Bel Marra Health Reports: Eating More Yogurt Helps Prevent Diabetes

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Bel Marra Health, a company that offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, is reporting on a new study that shows that eating dairy—yogurt in particular—is a good prevention strategy against diabetes.

As Bel Marra Health reports in its article (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/eating-more-of-this-will-help-prevent-diabetes/), enjoying a daily dose of yogurt can prevent or lower a person’s chances of developing diabetes.

As the article, “Eating more of this will help prevent diabetes,” details, a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, has discovered a strong link between yogurt consumption and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Researchers looked at data gathered from more than 193,000 Americans. Participants who were free from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer completed lifestyle questionnaires every two years, responding to questions on habits and dairy intake. Those who consumed at least a 28 g serving (two tablespoons) of yogurt a day had an 18% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

By the end of the follow-up, 15,000 cases of type 2 diabetes were spotted among those who did not consume yogurt on a daily basis. What’s more, those who consumed yogurt daily also received other benefits, such as calcium, vitamin D, and protein, all of which play a role in digestion and intestinal function.

The study did not clearly outline which type of yogurt is best, but Greek yogurt offers added protein, according to Dr. Victor Marchione, spokesperson for Bel Marra Health.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that 25.8 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes, with more than 10 million being adults age 65 and over. Statistics show Hispanics and African-Americans are more likely to have the disease than other ethnicities.

Worldwide, about 366 million have the disease; that number is expected to jump to 552 million by 2030. People with type 2 diabetes are also at greater risk of developing cardiovascular issues, such as stroke and coronary heart disease, says Dr. Marchione.

Dr. Marchione suggests incorporating more fermented milk products into one’s diet. He proposes using yogurt as a cooking and baking substitute for sour cream, for example, or serving it for a creamy dessert with a fresh fruit puree.

“Although Greek yogurt can be a little more expensive, it offers about double the protein of regular yogurt,” Dr. Marchione concludes. “It’s an excellent way to lower…risk of type 2 diabetes and get all the nutrient benefits of dairy.”

(SOURCE: Chen, M., et al., “Dairy consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: 3 cohorts of US adults and an updated meta-analysis,” Harvard University, November 2014, http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/12/215.)

Bel Marra Health is the maker of Gluco-Rescue, a high-quality nutritional supplement to help support and maintain blood sugar levels. All ingredients are backed with scientific evidence. Every product is tested for safety, quality and purity at every stage of the manufacturing process. Bel Marra Health products are produced only in Health Canada-approved facilities to ensure customers are getting top-quality products. For more information on Bel Marra Health, visit http://www.BelMarraHealth.com or call 1-866-531-0466.

How Exercise Can Prevent Childhood Obesity

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jumpingsacsIn the past 30 years, the number of adolescents (14-18 years old) with childhood obesity has doubled and the number of children (up to age 13) with childhood obesity has tripled. Childhood obesity increases the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis as an adult.

There are many causes of the sedentary lifestyle that now challenges the youth of today. These causes include physical education no longer present in school, the increased use of electronics including video games, computers, cell phones, etc., TV watching, not walking/biking to school, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, and eating foods high in sugar and fat.

The main goal of developing an exercise program and healthy eating habits in childhood is to help kids gain an appreciation for the value of taking care of oneself as well as living a healthy lifestyle that will last into adulthood.

Tips for creating a fitness program for children/adolescents

* The exercise goals for a kids’ fitness program are different than those for adults. In order for a child/adolescent to stick with an exercise program, it is important to make the exercise fun and positive. Additionally, kids are interested in making friends and learning skills. If kids experience success and gain confidence in their physical abilities, then they will feel good about themselves.

* Kids mature at different rates, they are still growing, and many children/adolescents are doing physical activities for the first time; all which should be considered when planning a fitness program.

* Play is a very important part of fitness for kids. Without play, a kid will likely quit the physical activity. Furthermore, variety is important to ensure adhering to an exercise program. Children/adolescents will get bored of a repetitive routine and should be exposed to a wide variety of sports and activities.

