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5 Pre-Diabetes Symptoms You Must Know

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Prediabetes is when your blood glucose level is higher than it should be but is not high enough to be considered as diabetes. Prediabetes is the pre-diagnosis of diabetes. Diabetes occurs gradually when there is an elevation of blood sugar and insulin levels in your body. Problems arise whenever the glucose level is high for a longer period of time and this happens because pancreas are unable to make enough insulin. If you do not make certain significant changes in your lifestyle, prediabetes can precede into type 2 diabetes. To ward off the disease you need to alter your diet, the kind of physical activities you are doing and how you maintain your weight. Even though the exact reason of prediabetes is unrecognized, genes, family history, poor food diet and stressful lifestyle, are believed to be some of the risk factors.
Apart from symptoms like gout: a form of arthritis that forms when uric acid builds up in your body. Other symptoms include thicker skin, blurry vision and weight loss despite eating a lot.
Here’s a list of 5 prediabetes symptoms you must know:
1. Extreme Fatigue
It is fine when you feel tired after a long day at work, but it is certainly not fine when you are feeling tired and exhausted all the time, even while working. If you are struggling to get through the day, feeling draggy and drowsy then you need to worry. One of the reasons why it is happening is because of sugar, which is lingering in your bloodstream and not going into your cells where it needs to go and channelize the energy properly.
2. Excess hair loss
Along with factors like stress, medication, and genetics, hair loss is also related to a number of problems, insulin resistance being one of them. Insulin resistance is an indication of prediabetes and types 2 diabetes. If you are losing hair unnaturally, then you need to get your blood sugar level checked. Elevation of blood sugar level is due to the insulin resistance which means that the sugar is not able to move properly into the cells.
3. Patches on your skin
According to studies, patches of reddish, brownish, or yellowish skin known as necrobiosis lipidic, are spotted if you are prediabetic. Many dermatologists say that your skin may have a shiny, scaly itchy appearance, and visibility of blood vessels. Check out for dark, velvety patches on the skin as well — this indicates that you have too much insulin in your blood.
4. You drink more water
It is true that you need more fluid when blood glucose is high but drinking excessive water can be harmful. One of the important symptoms of prediabetes is that you are not only drinking water to quench your thirst, but also when you are full. Drinking water is a healthy solution to reduce the impact of high blood sugar but drinking too much of it might not be the best thing to do.
5. Frequent Urination
Continuing for point 4, since you drink more water, you tend to go to the washroom more for urinating. You tend to overlook this factor because you think this is happening due to over drinking of water. But you need to keep an eye on the number of times you are going to the loo because a lot of the times your body loses more water than what you drink. It is extremely important to keep a check on the color, odor, and your urinatory cycle. If you think it unnatural, then you need to see a doctor immediately.
Excessive drinking of water lead you to urinate more


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This Protein Not Only Helps In Losing Weight Quickly But Is Good For The Heart Too!

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Protein is a macronutrient which is extremely important for the overall development of the body. It is essential for the growth and repair of muscle tissue, cellular health and function. But whenever we talk of protein foods, some common foods that come to our mind are chicken, eggs, dairy products, nuts and cheese. In the following article, let us introduce to a new plant-source of protein. An excellent source of protein which can be easily included in your diet is soya protein.

Soya is high in protein and is derived naturally from soya beans. It is a great option for vegetarians and lactose intolerant people. Soy generally contains fibre and isoflavones. Vegetarians can easily include them in their diet to increase the consumption of proteins. Soya has transcended its Asian origins to become the most widely cultivated legume all across the globe. Soy protein can said to be the best source of plant protein as it contains all the essential amino acids in right quantities which are required in order to place the body into an anabolic state.

Delhi-based nutritionist Monisha Ashokan said, “Soya protein is a complete protein with all the nine essential amino acids. This is the reason why it is easily utilised by the body for growth and repair. It is high in fiber and low in calories which makes it an essential food item for those looking to shed a few kilos.

 

Furthermore, it also helps to prevent ageing. The phytoestrogen present in soyabean helps the body to produce more estrogen which reduces fine lines and wrinkles.So add this to your diet and reap its benefits!

