Women Yawn Their Way Into Heart Attacks

It’s not bad enough women are much more efficient at sucking out carbs and storing them as fat than men, but now a new study has found we have a completely different “warning” mechanism before a heart attack occurs. Dr. Jean McSweeny used her Acute and Prodromal Myocardial Infarction Symptom Survey, and discovered the most frequently reported prodromal symptom of a heart attack in women was unusual fatigue, difficulty sleeping and shortness of breath. Only 30% reported chest pain, a hallmark of an impending MI in men. Women had more acute symptoms ( meaning they had less of a lead time than men ) and their symptoms occured more frequently and intensely than men’s.In The Menopause Diet, I have discussed how sleep changes can increase your risk for a heart attack by raising insulin levels. This study helps to clarify why so many women are sent home from the ER only to suffer fatal heart attacks because their symptoms did not fit the “typical MALE profile.”If you want to read the full study, just send off an email with the subject heart through our Contact Us form and I’ll send you a PDF file of the study.

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When Are Bio-Identical Hormones Worth $3500?

The answer is NEVER, but you wouldn’t believe that if you read the article in the Southwest Airlines Read more

10 Foods That Sabotage Your Diet

Away from These Bad Boys

Want to know which foods are the WORST ones to ever pass your lips?
Steer your grocery cart clear of:

    White flour, sugar and fried. Need I say more.Okay I will: trans fats
    Two words: trans fats. Butter, especially unsalted butter is your best
    I’m talking puffed, dyed, sweetened and chock full of chemicals. Hmm..maybe
    THIS is where the weapons of mass destruction are hiding! Again, trans
    Anything that reminds you of antifreeze or your children’s waterpaint
    cleaner CAN’T be good for you. These products are stuffed with sugar
    polymers with no nutritional benefit.
    The ingredient lists of these products COULD be used to make weapons
    of mass destruction in your body.Remember those two words: trans fats.
    I’m not talking the Eric Estrada kind…but those greasy, processed,
    frankenstein version of real food. Again, two words: trans fats.
    9 teaspoons of sugar per can. Just pour the “pounds” down the drain.
    Any food that is made up of animal parts that are so fat laden they
    could lube your sports bike doesn’t belong in your diet.
    Hydrogentated trans fats and white flour. Nuf said.

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    Rebound Weight Gain for Yo-Yo Dieters

    New Study Explains Rebound Weight Gain

    You read the title correctly. In a study published in the American
    Journal of Human Biology, researchers studied the sad irony of obesity
    in developing food-starved nations. “In the same household, you can
    have a chubby kid and a starving kid,” , the lead researcher, stated.

    He argues that obesity in developing nations is a result of the body’s
    attempts to cope with childhood malnourishment. The phenomena is similar
    to yo-yo dieting, where dieters who have deprived themselves gain weight
    at faster rates than non-dieters when they begin eating normally again.

    Under normal nutritional conditions, humans only absorb about 80 percent
    of the nutrients from the food they eat, and the rest of the nutrients
    pass through the body. But when deprived of nourishment, the body becomes
    a super efficient machine, Frisancho said, pulling all the nutrients
    from the food for energy. Further, because humans need a certain percentage
    of body fat reserves to stay alive and because it takes more work for
    the body to burn fat than carbohydrate, the body in starvation mode
    learns to burn carbohydrate for energy and to store fat, rather than
    to use the energy for growth.

    I have never been a fan of induction stages of dieting, which are often
    prolonged beyond the first two weeks of any diet. As demonstrated in
    this article, continuous restriction of carbohydrates will only result
    in rebound weight gain. That’s why it’s so important to choose the RIGHT
    carbs to eat and to maintain a healthy ratio of about 35% of your diet
    as high fiber, low glycemic carbs if you want to prevent rebound weight
    gain when aiming for a maintenance, healthy diet.

    Reduced rate of fat oxidation: a metabolic pathway to obesity in the
    developing nations,

    Am J Hum Biol. 2003 Jul-Aug;15(4):522-32.

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    The Menopause Diet “Cheat Sheet”

    (from First for Women, Dec. 2002)

    1. Bring on the bean dip to stop starch absorption. Chickpeas, kidney
    beans and soybeans have glycemic indexes as low as 10 — even canned baked
    beans clock in at just 48 — so dip in! And research from the University
    of Scranton in Pennsylvania shows that adding beans to a meal slashes
    starch absorption by 66 percent, averting the blood-sugar and insulin
    surges that set the state for fat storage. Same goes for fruits and veggies,
    most of which come in below 50.

    2. Drizzle on lemon to stop the sugar surge. Steal some lemon wedges
    from the complimentary bar at your company party and put them to good
    use. Australian research suggests that drizzling side salads and veggies
    with lemon juice, vinegar or other acidic condiments can cut the blood-sugar
    spike from an average meal by as much as 30 percent.

    3. Head to the carving station to dodge energy lows. With a glycemic
    index of zero,protein and fat have a minimal effect on blood-sugar levels,
    so take a hint from the Whos in Whoville and load up on the roast beast!
    Plus, including a few ounces of protein and a dab of fat in every meal
    slows carb absorption, dampening blood-sugar spikes that can cause your
    energy to falter if you do eat food on the high end of the glycemic scale.

    4. Stick to whole-wheat crackers to nix cravings. When the cheese platter
    rolls around, pass on crackers that aren’t made with fiber-rich whole
    wheat. White cereals, breads and crackers have glycemic indexes as high
    as 100. Within 20 minutes of eating, the pancreas produces an insulin
    surge that shuttles sugar into fat cells. Your blood-sugar level plunges,
    you feel famished and your brain looks for a quick fix from the same foods
    that put you on this roller coaster in the first place.

    5. Down a glass of milk to flip your fat-burning switch. Take a tip from
    Santa: The milk he drinks every Christmas Eve may help slim his bowl full
    of jelly. With a glycemic index of 40, milk helps prevent fat storage
    and speeds fat burning. Other great drink options: seltzer, unsweetened
    tea or coffee, and diet soda.

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