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Eating Healthy While Dining Out

Eating Healthy While Dining Out

Many of us have a very active social and work life. Obviously that means lot of going out, partying out and dining out. When you eat out invariably you tend to eat unhealthy stuff and slowly all your indiscretions result in you gaining weight. Eating out at restaurants has become so ubiquitous in our lives that putting a stop to it almost impossible for us mortals with busy lives. So how can we manage both dining out as well as our health concerns? All it takes is a bit of will-power and lot of smart planning and you’re set on the road to a healthy lifestyle much to the envy of your friends and colleagues.

Here are some of the top tips compiled after brainstorming with nutrition experts.

Research the restaurant’s menu before making reservations:

Check restaurant’s menu before you go there. If the majority of the food there is of the fast food variety then it’s a clear red flag. Avoid it totally. Choose a restaurant which lists organic vegetables, meat and poultry.

State your preferences:

If you are vegan, vegetarian or allergic to certain foods, then call up the restaurant to know if they can manage your restrictions. This will help you in making informed decision and not get stuck with dishes which harm you.

Say no to alcohol:

We know very well that alcohol is fattening as we tend to mix it with other liquids such as juices and soda. Wine and Beer also have high calories. To add to the misery, alcohol fuels appetite and you tend to binge more. Those who have the will power can limit themselves to not more than 1 glass but rest of us should abstain from drinking while dining out.

Avoid grains:

Grains are very condensed sources of carbs. Think of pasta, pizza, bread and rice. All very delicious addictive but fattening. Remove them from your order and you will see a big difference in just few days. Not only your waistline but your body will also say thanks to you.

Eat your greens:

Sounds boring but veggies fill you up quickly and stops you from over indulging. Not to mention vegetables are a precious source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber which is so essential for your digestive and elimination process.

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Opt for lean meats:

When you choose meat or poultry make wise choices. Chicken and fish are very good sources of lean protein. Mutton has lot of fat in it which can add up to your waistline pretty soon. So next time around choose Mexican chicken tacos with over that rib eye steak.

Avoid condiments & additives:

Condiments and additives increase or alter the taste of the food making us eat it more. Sauce and MSG are the main culprits. Many of these additives also have synthetic chemicals which may harm us over a long period of time. MSG is also known to cause headaches to people sensitive to it. There are no studies on long term effect of these additives so it’s better to avoid them altogether.

Recent Findings with Low Testosterone Level

Recent Findings with Low Testosterone Level

It has been found that obesity is the main reason behind low testosterone levels also known as hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is found in nearly 75% of men considered as obese. This connection is found to be in men of all ages including the teenagers and the young men. It is a myth that low testosterone in older men is due to age. The truth is it is because of increased body weight.

The key findings of the risks associated with low testosterone:

  • Testosterone plays a key role not only in obesity but also for blood glucose control as well as the sensitivity of the body to insulin and the processing of body fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol.
  • The visceral fat increases as men gets older and who have low levels of testosterone.
  • This fat is unhealthy and often linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and insulin resistance.
  • There is a strong link between low testosterone in the blood and increased insulin resistance
  • Low testosterone level increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased level of testosterone is also related to the risk of heart failure.

People with hypogonadism suffer from arterial stiffness and there is a correlation between the total testosterone level and the elastic
properties of the aorta. Arterial stiffness contributes to the cardiovascular conditions that ultimately heighten the risk of mortality. Hypogonadism is also linked with frailty. It has been observed that men with lower levels of testosterone are more likely to be frail when compared with men who have a higher level of testosterone.

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Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) reverses the unfavourable risk associated with hypogonadism.

  • TRT improves lung capacity, exercise tolerance and muscle strength in patient who suffers from chronic heart failure.
  • It has a positive impact on insulin sensitivity specifically in the muscle therefore, leading to an improved flow of blood and oxygen to exercising muscle. This reduces the chances of fatigue.
  • TRT eliminates the risk associated with cardiovascular factors such as metabolic diseases, diabetes and obesity.
  • TRT aid testosterone-deficient elderly men who have limited mobility and cardiovascular diseases. It improves lean body muscles and minimizes the proportion of fat mass in the composition process of the body.
  • TRT increases the metabolism and physical functioning of the body and also increases the strength of the body.
  • It improves the cholesterol or blood lipid profile and improve the sensitivity of the body to insulin.
  • Men with heart disease can benefit from TRT as it improves the exercise capacity, insulin resistance and body composition.

A new finding with low testosterone:

New evidences suggest that hypogonadism can be treated with a new hormone called kisspeptin or named after chocolate. The hormone is made by the human body. It was found in the city of Hershey, Pennsylvania that is famous for chocolates and therefore the hormone is named after the Hershey’s chocolate kiss. During the study, the researchers gave kisspeptin to men with hypogonadism and type 2 diabetes over a 12 hour period using drip.It was found that when kisspeptin was directed, the level of testosterone did not increase above its typical range.Low testosterone can rise abnormally by using supplementary injections
and gels.

Living With Diabetes: A Diabetics Guide

Living With Diabetes: A Diabetics Guide

Diabetes is an illness that affects the glucose levels in your blood. It is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the world and the number of people estimated to have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes has increased over the years. It can be scary for those who are diagnosed, but there are ways to live a long and healthy life with diabetes.

Develop a diet and regulation plan

Talk to your doctor about a diet and regulation plan. A plan will be part of your treatment, and a healthy diet is essential for managing blood sugar and a healthy weight. Aim to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid starchy foods like potatoes. The best veggies to include in your meal are carrots, asparagus and leafy greens as they’re low in calories and carbs but full of fibre. Essentially your diet will include; fiber, healthy carbs (fruits, veggies, whole grains), protein (chicken and fish) and finally good fats (avocados, nuts). You’ll need to avoid cholesterol (full fat dairy), saturated fats (deli meats), trans fats (processed foods), and sodium should be consumed in small quantities.

Avoid white foods

That is, white flour, pasta, bread, rice and potatoes. These contain carbohydrates but not enough fiber and protein to help break them down.

Keep moving

Getting exercise will help your body control its glucose levels. Physical activity will make your muscles and fat cells more receptive to insulin. Try to undertake at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity (walking, dancing and running) combined with resistance training (lifting) about three times per week and stretching. When you’re developing your exercise plan, think about the activities you enjoy doing and how you can fit them into your daily schedule.

Consider medication

Not every diabetic will need medication, but as Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease you may need to increase or change the medications you are taking. There are six main types of diabetes pills, insulins and a few injectable drugs that lower your blood glucose.

Ask your pharmacists or certified health care professional for details on when and how to take your medication. You’ll have to be regularly monitored by your doctor if you are taking pills, to ensure everything remains stabilised.

Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked

In addition to checking your glucose levels regularly you should also get your pressure and cholesterol checked. Diabetes doubles your risk of heart disease or stroke and high blood pressure and cholesterol contribute to both. Generally, 130/80 is good for blood pressure. It’s important to keep your cholesterol levels within healthy limits. A normal cholesterol level should be 200 mg or less.

Check your feet daily

Diabetes can lead to poor circulation and loss of sensation in your feet. You’re likely to develop ulcers and calluses on your feet which, if left untreated could lead to an infection. Avoid synthetic materials, especially tight or unventilated shoes and opt for more natural materials such as cotton or leather.

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