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Job loss and heart attack link

grilled veggiesRESEARCH on older adults in the US has found people who have multiple job losses have the same risk of heart attack as smokers, those with high blood pressure and people with diabetes.

The research, by a team from Duke University, North Carolina and published recently in JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine followed 13,451 Americans aged 51-75. The Health and Retirement Study monitored them every two years from 1992-2010.

The team found the risk of heart attack was 35 percent higher among the unemployed than those who had not experienced job loss, with 22 percent for people with one job loss, rising to 63 percent for those who lost four or more jobs. The risk was particularly elevated during the first 12 months after job loss.

Unemployment is clearly a great source of stress, in much the same way as a stressful job can be. In hard economic times, you may not be able to do much to ensure your job is safe, but you can take steps to make sure your heart is healthy. These include maintaining a healthy weight, cutting down on table salt by using herbs and spices for seasoning, and ditching trans fatty acids – hydrogenated fats – often found in margarines, cakes, pies, biscuits, ready meals, cheap chocolate, sweets and ice cream.

Eating garlic or taking garlic supplements, along with a good intake of fruit and vegetables a day is also beneficial for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. Fruit and vegetables are all high in fibre. Oily fish such as mackerel or salmon twice a week has also been found to help maintain a healthy heart.

Taking regular exercise is also important along with managing your stress levels. Supplements containing all the B vitamins, magnesium, Siberian ginseng and L-theanine are all helpful.

Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association. The Cumulative Effect of Unemployment on Risks for Acute Myocardial Infarction Arch Intern Med. 2012;():1-7doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.447.

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High fructose corn syrup linked to diabetes

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High-fructose corn syrup for sale (Photo credit: Steven Vance)

AN international study shows countries using high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in their foods and drinks have a 20 percent higher prevalence of diabetes, independent of obesity. HFCS is used in processed foods to make them look better and taste sweeter.

Data from 42 countries, compiled by the University of Southern California and University of Oxford, found countries with a higher use of HFCS had an average diabetes prevalence of eight percent. This compared with six and a half percent in countries with a lower use of HFCS. The US had the largest consumption of HFCS per person, at 25kg a year. In the 1990s, HFCS made up 40 percent of US sweeteners and was the sweetener most often used in sodas. In the UK, HFCS is labeled as glucose-fructose syrup.

This study is just one more reason to avoid processed foods, particularly HFCS, as our metabolisms have not evolved to process the high amount of fructose in HFCS, which is a type of sugar.

Sugar has no nutritional value, is just empty calories, and has been linked to cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It goes straight into your blood stream where it stimulates the release of insulin, which can lead to diabetes. Sugar can also overwork your liver causing estrogen levels to fluctuate.

Type II diabetes is one of the most common causes of death today, but it’s easy to reduce your risk with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Simply eat a healthy breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack and a light supper. Once you start eating six healthy meals and snacks per day and cut back on refined sugar, you’ll find your ‘sweet tooth’ and cravings naturally recede.

Source: University of Southern CaliforniaGoran, M., Ulijaszek, S. and Ventura, E. (2012). High fructose corn syrup and diabetes prevalence: A global perspective. Global Public Health. Published online Nov. 27, 2012.

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GT crops bring diseases and death

NEW research reveals the disastrous ecological impacts of the world’s top herbicide and GM crops made tolerant to it. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Brett Cherry believe Glyphosate tolerant (GT) crops and glyphosate herbicide (commercial formulation,Roundup) poison nitrogen fixing and other beneficial soil bacteria, increase fungal pathogens, undermine plant immunity to diseases, decrease plant micronutrients available in the soil, and more.

Research findings over the past decades paint a damning picture of the cropping system that has taken over 85 percent of the 134 million hectares of global agricultural land now growing genetically modified (GM) crops (see [1] Scientists Reveal Glyphosate Poisons Crops and Soil, SiS 47). The unprecedented rise in GT crops has been accompanied by a sharp increase in the use of the glyphosate herbicides worldwide, especially in the US [2] GM Crops Increase Herbicide Use in the United StatesSiS 45).

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15 glyphosate herbicide injury coffee Coffea arabica (Photo credit: Scot Nelson)

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