Understanding The Link Between Alzheimer’s And Diabetes

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By Katherine Smith

diabeteswordIn recent years, doctors and scientists are discovering more evidence of a relationship between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Exactly why those with type 2 diabetes appear to be at a slightly higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s is under debate, but a number of studies have demonstrated a link between the two.

What We Know

Some research shows that those with type 2 diabetes are, in some cases, twice as likely than others to develop Alzheimer’s later in life. Diet seems to play a large role in the development of Alzheimer’s, and both diseases are affected by the role insulin plays in the body. In individuals without diabetes, insulin helps cells take in blood sugar and keep the blood vessels that supply the brain healthy. Insulin also allows the neurons in the brain to take in and utilize glucose, which is the brain’s primary fuel source – and insulin also plays a role in many other brain functions, such as memory formation and learning.

Previous research has established a link between type 2 diabetes (i.e. insulin-resistant diabetes; the body produces a normal amount of insulin but cells don’t respond to it) and Alzheimer’s. But new research from Kaiser Permanente is demonstrating a correlation between type 1 diabetes and Alzheimer’s as well. The subject was previously not well-explored due to the fact that, in the past, many patients with type 1 diabetes did not live as long into their senior years – but now that most type 1 patients can expect to live well into the age range at which dementia typically develops, the potential of a connection can be scientifically explored.

Lowering the Risk Factor

It’s important to note that the study claims no evidence of causation – in other words, there’s no way to tell whether type 1 diabetes is causing Alzheimer’s; the evidence only shows that in patients who have one condition, a higher percentage than usual (compared to the general population) also have the other. Though there’s currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, it stands to reason that taking measures to prevent diabetes, or to manage the disease properly, could also lower one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

As type 2 diabetes is often associated with being overweight or obese, a weight-loss plan developed with one’s doctor is an excellent way to reduce the effects of the condition. Controlling carbohydrate intake can also help type 2 patients manage their symptoms and control their diabetes. Creating an eating plan with a nutritionist is an option for patients who find themselves unsure of what to eat.

diabetestestFor those with type 1 diabetes, it’s important to take steps to monitor blood sugar levels and keep them as close to recommended levels as possible. Though injection therapy is an effective way to manage insulin, an insulin pump can help provide a steady dose of insulin throughout the day without injections. The device delivers a constant dose of insulin through a cannula inserted under the skin. A pump also has the added benefit of holding enough insulin to last for multiple days – the t:flexⓇ by Tandem holds 480 units, which can last for up to three days depending on an individual’s needs.

Treatments

Although there are no clearly defined treatments for Alzheimer’s, researchers have begun exploring the possibility that some of the same medicines being used to treat type 2 diabetes can also help treat, or at least alleviate, some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Doctors are also hopeful that further research can provide a more definitive picture of the link between Alzheimer’s and diabetes, as well as potentially produce a way to treat or prevent dementia.

The Link Between Gum And Heart Diseases

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malesmilePeriodontist Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. recognizes American Heart Month this February and reminds patients with bleeding gums in the Metro Detroit area about the link between gum disease and heart disease. Dr. Nemeth is specially trained and certified to administer a gentle laser gum disease treatment called the LANAP® protocol that eliminates periodontitis without cutting and stitching the gum tissue.

During American Heart Month this February, Dr. Joseph R. Nemeth wants to remind area patients of the scientific link between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease is a relatively common disease that causes symptoms like gum inflammation or bleeding, and painful teeth or receding gums. Dr. Nemeth is proud to offer a patient-friendly treatment option for those suffering from gum disease in the Metro Detroit area through the LANAP® protocol.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease. Researchers found that the bacteria that cause gingivitis enter the bloodstream through the gums and travel to other organs, potentially wreaking havoc throughout the body. They found that people who had higher levels of the bacteria in their mouths were more likely to develop deposits of fat and other substances, known as plaque, in their arteries.

Bleeding gums is usually the first sign of a periodontal infection, and can be an indicator of serious dental concern. Causes can range from hormonal changes with pregnancy, menopause, or adolescence, to problems with brushing techniques.

