Published On: Wed, Jun 6th, 2012

Healthy Living

By: Marcia Perretto

Excessive consumption of white rice linked to diabetes
A study from Harvard University with more than 350,000 people discovered that excessive consumption of white rice increases the risk of type 2 Diabetes. The results were consistent among people in Asia (Japan and China), and also among people in the United States and Australia. The risk of type 2 Diabetes has increased by 11% for each serving of rice per day This study examined subjects for 22 years that had no diabetes at the beginning of the study. It is extremely important to control the body weight for prevention of type 2 diabetes, including weight loss for those who already are carriers. (British Medical Journal, March 15, 2012)

Child Obesity is an issue in the US and the world
World Health Organization data show that in 2010, 43 million children between 5 and 19 years (35 million in developing countries) are overweight
or obese; and 92 million are at risk of becoming obese. The global prevalence of children above the ideal weight and obese increased from 4.2% in 1990 to 6.7% in 2010. If we continue at this pace it is estimated that we will achieve the mark of 60 million in 2020. In 2010, the number of children under five years of age considered to be overweight was estimated at 42 million, with about 35 million of these children living in developing countries. The World Health Organization estimates that 92 million children are at risk of becoming obese worldwide. It is important to stimulate your child to exercise. Avoiding fast foods and sodas is crucial to their health and behavior, not only due to their contribution to obesity but due to the excessive amounts of preservatives and artificial sweeteners present.

 

High heel shoes and calf pain
Women who used high-heeled shoes for at least two years experienced calf pain when did not wear heeled shoes – this according to an Australian
study. High heel shoes shorten the calf muscles by at least 13 percent, but also cause hypertrophy, so these muscles have demonstrated the capacity to produce the same amount of force on the shortened position which produced in elongated position. Women who wear high heel shoes frequently must do stretching exercises for the calves regularity to lessen the pain when using shoes without heels. (Science Daily, July 16, 2010)

Health tip of the week
Decrease the amount of sugars, salt and fried foods you eat on daily basis; eat more grains, whole foods, fruits and vegetables; have a varied diet, take plenty of water and do not exaggerate in quantities … All of these guidelines are important and adhering to them is ensuring a healthier lifestyle and longer life span.

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