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Health Pearls June 2010

June 5, 2010 – Week 1


We have known for some time that exercise improves blood sugar control in diabetic patients and helps to prevent diabetes in general. But does the intensity of exercise make a difference in that control? A study reported in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Journal Feb. 2010 helps answer that very important question. Researchers monitored overweight diabetic patients after a standard diet and no exercise for twenty-four hours. The next day, on the same diet, the patients rode stationary bicycles for one hour at a moderate pace and the blood sugars were monitored for 24 hours. Three days later they rode stationary bicycles at a high intensity for 30 minutes and monitored the blood sugars for 24 hours. The results: “Both forms of exercise lowered blood sugar levels compared to the sedentary day, but the moderate intensity activity lowered blood sugar levels the most. The moderate intensity exercise session lowered the prevalence of high blood sugar levels during the 24 hours by 50 percent compared to no exercise. The high intensity exercise session only lowered the prevalence of high blood sugar during the 24-hour period by 19 percent even though they both burned the same number of calories in exercise.” Again God had it right when He says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2010)


June 12, 2010 – Week 2


“Having trouble with a growing waist? Many Americans do – about two-thirds are considered overweight. Maybe what you need to do is eat more fiber rich foods. A large study in Europe (89,432 people) looked at fiber intake in relation to weight gain and waist circumference over a 6.5-year period. They found that those who ate more fiber were significantly less likely to gain weight or increase their waist measurement. Fiber from whole grains was the best predictor, then fruits and vegetables. The bottom line is that eating foods high in dietary fiber can help you naturally maintain your weight. They also help lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease. Next time you are thinking of eating, think high-fiber foods!” Again God had it right when He gave man His original diet which was composed of high fiber foods exclusively! “God said, "I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food.” (Genesis 1:29) (MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2010)


June 19, 2010 – Week 3


You have probably heard that soy products are promoters of breast cancer because of their phytoestrogen contents. But let’s look at it from a Biblical prospective. Would God give His children something that would increase the chance of disease and death? NO! So where does this information come from? “Some studies in the laboratory showed that adding genistein (a soy isoflavone) to breast cancer cells in a test tube promoted proliferation of cancer cells. However, in living humans, soy actually reduces the risk of breast cancer from occurring. The Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study includes 5,033 women who have all survived breast cancer surgery. The study followed these women and also looked at lifestyle factors linked to good health, including diet and especially how much soy they ate. During the next four years 444 deaths and 534 cancer recurrences occurred. Among those women eating the most soy (top 25 percent) compared to those eating the least, breast cancer recurrence or death dropped by nearly one-third (29 percent decrease in death rates from breast cancer and recurrence, and a 32 percent decrease in recurrence) after adjusting for other lifestyle and known risk factors, such as weight, activity level, income level, meat intake, tea intake, cruciferous vegetable intake, and other known risk factors. Another interesting and valuable finding was that soy foods (at least 11 grams of soy protein per day) were as effective as tamoxifen in protecting against breast cancer recurrence. In fact, women who had the highest level of soy food intake (11+ grams of soy protein/day) and who did not take tamoxifen had a lower risk of mortality and a lower recurrence rate for breast cancer than women who had the lowest soy food intake and used tamoxifen.” So again, God knows what is best; and if we give science some time, they will prove it! (MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2010)








June 26, 2010 – Week 4


“Cutting U.S. salt intake by just half a teaspoon a day would prevent up to 92,000 deaths, 99,000 heart attacks, and 66,000 strokes -- a benefit as big as smoking cessation. That's the prediction from computer models that used real clinical data to predict the effects of small reductions in salt intake. "The [heart] benefits of reduced salt intake are on par with the benefits of population-wide reductions in tobacco use, obesity, and cholesterol levels," says Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD. Cutting daily salt intake by a half teaspoon -- about 3 grams -- would not be enough to bring most Americans down to the goal of 3.7 grams a day recommended for about 70% of adults. It wouldn't even get us down to the 5.8 grams a day recommended for lowest-risk adults. That's because the average U.S. man gets about 10.4 grams a day and the average U.S. woman gets about 7.3 grams a day. But cutting back by 3 grams, or even just 1 gram, would have huge effects across the population, Bibbins-Domingo and colleagues find.” Where is the salt coming from? “The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that 77% of the salt in the American diet comes from processed food. Only 6% is shaken out at the table, and only 5% is sprinkled during cooking.” So for better health, eat foods in their natural state and avoid processed foods!

(New England Journal of Medicine, published online Jan. 20, 2010.)Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.” (CD 81.2)

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