To treat gum disease, Dr. Nemeth uses the Periolase-7™ laser to target infection along the gum line. The patented computer-guided laser eliminates pockets of infection and damaged gum tissue, leaving strong healthy gums in place after the quick, minimally invasive LANAP® surgery. Even better, the laser heat stimulates increased bone density beneath the roots of the teeth, for stronger, firmer teeth.

For more information about the warning signs of gum disease, including bleeding gums, call the office at 248-357-3100. Or, visit the office on the web at http://www.drnemeth.com to learn more about LANAP®, the exciting laser gum disease treatment that Dr. Nemeth uses to improve his patients’ oral health in Michigan and the Detroit areas.

About the Practice

Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Southfield, MI. Dr. Nemeth has been serving patients for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan Dental School, and completed graduate study in periodontics at New York University. Dr. Nemeth belongs to the one percent of dental professionals currently providing the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. Dr. Nemeth is also a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the North American Society of Periodontists, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. To learn more about Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates and their dental services visit their website at http://www.drnemeth.com/, or call 248-357-3100.

Doctor Reminds Patients Of The Link Between Gum Disease And Diabetes

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toothIn honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr. Robert E. Danz reminds patients that a link exists between gum disease and diabetes. This makes November is a good time for patients to visit their Hudson, NY dentist.

Dr. Robert E. Danz celebrates Diabetes Awareness Month by educating patients. One of the factors connected with diabetic risk is gum disease. Unfortunately, gum infections rarely cause pain in the early stages, leading patients to believe that it is not a serious concern. Actually, gum problems are significant. They can lead to increased oral problems and have been linked with many health complications, such as diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, and other issues. Rather than wait for problems to worsen, Dr. Danz recommends patients visit a Hudson, NY dentist for the treatment they need.

Gum disease begins with bacterial plaque on the teeth and under the gums. This plaque hardens into tartar, or calculus. The hardened material irritates the gums, and in response they turn a darker color and begin bleeding more easily than normal. As calculus builds, it leaves a growing gap between the gums and teeth, creating pockets for bacteria to thrive. At this point, the gum disease has progressed far enough that it will not heal without treatment. Eventually, the pockets extend along the roots of the teeth until the bacteria infect the bone in the sockets, creating bone loss. If left untreated, it can cause the teeth to loosen and potentially require extractions. Throughout the progression of disease, bacteria can travel to infect other areas of the body through the bloodstream.

It is unnecessary for patients to endure gum disease. Regular dental examinations are enough to catch the disease in its early stages. Before it becomes severe, Dr. Danz performs treatment, such as the LANAP® protocol. This laser procedure eliminates the diseased tissue and loosens calculus to aid in removal. In as little as a single visit, patients undergoing treatment with this leading Hudson, NY dentist are put firmly on the road to recovery. Treatment requires no cutting, stitches, or grafting. It is minimally invasive, and healing afterward involves almost no swelling and very little discomfort.

Those who want more information about the link between oral health and diabetes, or about the LANAP® protocol, are encouraged to visit Dr. Danz’s website. He also invites anyone who is looking for a Hudson, NY dentist to contact his office. With a personal consultation, he can respond to individual questions.

About the Doctor

Robert E. Danz, DDS is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for Hudson, NY gum disease patients. Not only does Dr. Danz run his own practice, he is involved in his community. Dr. Danz received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry after earning his bachelor’s degree from Long Island University. He has also taken numerous postgraduate education courses, specifically focusing on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Danz is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Robert E. Danz, DDS and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.hudson-dental.com and call (518) 444-4215.

The Link Between Sleep And Obesity

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By Doug Johnson

SleepingWomanHow many hours of sleep are you getting at night? If you’re like the average American, your answer is most likely: not much. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep has been linked to a whole host of problems, but more recently it’s been linked to obesity.

