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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Water Cures?


2 Shvat 5769

Can water cure diabetics? You? Anybody?

Let's explore some recent headlines in the medical world:




The quick explanation of the above is this: In the past 20 years, the number of American adults who drink sugar-sweetened beverages (sweetened tea, soft drinks, fruit drinks and punches) increased dramatically, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (I'm sure that people in other countries are in competition for meeting or beating those statistics).

Assistant professor with the Bloomberg School Department of Health Policy and Management Sara N. Bleich, PhD, lead author of the study, explains that "From 1988 to 2004, the percentage of sugar-sweetened beverage drinkers increased five percent. Per capita consumption of energy from sugar-sweetened beverages increased 46 kilocalories (kcal) per day, and daily sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among drinkers increased 6 ounces per day."

The consequences of the choice to drink that junk?

THIS: People in various ethnic groups and of many ages became malnourished. Some are now borderline diabetics facing possible kidney failure, amputations of feet, legs, toes, fingers or hands.

True, the poor quality of their mealtimes probably also affects those folks. Anyone who downs that much sugar is not likely to be dining on highly nutritious meals.

The story becomes worse. VERY scary: Nearly 13 percent of US adults age 20 and older have diabetes. 40 percent of them have not been diagnosed, according to epidemiologists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Diabetes is especially common in the elderly: nearly one-third of those age 65 and older have it. Another 30 percent of adults have pre-diabetes, a condition marked by elevated blood sugar that is not yet in the diabetic range. The researchers report these findings in the February 2009 issue of Diabetes Care

About 20 percent of young adults drink sugar-sweetened beverage calories at work. The percentage of sugar-sweetened beverage drinkers and per capita consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was highest among blacks followed by Mexican Americans.

Want to be wiser about making choices with your beverages?

Drink water or tea and sip smarter!

Know that 79% of your blood IS water!

Older adults have MUCH less water in their bodies than younger people. They need to drink more water than they're used to swallowing.

Everyone can benefit by drinking water before they feel thirsty. Make water-sipping a new habit.

WARNING: Hot temperatures, travel (especially in dry aircraft), hot weather, and exercise vastly increase your need for water. Travelers and anyone having fun in the sun needs to know this.

Think smart. 85% of your brain is water!

Okay, class. Guess what the society-wide result of drinking more water would be? Decreased numbers of new diabetic cases? The end of surging numbers for borderline diabetics? Slimmer physiques?

Raise your water-filled glass with me and toast the results. We'll know what they'll be as soon as you toss out the sugary body-snatchers and replace them with pure, body-building water as I have.

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Salud! L'chaim! To health!

To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
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