Archive for May, 2010

Tummy Fat linked to Dementia: Keeping the weight down is even more important!!!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I found this article, which gives another excellent reason for keeping the waist measurement down as we get older!

“If you suffer from girth imbalance—also known as belly fat—you certainly are not alone. It is estimated that 50 percent of adult Americans carry unhealthy supplies of fat around their middle. Excess fat, particularly in the abdomen, can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and premature death. Researchers have now concluded that that creeping middle age belly fat also predisposes us to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Dementia is an age-related disease that robs its victims of memory and cognitive functions; things like perception, reasoning, judgment, thinking, and speech. One in ten Americans over the age of 65 suffers from some form of dementia; 60 to 80 percent suffer its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine studied 733 adults, with an average age of 60. The group was composed of 30 percent men and 70 percent women. Each individual went through body mass (BMI) measurements as well as scans to assess abdominal fat. The results, concurrent with other similar studies, showed that as the BMI increased, brain volume decreased.

“Our data suggests a stronger connection between central obesity . . . and risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,’ said Sudha Seshadri, leader of the study published in the journal Annals of Neurology.

This means that for people reaching middle age, their 50s and 60s, there is a direct correlation between the increase in the waistline and decrease in brain size. Consequently the chances of some form of dementia hitting this particular group of people increases.”

Madonna’s thoughts:  I went to a health congress in 2009 where obesity is linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease via inflammation:  obesity makes us inflamed, and inflammation ‘eats away at the brain’.  It’s time for us to get serious about our weight loss and keep it off.  It’s a challenge, but it’s important.

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Best ways to prevent breast cancer: new research! Madonna Guy Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
The right diet of anti-angiogenic foods may be our best weapon in preventing cancer.
Did you know that up to 40 percent of women ages 40 to 50 may have tiny cancers in their breasts—no larger than the tip of a ballpoint pen? Microscopic tumors are forming all the time, but our body’s natural cancer-fighting system usually prevents them from growing large enough to cause harm. A key component of this system is angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels.

“Angiogenesis is what makes the difference between a small, innocuous cancer and a runaway, dangerous disease,” says William Li, MD, president and medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation. Already about a dozen drugs battle cancer by keeping blood vessel growth in check (with the usual problems of lots of side-effects), but Li is even more excited by research that shows that adding certain foods to our diet can have a similar effect.

Many of the foods that contain angiogenesis-inhibiting compounds are also rich in antioxidants, which may contribute to their anticancer benefits. But as Li explains, “The jury is still out on whether antioxidants are truly effective at preventing cancer, yet controlling blood vessel growth has been proven to make a profound difference.” Initial study results are startling: Asian-American women who ate soy at least once a week throughout their lives reduced their risk of breast cancer by 60 percent; Chinese women who drank a cup of green tea at least three times a week cut their colon cancer risk by 34 percent. Other natural antiangiogenic foods include red wine, cooked tomatoes, blueberries, garlic, and dark chocolate.

According to Li, future research will focus on which specific varieties of foods are most potent. “We may one day soon be able to pinpoint the exact species of tomato or type of red wine that offers the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to discouraging tumor growth,” he says. “Doctors will truly be able to recommend foods to fight cancer and know they’re having a meaningful effect.”

Madonna Guy ND
Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane
Chief Clinician
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098