It makes sense, right? You sleep less, therefore you’re more sluggish, less motived to exercise and more tempted to snack throughout the day. Yes, that’s the underlying link between sleep (or lack thereof) and obesity, but there’s much more to it than that.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70% of Americans are overweight, and at least 35% are considered obese. One of the main problems with weight gain/loss is that it’s hard to stabilize your diet and routines when, as a culture, we’re always on the go. Pulling an all-nighter, waking up when it’s still dark out and going to bed in the wee hours of the night are all things we do on a weekly basis, and it’s having a dramatic effect on our metabolisms. Unfortunately, this trend of get-up-and-go isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. It’s now estimated that one in three children who were born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes.

You’re Hungrier When You’re Sleepy

A lack of sleep can actually make you hungrier. When your sleep cycle is disrupted, your hormones become imbalanced, and the hormone that controls your appetite, leptin, can become disrupted.

This is one of the main reasons why restrictive-type diets have such a high failure rate. People may initially see promising results, but their bodies are too inclined to living a certain lifestyle, and are actually pressuring the person to eat more—even going so far as altering how much energy they exert in order to make them crave more food. This may seem hard to believe, but it’s true.

Leptin is the hormone that regulates how much fat your body stores. It’s the hormone that determines whether you’re hungry, whether you’re full and how much energy your body expends throughout the day. One of the biggest risks of sleep deficiency is that you become more susceptible to a leptin deficiency which, you guessed it, leads to weight gain.

Other Effects of Less Sleep

stresssleepingOne of the most common themes we’ve seen in patients is that most aren’t sleeping enough. Sleep deprivation can alter your blood sugar levels. It can also throw off your body’s natural body heat, making you either feel warmer, colder or both. Worse still, it can aggravate your back.

Muscles that are fatigued have a harder time supporting your spine, making you more likely to slouch. When you slouch you put more pressure on your spine, which in turn puts more pressure on your spine’s discs and joints. It’s a viscous cycle: back pain can lead to a lack of sleep, but a lack of sleep can also lead to back pain.

How to Curb Your Appetite

Fortunately, the effects of sleep deprivation aren’t permanent. Experts say you need about 7.5 hours of sleep a night to be awake actively throughout the day. Unfortunately, The Better Sleep Council reports 48% of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. That said, everyone’s body is different and the amount of sleep really isn’t as important as the quality of sleep you’re getting. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, start by taking a look at your activities throughout the day.

• Are you a coffee or tea drinker? If so, how often and when do you drink? Experts say you should limit your caffeine intake to before 2 pm—anything after could make it harder to fall asleep.

• How often do you exercise? One of the easiest ways to help you fall asleep at night is to be active enough for your body to want to rest. Sleep deprivation may cause you to be awake longer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more active. Quite the opposite, actually. So you’re up longer, eating more, and probably exercising less.

• Are you constantly on the computer before bedtime? If so, you may want to limit how long you’re online before bed. This CNN report mentions how the artificial lights on computer screens and iPads can make it harder to fall asleep.

• How cold is your bedroom? When your body is at a cooler temperature, it’s easier to fall asleep. Anyone who lives in the South can attest to this, as I’ve spent many sweltering summer nights tossing and turning.

By limiting how much caffeine you’re drinking throughout the day and exercising more, you’ll help make it easier to fall asleep at night. In addition, work toward making your nightly routine more conducive to sleep by turning off all electronics an hour before bed and turning the heat down a little. Remember, a little more sleep goes a long way in improving your health, and helping to avoid issues like obesity and back pain.

– Author Doug Johnson helped create North American Spine and manages all medical staff, in addition to training physicians in proper AccuraScope® procedure techniques.

Link Between Nutrition And Eye Health

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eyeTo Celebrate National Health & Vision Month, IALVS Doctors Expose Often ‘Unknown’ Link Between Nutrition & Eye Health.

International Academy of Low Vision Specialist Doctors from across the country are working diligently this month to educate Americans so they can eat right and protect their eyesight. It may sound like an unlikely link but, with forty-three million Americans suffering from Cataracts or Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there has never been a more vital time to highlight the common dietary errors that are huge contributors to vision loss and blindness.