Foods that contain high amounts of soya are naturally low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Whereas animal sources of protein like chicken, fatty fish, beef, pork and lamb are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. This may increase your risk of developing several cardiovascular diseases. However, substituting them with soya could help cut saturated fats and reduce your overall risk for disease.

Also, soya based foods are a great way to boost your fiber intake. They are rich in dietary fiber. Fiber promotes a healthy gastrointestinal system, reduces cholesterol, is associated with a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease and aids in quick weight loss. You could try including green soya beans, black beans, soya nuts and soya flour into your diet. Moreover, soya foods have high amounts of polyunsaturated fats. These fats can be beneficial for your heart as they help in lowering the cholesterol. As an added benefit, soya foods are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B, B12, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and antioxidants add the nutritional benefits of soya. These vital vitamins and minerals help boost the immunity of the body.

Top 5 foods rich in soya protein:

Tofu
Soya milk and yoghurt
Soya nuts
Tempeh
Edamame

(Monisha Ashokan is a nutritionist at Nourish Me)

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Exercise may help increase cancer patient’s chance for survival

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Regular exercise before and after a cancer diagnosis significantly improves odds of survival, a new study finds.

According to HealthDay News, among more than 5,800 US patients with a range of early- to late-stage cancers, those who exercised three or four times a week before and after their diagnosis had a 40 percent lower risk of death than inactive patients, researchers reported.

But survival gains were strong even for patients who began exercising only after their cancer diagnosis.

 

“Patients who reported never doing any type of exercise until they were faced with a cancer diagnosis cut their risk of death by 25 percent to 28 percent compared to those who remained inactive,” said first author Rikki Cannioto. She’s an assistant professor of oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY.

Patients who exercised once or twice a week also had a much lower risk of death than inactive patients, suggesting that any amount of regular, weekly activity is better than no activity, according to the researchers.

Study participants had blood or head and neck cancers, as well as breast, prostate, lung, colon, kidney, esophageal, bladder, ovarian, endometrial, pancreatic, liver or stomach cancers. Others had sarcoma or cervical, thyroid, testicular, brain or skin cancers.

The strongest link between exercise and reduced risk of death was seen with eight types: breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, bladder, endometrial, esophageal and skin cancer, the research team said.

The results “solidify the importance of the message that when it comes to exercise, some weekly activity is better than inactivity,” Cannioto said in a Roswell news release.

The finding that low-to-moderate weekly exercise is associated with improved survival is particularly encouraging, Cannioto said, given that cancer patients and survivors can be overwhelmed by the current recommendations of at least 30 minutes of daily moderate-to-intense physical activity.

The study was published recently in the journal Cancer Causes and Control.

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There is a link between obesity and the ability to smell: Study

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Not many people would have thought that obesity and the ability to smell are related. But in an interesting study, a surprising link has been discovered by a team of researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand. A sample of around 1,500 individuals were gathered for the purpose of the study.

“After compiling our evidence, we found there is, in fact, a strong link between a person’s body weight and their smell ability – the better a person can smell, the more likely the person is to be slim, or vice versa,” says Dr Mei Peng, lead author of the study, according to a report in the Medical News Daily.

Adding that smell plays a vital role when it comes to choosing our flavours and our foods, Dr Peng said, “For example, they might choose, or be more attracted to, saltier and tastier foods such as bacon and maple syrup instead of blander foods, such as low-fat cereal with less sugar.”

 

The researchers concluded from the study that people who have obesity or were closer to it had a reduced ability to smell flavours. Based on these findings, as per Medical News Daily, it was induced that obesity “alters a person’s metabolism, which affects communication pathways between the gut and brain”.

To connect the link between the gut and brain, researchers considered the effects of two surgical obesity treatments – stomach removal and gastric bypass. “Cutting the stomach could change nerves in the stomach that affect the gut-brain pathway, so smell changes could be the key to the difference between the two surgeries — essentially, the smaller size of the stomach might not be the factor that leads to weight loss, it is more likely due to the gut-brain pathway being reset,” Dr Peng concludes.

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