BEWARE BUYING DRUGS ONLINE

Have you ever wondered if online pharmacies offering super-cheap medications are legitimate?  An analysis shows you might be getting expired drugs or test strips, drugs with no active ingredients, or even some that contain toxic substances.

Only 3 percent of online pharmacies reviewed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy comply with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently created the website fda.gov/BeSafeRx to help consumers determine whether an online pharmacy is safe.  Here are some tips from the FDA:

SIGNS IT’S SKETCHY:

Allows you to buy drugs without a prescription from your doctor.

Offers deep discounts or cheap prices that seem too good to be true.

Sends spam or unsolicited e-mails offering cheap drugs.

Is located outside of the United States.

SIGNS IT’S SAFE:

Requires a valid prescription.

Provides a physical address in the United States.

Is licensed by the board of pharmacy in your state and the state where the pharmacy

operates.

Has a state-licensed pharmacist to answer questions.

Reference: Diabetic Living Magazine Spring 2013

TEAM PLAYERS

EXERCISE

Up your fitness ante by exercising with a teammate who’s fitter than you are.  Researchers assigned 58 women to one of three groups.  In the first, women used a stationary bike alone.  Participants in the second group were told they were riding with virtual “partners” who the researchers said were exercising in another lab.
Reseachers also paired a third group with virtual cyclists, but, unlike with the other groups, instructed participants that the teams score would be the time the first teammate stopped cycling-even though the trial was manipulated so the virtual women never topped exercising first.  By the end of six sessions, participants paired with a fitter teammate exercised more than 150 percent longer than those with a partner and about 200 percent longer than those who exercised alone.  What’s more even though participants with virtual pals worked out longer, they felt no more tired than those who had exercised alone for shorter periods of time.

Source:  Annal of Behavioral Medicine October 2012/ Diabetes Forecast Magazine March 2013

 

WHY ORGANIC MILK IS BETTER

There are lots of reasons to shell out a few extra bucks for organic milk.  Organically raised cows are not  pumped full of synthetic growth hormones, nor are they treated with more drugs than you are (more then 70% of the antibiotics in this country are used on livestock).  They are raised in huge, polluting feed lots.  And evidence is growing that organic milk benefits your health in multiple ways.

1.  It is Better for your Heart

Harvard researchers have found that grass-fed dairy cows produce milk that is much higher in conjugated linoleic acid.  In the study, people with the most CLA in their tissues had a 36% lower risk of heart attacks when compared with people with the lowest levels.

2.  It is Better for your Brain

Study after study has shown that organic milk has higher levels of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk.  These acids not only protect your brain but reduce inflammation, which can lower your risk of chronic illnesses such as arthritis.

3.  It is Less likely to Cause Cancer

One of the more unsettling side effects of treating cattle with growth hormones is that their milk has higher levels of something called insulin growth factor-1, a hormone that studies have linked to higher rates of premenopausal breast cancer.

REFERENCE:  Prevention Magazine  January 2013

 

 

WEIGHT TRAINING MAY KEEP DIAGNOSIS AT BAY

PREDIABETES

If you have prediabetes, lifting weights may help delay progression to type 2 diabetes.

A study of more than 32,000 men published online by the Archives of Internal Medicine found that men who exercised with weights five times a week for 30 minutes a day decreased their risk of type 2 diabetes by 34 percent.  The men who incorporated aerobics as well as weight training saw their risk for diabetes decrease even more-up to 59 percent.

Lifting weights increases muscle and improves insulin sensitivity.

If you are new to weight training, start by using lightweight had weights or dumb bells, such as 1-,3-, or 5-pound weights and do a low number or repetitions.   Slowly progress your way to heavier with weights and more reps.

REF: DIABETIC LIVING SPRING 2013