Go Easy on the Sugar

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Excess sugar consumption in a person’s diet has recently been found to severely increase the risk of heart disease. How big of a risk exactly? According to the journal of JAMA Internal Medicine, published on February 3, 2014, excess sugar consumption can more than double the risk of death from heart disease. That’s certainly nothing to laugh at. Most people know that eating and drinking too much sugar, whether it be through popular soft drinks such as Pepsi or even sugary cereals, can make one overweight and eventually lead to obesity as well as contribute to the onset of diabetes.

Too much sugar is never a good thing, this much is known by the general public (too much of anything is never good), and yet Americans are some of the biggest consumers of sugary products with our excessively large soft drinks and many other food products that are all too tasty with the help of added sugar. Sometimes it’s not even a person’s fault that he or she consumes too much sugar on a day to day basis as sugar is often added to a plethora of foods of which you would never suspect to contain sugar in the first place. Alas, one must always stay vigilant when it comes to monitoring food intake.

According to this fresh study it doesn’t even matter whether or not you are healthy. It doesn’t matter whether you have a pre-existing condition or if you’re prone to heart disease in the first place. What’s clear is that if you are consuming too much sugar on a day to day basis then you are increasing your risk of death by heart disease even if you are otherwise healthy, not overweight, and do not have to genetic tie to this killer. The more added sugar there is in your diet the greater the risk is.

What to make of all of this? First and foremost, you need to cut back on sugar intake. It’s obvious but it can be tricky to do. As mentioned earlier there are many foods with “hidden” sugar added to them. So the take away is that you must carefully read your food packaging, preferably before you even buy your food. Remember, added sugar is a crap source of carbohydrates in the first place. If you’re going to consume sugar then it would be best to get it from an unprocessed source such as your favorite fruit. Unprocessed sources of carbs are going to be the best sources for you to choose from.

Get a more detailed look at the findings of this study as far as added sugar and it’s role in increasing the risk of death by heart disease by heading on over to WebMD.

H1N1 Flu Causes 147 Deaths so Far in California


The primary flu strain this season in California is the H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu, and it is really taking a toll on residents of the state. So far for the current flu season there are 147 deaths reported. It should also be noted that this number does not include 44 pending deaths that may or may not be flu related. Overall, the number of deaths associated with the H1N1 strain is alarming to say the least.

This is the same strain of the flu that swept the United States in 2009 and it surely isn’t done affecting residents of California for the current flu season. In contrast, the strain responsible for most trouble in California last year was the H3N2 virus. What separates H1N1 from other strains of the flu is how it affects the young and the healthy. Individuals within this demographic are more susceptible to the swine flu because they haven’t been exposed to it earlier in their lives and therefor have built no prior immunity. Furthermore, many times younger individuals go without a vaccination.

While these recent flu related deaths in California are cause for concern one shouldn’t forget that deaths associated with the flu are usually a result of other health related complications. Many times someone will have a certain health condition ┬áthat will weaken their immune system and therefor their ability to deal with the flu. And then there are times when things aren’t so simple and there are other reasons why a health condition complicates the flu and turns it into something much more deadly. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get yourself vaccinated. Even if you haven’t already gotten a vaccine it’s still worth getting. The current 2013-2014 flu season may have peaked but it is definitely not over.

via Liberty Voice

Death of a Family Member During Childhood Associated with Psychotic Illness

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A recent paper published by the British Medical Journal suggests that if one is exposed to the death of a family member during childhood then there is a greater chance that they will suffer from a psychotic illness. Naturally, if one is exposed to death at an early age there are going to be some heavy repercussions on one’s mental state growing up but this finding is quite alarming. The finding is also statistically significant as the sample size for the study was very large with 946,994 children followed.

The scientists found that of this sample size 1323 developed non-affective psychosis (such as that associated with schizophrenia) and 556 developed affective psychosis (psychosis associated with bipolar disorder or unipolar depression). That is only .4% and .17% respectively but the emergence of psychosis is still there. The risk is very small but significant nonetheless.

The children followed during the course of this study were separated according to different parameters and nearly all variables were considered. If you would like to learn more about this study then head over to Science Daily for the full scoop.

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