While National Health & Vision Month brings with it an abundance of awareness and advice, Doctors of Optometry from The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) are preaching from the rooftops about an epidemic that rarely gets airtime – the proven link between nutrition and eye health.

One in six Americans will suffer from Cataracts or Age-Rated Macular Degeneration (AMD) in their senior years and, as IALVS’ Doctor John Pino explains, it likely has a strong correlation to what they eat.

“Research indicates that there is a strong correlation between good nutrition and the prevention of these age-related eye diseases,” he explains. “Eating foods rich in key nutrients including the antioxidants Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and essential fatty acids (Omega 3), as well as vitamins C and E, and the mineral Zinc can help protect eye sight and vision.”

Dr. Richard Shuldiner, founder of IALVS adds, “The problem is that most people don’t get this education in their younger years, while they can still take preventative measures. This month we’re working tirelessly to make the link between nutrition and eye health known, so we can lower the statistics for future generations.”

Dr. Pino, Dr. Shuldiner and the rest of the IALVS member doctors have produced some handy ‘fast facts’ to assist all Americans with their dietary choices:

carrotsMany Americans (48%) still believe, incorrectly, that carrots are the best food for eye health.

In reality, spinach and other dark leafy greens with their large amounts of naturally occurring lutein and zeaxanthin are the healthiest foods for the eyes.

* In order to maintain healthy eyes, studies show that 10 mg of lutein should be consumed each day. The best way to achieve that is with one cup of cooked spinach four times a week.

* More than 50% of Americans do not take in the recommended dosage of vitamin C per day.

* One cup (8 fl oz) of orange juice per day contains 81.6 mg/serving of vitamin C, more than enough to help offset some eye diseases.

To learn more, contact the nearest IALVS doctor today by visiting http://www.ialvs.com or calling (888) 778-2030.

About IALVS:

The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes in LIFE AFTER VISION LOSS. The IALVS brings new hope and sight to those with macular degeneration and other vision limiting conditions. The IALVS can bring back the enjoyment of retirement.

If you are now having problems seeing and doing the things you enjoy, an IALVS eye doctor can help. If you have been told by your eye doctor that a change in your eyeglass prescription will not help you see any better, call an IALVS doctor who is trained to design special glasses that can make a difference. When your doctor says, “Sorry, I cannot get you to see any better,” an IALVS doctor often says, “It may not be perfect, but it definitely is better!”

– Submitted by James Collins

The Link Between Skin Cancer And Tanning Beds

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sunGetting a good tan without moving out of the house is called indoor tanning. More than 1 million people tan in salons every day. Of these, a significant number are teenagers.

What is a tanning apparatus?

To get a good tan, people use tanning beds, booths or sunlamps. A tanning bed, or a sunbed produces tan in the skin of the user by emitting ultraviolet rays. Tanning beds that are used inside the home use lamps of 12 to 28 watts, while in salons 100 to 200 watt lamps numbering 24 to 60 are used.

Ultraviolet rays, or UV for short, from the sun or from the artificial sources like lamps are unsafe and are known to cause cancer in the skin. There are two types of ultraviolet rays that penetrate the skin when the skin is exposed to UV. They are UV-B and UV-A rays. The rays penetrate the skin.

The top layer of the skin is penetrated by UV-B rays, which are responsible for sunburns. The UV-A rays penetrate deeper and affect layers beneath the top. UV-A rays are responsible for allergic reactions like a rash. Both kind of rays damage the skin and may lead to skin cancer.

Tanning devices used at home or in the salon use both these kinds of radiation to tan the skin.
Myths about Tanning Indoors

* People believe that tanning beds are safer than sunlight. But it’s a myth. Both tans are hazardous. Tanning beds operate on a timer, but still emit ultraviolet rays that affect different people in different intensities based on age, type of skin and the kind of lamps that are used.

* Some women use tanning beds to get the initial tan which they think will protect them from an actual sunburn when they go out in the sun. But this is not true. A tan is actually a response to the injury of skin cells which are damaged by exposure to harsh light. They produce more pigment to get protected from the
damage caused by UV.

