Monday, March 14, 2011

Eat right and live well!

Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness."
- modified from : Edward Stanley (1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life

There is no better illustration to this quote than to simply look at some diabetes statistics. In the US - currently over 1/3 of the population is diagnosed a type 1 or type 2 diabetic or is considered to be pre-diabetic (based on fasting glucose and A1C results). The percentage of the population that is type 2 diabetic increases with age, in fact over 1.4 million new diagnoses of type 2 diabetes occurred in people over the age of 45. It's estimated that over $174 BILLION (that's nine zeros) is spent on direct and indirect costs simply due to diabetes (see here and here for diabetes stats). These are staggering numbers. The real problem is that experts aren't thinking it's going to get better. The tragedy is that type 2 diabetes is the result of a poor eating habits. It's a preventable disease.

The good news is that those eating habits aren't set in stone. They can change. For thousands of people, they have changed. We just aren't reaching enough people. One frequent question that a pre-diabetic (someone with a fasting glucose level greater than 100 mg/dl) might ask, "Is where do I start?" To answer that, let's turn a review article, published in The Journal of Nutrition in 2008. The authors of this article review what the metabolic effects are of consuming dietary fiber. They note that the consumption of soluble fiber decreases postprandial glucose responses and increases insulin sensitivity. This means that soluble fiber slows the rate at which your body absorbs glucose and reduces the output of insulin.

A year earlier, a research group showed that not all soluble fiber is equal, but rather viscous soluble fiber had a greater impact on post meal responses to glucose asborption. A colleague recently asked what made Bios Life Slim different from other fiber products available on the market. It's simple - the fibers used in Slim - are fibers that add viscosity to the gut thereby maximizing the effect on how your body absorbs glucose from your meals. It's not just one fiber but it's a blend of six different fibers, each contributing to the viscous nature of the drink that makes Slim unique. If you have any doubt, simply try it. Eat a meal and measure your glucose 60 minutes after eating that meal. Then do the same thing, only this time drink Slim before eating your meal. You'll see the difference!

Hippocrates wrote, "The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine." Let Slim be your first step to your greatest blessing - good health.

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