Now this may seem like a recap of the fifth grade science lesson, but the optimal functioning of your heart is paramount for your survival. While many of you would be aware of the fact that the heart is responsible for pumping blood and thereby supplying essential nutrients and oxygen to the rest of the body using the circulatory system, not many would know that more than 610,000 Americans die of a heart disease every year – that makes heart diseases the cause of 1 out of every 4 deaths reported in the country.
Let’s face it, the holidays are a time for celebration, and with celebration comes many opportunities to indulge in mouthwatering food. In fact, about 75 percent of Americans’ yearly weight gain occurs during the holidays. One study conducted over a year span showed a weight increase of 0.7% in the participants between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. If the average weight of an American woman is about 166 pounds that would be over 11 pounds of weight gain, which is significant.
A study conducted among adults over a 5-year span proved daily consumption of “diet beverages” increased their risk for type 2 diabetes by 67%.
For a long time artificial sweeteners seemed like the answer for effective weight loss and anyone with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), due to their lower calorie content. However, research is telling us they may do more damage than good for various reasons.
The global prevalence of diabetes has increased from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014 which is concerning. Across the U.S population 1.4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is the most common, which is when your blood sugar levels rise higher than normal. Diabetes is a chronic disease related to insulin resistance where eventually your pancreas isn’t able to keep up in making enough insulin to sustain your blood sugar at normal levels.
If you have a strong family history of breast cancer but tested negative for BRCA1 and BRCA2, there’s another key gene you may want to have checked – PALB2. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that women under 40 years old with mutations in the PALB2 gene may have 8-9 times higher risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime as compared to the general population.
Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious skin disorder and is among the most widespread autoimmune, genetic diseases in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health in the US, between 5.8 and 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis (3).
With the conclusion of the Rio Olympics I’m sure you are still astounded by the athleticism of the athletes. How many of you watching thought; that athlete must have impeccable genetics to be able to run/swim/jump as swiftly as they do.
There can be many barriers along the journey towards weight loss and better health. Have you ever stopped to think how your adiponectin levels may be contributing to your weight loss plateau?
If it begins with a hashtag (#) it’s sure to mean the topic is trending and folks are talking about it. Popular hashtags like #yum, #foodie and #nutrition are hot topics that lead to posts about weight-loss trends, staying fit and the fastest, easiest way to get there. If you go to your favorite social media platform and type in #nutrition, here’s what you’ll find:
Genetic testing screens a number of known genes related to hereditary cancers and those cancers related to cellular changes during a lifetime. The goal of every test is to determine a patient’s risk of cancer. Those who may have a family history, younger individuals of childbearing years who want to know about their genetic predisposition to cancer or patients who have already had cancer and want to know their status or treatment options often seek these tests.