* 60 minutes per day of exercise is ideal for kids. This 60 minutes should be broken up throughout the day and can include recess, sports, walking/biking to and from school, recreational activities, chores, and playing on the playground. For a very inactive child/adolescent, increase activity 10% per week to reach a goal of 60 minutes per day.

* It is important to incorporate games that include fundamental movements such as skipping, hopping, throwing, kicking etc. in order to create a base of movement for other sports and activities. These skills also ensure that a child/adolescent is moving his/her body safely and reduces embarrassment or failure in the future if they are unable to perform basic movements.

* A fitness program for children/adolescents should incorporate a warm up and cool down, aerobics, strength training, and stretching. Cardiovascular exercise (with breaks) should be made up of skipping, jumping, etc. and using balls, hoops etc. Muscular strength and endurance exercises are now considered safe and effective for kids who are emotionally mature enough and can improve body composition, but should not be performed two days in a row.

waterbottle* It is important for kids to stay hydrated while exercising. Aim to drink water every 15-20 minutes during physical activity.

There is a lot that can be done to make a big difference in preventing childhood obesity and future health problems. We have already seen that gym memberships have increased over 50% for kids who are 6-17 years old. Not only is exercise and fitness beneficial in preventing and treating childhood obesity, but it also lowers body fat, strengthens bones, builds muscle, improves physical/sports performance, improves well-being and self esteem, and enhances academic performance!

I will see you at your next workout!

Aaron Wright
Look Younger. Feel Stronger. Live Longer.

Aaron Wright, CSCS, AHFS, CPT, creator of the Wright Now Fitness System, a comprehensive DVD and digital exercise system “for everyone”, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, an ACE advanced health and fitness specialist, ACE certified personal trainer, orthopedic exercise specialist, functional training specialist, sports conditioning specialist, therapeutic exercise specialist, exercise programming expert, and health and wellness speaker.

Please visit us at http://www.wrightnowfitness.com for more information on our DVD and digital download/instant streaming workouts and more tips and advice on the benefits of diet and exercise to prevent childhood obesity.

NOTE: Always consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any exercise program.

References

1. Faigenbaum, Avery D. (2012). Youth In Ace Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Manual (pp. 552-572) United States of America: American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Why Regular Eye Exams Can Help Prevent Serious Heart Events

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eyeDr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN explains why eye exams provide clues to heart and blood vessel health. “During a comprehensive eye exam, Optometrists or Ophthalmologists are able to identify heart related diseases before symptoms appear,” says Dr. Shofner. Heart Awareness Month is an appropriate time to learn more about how a comprehensive eye exam can help prevent serious heart events.

Eyes and Heart Connection

During a thorough eye examination; an eye doctor can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can also predict a more serious systemic disease including high blood pressure, stroke or heart failure. Using advanced digital retinal imaging, eye doctors can detect and monitor blood flow in the retina.

Affecting almost 65 million people, high blood pressure (hypertension) is known as a “silent” disease as many don’t experience any symptoms. During a comprehensive eye examination, an eye doctor will check for subtle changes in the retina resulting from high blood pressure, also known as hypertensive retinopathy. Changes may include narrowing of the small blood vessels in the retina, arteries pressing down on veins and flame-shaped haemorrhages, among other complications. If these changes are detected, it’s imperative that a patient contacts their primary care physician to receive appropriate and timely treatment.

Vision loss may occur when blood obstructs the retina, the eye is deprived of sufficient oxygen or the macula swells. Once the central retinal vein becomes blocked, significant vision loss may occur. Artery and blood vessel obstruction in the retina can be temporary or permanent and can also cause vision loss when a blockage disrupts blood flow in the eye. More specifically, Transient monocular vision loss (TMVL) is an important warning sign that should not be ignored because this complaint may predict risk for a major cardiovascular event.

