In addition, another study, conducted in Australia and also published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that 11 people who followed a 12-week program of Tai chi and Qi Gong saw their BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, and blood sugar and insulin resistance levels improve.
Unlike many types of exercise, Tai chi isn’t hard on the joints and muscles, says practitioner Bruce Frantzis, who tipped us to these studies, on his Energy Arts website.
So it sounds like Tai chi would be great exercise for diabetics who are either elderly or extremely heavy — or for any person, for that matter.
The study followed 2,574 patients—ages 21 through 75—who had been recently diagnosed with type-2 diabetes over four years. About 12% of the people studied were in the "weight loss" group and peeled off an average of 25 pounds.
Even though most participants regained the weight, they were still able achieve favorable blood pressure and blood sugar levels by the fourth year. This lead Dr. Nichols to reach this conclusion: "Losing weight is a good idea, even if you regain it."
Not sure I’d agree with that. I think losing weight and keeping it off is a much better — and healthier — idea, but this encouraging nonetheless.
From Jennifer Moore for Connie’s SUGAR SHOCK! Blog
A new study suggests that sugar-sweetened fruit juices are absolutely not good alternatives to soda.
Julie Palmer, ScD, M.PH. and her colleagues from Boston University report in the Archives of Internal Medicine that African-American women who drank two or more sugar-sweetened fruit drinks per day had a 31% greater incidence of diabetes than those who consumed less than one a month. (Grapefruit and orange juices, however, weren’t linked to greater rates of diabetes amongst study subjects.)
That’s probably not news to most people, but this finding might be: African-American women who drank two or more non-diet sodas daily had a 24% greater incidence of diabetes over those who indulged less than once a month.
Does this mean that as far as diabetes risk goes, most sugar-sweetened fruit drinks are even worse for you than sweetened soda, which is certainly unhealthy in its own right? Or did the juice drinkers in the study consume more juice than the soda drinkers drank soda?
Either way, this is important research to combat claims that fruit juice is healthy, particularly since it’s so often marketed that way to kids and their parents. (Click this website from the juice lobby (Juice Products Association) to see what I mean.)
And anyway, if you really prefer your fruits in juice form, why not buy yourself a juicer and make some at home with fresh fruits and no added sugar? Or, better yet, juice some green veggies.
John Jakicic, PhD., an associate professor and chairman of the Department of Health and Physical Activity, and his team at the University of Pittsburgh found that participants in their study benefited from an extra hour of exercise each day. What’s more, increased exercise more made it easier for them to commit to a healthy diet.
"There is a growing consensus that more exercise may be necessary to enhance long-term weight loss," Dr. Jakicic told Michael Kahn.
Exercise is like money, you can never get an enough of it! Now, if you’re looking to step up your own workout. Consider taking the 100 Pushup challenge!
Childhood obesity accounts for much of this unfortunate phenomenon. For example, according to an analysis by Medco Solutions, a pharmacy benefit management firm, the number of American kids taking oral diabetes medications spiked an amazing 150% between 2001 and 2007. (Goodness, that’s awful.)
Times reporter Saul also reports that pharmacy benefit management company Express Scripts finds an increase of 15% of drugs to reduce cholesterol and other blood fat levels in children, while health care data company Verispan reveals a 13% increase in high blood pressure drug prescriptions in youth under 19 from 2005 to 2007.
The thought of children taking adult drugs to fight conditions due to obesity both alarms and saddens me. For starters, how do we know that these powerful medications are even safe for such young bodies? Sounds outrageous.
But an anecdote in Saul’s story told by Francine Kaufman, M.D., of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to a recent Senate subcommittee hearing on childhood obesity makes the impulse to resort to such measures more understandable. Dr. Kaufman told the tale of a 13-year-old girl whose weight exploded to 267 pounds.
“To control her high blood sugar level, her high blood pressure, and her high cholesterol, this young girl left my office with five medications,” Dr. Kaufman said, according to Saul.
Dr. Kaufman also said that lifestyle changes are the first line of defense but don’t always work; some of her patients live in poor areas without access to healthy foods in grocery stores and many attend schools that don’t provide physical education for their students.
This all points out how critical it is that we work our hardest to prevent childhood obesity. This also illustrates how badly we’ve failed to do that so far. Adults everywhere, from parents up to the highest levels of government need to wake up now, because our kids are paying a very high price for that failure.