Two new studies add an interesting dimension to our dietary debates!
1. Omega 3′s Fight Diabetes
Reinforcing the ongoing evidence that diabetes is an unnecessary epidemic borne of misguided dietary guidelines, a new study shows that simply eating “smart fats” can help reduce the risk of diabetes. But there’s a twist: we’re not talking about type 2. The study shows that children who eat a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to develop type 1 diabetes – even with a family history of the disease. The epidemic of type 2 already has an established link to diet. JAMA reports; scientists participating in the study say the implications are big. Might early dietary interventions prevent both types of diabetes?
Hey, it’s Friday all. I hope your week has gone well. Scanning the headlines this morning a few particularly controversial pieces caught my eye. Both studies are a bit of a testament to the fact that truth isn’t always comfortable – in health or any other area of human endeavor. Add politics into the mix as happens with public health issues and it really gets interesting. So I’d like to hear what you have to say (don’t tell me don’t have an opinion).
This is the first step in preventing disease and meeting your later years with vitality and good health and it almost goes without saying – almost. The health toll of destructive behaviors such as smoking and excess drinking do not necessarily manifest for many years, thus discouraging motivation to stop. It’s natural to forgo making changes when the results are seemingly intangible or minimal at best. Smokers, of course, often report almost immediate improvements in breathing, sleep, and general health, but even so, indulgent habits are difficult to break. Do it now anyway. Whether it’s nicotine or sugar or drugs, don’t let your “vice” become your master. In time it will not only rule your life; it will destroy your body.
Beverage giants like Coke and Pepsi Co. have come under heavy fire from children’s advocates, health experts and parents alike in recent years. Perhaps one of the most controversial issues in the soda wars is the “sponsorship” many schools obtain in exchange for stocking the hallways with vending machines. Exploiting our children in order to cover costs has to be one of the most disgusting examples of Big Agra’s power over our next generation’s health. So when Coke, Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes announced they were pulling sugary beverages from schools in favor of “healthier” options like low-fat milk, diet drinks, and 100% juices, it was a begrudging step in the right direction. We don’t drink milk in our family and I’m not in favor of sports drinks, diet carbonated beverages or juice drinks, but at least this move was a measurable improvement over cans of corn syrup-clogged soda. (Bill Clinton lauded it as “courageous”.)
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