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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

On Nutrition: Helping little cowpokes dodge diabetes

By Barbara Quinn



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Way back in my rodeo days, a popular western song began, "Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. Don't let 'em pick guitar and drive them old trucks. Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such."

Times have changed. Today the song might be, "Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be couch-boys. Don't let 'em text cell phones and sit on their tufts. Let 'em be active and playful and such."

Why the need to change our tune? There's a global epidemic of type 2 diabetes occurring in children - a phenomenom that did not even exist 20 or 30 years ago, says diabetes expert Dr. Francine Kaufman.

In the old days, a child diagnosed with diabetes most often had type 1 - an autoimmune disorder in which the body is unable to produce the hormone insulin. Type 2 diabetes - a condition of insulin "resistance" - was mostly seen in adults who became older, heavier and less active.

Today as children have become heavier and less active, more and more are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Genetics is partly responsible, says Kaufman. Moms and dads can pass on a genetic propensity for type 2 diabetes to their children. But even when family history loads the gun for diabetes, changes in lifestyle can keep the trigger from being pulled. Here are some ideas:

Momma's, don't let your pregnancies be complicated by excessive weight gain. Evidence is mounting that this can be a risk for type 2 diabetes even before a child is born.

Let 'em be breastfeed until at least 6 months of age. Besides being top-notch nutrition, breastfed babies have a lower risk for obesity as well as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, reports Kaufman.

Daddies, do all you can to keep your kids active. Physical activity helps prevent excess weight gain and the "insulin resistance" that can lead to type 2 diabetes, say experts.

Don't let them gulp sodas and sugary drinks. Little bodies respond to big doses of liquid sugar with a robust insulin response, says Kaufman. Over time, this can put strain on the pancreas - the organ that makes insulin. Kaufman advises "no drinking sugar, including juice" for most children. If juice is given to toddlers, it should be diluted with water.

Let 'em eat salads and whole grains and fruit. You too, Mom and Dad. Because the stirrings of type 2 diabetes can start as early as pregnancy, it can hit kids much more aggressively than type 2 in adults. Reasonable eating and exercise habits started early in families can keep little cowpokes from becoming excessively heavy. And when kids dodge obesity, they are likely to dodge type 2 diabetes as well.

"Prevention should be the focus," says Kaufman. Amen to that, cowboys and cowgirls!

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Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.



Previously:


Confusion about Vitamin A and Calcium

Learning moderation
Energy from B-vitamins?
The optimal diet for a new baby
Hay is for horses
Questions about nitrites and nitrates
Confusing concepts
Nutrition nursery rhymes
Understanding sweeteners
Ups and downs of birthdays
Genetically modified foods
Fun with potatoes
Sugar questions
Yeast infection diet
Questions from readers
Beware of the hCG diet
Diets that work
Pregnancy advice from mom
Terminology review
Thoughts for the New Year
Reasons to have a cup of tea
What's new for 2012
Applications for healthy living
Clarifying organic terminology
Facts about type 1 diabetes
Myths and facts about diabetes
Food Still Better Than Supplements
Celiac questions


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