* Many people have the misguided notion that indoor tanning generates vitamin D in the body, which is entirely wrong. Vitamin D is important, but getting it from tanning beds is hazardous as it creates more problems than solve any. Also, the amount of vitamin D one gets out of exposure to sunlight or artificial light varies from person to person.

High risk of cancer from using tanning beds

* Innumerable studies on the use of tanning beds have shown that use of indoor tanning is directly related to very high skin cancer risks.

* Tanning indoor is very hazardous for people less than 30. It heightens the risk of melanoma which is a deadly cancer.

* People who use tanning may increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 2.5 times more.

* People using tanning beds have 1.5 times more risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.

Other risks in using tanning devices

* Tanning causes premature aging as it causes the skin to lose its elasticity, and therefore the skin wrinkles early.

* UV-B radiation suppress immune system, leaving the skin vulnerable to diseases.

* Irreversible damage is caused to the eyes, by way of exposure to UV radiation from the tanning devices.

* Sensitive skin will develop allergic reactions when exposed to heavy UV radiation.

* According to International Agency for research on Cancer which is part of WHO, tanning devices emit UV rays and are very dangerous and are named as highest cancer risk category.

* National Cancer Institute (NCI) has linked melanoma, the deadliest cancer, to high sunburns which may have come from tanning devices especially at a younger age.

More and more legislation are coming in to ban the tanning devices in many countries all over the world. So the next time you are considering a tanning salon for an easy tan, think again.

– Michelle Tyler is a medical writer who writes well-researched, in-depth cancer articles which provide relevant information to help patients combat the deadly disease. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) prides in providing the best cancer treatment solutions to patients who have endured to various cancer types. With cancer centers in Philadelphia, Tulsa, Chicago, Newnan etc., CTCA aims at providing the best treatment options to cancer patients.

Periodontal Disease Shows Link To Strokes

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By: P., Piero DDS

healthyheartIt is becoming more and more apparent that periodontal disease is linked to systemic diseases in the body. Strokes are among those links. It was reported that the thickness of the carotid arteries was reduced after treatment for mild to moderate gum disease. These studies where done in the Infectious Diseases Unit, Hospital Luigi Sacco in Milan, Italy.

The most common cause of a stroke is by a blockage in a blood vessel. It can also be caused by bleeding of a vessel. Strokes caused by blockage were the ones studied by the researchers in Italy and which showed the link with periodontal issues. These types of strokes occur when there is a thickening of the carotid and other arteries. Plaque deposits consisting of calcium and cholesterol break off and block the blood vessels and arteries. When this occurs it prevents blood from reaching the brain. It should be noted that these plaque deposits should not be confused with periodontal plaque.

The perpetrator, however, is bacteria that are found in periodontal disease. The protein in the bacteria is akin to that found in periodontal disease. Our body sets up a defense mechanism to attack periodontal disease by first producing a chemical to attack the disease then to attack the proteins in the blood vessels. The deposits in the arteries are then built up. A stroke is then a result of the fatty substances breaking off the lining of the blood vessels, traveling to the brain, and blocking the blood.

About 800,000 people suffer from strokes each year in the US. These result in over 140,000 deaths and are the third leading cause of death. Both men and women can be affected and a stroke can occur at any age.

toothThe chronic infection of the soft tissue around teeth is called periodontal disease. Pockets are formed around the tooth as the gum tissue is destroyed. Loose teeth, deep pockets, bad breath that won’t go away, painful or bleeding gums and red or swollen gums are all symptoms of this disease. Unfortunately, in the early stages of periodontitis, no symptoms appear. It is necessary that you see a dentist every six months to insure the disease is caught early. Periodontitis is caused by dental plaque build-up which is a result of not keeping teeth, gums and between teeth clean.

