Metabolic control and cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients according to diabetes duration

Background.Control of glycaemic levels as well as cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) is essential to prevent the onset of complications associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Aim.To describe the degree of glycaemic control and CVRF in relation to diabetes duration. Patients and methods.Multicentre cross-sectional study in T2DM patients seen in primary care centres during 2007. Variables: Demographical and clinical characteristics, antidiabetic treatments and development of disease complications. Diabetes duration classification: 0–5, 6–10, 11–20 and >20 years. Logistic regression models were used in the analysis. Results.A total of 3130 patients; 51.5%Read More

Green Tea Extract Lowers Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar & Inflammation

A dietary supplement of green tea has now been shown to help lower multiple factors associated with the metabolic syndrome in overweight adults. The 56 participants in this study were classified as obese, insulin resistant, and hypertensive, meaning they already had multiple difficult metabolic issues similar to millions of Americans. Amazingly they took a relatively small daily amount of green tea extract standardized for 208 mg of the most potent antioxidant catechin, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).  After three months of supplementation they had statistically significant reductions in both systolic and diastolicRead More

Hawthorn for Your Heart

Widely recognized as a cardiovascular tonic, hawthorn berry relaxes the heart while supporting its ability to produce and sustain energetic output. Since the heart never gets a vacation, the rejuvenating effect of hawthorn may be the next best thing. Hawthorn berries are used in traditional medicine1 in the treatment of chronic heart failure, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, and digestive problems. They also have mild diuretic properties and a beneficial impact on cholesterol.  Hawthorn berries contain a wide range of flavonoids, which are responsible for their diverse mechanisms ofRead More

How Protein Helps Weight Loss

The amount of quality protein in your diet is the single most important calorie that influences your metabolic rate, favorably influencing weight loss. Quality protein also helps you sustain muscle during weight loss, improve muscle fitness, immunity, and antioxidant function, build HDL cholesterol, and enhance insulin and leptin function – all of which contribute toward optimal weight management efforts over time. How Much Protein Do I Need for Weight Loss? A significant body of scientific evidence indicates that protein levels far higher than our government’s suggested levels of intake areRead More

Grape Seed Extract’s Powerful Cardio Protection

Red grape seed extracts (GSE) are a powerful cardioprotective compound.  They strengthen your arteries/capillaries, and offer rather dramatic antioxidant protection for your arteries and heart. Also, through a number of mechanisms they reduce the likelihood that plaque will form in your arteries.  New molecular science shows that the effects of GSE are much more diverse than previously understood.  GSE works actively at the gene transcription level to promote changes favorable to cardiovascular health that include reducing inflammation and improving cholesterol and triglycerides metabolism.  They have even been found to haveRead More