is the committee that makes our food policy in America, recently issued a 700 page document in which they removed restrictions on fat intake. Apparently they know that what's killing Americans is sugar and carbs, not fat.
How can this new information be of help to you?
It is important to note that fat and sugar are not the only two aspects of a healthy diet and lifestyle that are needed for you to thrive. It is the synergy of everything that you do that determines your health. These are exciting times that we live in and there is a revolution in health care that is occurring. Dr. Hyman has said that it takes about 17 years for new discoveries to make it into the mainstream. I don't know about you, but I don't want to wait that long!
- Eat real, healthy food that has been raised in a healthy way that is respectful to all life
- Drink clean water
- Breath clean air
- Meditate and reduce stress
- Have healthy relationships
- Have fun
- Get good sleep
- Be grateful for what you have
- And give back to your community
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Lots of Love,