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Soy products may decrease testosterone levels in men.

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One study found that soy products may decrease testosterone levels in men. This could conceivably cause problems for men with infertility or erectile dysfunction.

Gardner-Thorpe D, O'Hagen C, Young I, et al. Dietary supplements of soya flour lower serum testosterone concentrations and improve markers of oxidative stress in men. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2003;57:100-106.

Soy might not be safe for women who have already had breast cancer. In addition, there are concerns that intensive use of soy products by pregnant women could exert a hormonal effect that impacts unborn fetuses.

hypomagnesemia and prediabetes

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A study of people with hypomagnesemia and prediabetes in Mexico found that, after 4 months of taking 382 mg of magnesium daily (as a magnesium chloride liquid supplement), 50.8% had improved glucose status versus 7% of those receiving placebo. On average, those taking magnesium had a 22% improvement in fasting glucose levels. During the study, both groups were advised to follow a balanced diet and to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes three times a week.

Magnesium intake and risk of type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis.
Larsson SC1, Wolk A.
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Abstract
OBJECTIVE:

To assess the association between magnesium intake and risk of type 2 diabetes.
DESIGN:

Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies.
DATA SOURCES:

We retrieved studies published in any language by systematically searching MEDLINE from 1966 to February 2007 and by manually examining the references of the original articles.
STUDY SELECTION:

We included prospective cohort studies reporting relative risks with 95% confidence intervals for the association between magnesium intake and incidence of type 2 diabetes.
RESULTS:

The seven identified cohort studies of magnesium intake [from foods only (n = 4) or from foods and supplements combined (n = 3)] and incidence of type 2 diabetes included 286,668 participants and 10,912 cases. All but one study found an inverse relation between magnesium intake and risk of type 2 diabetes, and in four studies the association was statistically significant. The overall relative risk for a 100 mg day(-1) increase in magnesium intake was 0.85 (95% CI, 0.79-0.92). Results were similar for intake of dietary magnesium (RR, 0.86; 95% CI, 0.77-0.95) and total magnesium (RR, 0.83; 95% CI, 0.77-0.89). There was no evidence of publication bias (P = 0.99).
CONCLUSIONS:

Magnesium intake was inversely associated with incidence of type 2 diabetes. This finding suggests that increased consumption of magnesium-rich foods such as whole grains, beans, nuts, and green leafy vegetables may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Exercise without setting foot in the gym

Jul 28, 2015 - 2 comments

"Compound 14" mimics the effects of exercise without setting foot in the gym

Enjoying the health benefits of a back-breaking workout without actually working out sure is a tantalizing prospect. This goes a long way to explaining the torrent of exercise equipment that promises to do more for our figures with less of our sweat and tears, and recently, the development of drugs that could imitate the beneficial effects of exercise. The latest advance in this area is the development of a molecule that mimics the effects of exercise by influencing the metabolic process, giving it the potential to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity.

The scientists at the University of Southampton who developed the molecule initially set out to target the central energy sensor in cells called AMPK. Pointing to previous research, the team believed that if a small molecule could be used to selectively activate AMPK, it could boost the uptake of glucose and oxygen in the cells by mimicking the effects of exercise.

Weight Loss Drinks

Jul 27, 2015 - 4 comments

                                                        
                                                   Aloe Vera Juice
To Balances your hormones drink Aloe Vera Juice,It maintains weight by balancing the digestive system and regulating female hormones.            



                                                     Mango Lassi
                                             Made from fermented yogurt
lassi is a fermented food that contains many healthy bacteria, or probiotics, which decrease bloating and reduce inflammation—two key contributors to weight loss. While lassi can be made with any number of fruits, mango lassi is one of the easiest and most popular drinks in India: Combine in a blender one cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp of sugar, ½ cup frozen mango chunks, and enough water to blend.

                                                          Amla Juice
Amla is a sour fruit from India. It's high in antioxidants, In some preliminary Western studies, amla has been shown to reverse diabetes and cholesterol markers. You can buy frozen amla berries online. Defrost the berries, cut into small pieces and run through a juicer                  

                                                       Kerala Juice
Kerala, has high levels of B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc, that's an immune booster and energizer. add the fruit to smoothies.

                                                            Chai
Chai is healthiest when made with fresh spices that are boiled and then steeped in tea leaves. Here’s a simple version, boil one cup of milk with 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, fennel, anise, ginger and nutmeg. Pour the boiling milk over your favorite tea leaves. The cinnamon will help stabilize blood sugar, reducing weight gain; cloves have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits, while cardamom boosts circulation. Fennel, anise, ginger and nutmeg help boost chai’s digestive benefits.
                                                    
                                                  
                                                       Ginger Tea
Start with a cup of ginger tea to activate the digestive system in the morning. To get the most benefits, grate 1/4- 1/2 tsp of raw ginger into your tea kettle. Boil for 3-5 minutes and then pour into a cup with your favorite tea. Add 1-2 teaspoons of honey for a sweeter taste.      


                                                          Golden Milk
Mix one cup of milk with ¼ tsp of turmeric, and bring to a boil. Sweeten with a touch of honey. Turmeric has been shown to act directly on the genes that control fat storage, while the calcium in milk is linked to lower body mass—a University of Tennessee study found that dieters who consumed between 1,200 and 1,300 mg of calcium a day (about four cups of milk) lost nearly twice as much weight as those getting less milk. Golden milk is used to  improve joint pain, muscle stiffness and to boost the immune system.

Source: Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.