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The Link Between High Blood Sugar and Alzheimer’s

The Link Between High Blood Sugar and Alzheimer’s

Could Alzheimer’s really claim the dubious distinction of being a new type of diabetes?

Type 3 Diabetes is a title that has been proposed for Alzheimer’s disease, which results from resistance to insulin in the brain. That’s because there is increasing evidence that a sugary diet and high blood sugar levels don’t just put you at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes, they could also put you at risk for the most common form of dementia.  

In Canada, nearly six million people have higher than normal blood sugar levels and are considered pre-diabetic. Most will develop Type 2 diabetes within ten years. But increasingly, researchers are showing links between higher blood sugar and the onset of dementia. The conclusion of one study was that people with higher blood sugar levels had a faster rate of cognitive decline, even if they were not diabetic. And both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics have a higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s than the general population.

Just another reason to adopt a healthier lifestyle that includes a better diet and more exercise. More fruits, vegetables and whole grains with a cut back on refined carbohydrates can help reduce blood sugar levels. So can more exercise. While 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week is optimal, even short intense bursts of less than two minutes have been shown to have a positive impact.

Healthy Sperm, Healthy Baby

Healthy Sperm, Healthy Baby

It’s not just women that need to prepare their bodies for a healthy pregnancy. It takes two to make a healthy baby and sperm health plays a vital role in a man’s fertility.

One in six couples will struggle with infertility; about a third of the time, the issue is attributed to the male partner. And one of the biggest causes of male infertility is poor baby-making material. In other words, unhealthy sperm. Sperm health can be affected by a host of issues, including lifestyle habits such as stress, being overweight, and heavy drinking.

Diet can also play a critical role; one study at McGill University found that sperm quality is affected by the amount of folate in dad-to-be’s diet. Folate deficiency was revealed to lead to increased in certain conditions such as diabetes and autism.

The good news is that the effect of most bad habits on sperm is short-lived. With sperm production taking around three months, some quick and easy lifestyle changes can increase a guy’s chance of his boys making it across the finish line.

Avoiding the hot tub and tighty-whities isn’t just a myth when it comes to boosting sperm health. Both are found to reduce overall production. Healthy eating. Including a daily dose of folate found in foods like dark leafy greens (think spinach and yup, kale too), berries and nuts and seeds is also known to improve sperm quality. Prenatal vitamins and cutting down on caffeine also help optimize sperm quality.

 

 

Cannabis - A new treatment option for psoriasis?

Cannabis  - A new treatment option for psoriasis?

Psoriasis isn’t curable, it’s hard to control and for the 125 million people worldwide that suffer from the chronic autoimmune disorder, treatment options are often aren’t effective.

At the same time, there’s mounting evidence that cannabis may be effective in treating multiple health and wellness issues - from generalized conditions like stress, pain and nausea to diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. But what about Psoriasis, the rapid build up of skin cells resulting in red scaly patches, or plaques?

Some studies have shown that cannabis may be useful in slowing the rapid growth of keratinocytes, the immature skin cells found in people with psoriasis. CBD has also been shown to be helpful in helping pain, fatigue, stress and sleeplessness, other conditions known to go hand in hand with psoriasis.

Relieva, an anti-inflammatory antibacterial cream uses enriched alkaloids to provide immediate relief for problems associated with almost all skin conditions, including psoriasis. Clinically tested on more than 500 patients, Relieva showed a superior side effect profile and lasting effects with repeated application.

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