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Will Gluten-Free Make You Feel Better?

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Controlled studies show that healthy athletes do not improve because of gluten-free diets (Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2015;47:2563-2570), yet as many as 60 percent of North Americans believe that a gluten-free diet will make them feel better (Dig Dis Sci, 2014;59:1080-1082). The $4 billion gluten-free food industry bombards us with:
* paid advertisements from athletes implying that they won events because they gave up gluten,
* celebrities who say they feel better on a gluten-free diet and
* overweight people who claim that they lost huge amounts of weight on gluten-free diets.

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Trouble Sleeping? Check Your Diet

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

A study from Columbia Medical School shows that a high fiber diet that is low in sugar and saturated fat can help you to fall sleep faster and sleep deeper at night (J Clin Sleep Med, Jan 2016;12(1):19–24). A single day of increased sugar and fat and decreased fiber intake can interfere with your sleep that night.

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How to Strengthen Your Immunity

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

If you want to protect yourself from infections, exercise regularly and lose weight if you are overweight. A new study on mice shows how exercise helps to strengthen your immunity (Sci Rep, November 6, 2015;5:16364). When germs get into your body, you produce certain cells and proteins that attack the germs and try to kill them. When you exercise vigorously enough to damage muscle cells, your body uses these same cells and proteins to help heal your muscle cells. Exercise that is vigorous enough to damage muscles stimulates the same immune cells that heal muscles to help your immunity respond to and kill invading germs.

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Check Those Fish Oil Pills

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Fish oil pills are the third most-bought food supplement, after vitamins and minerals, and are bought by 10 percent of North Americans at a cost of about $1.2 billion each year. Fish oil pills have not been shown to help prevent heart attacks, even though people who eat fish have been shown to have a reduced incidence of heart attacks. You get your maximum protection from eating fish twice a week. Eating fish more often than that has not been shown to offer further protection from heart attacks.

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Triglyceride/HDL Ratio Predicts Heart Attacks, Diabetes

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine 

Two blood tests that are done during routine physical exams can be used to predict whether you are at increased risk for a heart attack (The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Jan 13, 2016). It's called the triglyceride/HDL ratio, calculated by dividing your triglycerides number by your HDL number.

* Your triglycerides should be below 150 mg/dL (in Canada less than 1.7 mmol/L)
* Your HDL cholesterol should be above 40 (in Canada, greater than 1.00 mmol/L)
* Thus your Triglycerides/HDL ratio should be under 3.75

The triglycerides/HDL ratio also predicts risk for diabetes and pre-diabetes (J Investig Med, Feb 2014;62(2):345-9). Almost fifty percent of North American adults already have diabetes or pre-diabetes (JAMA, September 8, 2015), diseases that damage every cell in your body to cause heart attacks, strokes, dementia, impotence, many cancers, blindness, deafness, and premature death. If your triglyceride/HDL ratio is above 3.75, you are at increased risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes. Check with your doctor. Since the majority of cases of diabetes are caused by a faulty lifestyle, not just by genetics, diabetes is both a preventable and curable disease with lifestyle changes. Many people with pre-diabetes and early diabetes can return to normal by changing their lifestyles long before they develop any symptoms of the disease.

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