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Preventing Diabetes: Avoiding the dread disease

Posted on August 11, 2008. Filed under: diabetes, diet | Tags: , , |

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share with you information about my new book. Dr. Vijai Pasupuleti and I have recently with colleagues to bring you the latest scientific information on reversal and prevention of diabetes.

Draft Press Release: James W.Anderson’s new diabetes book
Nutraceuticals, Glycemic Health & Type 2 Diabetes: Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, IA
Diabetes is a major health problem worldwide. In the US there are 24 million individuals with diabetes and half of Americans are at high risk for developing diabetes. New evidence indicates that the onset of most diabetes in adults can be delayed for years through dietary measures.
Dr. Anderson and his colleagues have been doing research on nutrition and diabetes for 35 years at the University of Kentucky and has published over 100 research papers on this area. To assemble the outcomes of this research and to summarize cutting-edge research from all over the world, Dr. Anderson has collaborated with Dr. Pasupuleti to make this emerging data available more widely available.
Thirty-five scientist from nine countries have contributed 18 chapters to present the latest on the role of nutrition in diabetes.
In addition to examining the effects of food on the causation and treatment of diabetes, new information on the use of supplements and herbals has been assembled.
This new emerging evidence will allow health care providers to offer the latest in nutrition guidance to patients with diabetes. It will encourage producers of foods and supplements to make active ingredients more widely available to consumers, and will enable self-directed individuals to make intelligent choices about nutrition supplements to prevent progress of pre-diabetes to definite diabetes.
In the closing chapter Dr. Anderson provides practical guidelines based on his clinical experience, his research and the research presented in the book. He gives recommendations for specific amounts of minerals to slow progression of diabetes or reverse diabetes in its early stages. Over 100 herbal supplements are evaluated and 11 are assessed to be of potential value for treatment of early diabetes.
Evidence is emerging that diabetes can be reversed by weight loss, exercise, dietary changes and use of supplements. This book provides specific guidance.

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What is LDL cholesterol?

Posted on August 11, 2008. Filed under: cholesterol, diet, nutrition | Tags: , , , , |

Recently a journalist asked me to explain the different forms of cholesterol. Sometimes explaining the cholesterol number is time consuming and health care professionals only mention the total cholesterol. I try to explain to my patients these numbers and goals.
The LDL ‘bad guy’ cholesterol is the most deadly form and a desirable number in less than 130 mg/dl and an ideal number is less than 100.
The HDL ‘good guy’ cholesterol is protective from heart attack and higher is better. Desirable for women is 50 or higher and for men is 40 or higher. A 60 mg/dl HDL number is ideal and protective. If the HDL number is more than half of the LDL number your probably are protected and in good shape.
Triglycerides, the other blood fat, should be lower than 150 mg/dl.
What is a good ratio?
An ideal LDL/HDL ratio for women is 100/55 or 1.8 while the ideal for men is 100/45 or 2.2. The lower the ratio the better.
How can I improve my cholesterol numbers?Smoking increases risk of heart attack and lowers HDL. Exercise increases the HDL.
To decrease LDL, diet is the answer. Lose weight to desirable weight, mimimize animal fat intake (red meat, cheese, butter), increase fiber intake from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, oat cereals. Soy protein, two servings per day from soy milk, edamame, soy nuts, or tofu lower cholesterol. Psyllium fiber supplements are ways for busy people to get in their soluble fiber. I recommend oat cereal for breakfast, 4 psyllium capsules with lunch and four with dinner.
Why is high cholesterol so bad? High cholesterol levels increase risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure and circulation problems. The same habits that raise the cholesterol also bring on diabetes prematurely.
Is it OK to eat eggs? Eggs are a concentrated from of cholesterol in the diet that I recommend avoiding altogether. Egg substitutes make good omeletes and go into recipes. Even if your LDL cholesterol is low, eating eggs increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.
In a nutshell, what are your recommendations?  The major things that affect LDL cholesterol are genes and diet. You can’t change your genes but most people can lower their LDL cholesterol by 30 to 70 points through diet, weight loss and exercise. Weight loss can lower the LDL by 20% (30 points) and raise the HDL by 10-25% (5-15 points). Exercise can raise the HDL by 25-50% (10-30 points). The diet to lower LDL cholesterol is low in animal fat (avoid the yellow death– eggs, butter, cheese), minmize intake of red meat, sausage, pork bacon, high fat dairy (full fat milk, ice cream) and excessive oil of any form (in salads, in cooking). Olive oil is very high in calories and should be used sparing. Be sure to get in three servings of whole grains, at least five servings of fruit or vegetables, and soluble fiber from oat products or psyllium fiber supplements.

 

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