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Simple lifestyle changes could prevent lung cancer cases

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Lung cancer is a deadly disease that never ends nicely. People die in suffering and it is extremely difficult even for their families. However, it doesn‘t have to be that way. Scientists from UNSW Sydney revealed that four in five lung cancers are completely preventable through healthy lifestyle. That includes not smoking, boosting fruit intake and being physically active.



This research pooled seven Australian cohort studies of 370,000 people. In other words, it is very broad and its results are respectable. Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death both in Australia and worldwide. It causes huge expenditures for healthcare systems, it destroys lives of the families of the patient, it causes suffering and pain. Currently, smoking is the cause for around the half of lung cancer cases. Of course, the best decision is to quit, but this new study showed that the lung cancer risk remained elevated for 40 years after stopping smoking. However, out of the 74,600 lung cancers attributable to current smoking in Australia in the next 10 years 25,400 could be avoided if all current smokers were to quit.

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However, quitting smoking is not enough to avoid cancer, even if it is the majority of the battle. This study also showed that eating two serves (about 300 grams) of fruit each day may reduce the lung cancer burden by 8%, and doing the recommended 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week may reduce the lung cancer burden by 16%. In fact, situation with fruit and exercising is much worse than with smoking. For example, 16 % of people in Australia are smokers, but 74% are not meeting guidelines for physical activity. 50 % of people are not eating enough fruit, which is strange, because fruit is delicious. But scientists are still pointing their fingers at smoking.

Dr Maarit Laaksonen, one of the authors of the paper, said: “The majority of Australians could benefit from increasing their fruit intake and physical activity. But for those who currently smoke, stopping smoking should be the first course of action”. But what are scientists suggesting? They are saying that steps must be two-fold. Population must be very well-informed about the harms of smoking and benefits of not smoking. And then a strong structure must be created to help people who want to quit smoking.

A lot of smokers are admitting that they want to quit but simply cannot, because they return to this bad habit. Doctors can help them replacing the social function of smoking with something else. In fact, even e-cigarettes can be a simple gradual step towards quitting completely.

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Ultimate Baker releases sugar substitute for diabetics

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Ultimate Baker has released a new naturally-coloured xylitol sugar substitute created specifically for the diabetic market.



Ultimate Baker Xylitol is made purely with natural ingredients from fruit and vegetables, and the company claims that xylitol almost perfectly mimics the natural sweetness of sugar, while having 40% fewer calories.

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Xylitol carries a glycaemia index rating of 7, compared to the 60–70 rating carried by normal sugar, and this means that xylitol does not spike blood sugar or insulin.

Figures provided by the company claim that approximately 100 people in the US suffer from diabetes or prediabetes, and this has made the development of products tailored to diabetics crucial.

Sue-Ellen Cutler, vice-president of new product development at Ultimate Baker said: “Our goal is to create high quality products that are both visually appealing while free of the harmful synthetics and preservatives which are dominant across the baking industry.

“Xylitol is a product we’re just as proud to serve our families as we would all of our customers.”

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14 signs of High blood sugar and the neutralizing nutrition.

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If you suffer from increased blood sugar levels you should be aware that it doesn’t always mean that you have diabetes. In fact, it might be one of the many diabetes symptoms, but not the main one.



You should definitely take seriously if you have increased blood sugar levels because even though it is not the main cause for diabetes, it could still lead to this condition.

It is important that you treat hyperglycemia on time in order to prevent further risk over your health.

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You could actually spot high blood pressure very easily. In this article we are going to present to you 14 symptoms that you should be able to recognize in case of high blood sugar.

  1. Feeling constant thirst

  2. Recurring infections

  3. Impotence

  4. Longer recovery time for cuts and wounds

  5. Issues with the nerves

  6. Constant discomfort in the stomach

  7. Blurry vision

  8. Inability to remain focused

  9. Abdominal fat and weight gain

  10. Feeling constant hunger

  11. Fatigue

  12. Urging need for urinating

  13. Dry mouth

  14. Dry skin

Don’t worry too much in case you have any of these symptoms because having high blood sugar doesn’t mean you have diabetes. Here is how to reduce the high blood sugar levels:

GLYCEMIC INDEX FOOD LIST

It is most certain that you have already heard about glycemic index. GI is a scale where carbohydrates are classified based on the level at which they raise the blood sugar level in the body.

The scale ranges from 0-100 and the higher you find the food on the list the more sugar you intake into your blood.

High glycemic foods are in the range above 70 and it is best to avoid it. Some of the foods that have bellow 70 on the GI scale are rice cakes, popcorn, corn flakes, white bread, glazed donuts, and baked potatoes.

Next is the moderate glycemic group which ranges between 55-69 GI. This type of foods is brown rice, oatmeal, honey, mac and cheese, pita bread, and white rice.

The best group is the one that ranges between 0-54 GI. You could consume this type of food as much as you want because it doesn’t increase the level of sugar in the blood. Some of the most popular examples of this group of food arehummus, yellow onions, eggs, broccoli, grapefruit, walnuts, cherries, cashews, butter beans, apples, kidney beans, spaghetti, tomato juice, oranges, bananas, carrots, green grapes, peas, pineapple juice, turkey sausages, etc.

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