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White Rice Consumption May Raise Risk of Type-2 Diabetes Next time you eat Chinese food or sushi, you might go easy on the white rice. An analysis of four studies found that regularly consuming white rice may increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Qi Sun, MD, ScD, and his colleagues at the Harvard Medical School, Boston,analyzed data from more than 352,000 people, 13,284 of whom had been diagnosed with diabetes. The studies included Chinese, Japanese, and American populations.

of all the statin drugs, grew year by year, eventually topping out at $13 billion in annual revenues.

Heart-Friendly Supplements There are a number of dietary supplements that maintain and support good cardiovascular health — no statins needed. Some of them are listed below. Omega-3s.

supplements — reduces the r is k o f c o r o nary heart disease. The omega-3s are mild b l ood thinners, slow the heart rate, improve heart rhythm, and increase blood-vessel flexibility. i ii Earlier this year, studies found that fish oils

also reduce neurovascular stress — the type of

"bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) form of cholesterol? You need it to transport the very important fat-soluble nutrients — vitamins A,

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D, E, and K, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)-

Vitamin E .

through the bloodstream and throughout the

antioxidant in t h e b o dy, v i tamin E p r o tects against th e f r e e-radical o x i dation o f L D L cholesterol. People who eat a lot of unhealthy

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The link between cholesterol (and saturated fat) and the risk of heart disease grew largely

a higher risk of LD L o x i dation and therefore n eed more vitamin E. Try 200 to 400 I U o f natural-source vitamin E.

out of studies by the late Ancel Keys, Ph.D., at the University of M i n nesota. Keys cherry-

picked research to support his argument that cholesterol and saturated fat were causes of

heart disease. Then, in 1977, a well-meaning Senator George McGovern (yes, a politician, not a n u t r i t io n e x pert) r e commended t hat Americans adopt diets low in saturated fat and high in carbohydrates to lower the risk ofheart

disease. But diets high in refined carbs and low in fat increased the incidence of obesity,

Antioxidants. In addition to vitamin E, adiverse selection of antioxidants can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. For example, in one recent study, researchers found that antioxidant flavonoids were associated with a 72 percent lower risk of death from vascular disease in women.v Try a m u l t i -antioxidant

"ACES" type supplement (vitamins A, C, E and selenium).

prediabetes, and type-2 diabetes — each of Sun assumed that each serving of white rice was equivalent to 158 grams, or about 5.6 ounces, of cooked rice.

which boosts the risk of heart disease.

Not surprisingly, Asians consumed much more white rice compared with Americans. Asian populations that had a r elatively high consumption of white rice (three or four servings daily) were 55 percent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes, compared with people who consumed only one or two servings per week.

was quietly growing skeptical of the role of cholesterol as a cause of heart disease, Then

Americans who consumed a lot of white rice had only a 12 percent increase in diabetes risk.

By the early 1990s, the medical community

cholesterol-lowering

s t a ti n d r u g s h i t t he

market, backed up by billions of persuasive dollars i n m a r k eting an d a d v ertising — and the cholesterol theory o f h e art d i sease was resuscitated. Sales of Lipitore, the best selling

roles in more than 300 different biochemical processes in the body, including the regulation of heartbeat. In a new study, researchers at the

Harvard University School of Public Health determined thathigh blood levels ofmagnesium are associated with a 30 percent lower risk of

developing cardiovascular diseases, including ischemic heart disease.vi Try 300-400 mg daily.

C o u ntless s tudies h a ve f o u n d

that high intake of omega-3s — from fish or

emotional stress that can increase the risk of heart disease.iii iv Try 1-3 grams of omega-3s

body.

Magnesium. This essential mineral plays key

B Vi t a m ins. Several B v i t a m ins, i ncluding folic acid, B6, and B12, are needed to regulate a fundamental b i ochemical p r ocess known as methylation. When these nutrients are in

Vitamin D . Res e archers at M a s s achusetts General Hospital found that people with low levels of vitamin D were 62 percent more likely to experience a heart attack, heart f ai lure, or s t roke. I n a d d ition, people with low v itamin D l evels were twice

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with people who had the highest levels of the

vitamin.vii Try 4,000-5,000 IU daily. Coenzyme Q10. T hi s n utrient i s n eeded to produce energy in heart cells (and all o t her

cells in the body). In a Danish study of people with heart failure, CoQ10 reduced the risk of serious cardiovascular problems and death by

about half.viii Try 100-300 mg daily of CoQ10, or half that amount of the ubiquinol form of the nutrient. Vitamin K. Ca lcium deposits in the walls of blood vessels can lead to arterial calcification, which contributes to hardening of the arteries. The risk o f a r t e rial c a l cification i n creases w hen a p e r son i s d e fi c ient i n v i t a mi n K

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t h e v itamin),

because the vitamin regulates where calcium is deposited in the body. In a study at Tufts University, Boston, researchers asked 388 healthy men and postmenopausal women to take multivitamins with and without 500 mcg of vitamin K for three years. People getting the extra vitamin K benefited from 6 percent less arterial calcification.ix Try 500 mcg of vitamin

short supply, blood levels of homocysteine (a byproduct of methylation) can increase

Kl or 150 mcg of vitamin K2 (MK-7 form).

and damage arteries and other blood vessels. T ry e i ther a B - c o m plex s u pplement o r a multivitamin (which contains the B complex).

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