Archive | July, 2009

Tips from Oprah’s Dr. Oz to staying healthy and perhaps living longer

17 Jul

Step 1: Find a doctor and schedule a checkup –  at least once a year

Step 2: Know the five ingredients to avoid –  High fructose corn syrup, sugar, enriched, transfat and saturated fat (fats from animals)  – include omeg 3 Fats, flaxseed

Step 3: The healthy foods to add to your diet – blueberries, squash, prunes, broccoli, tomatoes, soyabeans, kidney beans, walnuts, scallops, olive oil, oatmeal, raspberry

Step 4: Take a multivitamin every single day – with at least 2,500  unit vit. A (postmenopausal) or 5000 units vit A (pre-menopausal)

Step 5: Know your numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, waiste, height bmi

Step 6: Find a health advocate

Step 7: Organize your medical records

Step 8: Get the medical tests you need

Step 9: Start exercising – start with walking and then move up from there.

Step 10: Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night

This information is not new but it helps to refresh our memory.Adherring to a  healthy lifestyle is not difficult if we stick to the plan as much as possible. We are humans and we will trip up but don’t give up, there is always tomorrow to start again.

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Eating less may spell better health

10 Jul

According to recent study there appears to be some benefit that may accrue to humans by consuming less calories than we actually need. The research was conducted using rhesus monkeys which are close enough to humans and the results, though not supported by  all scientists in the field of anti-aging, appears to show some promise nonetheless.  Read the article in the NYT

Doctor Dog

7 Jul

Doctor dogsThe most recent amazing thing about your pet dog is that it does not need to go to university to learn to diagnose serious medical problems.   Your dog may be able alter you when you are having a hypoglycemic attack or when cancer may be developing in your body. Wouldn’t that be sweet? Why pay doctors big bucks when a dog can do the same thing for free.  The source of this information came from a reputable National Geographic video.   A dog name Tinker in the video began whining and barking when his owner, who has diabetes, experienced drops in blood sugar.  This is before Tinker was trained now that he has gone to medical school he is a whiz.

 

Catching up on my weekend Web reading, I came across an interesting video from National Geographic, about dogs that sniff out cancer and health problems associated with diabetes. The British research centre, Cancer and Bio-Detection dogs are currently in the process of training 17 rescue dogs to be paired up with diabetic owners, including children, a report stated.

   A survey of 212 dog owners who had Type 1 diabetes showed that 138 owners said their dog had shown a behavioral reaction to at least one of their hypoglycemic episodes. The dogs reacted to the episode by barking, licking, whining or staring their owners in the face, some even trembled.

   Well at last dogs might be earning more than their keep.

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