High carbohydrate diet? Low carbohydrate or no carbohydrate
diet? Low Fat diet?
Mediterranean diet? South Beach
diet? There are so many choices and different ways to manage food. What is the
fuss about carbohydrates? What role do carbs play in the body?
In the presence of insulin, carbohydrates are funneled
through a complex metabolic pathway called glycolysis, which ultimately
provides energy for your body. Think of insulin as one of the keys that helps
to unlock carbohydrate breakdown and provide energy for daily activities.
Carbohydrates are necessary for survival. Without carbohydrates in our diet,
other sources of energy such as fat and protein are broken down, but these
provide less energy to your body overall. If your body only uses fats for
energy or insulin isn't around to help with carbohydrate breakdown, you could
possibly develop byproducts of fat metabolism or ketones. These chemicals can
build up in your bloodstream and lead to the possibility of high acid levels,...
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is essential for good bone health. Vitamin D also helps the immune, muscle, and nervous systems function properly. Most vitamin D is made when an inactive form of the nutrient is activated in your skin when it's exposed to sunlight. Smaller amounts of vitamin D are in fortified milk and other foods, fatty fish, and eggs. As more and more people spend most of their time out of direct sunlight or wearing sunscreen when they are in the sun, vitamin D production from sun exposure is limited.
Research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing.
Steps you can take
The two most reliable ways to boost your vitamin D level: get more direct sunlight exposure and take vitamin D3 supplements. Eating foods rich in vitamin D can help, but is less effective.
Sunshine exposure: Even short p...
Definition Insulin C-peptide is a blood test that measures the amount of C-peptide, a byproduct created when the hormone insulin is produced. Alternative Names C-peptide How the test is performed Blood is typically drawn from a vein, usually on the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood. Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding. In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip. A bandage may b...
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