Promoting Healthy Vision, Healthy Heart

Most everyone is aware that a healthy diet and lifestyle will improve one’s overall health. Researchers show that the following risk factors link heart health with vision health and they include: smoking, obesity and high cholesterol.

healthyheartExercising and eating a heart healthy diet rich in omega-3s, antioxidants and soluble fiber will help improve both heart and eye health. It’s recommended to consult with a primary care physician before beginning any exercise or diet program. Don’t forget to visit your eye doctor annually or as recommended by your eye care professional.

According to the Department of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Tennessee. Together, heart disease and stroke account for 1 out of 3 deaths in Tennessee each year. “It is imperative to help raise Heart Health Awareness, as well as the importance of regular eye exams,” says Dr. Shofner. Eye exams not only help prevent vision loss but also potentially save lives.

About Dr. Shofner

Recognized by his peers as one of the most outstanding Board Certified Ophthalmologist in the United States, Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK procedures and 10,000 ocular surgeries and his business continues to grow…mostly from patient referrals. Dr. Shofner has outstanding credentials to deliver the best care and surgical outcomes for patients.

About Shofner Vision Center

Shofner Vision Center provides comprehensive vision care services including LASIK/PRK vision correction, cataract surgery and eye disease diagnosis and treatment. Shofner Vision Center utilizes the most advanced, proven technology to deliver the best solutions safely and reliably. Patients can schedule appointments online or call 615-340-4733.

How To Prevent Colds And Flu

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

doctorThe number one tip for helping to prevent catching a cold or the flu this season is to wash your hands. But it isn’t just a fast and casual pass through running water. There’s an art to washing your hands to ward off the bacteria and viruses that cause colds and flu.

· Use warm water.

· Use real soap.

· Sing Happy Birthday to yourself to achieve a full 20 second washing.

· Rinse thoroughly.

· Dry.

· Do this 20-30 times a day.

The second tip is to be aware that germs and bugs pass easily from person to person.

· Avoid touching door knobs, handles, faucets, pens or styluses used for signing credit card or debit purchases, electronic bank machines, car doors and public railings.

· Keep your hands away from your face, lips, eyes and nose.

· Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it before eating food snacks or sipping on a bottle of water or soft drink.

· Carry your own pen to use for writing and signing papers, credit card slips and keep yours rubbed down with alcohol every day.

Sound like too much trouble? Not if you want to save yourself from two weeks of misery, losing productive time and being under the weather. Stay on top of it and get through the winter cold and flu free.

Kac Young has a PhD in Natural Health, a Doctorate in Naturopathy and a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy.

A Four Letter Word That Can Help Prevent Heart Disease: “WOOF.”

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by Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

walkingdogThe American Heart Association issued a scientific statement on Thursday May 9, 2013 that owning a pet may help to decrease a person’s risk of suffering from heart disease and is linked with lower levels of obesity, blood pressure and cholesterol. Get a dog to help your heart? Now there’s a novel concept.

Glenn N. Levine, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston recently commented, “Pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.” A study of more than 5,200 adults, cited by the AHA, showed dog owners were more physically active than non-owners because they walk their pets. Other research has revealed the calming effects of pets, which are also used in animal-assisted therapy programs.

This is a win-win for the AHA, the ASPCA , animal shelters and you. Approximately 3 to 4 million animals (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats) are euthanized each year according to the ASPCA. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home. You can make the difference between life and death for a dog, and maybe the dog will do the same for you. Join the 78 million dog owners in the USA and help your heart at the same time. It’s a heart healthy thing to do on two levels: It provides a companion for taking walks and getting needed exercise and it offers you a friend, a pal and a best buddy from whom you can receive unconditional love. This is all good happy heart making stuff. Combine dog walking exercise with a heart-healthy diet and you’ll be on your way to a longer, happier life.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by traditional recipes that have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make and everyone will love. Learn more: HeartEasy.com

How To Prevent Harm To The Elderly In Your House

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By Matthew Ward

seniorcoupleexercisesmallAccording to the CDC, falls are the main cause of injury death in the over 65s and 20-30 per cent of people who fall suffer injuries ranging from fractures of the spine, forearm and hand, to lacerations and head traumas. Needless to say, the aging process makes our bodies’ less robust and more susceptible to bone fractures and bruising. Even the job of remaining safe in bed can become a difficult one, with the potential for falls to occur if proper precautions are not taken. Accordingly, to help Your Health Journal’s elderly and caregiver readers, we are going to look at some ways to prevent harm around the house.

