Like miles on an automobile, Advanced Glycation End-products, or AGEs, accumulate in our bodies over the years of our lives. AGEs are part of aging. They are also part of human disease.
AGEs result when glucose (as the glucose in table sugar, or sucrose, that enters the blood after consumption) modifies the various proteins in the body.... Read more
Anyone who checks blood sugars after meals ("postprandial") already knows that there are hidden sources of sugar in many common foods.
You hopefully already know that foods like breakfast cereals, breads, bagels, pretzels, and crackers cause blood sugar to skyrocket after you eat them. They are all carbohydrates. Carbohydrates increase... Read more
Over the years, coffee has been much maligned as an indulgence, a trigger of blood pressure and brown teeth, a diuretic that works against good hydration. Some studies from the 1980s even suggested increased risk for heart attack. Coffee has been classified by many in the "undesirable" list, along with hydrogenated fats and too much... Read more
There is an epidemic of pre-diabetes and diabetes in the United States. Fifty years ago, diabetes was a relatively uncommon disease. Today, the latest estimates are that 50% of Americans are now diabetic or pre-diabetic.
There are some obvious reasons to explain why this epidemic has developed: excess weight, inactivity, the proliferation... Read more
Dear Mr. Clinton,
I'm sorry to hear that you needed to undergo another heart procedure just six years after undergoing a bypass operation. I've heard that your doctors successfully implanted stents into one of your heart's arteries to make up for a bypass graft that failed.
I am a bit concerned, however, that your heart disease... Read more