Age, gender, and family history are risk factors for stroke that one cannot control. However, there are risk factors that can be controlled, such as periodontal disease. Individuals CAN manage the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease and reduce their risk of strokes. Although oral surgical procedures may be necessary for severe periodontal cases, most prevention and treatment requires good oral hygiene.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information who published the study showing the link between strokes and periodontal disease, reported that the thickening of the carotid arteries “are positively influenced by periodontal treatment.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19074511?dopt=Abstract)

This information reinforces the belief that many in the dental profession have known for years, that there is a significant link between oral health and overall health.

– Dr. Piero, a Holland, MI dentist for over thirty years, is the inventor of Dental Air Force®. Articles published are on periodontal health related to heart disease, respiratory health, diabetes, strokes, and other systemic diseases. He is the Executive Editor for Journal of Experimental Dental Science, a contributing author to Hospital Infection Control: Clinical Guidelines and soon-to-be published book, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

Caregivers Need To Be Aware Of Link Between Depression And Dementia

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By Mardy Chizek

womanDepression is more common in the elderly than in any other age group, affecting 20% of those living in the community and 40% of those who are living in care homes, according to the Mental Health Foundation statistics on mental health. Clinical practice suggests that the number may even be greater than this.

Depression is not a normal part of aging. Depression is grossly under diagnosed and treated in the elderly. Untreated depression is a significant quality of life issue for seniors. The presentation of depression in the elderly is different than in younger individuals. Seniors often present with weight loss and difficulty sleeping rather than feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. The rate of recurrence of depression in the elderly is as high as 33 percent within a year. This is serious condition that requires diagnosis, treatment and ongoing monitoring for recurrence. The missed diagnosis is often because we do not look for it.

Medical evidence in clinical practice has long been thought to be a precursor for dementia. New research suggests that older women suffering from depression were nearly twice as likely to develop dementia and cognitive impairment. In a study involving 302 women who were at least 85 years old, 70 percent of whom had been depressed five years previously, demonstrated at least mild cognitive impairment, compared with just 37 percent of the women who were not depressed.

stressOther research suggests that having mild cognitive impairment along with depression doubled the risk of developing fully developed dementia.

This has ramifications for women, as supported by findings published in 2012 in the Archives of General Psychology that found that more women were depressed than men at each interval of the study, and women were more likely than men to suffer from depression at different time points. However, older women were less likely than men to die while depressed.

Caregivers need to recognize the potential for depression in their family members. Depression treatment options depend on whether the depression is secondary to an acute loss or is more profound problem lasting weeks or months. Unfortunately our society does not recognize that mental health issues are as painful and debilitating as physical health issues. With depression, the quality of life and long term outcome of the senior’s life is dependent on recognition and treatment by all involved.

The diagnosis of depression in elderly people is different than that in the younger population. It does not mean that depression is any less significant a problem for seniors. It is simply different. It is of special concern because of the well documented risks of suicide and dementia seen in depressed seniors. Depression is not a sign of weakness and inability to handle life; it is a real physiologic condition that requires aggressive treatment.

Mardy Chizek, RN, FNP, BSN, MBA, AAS is the president of Westmont’s Charism Elder Care Services. For more information on depression and dementia visit Charism Eldercare Services at www.charism.net.

Link Between Childhood Obesity And ADHD

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exerciseFrom Your Health Journal…..”I love the Science Daily web site, and always promote their educational articles. Recently, I found a story there entitled Is There a Link Between Childhood Obesity and ADHD, Learning Disabilities? We know about all the downfalls pertaining to childhood obesity – heart disease, cancer, weak joints, type 2 diabetes, low self esteem, being bullied, and a host of other illnesses. Now, a new study points to a a possible link between high-fat diets and such childhood brain-based conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and memory-dependent learning disabilities. The study discovered that a high-fat diet rapidly affected dopamine metabolism in the brains of juvenile mice, triggering anxious behaviors and learning deficiencies. Interestingly, when methylphenidate (Ritalin) was administered, the learning and memory problems went away. Switching mice from a high-fat to a low-fat diet restored memory in one week, while mice that continued on the high-fat diet, impaired object recognition remained three weeks after the onset of symptoms. Although the mice grow out of these anxious behaviors and learning deficiencies, the study suggests that a high-fat diet could trigger anxiety and memory disorders in a child who is genetically or environmentally susceptible to them. This is very interesting research, but more work is needed to see the validity of the study. Please visit the Science Daily web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

A University of Illinois study has established a possible link between high-fat diets and such childhood brain-based conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and memory-dependent learning disabilities.