Have a health check-up

It is important to take precautions – rather than waiting for something to go wrong – and the following should be reviewed on a regular basis:

• Medication: Certain prescriptions drugs can lead to drowsiness or dizziness, while elderly people who are currently on 3 or more medications are more likely to fall. Also be wary when combining them with allergy medications, alcohol or painkillers. Alternatives to medications which cause light-headedness include exercise, good nutrition and spinal manipulation.

• Mental health: Parkinson’s disease interferes with mobility and may lead to poor balance and impairment of decision making. It is therefore important to have regular check-ups for signs of mental health problems such as dementia.

• Health conditions: Other health issues which can lead to potentially harmful falls include low blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes and vitamin D deficiency.

Fix home hazards

Trip and fall hazards should be removed where possible. They tend to include loose carpets and wires, throw rugs and phone cords.

Trip and fall hazards should be removed where possible. They tend to include loose carpets and wires, throw rugs and phone cords. Effective steps to remedy home hazards and the potential for harm to the elderly include cleaning spilled liquids in the house when they happen, putting needed items in easily reachable places and using non-slip mats around the house. In most cases, making small changes and ensuring there is no clutter can go a long way to making sure trips and falls do not happen. Wearing suitable footwear and not being barefoot around the house can also help to prevent trips and falls.

Assistive devices

There are assistive devices for the elderly and disabled which can be implemented around the house. These include grab bars, which can be used on stairways and in the bathroom; footstools to help make items easily reachable; trays for use in bed and around the house; specially made tap turners; and a range of bathing aids that include bath lifts, shower chairs and bath mats. But you must remember to take the time to understand what your requirements are and to get only appropriate assistive devices. Even placing night lights in the bedroom and hallways, and having a lamp next to your bed, can be effective.

Dangers in the bedroom

The bedroom and the bed itself can pose a dangerous prospect for elderly people in terms of potential falls, due to reduced mobility. Even getting comfortable to fall asleep can become a difficult task. And if mental health is a problem then this may lead to falls out of bed at night. In such cases, there are assistive bedroom devices specifically made for the elderly, including adjustable beds, bed-side rails and pillow lifts. There are also waterproof sheets and covers to aid seniors in the bedroom.

Exercise

As said earlier, prevention is often better than cure, which is where exercise proves so vital. To improve your strength, flexibility and balance, try some walking, swimming and tai chi, but only after you have received an okay to do so from your doctor.

Over to you

It is all well and good saying the types of things you can do to protect an elderly person in your house, but the changes you make will ultimately depend on your specific situation. The important thing is to involve seniors in any decision that are made and to take their particular mental and physical needs into account.

– This article was provided by Matthew Ward from Manage at Home where there is additional information on mobility aids for the elderly and disabled.

Could Obesity Prevent Heart-Related Deaths?

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obesestationarybikeFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article from Red Orbit that I wanted to promote here entitled Could Obesity Help Prevent Heart-Related Deaths? An interesting finding from the UK which states that obese cardiac patients are actually less likely to die from their heart-related condition than those who maintain normal body weight. The study discovered that subjects who participated in physical activity at least one time per week and who did not smoke had a lower risk of dying, no matter their weight. They also discovered obese patients who did not exercise nor follow other healthy lifestyle recommendations still had a lower risk of death than their normal weight counterparts who smoked or did not exercise. Very interesting finding, and you are encouraged to visit the Red Orbit web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. There is probably a little more research needed in this area to confirm these findings, but nonetheless, very helpful information.”

From the article…..

