On Nutrition: Terminology review
By Barbara Quinn
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It may be helpful to review some key terminology relating to nutrition:
Couch potato. An immovable body known to lie prone on comfortable furniture for long periods of time. Synonymous with "armchair quarterback." May be accompanied by nearby food and beverages.
Not surprising, nutrition scientists advise us to avoid these long times of inactivity. One interesting new reason: A recent study found that when muscles are laid out and inactive for long "stretches," the activation of processes that manufacture fat cells is increased.
"Plant-based dipping implements" Coined by someone I know who wishes to remain anonymous. Refers to edible vegetable matter such as carrots, cucumber slices, and red pepper strips used in place of salty dip-scooping chips. Appropriately served while jumping up and down and rooting for a favorite sports team.
Go Red for Women. Not to be confused with a college cheer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Describes the campaign of the American Heart Association to remind us that heart disease is still the number one killer of women. Mascot is a cute little red dress. Accompanies Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3. Although a serious event for women, men are invited to participate.
Cardiovascular disease. Also known as CVD. Dysfunction of key players in the body including the heart "cardio" and the blood vessels "vascular." Can cause major heartache and distress. Remains the number one reason for deaths in men and women in the United States.
Modifiable risk factors. Blows to our health that we can defend against or control. Includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes and smoking. (Does not include genetic makeup and age.)
And good news, say investigators at the National Institutes of Health (aka NIH). They recently analyzed 50 years of data involving American men and women and found that the care we give (or don't give) our bodies predict our risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) more than our age.
For example, men aged 55 with at least two major risk factors (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking) were six times as likely to die from CVD by age 80 than those with one or no risk factors. Similarly, women in their mid-fifties with at least two risk factors were three times as likely to die by age 80 from CVD as those with one or no risk factors.
"Please pass the plant-based dipping implements." One of the things we can do to keep our hearts pumping cheerfully. What one expert health coach calls "an opportunity and a responsibility" for us all.
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Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
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