Type II Diabetes Leads to Heart Disease

A new study published in the July 1 edition of The Lancet determines a strong relationship between type II diabetes and the development of heart disease. Ed Edelson of Healthday reports:

It's long been known that type 2 diabetes increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. In the study, Booth's team studied the hospital and death records of nearly 9.5 million Canadians -- 379,000 of them with diabetes. They hoped to determine how fast diabetes accelerates an individual's progression to higher levels of risk for cardiovascular disease.

The study found that men with type 2 diabetes entered the cardiovascular "moderate-risk" category at an average age of just under 39 years; for non-diabetic men, that transition didn't typically occur until more than 15 years later, at about age 55. Diabetic men entered the "high-risk" category at just over 49 years of age, compared to 62 years for men without diabetes, the researchers found.

The numbers for women were similar. Women with type 2 diabetes were classified as being at moderate risk for heart disease at an average age of 46, compared to 62 years for non-diabetic women. And women with type 2 diabetes entered the high-risk category at 56 years, compared to just under 69 years of age for women without diabetes.

Perhaps the most striking numbers in the report involved life expectancy. People with type 2 diabetes who were also classified as being at moderate or high risk for cardiovascular disease died an average of about 18 years earlier than non-diabetics, the researchers found.

Worried about type II diabetes? You can fight back. Check out this previous post: Don't Settle For Diabetes

Eat to Live: Knowledge Motivates Change

Adapted from Dr. Fuhrman's book Cholesterol Protection For Life:

When I began my medical practice as a specialist in nutrition, I focused my attention on individuals who were looking for nutritional intervention as a means of reversing their medical conditions to recover their health and avoid taking medication or having invasive surgery. The inevitable outcome was that when my patients were committed to superior health through nutritional excellence, they were able to reduce and eventually stop their dependency on medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and a host of other conditions. Spectacular disease reversals were the norm, not the exception.

I found that when people ate a diet comprised of the most nutritious and powerful "anti-cancer" plant foods their cholesterol dropped more powerfully than it could from the typical cholesterol-lowering medication. Their diabetes went away. I soon said, "Let's not just treat your diabetes and control it. Let's get rid of it and make you non-diabetic."

The focus was never on caloric restriction; rather, it was on eating more high nutrient food, and as a result, eating less of everything else that was not a high nutrient food.

Besides reversing chronic disease and preventing heart disease and cancer, I found that my patients were able to reach their ideal weight with ease. No calorie counting, no complicated formulas, pills or unfulfilled promises. The basic plan is simple: just take the healthiest foods and make them taste great and eat as much as desired. My patients dropped the weight they could not lose before, and they achieved these results relatively quickly.

The traditional viewpoint is often stated that if you lose your weight too rapidly it won't stick and you will gain it all back. I have never advocated that people be in a race to lose their excess weight. I see no reason, however, to eat unhealthy foods or to eat when you are not hungry under some notion that losing weight slower would be better. The reality is that your body just drops its unhealthy weight relatively quickly and naturally when you eat so well under the Eat to Live program.

The permanence of the results can be attributed to the fact that the program is knowledge-based. Knowledge motivates the change, not willpower. The Eat to Live diet-style supplies spectacular results in the weight loss arena that are permanent because once a person becomes a nutritional expert and experiences the results, they Eat to Live forever. The secret is to gain the education first. You must do the work; read Eat to Live, or gain the knowledge on line from my membership services, but you must study and understand the science. If the preponderance of evidence and logic does not make perfect sense to you, don't do it. The more you learn, the easier it becomes to eat this way for the rest of your life.

Surprise: Obesity Leads to Diabetes

I honestly thought this was common knowledge by now, but according to Healthday News multiple new studies conclude obesity increases diabetes risk. Randy Dontinga reports:

Nearly three out of four morbidly obese 18-year-old men, for example, will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. And 35 percent of 18-year-old women who are simply overweight will contract the disease.

"This is the first time we were able to collect the type of data needed for these observations," said study author Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan, chief epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research "can help us to know where to focus our attention."

Narayan's report is one of several studies into diabetes risk factors that are being released at the American Diabetes Association's annual scientific sessions, in Washington, D.C.

