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The Rise Of Obesity, Diabetes And Cardiovascular Diseases

Dr. Dean Ornish tracks the dramatic rise of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease across the globe – as the world begins to eat, live and die like we do in the U.S. The good news is – It’s reversible.

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Disease Food / Cooking Healing

Health Benefits Of Red Wine

Fermentation is the process of converting carbohydrates into alcohol using yeast under oxygen-less conditions. Wine is what happens when unmodified grape juice is fermented. The red in wine is formed when grape skin is included during the fermentation process. White wine can be made from any type of grape as the skin is separated.

Recent studies have shown that drinking a glass of red wine daily is beneficial to health. Moderate consumption will help protect against cancer, heart diseases, improve cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Moderate in US means 1 glass for women, 2 glasses for men. On the other hand, UK and EU defines moderation as 3 glasses for women and 4 glasses for men.

The French seemed to know a little more about the secrets behind red wine. In a study that compared French and German wines, the French ones delivered higher results as their wine contained much more antioxidants. This holds true for the ‘French Paradox’. It refers to the lower incidence of coronary heart disease in France than in the USA despite high levels of saturated fat in the traditional French diet. Proof is inconclusive as there is a vast difference in diets.

Actually the 2 main components responsible for the red wine’s healing powers are the antioxidant and resveratrol. Red wines contain the type of antioxidants that protects and prevents diseases while resveratrol is a chemical that exerts a range of both cardioprotective as well as chemoprotective mechanisms. Resveratrol is produced naturally by grape skins in response to fungal infection, which includes exposure to yeast during fermentation. As white wine has minimal contact with grape skins during this process, it generally contains lower levels of resveratrol. Other beneficial compounds include polyphenols and flavonoids.

Excessive drinking doesn’t yield any health benefit. Excessive consumption of alcohol including wine can cause some diseases including cirrhosis of the liver and alcoholism. The key to reaping the health benefits of red wine is moderation. A glass or 2 is already enough to decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.

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Disease Heart Physical Health

9 Types Of Diseases Caused By Obesity

Being obese is bad. It just shows plain ignorance about a person’s choice of food and lack of exercise. Obesity is a clinical condition and is being seriously viewed as a public health problem. Between 2001-2004, 66% of Americans above 20 years old are overweight. Not many know about the diseases that are associated with being obese. Below are the 9 clusters of diseases related to obesity.

1. Cardiovascular

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs.

  • Enlarged Heart
  • an increase in the size of the heart that may be caused by a thickening of the heart muscle because of increased workload.

  • Cor Pulmonale
  • Also known as right heart failure. Cor pulmonale is a change in structure and function of the right ventricle of the heart as a result of a respiratory disorder.

  • Varicose Veins
  • Twisted, enlarged veins that mostly affects the lower body as a result of pressuring the veins.

  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Blockage of the pulmonary artery (or one of its branches) by a blood clot, fat, air, amniotic fluid, injected talc or clumped tumor cells that results in difficulty breathing, pain during breathing, and more rarely circulatory instability and may result in death.

2. Endocrine

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Cysts (fluid-filled sacs) in the ovaries that result in high levels of androgens (male hormones) and missed or irregular periods.

  • Menstrual Disorder
  • is a physical or emotional problem that interferes with the normal menstrual cycle, causing pain, unusually heavy or light bleeding, delayed menarche, or missed periods.

  • Infertility
  • inability for a man or woman to contribute to conception.

3. Gastrointestinal

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • happens when the LES ,a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach, opens spontaneously for varying periods of time which causes stomach contents along with digestive juices to rise up into the esophagus (the tube that carries food from mouth to stomach).

  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • an accumulation of fat within the liver that may cause liver-damaging inflammation and, sometimes, the formation of fibrous tissue. In some cases, this can progress either to cirrhosis, which can produce progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer.

  • Cholelithiasis (gallstones)
  • Gallstones form when bile, liquid that help the body digest fats, that is stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material. Happens when bile contains too much cholesterol.

