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What You Need To Know About Your Prostate Cancer Risk – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 105

What You Need To Know About Your Prostate Cancer Risk – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 105

On today’s episode we will discuss things that men do every day that can increase their risk of developing prostate cancer and the lifestyle habits, foods and nutrients that may help to reduce it, based on the results of multiple human studies.

Living A Healthy Life With Diabetes, Part 2 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 10

Living A Healthy Life With Diabetes, Part 2 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 10

In Episode 2 of Living A Healthy Life with Diabetes, Amanda Williams, MPH breaks down the difference between prediabetes and metabolic syndrome. Plus, essential nutrients to help counteract the impact of the SAD diet.

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Ease Metabolic Syndrome?

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Ease Metabolic Syndrome?

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According to the American Heart Association, metabolic syndrome affects about 23% of adults and places them at higher disk of a number of heart concerns. A new study now says that eating within a certain time window – intermittent fasting – can help tackle that.

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe a number of risk factors for serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This condition may be present when individuals have tested positive for three or more of the following risk factors —

  1. Abdominal obesity
  2. High blood levels of triglycerides
  3. Low blood levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol
  4. High blood pressure (or use of medication to treat it)
  5. High blood sugar levels after overnight fast (or use of diabetes medications)

According to the American Heart Association, “when a patient presents with these risk factors together, the changes for future cardiovascular problems are greater than any one factor presenting alone.”

The association provides a number of ways to address metabolic syndrome

  • Adopt a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, skinless poultry and non-fried fish, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Avoid processed foods.
  • Incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderately vigorous physical activity into your weekly routine.
  • Lose weight by educating yourself on the importance of calorie intake.

But losing weight and getting back on track can prove difficult. For the first time, a new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism has focused on the impact time-restricted eating has on losing weight, managing blood sugar and blood pressure for people with metabolic syndrome.

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The Study

Co-corresponding study author Dr. Pam Taub of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine reports, “People who have metabolism syndrome/prediabetes are often told to make lifestyle interventions to prevent progression of their risk factors to disease. These people are at a crucial tipping point, where their disease process can be reversed. However, many of these lifestyle chances are difficult to make. We saw there was an unmet need in people with metabolic syndrome to come up with lifestyle strategies that could be easily implemented.”

In a small study of 19 participants, participants could eat what they wanted within 10-hour windows. They decided how much to eat and when they ate as long as they “restricted their eating to a window of 10 hours or less.” In other studies, this time window was proven effective with mice. Most of the study participants had obesity and 84% were taking at least one medication.

According to Dr. Taub and researchers, as they started to follow to this time-frame, participants reported more energy and better sleep. After three months, participants displayed a 3% weight and body mass index reduction (on average) and a 3% loss of abdominal, or visceral, fat. All of these improvements, says Dr. Taub, reduce the participants risk of cardiovascular disease.

Many participants also showed a reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as improvements in fasting glucose.

Dr. Taub recommends that anyone interested in trying time-restricted eating speak to their healthcare provider first, especially if they have metabolic syndrome and are taking medication, as weight loss may mean that medications require adjustment.

Do you currently have metabolic syndrome? What are some of the healthy lifestyle habits you’ve included into your daily routine to help you manage it?


Your Blood-Brain Barrier: How Obesity Impacts Learning and Memory

Your Blood-Brain Barrier: How Obesity Impacts Learning and Memory

Photo by Ursula Spaulding on Unsplash According to scientists from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, obesity can break down our protective blood-brain barrier resulting in problems with learning and memory. This study is published in the Journal of Neuroscience. What is the 

CDC Report: 7 States Have Obesity Levels At Or Above 35%

CDC Report: 7 States Have Obesity Levels At Or Above 35%

Photo by I Yunmai on Unsplash In a statement released by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, new data on self-reported adult obesity prevalence for all 50 states for 2017 were reported. This data comes from the Behavioral 

High Levels of Body Fat? You Could Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

High Levels of Body Fat? You Could Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

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According to data presented in Barcelona at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, higher levels of belly fat are associated with lower vitamin D levels in obese individuals.

The study reports that vitamin D levels are lower in individuals with higher levels of belly fat, and suggests that individuals – who are particularly overweight with larger waistlines – should have their vitamin D levels checked to avoid any potentially health damaging effects.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D, commonly called the ‘sunshine vitamin, is an essential nutrient that plays a major role in many of the body’s functions, including in the skin, hair and bones. Vitamin D has been shown to promote calcium absorption, support healthy cell growth and healthy immune function. Sources of vitamin D include the sun, some foods like fatty-flish and cheese (though small amounts), and supplementation.

Could a Vitamin Deficiency be to Blame for Your Hair Loss?

It has been estimated that approximately 70% of North Americans have Vitamin D deficiencies. This is due to a combination of factors: low levels of sunlight for most of the year, obesity, sun avoidance, and low consumption of foods high in Vitamin D such as fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines). Inadequate Vitamin D in the body often leads to conditions such as rickets and osteomalacia, which bring on symptoms like bone and muscle pain, enlarged joints, and easily fractured bones. Given the high prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency, this could be the most essential of all the conditionally essential vitamins.

Originally tied to only bone health, recent studies have shown low levels of vitamin D to be linked with higher rates of respiratory tract infections, auto-immune diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

The Link between Vitamin D and Obesity

In the study, researchers from VU University Medical Center and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands examined how the amount of total body fat and abdominal fat measured in participants of the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study related to their vitamin D levels. After adjusting for a number of possible influencing factors, including chronic disease, they found that the amounts of both total and abdominal fat were associated with a vitamin D levels in women, although abdominal fat has a greater impact. Lower vitamin D levels were also found in men with both abdominal and liver fat. In all cases, the greater the amount of belly fat, the lower the levels of detected vitamin D.

The researchers now plan to investigate what may underlie this strong association between vitamin D levels and obesity.

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