Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health. It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise. Maintenance is better than repair!
Excessive body fat doubles risk of dementia: If you lose your memory – who are you? Swedish researchers link midlife obesity to an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. In 1998 researchers examined 1,449 patients who participated in a study on cardiovascular risk factors, Aging and Dementia, between 1972 and 1987. Dr. M. Kivipelto and colleagues at the Karolinska Institute found that participants with a body mass index greater than 30 were more than two times as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. Med Post 11-1-05
Ed note: Body composition: How much fat you carry relative to muscle mass is considered to be an accurate indicator of healthy aging. If you wish to learn more ask Mary, Judy or Anne at the front desk for handout #271, and if you wish to have this assessment ask Dr. Forgie.
No Breakfast – gain weight: By the age of nineteen, about 75% of girls skip breakfast, missing out on key nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, that are not replaced over the rest of the day – according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. As a result, they are more prone to weight gain, poor concentration and poor performance at school. Med. Post 11-15-05.
Ed note: Missing a meal, breakfast in particular, releases stress hormones which in turn release stored sugar (glycogenolysis), which releases insulin, and also decreases cell response to insulin which, over time, leads to excessive insulin which aggravates inflammation, increases body fat, lowers good cholesterol & raises bad cholesterol, eventually leading to Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome which results in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc. Therefore eat your breakfast; it should consist of meat and vegetables – our genetic diet.
Obesity Trend: The October issue of Internal Medicine published data from “The Framingham Health Study” of 4,000 adults followed for thirty years from 1971 – 2001. Med. Post 11-15-05
Ed note: Excessive body fat is due to four variables:
1) Wrong proteins are the most important factor. Due to immune activation they create inflammation which alters fat cell function– dairy and grain proteins must be avoided.
2) Excessive carbohydrates cause hormone disruption – grains are the primary problem.
3) Too many calories in & not enough out. We need exercise every day – walking is the best.
4) Compromised gastrointestinal microflora: Research indicates that excessive body fat is associated with abnormal gut micro-organisms, and that when a normal microflora is present, similar to that of a lean(er) individual, excessive body fat declines. A healthy microflora performs numerous functions, including digestion and absorption of nutrients, immune enhancement, and as an anti-inflammatory. It is necessary to use a multistrain, high-potency microflora preparation that has been formulated to survive stomach and bile acid. For further info contact our office and ask for handouts #275 and 277.
Refer to New Brunswick sources for locally grown healthy meat in “Your Health Your Choice” Newsletters, at Rothesay Chiropractic Centre or on our website