  • Hernia
  • occurs when the contents of a body cavity bulge out of the area where they are normally contained. These contents, usually portions of intestine or abdominal fatty tissue, are often enclosed in the thin membrane that naturally lines the inside of the cavity.

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • also known as colon cancer, is cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. It is the third most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of death among cancers in the Western world.

4. Renal and Genitourinary

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • also known as impotence is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • is the loss of bladder control that results in mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting

  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • is a gradual and progressive loss of the ability of the kidneys to excrete wastes, concentrate urine, and conserve electrolytes.

  • Hypogonadism
  • happens when the sex glands produce little or no hormones. In men, these glands (gonads) are the testes; in women, they are the ovaries.

  • Breast Cancer
  • is the most common cancer among women.

  • Uterine Cancer
  • Symptoms include

    • Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
    • Trouble urinating
    • Pelvic pain
    • Pain during intercourse

  • Stillbirth
  • occurs when a fetus which has died in the womb or during labour or delivery exits its mother’s body.

5. Integument (skin and appendages)

  • Stretch Marks
  • are fine lines that appear on the skin that appears when a person grows or gains weight really fast.

  • Acanthosis Nigricans
  • velvety, light-brown-to-black, markings usually on the neck, under the arms or in the groin.

  • Lymphedema
  • is a condition of localized fluid retention caused by a compromised lymphatic system. Danger lies in the constant risk of developing an uncontrolled infection in the affected limb.

  • Cellulitis
  • Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and it may spread rapidly.

  • Carbuncles
  • a skin infection that often involves a group of hair follicles. The infected material forms a lump, called mass, which occurs deep in the skin.

  • Intertrigo
  • bacterial, fungal, or viral infection that has developed at the site of broken skin due to inflammation.

6. Musculoskeletal

  • Hyperuricemia
  • High level of uric acid in the blood that will most likely lead to gout.

  • Immobility
  • is the disease that requires complete bed rest or extremely limits your activity.

  • Osteoarthritis
  • is a joint disease caused by the breakdown and loss of the cartilage of one or more joints.

  • Low Back Pain
  • is the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis.

7. Neurologic

  • Stroke
  • is a rapidly developing loss of brain function due to an interruption in the blood supply to all or part of the brain.

  • Meralgia Paresthetica
  • is a disorder characterized by tingling, numbness, and burning pain in the outer side of the thigh.

  • Headache
  • is a condition of pain in the head.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

  • Dementia
  • is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging.

8. Respiratory

  • Dyspnea
  • also known as short of breath (SOB) is perceived difficulty breathing or pain on breathing.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep with each breathless period lasting long enough so one or more breaths are missed, and occur repeatedly throughout sleep.

  • Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • occurs when a very obese person does not breathe enough oxygen while sleeping. Comes from a defect in the brain’s control over breathing and excessive weight (due to obesity) against the chest wall, which makes it hard for a person to take a deep breath. As a result, the blood has too much carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen.

  • Pickwickian Syndrome
  • is the combination of severe obesity, suffering from obstructive sleep apnea causing hypoxia and hypercapnia resulting in marked daytime somnolence and chronic respiratory acidosis.

  • Asthma
  • is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs.

9. Psychological

  • Depression
  • is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individual’s social functioning and/or activities of daily living.

  • Low Self Esteem
  • is a low overall of a person’s self-appraisal of their worth.

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • is a mental disorder that involves a disturbed body image.

  • Social Stigmatization
  • is severe social disapproval of personal characteristics or beliefs that are against cultural norms.

Now that you know the health risks that come with obesity, you should calculate your current health condition and compare it to your ideal one. Pick up easy weight loss habits and understand these little known facts about losing weight. Keep your hunger in check with these natural appetite suppressants. Learn how metabolism affects your weight and eat more of the healthiest diet in the world. Losing weight is all about the calories.