Obese cardiac patients are actually less likely to die from their heart-related condition than those who maintain normal body weight, researchers from University College London claim in a new study.

According to Andrew Kincade of Examiner.com, the investigators studied 4,400 heart patients hailing from England and Scotland. They found that patients with cardiovascular issues who were clinically obese – having a body mass index (BMI) score of at least 30 – were less likely to die within a seven-year time span than their fitter counterparts.

“The study found that those who engaged in physical activity at least once a week and who did not smoke had a lower risk of dying, no matter their weight,” Kincade explained. “However, obese patients who did not exercise nor follow other healthy lifestyle recommendations still had a lower risk of death than their normal weight counterparts who smoked or did not exercise.”

Thirty-one percent of the patients who were analyzed as part of the study were considered obese, BBC News reported on Saturday. Those individuals were said to have been younger, but also in worse health overall.

Those individuals also had additional heart-related risk factors, including higher cholesterol and blood pressure levels, the researchers explained in the journal Preventive Medicine. Furthermore, even obese patients who did not follow medical recommendations for healthy living had a lower risk of death that normal weight patients who smoked or did not regularly exercise.

“We don’t yet understand this paradox and we would clearly not advise patients to put on weight,” lead researcher Dr. Mark Hamer told the British news organization. “One of the more sensible explanations may be that when obese patients present to their doctor, they are given more aggressive treatment because they are seen as very high risk.”

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7 Tips for Parents to Prevent Bullying

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By Diane Lang

meangirlsBullying is a huge issue but we need to remember we can do preventive measures with kids to help prevent bullying. Psychotherapist, author and positive living speaker, Diane Lang (from Flanders, NJ), offers seven tips parents can follow to help prevent bullying.

* Have them volunteer – teach them diversity, respect for themselves and others as well as boost their self-esteem. Every time they help someone else it will raise their self-esteem levels and give them a boost of happiness. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with your kids for free!!

* Be a great role model – don’t show aggressive behaviors as a parent to your child, to your spouse or to any other kids. You teach kids through your actions.

* Have an open line of communication with your child so they know you care and that they have someone they can go to. Let them know you will always listen.

* Be an empathetic listener – even if you don’t understand how they are feeling show you’re trying to imagine it. Really do it, imagine yourself in their shoes.

* Be an active listener – let them know your actually listening – give eye contact, nod to show you’re listening, ask questions and summarize. Show you’re listening with your non-verbal’s and hand gestures.

* Remind them daily that you love them.

* Most importantly show them you love them – they are visual learners!

Diane Lang is a Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Cardiologist Advice On How To Prevent Heart Attacks

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From Your Health Journal…..”A great article out of Canada from Club Metro with advice on how to prevent heart attacks. Who better to get advice on this but from a cardiologist – Dr. Beth Abramson. Dr. Abramson suggests it is important to understand how your heart works – and picking up on signals such as chest discomfort, squeezing, burning, nausea, shortness of breath, light-headedness, or cold/clammy feelings. One important line in the article is important to take not of which states, “Understanding how your ticker works — and what can go wrong with it — is essential knowledge for everyone, especially those who have heart disease or are at risk of developing it. The tricky thing about heart disease — a group of conditions that affect the heart’s structure and functions — is that people can find themselves in serious danger before noticing any symptoms.” Common risk factors for heart disease include a family history of the disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in may parts of the world, including the United States and Canada. Please visit the Club Metro web site (link provided below) to read the complete story. As short snip is below.”

From the article…..

A man suddenly clutches his chest, feeling the weight of an elephant pressing on him, then keels over in pain. Doctors refer to this as a Hollywood heart attack.

But for many, the signs aren’t so dramatic. The symptoms may not even be sudden or severe. There may be chest discomfort that can feel like a squeezing or burning sensation. There may be pain radiating through the upper body, below the nose and above the navel. And there may be nausea, shortness of breath, a feeling light-headedness and a cold and clammy feeling.

