I came across a couple of health nuggets I thought I’d share with you. I am and always will be an open book.

The first may be old news for some, but substituting brown rice for white decreases the risk for type 2 diabetes. This, according to results from a follow-up to the Nurses Health Study reported in the June 14th issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine. The study involved 40,000 men and over 157,000 women. It found that those eating >5 servings per week vs <1 per month were associated with a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, while those eating brown rice >2 servings per week vs <1 per month posed a lower risk.
In a nutshell, whole grains is best. While not earth-shattering news, attention needs to be paid to the diabetes issue. Another reason why is the second study.

A consensus of experts from the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association concluded that there are some definite links between type 2 diabetes and several cancers.
Type 2 diabetes is linked to an increase¬†in cancers of the liver, pancreas, endometrium, liver, colorectal, breast, bladder, and prostate. It’s time to take this diabetes issue seriously. Diet and exercise are your best friends.

Speaking of exercise, I recently spoke with a person who had been in great shape, then let his healthy habits fall by the wayside. He ended up 30 pounds heavier, and had to begin cholesterol and high blood pressure medicine. He needed an “Aha” moment to get him back on course. About 2 years ago, he got his “Aha” moment. He has since shed the weight, and has gotten off both of his medications.
Are you waiting for your “Aha” moment?
Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.