Day: October 5, 2010

Low Omega 3’s Increase Risk of Diabetes

Serum omega-3 fatty acid level is significantly decreased in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Low serum omega-3 fatty acids correlates with increased insulin resistance (inability to respond properly to insulin and higher blood glucose levels). Lack of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s such as fish oil) play a very important role in the development of diabetes mellitus and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Source: Zhonghua Nei Ke Za Zhi, 2010; 49(4): 305-8


Reduce Migraine Frequency by Half

In a study involving school-aged children with migraine headache, treatment with a combination of ginkgolide B, coenzyme Q10, riboflavin, and magnesium was found to safely and significantly reduce the frequency of migraine headaches by greater than half.

Source: Neurol Sci, 2010 Sept 25

Life Insurance or 12 Steps to Avoid Dying Before Your Time

According to a 2009 study, the odds of dying prematurely can be considerably reduced by:

  • Giving up Smoking- by behavior modification, psychotherapy, acupuncture, naturopathic treatment
  • Controlling High Blood Pressure by exercise and diet (medication as a last resort)
  • Getting off of the couch and walking and/or exercising daily- at least 30 minutes per day of some form of cardiovascular exercise
  • Reducing Salt in our food – avoid packaged and processed foods altogether, add only minimal iodized sea salt (you do need some salt in order to get iodine for the thyroid)
  • Increasing Omega-3 Fats in our diet or taking an Omega-3 supplement – fish oil trumps flaxseed oil or other plant oils
  • Controlling Blood Glucose via diet, exercise and stress reduction (medication as a last resort)
  • Lowering LDL Cholesterol via diet and exercise (medication as a last resort)- lowering blood sugar and insulin lowers cholesterol levels nicely
  • Limiting Alcohol consumption
  • Increasing Fruit and Vegetable consumption
  • Using more vegetable oils in cooking and reducing intake of animal source and saturated fats
  • Taking a good multivitamin
  • Having an annual physical exam

Source: Plos Med 6(4): 1000058