Understanding how your ticker works — and what can go wrong with it — is essential knowledge for everyone, especially those who have heart disease or are at risk of developing it. The tricky thing about heart disease — a group of conditions that affect the heart’s structure and functions — is that people can find themselves in serious danger before noticing any symptoms.

Toronto cardiologist Dr. Beth Abramson routinely sees the look of dread and confusion on the faces of patients when they receive a diagnosis of heart disease. The most common condition is coronary artery disease, which occurs when blood vessels to the heart become blocked or narrow, restricting the flow of oxygen and blood.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Canada, which is why, after more than 20 years as a physician and more than a decade as a volunteer spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Abramson sat down and wrote Heart Health for Canadians: The Definitive Guide, in bookstores Jan. 22.

It’s a crash course in heart disease, looking at reducing one’s risk of heart problems; navigating the health-care system, through the various diagnostic tests (such as electrocardiograms, stress tests and angiograms); and finding available treatments to manage the disease.

“My goal with this book is to reduce people’s fears and misconceptions surrounding heart health,” says Abramson, director of the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital. “The book is a tool for pro-active health and gives Canadians a way to empower themselves through knowledge.”

Abramson, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, notes that she is taking cutting-edge concepts in cardiac care and breaking them down into simple components of what people need to know. The book is full of anecdotes about real patients, which makes the information more readily accessible to readers.

For instance, don’t do what some of her patients have done. Don’t ignore the signs of a heart attack and chalk it up to heartburn or indigestion, carry on with daily activities like taking your child to soccer practice or wait until you get home from vacation before seeing a doctor.

Canada’s growing aging population and the rise in obesity, inactivity and diabetes make this book especially timely, says Dr. Anthony Graham, a board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Some sample facts from the article…..

– 80: Percentage of premature heart disease and stroke that is preventable.

– 30: Percentage of deaths worldwide from cardiovascular diseases— heart attack and stroke— making it No. 1 killer.

– 17.3: Number of people in millions who died worldwide from cardiovascular disease in 2008.

– 23.6: Number of people in millions worldwide estimated to die annually by 2030 from cardiovascular disease.

– 70,000: Number of heart attacks in Canada each year.

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Does Sugar-Free Gum Helps Prevent Cavities?

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From Your Health Journal…..”I love the New York Times blog, and in today’s article review, we will be looking at a great post by Anahad O’Connor asking, Does Sugar-Free Gum Helps Prevent Cavities? Anahad examines to claims by the sugar free gum products that their gum helps clean and protect teeth while preventing cavities. The article continues by discussing xylitor, which is a natural sweetener found in gum that fights cavity forming bacteria, but the article states how this natural sweetener all alone may not be fighting the cavities, rather, the act of chewing gum may be doing the trick. One study concluded that while xylitol itself may not be so protective, the increased salivary flow caused by chewing gum may be beneficial, as it rinses away plaque and acid. What is your opinion? For me, not sure, although I do enjoy the sugar free gum more – but chewing gum does seem to help fight cavities. Please visit the New York Times site (link provided below) to read the entire article.”

From the article…..

THE FACTS

Cleans and protects teeth. Helps prevent cavities. So say the most popular brands of sugar-free gum. But do their claims stand up to scrutiny?

Many brands contain an additive called xylitol, a natural sweetener known to fight cavity-causing bacteria. In practice, though, it’s not clear that xylitol has much impact. Some research suggests that while sugar-free gum does prevent cavities, xylitol per se is not responsible. Instead, it is the act itself of chewing gum that seems to prevent cavities.

One new study, published this month in The Journal of the American Dental Association, seems to confirm this. The largest and most thorough look at the subject to date, the study tracked 691 adults recruited from dental clinics around the country for three years. The subjects were randomly assigned to groups consuming xylitol lozenges five times a day or a similar tasting placebo.

Ultimately, those who received the xylitol had no statistically significant reduction in cavities, a finding that came as a surprise, said Dr. James D. Bader of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “We assumed there was a reasonably good chance that xylitol was going to be effective,” he said.

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