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Excess Sugar Linked To Male Infertility

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Excess sugar is being linked to so many different symptoms and diseases now that it should serve as a warning to everyone. Sugar means anything that has a high glycemic index: sugar itself and; white flour,  white rice, bread, pasta, biscuits, cakes, ice cream, soda, cola, candy, pastry, etc… Now scientists are telling us it can also lead to male infertility, perhaps this might be why the y chromosome is shrinking too? I guess they will let us know when they have it all figured out.

“Sperm DNA quality is known to be associated with decreased embryo quality, low embryo implantation rates, higher miscarriage rates, and some serious childhood diseases, in particular some childhood cancers. Over the years possible causes for sperm DNA fragmentation have been suggested but to date the exact mechanism for the damage remains unknown, say the scientists.

“We found a class of compounds known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in the male reproductive tract. These are formed as the result of glycation (the addition of sugar),” said Dr. Mallidis, “and accumulate during normal ageing. They are dependent on life style – diet, smoking etc – and in many diabetic complications are centrally implicated in DNA damage. We believe that they play a similar role in the male reproductive system.”

The scientists intend to follow up their work by trying to determine how AGEs cause and contribute to DNA damage. They believe that they may have uncovered a new role for AGEs, and that their influence goes far beyond diabetes and its complications.

“We must now try to develop strategies to protect sperm, and to diminish the accumulation of AGEs,” said Dr. Mallidis. Such strategies could involve changes in diet, disrupting a step in the formation of AGEs, or increasing the body’s protection against AGEs, possibly through the use of dietary supplements”

Sugar and starchy over processed grains have become one of the major causes of our modern diseases and it’s time for us all to realise that we must start thinking about what we eat and get back to basics. Prescriptive treatment protocol for the modern day epidemics: lots of vegetables, good quality protein, good fats and oils, wholegrains (in that order) and lots of fresh, clean air, exercise and movement on a daily basis.

When we look at the way all animal life has evolved, we were meant to take advantage of the fruits of the earth and move, not to sit in out over-processed offices, in over-processed lighting, breathing over-processed air and eating over-processed foods. Get out and…

live a balanced life…

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July 12, 2008 Posted by | Health, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fountain of Youth Has Been Found!

Well that’s what the researchers have called it. As I have said in my book, “A Rainbow on My Plate” calorie restriction has been found to lengthen our lifespan, or rather the lifespan of all life. Let me explain.

I try to keep fish, I am not very good at it, however I have been told time and time again not to overfeed the fish and that I should give them a day off (no food) at least once a fortnight. I used to breed dogs (I was good at that), and every Sunday they would be fasted, for their health. I had the most healthy dogs around.

So it seems that for all animals except humans, we know that a one day fast creates good health. Yet we humans do not often apply that knowledge to ourselves. We eat and eat without thought for the consequences of our actions. We upsize, in case we don’t have enough food to fill us up. We seem to be trying to avoid ever feeling empty…. (you now what I mean) This is not the answer.. emptiness is not going to be filled with food, and a hamburger with fries and a coke will not love you back…

Ok enough with the psyvchology…

Take a look at this research instead an do yourself a favour, eat less, live longer and healthier:

“Over recent years, there has been a huge amount of debate about whether calorie restriction slows the aging process in humans,” said Edward Weiss, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University’s Doisy College of Health Sciences and lead author of the study.

“Our research provides evidence that calorie restriction does work in humans like it has been shown to work in animals. The next step is to determine if this in fact slows age-related tissue deterioration. The only way to be certain, though, is to do a long-term study…. There is plenty of evidence the calorie restriction can reduce your risks for many common diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease,” Weiss said. “And you may live to be substantially older.”

When cutting calories, Weiss warns that it is imperative to maintain a healthy diet by eating nutrient-rich foods. Cutting 300 to 500 calories per day is equivalent to skipping dessert or substituting a turkey sandwich instead of a Big Mac and fries.” Science Daily

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July 4, 2008 Posted by | Health, Wellness | , , , , , | Leave a comment