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Monday, September 28, 2015

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of 4 conditions which can also be seen as prediabetes.

The co-existing conditions are high blood pressure, high levels of LDL cholesterol & triglycerides, low levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and excess fat around the waist.

In the US about 34% of the population have this condition which is also known as CHAOS (in Australia), Reaven's Syndrome, and Metabolic Syndrome X.

This condition may be a result of stress, age, sedentary behaviour, diet, as well as excessive alcohol use.

The first line of treatment is a change of lifestyle.

Monday, September 21, 2015

What is "prediabetes"?

Prediabetes is a condition of higher blood sugar levels (fasting plasma glucose level of 7), but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes.

Some of the same long term complications associated with diabetes (heart disease and nerve damage) may begin during prediabetes.

Prediabetes is treated by loosing 5-10% of total body weight through lifestyle changes.

Monday, September 14, 2015

What is Glycemic Index or GI?

Glycemic Index is a number which represents that food's effect on a person's blood sugar and insulin levels.

The lower the number (index) the longer it takes to digest meaning one feels full longer and appetite is controlled for a longer time.

The foods with higher GI are metabolized quickly and therefore cause blood sugar spikes and more insulin production.

Foods with lower GI lowers the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. They also help control cholesterol.

Low GI is less that 55.
Medium GI is between 56-69.
High GI is greater than 70.

For example, hummus has a GI of 6, yams have a GI of 54, Pizza is 80, and Russet potatoes are 111.

The rule of thumb is that white, starchy foods or processed foods have high GIs.

Monday, September 7, 2015


Password therapy is when passwords are goals you're working towards, meaning you need to use the goal every time your computer locks or everytime it's necessary to change your password. 

Using your goals as passwords keeps them current and fresh in your consciousness. It's a constant reminder of what you want.

Passwords like Save20aweek, Walkeveryday, Nosugartoday, Drink8glassesofwater can do wonders towards reaching your goals.