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Rise in Obesity and Fructose Consumption

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Rise in Obesity Rate Tracks Rise in Fructose Consumption

By: R. Scott Siewert / Health & Wellness Director


In this writing I am using a lot of statistics, but the numbers were just overwhelming that I had to report them. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to avoid fructose and high fructose corn syrup. This is added to just about every prepackaged product you can think of. To help reduce this FRUCTOSE, read labels before you buy food products.

The prevalence of obese and overweight individuals has increased dramatically in the decades since 1980. Between1988 and 2000, the number of obese Americans grew from almost 23 to 30.5%.  (Those have a BMI of 30 or more) By 2010, the picture was even worse. For the first time in history, the Average American was overweight nearly 36% this alarming increase in body size, an increase in FRUCTOSE CONSUMPTION.

Between 1970 and 1990, Americans consumption of high fructose corn syrup rose by more than 1,000% ( tis is not a typo), vastly exceeding any other dietary change in that period. By 2008, Americans were getting a full 10% OF THERE CALORIES FROM FRUCTOSE. During that period Americans were gaining at unprecedented rates due to the part of increased total fructose consumption.

Remember: Read your labels, for reduced fructose levels for better health.



Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

By R. Scott Siewert, Director of Health & Wellness

The most common heart attack symptom in women is pain, pressure, or discomfort in chest. But in women, it’s not always severe or the most prominent symptom. Over 40% of women suffering a heart attack may not even experience chest pains, (Angina).


Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as the following:

  • Neck, shoulder, upper back, or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue

Men are more likely to experience classic signs/symptoms of coronary heart disease like crushing left side chest pain that radiates to the left are, or jaw. Women, on the other hand are more likely to report shortness of breath, weakness or fatigue, dizziness, and palpitations. This may be because women tend to have blockages not only in their main arteries, but also in the smaller arteries that supply blood to the heart, a condition called small vessel heart disease or microvascular disease.

Many women tend to show up in the emergency rooms after much heart damage has already occurred because their symptoms are not those typically associated with a heart attack.


Mediterranean Diet Lowers Cardiovascular Events in Clinical Trial

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Mediterranean Diet Lowers Cardiovascular Events in Clinical Trial

By R. Scott Siewert, Director of Health & Wellness

The results of a trial described in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates a protective effect for a Mediterranean diet against the risk of experiencing heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes among older adults at high cardiovascular risk.

The study included 7400 men and women age 55-80 with no cardiovascular disease upon enrollment who has either type II diabetes or at least three cardiovascular risk factos including smoking, hypertension, elevated LDL cholesterol levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, overweight or obesity, or a family history of premature coronary heart disease. Participants were at random to a Mediterranean diet with supplemented extra virgin oil, and nuts.

The trial was concluded after 4.8 year follow up.  In comparison with participants who adhered to the control diet, the average adjusted risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event was 29% lower for those who followed a Mediterranean diet plan. The findings were similar when two different Mediterranean diets were compared.

NOTE:  A Mediterranean diet is high in fruit, vegetables, fish legumes, nuts, and olive oil has been associated with lower risk cardiovascular disease and premature death in several studies to date.


Oranges are Better than Orange Juice

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Oranges are Better than Orange Juice

By R. Scott Siewert, Director Health & Wellness

Oranges contain a wealth of nutrients, from flavonoids to vitamin C, to pectin fiber. Research has shown that popular fruit protects against the development of glaucoma and age related macular degeneration, two of the causes of blindness. In addition, oranges improve heart health, block the formation of common calcium kidney stones and enhance immunity. All of this makes ORANGES one of the healthiest fruits to eat on a regular basis.

While orange fruit contains healthy ingredients a caution comes to note about orange concentrated. Concentrated, contain fructose that cause sharp after-meal glucose spikes that in the long term can cause a host of diseases. It all seems to be very confusing, but any time that a preservative is added there is some type health issued that can arise. This is what the organic food eater has for defense of their choices of food products.



Vitamin D: Much More Than Bone Health...

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Written By: R. Scott Siewert, Director of Health & Wellness

In the past couple of years vitamin D has received a lot of attention regarding on how it impacts overall health. However, many fitness professionals still do not realize vitamin D goes well beyond bone health “female” clients.

What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a secosteroid; (A compound derived from a steroid in which there has been a ring cleavage.) it functions as modulator for as many as 1,000 genes involved in cellular growth, immune function and protein synthesis as well as intestinal calcium absorption and orthoclastic activity. Vitamin D is related to health and athletic performance through the following processes.
•    Calcium homeostasis and bone health
•    Immunity
•    Inflammatory modulation
•    Skeletal muscle function
•    Potential to impact health, training and performance

Not Just a “Female” Issue
One research study found that 72 out of 89 football players in the National Football League (NFL), that were surveyed with an average age of 25, had inadequate levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D levels range from 32-1- ng/dl on most lab reports. What does this all mean? Well two dozen of those that had low vitamin D readings suffered a muscle injury.

Vitamin D conversion comes from mainly sunlight and happens around mid-day when sun is highest overhead. Many people are out in the morning or evening but not as much during the lunch hour. Also, depending on the region you live vitamin D conversion during winter months may be severely limited. Another contributing factor is the increase of sunscreen and the push to wear it all times.

How much Vitamin D needed?
Anywhere from 5-30 minutes per day of sun exposure is suggested. The lighter the skin color one has, the less time is needed in the sun to absorb vitamin D; the darker the skin color one has requires a longer exposure time for conversion.

Food Sources and Guidelines
The goal is to acquire 200 IU of vitamin D per day from food, fatty fish (ex. mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna) fortified milk, egg yolks, fortified orange juice and certain brands of margarine, yogurt and cereal are reputable sources for vitamin D.

Overall Recommendations
•    Does not matter if male or female
•    200 IU of vitamin D per day through food
•    5-30 minutes per day
•    Individuals with limited sun exposure require 1,500 – 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D supplement.

Input by : Dawn Weatherwax

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