In the Narayan study, researchers examined the results of a national survey of almost 800,000 U.S. adults completed between 1997 and 2004. The researchers wanted to find out how body mass index (BMI) -- a ratio of weight to height -- translates into diabetes risk.

According to the study, an obese man with a BMI around 30 -- say, a 6-foot-tall man who weighs 225 pounds -- has a 57 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes. A woman with the same BMI -- say, weighing 190 at 5-feet, 6-inches -- has a 55 percent chance.

"The Diabetes Epidemic"

According to The New York Times diabetes continues to evolve as one of the major health problems facing the global community. In fact, the International Diabetes Federation cites a jump of 200 million more afflicted individuals over the past two decades. Marc Santora reports:

There are many factors driving the growth in diabetes worldwide, but most experts agree that changes in lifestyle and diet are the chief culprits, in addition to genetic predisposition. As developing countries rapidly industrialize, people tend to do work involving less physical activity. At the same time, the availability of food that is cheap but high in calories becomes more common.

The combination causes weight gain, which leads to greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.

The other form, Type 1, is responsible for only 5 percent to 10 percent of cases, and is not associated with behavior, but rather is believed to stem almost entirely from genetic factors. In either form, diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels that result from the body's inability to make or use insulin, which can lead to a host of complications that include kidney failure and blindness.

"Diabetes is one of the biggest health catastrophes the world has ever seen," said Dr. Martin Silink, the president-elect of the International Diabetes Federation.

"The diabetes epidemic will overwhelm health care resources everywhere if governments do not wake up now and take action."


Baseball's Worst Burger

Why are so many Americans fat and unhealthy? Keep asking long enough and you'll get a bunch of answers.

Some people will tell you, "It's those darn ad agencies peddling all that junk on us!" Others might contend lifestyle is the problem, sedentary jobs being a classic example. And of course you've got the genetics contingency, "My mother and father were fat, so were their parents, and their parent's parents, so it's not my fault I'm single-handedly supporting the local fast food industry!"

I think most people are unhealthy or overweight because they make bad dietary decisions, sometimes spitefully. Let me explain what I mean.

This weekend I was watching a news report on "Baseball's Best Burger." Ever heard of it? It's the number one attraction of the Gateway Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team in Illinois. This burger is Dr. Fuhrman's worst nightmare.

First you grill up a thick juicy piece of cow, top with cheese and bacon, and then (brace yourself) you sandwich it between two halves of a grilled Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut. This burger is so unhealthy, that if you asked me years ago before I even knew who Dr. Fuhrman was, I still wouldn't have eaten one.

As part of the feature the reporter interviewed local fans about the burger. Everyone crowed about how strangely good it tasted. Given the number of Atkins disciples out there I wasn't surprised (although even they'd scoff at the doughnut), but it wasn't until they talked to one particular gentleman that I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

The man was seated at a picnic table eagerly chomping away at one of these burgers. He was older, maybe late fifties or early sixties, and looking pretty overweight. When asked to give his opinion on the burger he gave quite the glowing endorsement, in fact he said that despite his DIABETES after he finished the one he was eating he'd probably go order another.

Pretty amazing right? Here you have an older, overweight man with diabetes eating arguably the unhealthiest creation on the planet, and doing so in spite of his illness. Where's the logic in that? Sure diabetes is a terrible burden, but how does eating something clearly horrible for you help matters? Does he think by eating two of these burgers he's saying, "Ha diabetes I showed you!" Whether you're sick or not, when you indulge in food like Baseball's Best Burger you're only hurting yourself. Any disease (in this cases diabetes) is not separate from you, it's part of you!

I think this is why so many people are unhealthy and overweight. They distance themselves from what they eat. It's as if they never heard the expression "you are what you eat." I also think this is a major reason why so many people take umbrage with Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan. Some people don't want to believe that certain foods just aren't health promoting no matter how good they taste, consequently so many people refuse to give them up; even if they've developed a diet related disease like diabetes. I guess it's too hard to accept that you can't have your cake and eat it too or in this case burger, bacon, cheese, and doughnut.

Here's what Dr. Fuhrman had to say about this whole thing:

Food is addicting in proportion to its unhealthiness. Until people learn about toxic hunger and food addiction they won't understand how our ability to think rationally about what we eat is clouded by addiction, and the drive of the addicted individual to avoid the discomfort and anxiety that change provokes.