“We found that a high-fat diet rapidly affected dopamine metabolism in the brains of juvenile mice, triggering anxious behaviors and learning deficiencies. Interestingly, when methylphenidate (Ritalin) was administered, the learning and memory problems went away,” said Gregory Freund, a professor in the U of I College of Medicine and a member of the university’s Division of Nutritional Sciences.

The research was published in Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Freund said that altered dopamine signaling in the brain is common to both ADHD and the overweight or obese state. “And an increase in the number of dopamine metabolites is associated with anxiety behaviors in children,” he added.

Intrigued by the recent upsurge in both child obesity and adverse childhood psychological conditions, including impulsivity, depression, and ADHD, Freund’s team examined the short-term effects of a high-fat (60% calories from fat) versus a low-fat (10% calories from fat) diet on the behavior of two groups of four-week-old mice. A typical Western diet contains from 35 to 45 percent fat, he said.

“After only one week of the high-fat diet, even before we were able to see any weight gain, the behavior of the mice in the first group began to change,” he said.

Evidence of anxiety included increased burrowing and wheel running as well a reluctance to explore open spaces. The mice also developed learning and memory deficits, including decreased ability to negotiate a maze and impaired object recognition.

Switching mice from a high-fat to a low-fat diet restored memory in one week, he noted.

To read the complete article…..Click here

Guest Post – Philip Tucker, Link Found Between Diabetes And Nations that Consume High Fructose Corn Syrup

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diabetesglucoseThe US Center for Disease Control recently released a report detailing the dramatic rise in the prevalence of diabetes in the United States, showing that the number of people who have diabetes across the nation has almost doubled since 1995. This shocking escalation shows no sign of stopping, and if the trend continues then the outlook for our general health is bleak. What is causing the prevalence of diabetes to skyrocket? Why the increase in the number of diagnoses? A second study entitled ‘High fructose corn syrup and diabetes prevalence: A global perspective’ might offer some answers.

This new study examined from a global and ecological perspective the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and the availability of high fructose corn syrup. Forty three countries were examined, and found that diabetes was 20% higher in nations that had higher availability to high fructose corn syrup, even after adjustments were made country-level estimates of body mass indexes, population, and gross domestic product. Their conclusion was that countries with readily accessible HFCS had a higher incidence rate of type 2 diabetes, regardless of obesity.

Of the 43 countries, the United States was ranked at the top, consuming 24.78 kg of HFCS per year, which was nearly double that of Hungary, the second ranking country, which consumed only 16.85 kg. The rate dropped precipitously from there, with Slovakia in third consuming only 9.82 kg. The US also had the highest average BMI at 27.99.

Forty three countries were examined, and found that diabetes was 20% higher in nations that had higher availability to high fructose corn syrup, even after adjustments were made country-level estimates of body mass indexes, population, and gross domestic product.


What is it about HFSC that might cause this increase in diabetes prevalence? An increasing number of studies (such as Stanhope et al. 2009) have found that fructose can have a negative effect on your health. Fructose is always absorbed by your liver, and is metabolized in a way that does not cause an insulin reaction. This results in a lack of insulin to transport the metabolized fructose has been theorized to be a direct cause of weight gain and development of diabetes.

This report was met with scorn by the Corn Refiners Association, who pointed out that correlation does not mean causation. They have issued a statement calling the report “misleading” and “flawed”, and that “uses a severely flawed statistical methodology and ignores well established medical facts to ‘suggest’ a unique link between high fructose corn syrup and Type 2 diabetes.” Audrae Erickson, the president of the association said that, “just because an ingredient is available in a nation’s diet does not mean that it is uniquely the cause of a disease.”

– Phil Tucker is a health and fitness blogger who is looking to grow younger as he gets older. Click here to learn more, or visit his blog!