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It is no secret that as a nation, the United States is getting fatter.
Over the past 50 years, the prevalence of obesity in adults has nearly tripled, from 13.4% in 1962 to 35.7% in 20101-3. The economic, social, and medical burden this places on our society cannot be overstated. It is a healthcare crisis of immense proportions.
Drug therapies to reduce cardiovascular risk and prevent the onset of diabetes may be effective in the short term, but as people age, the efficacy of drugs like statins and metformin tends to diminish, while the risk of adverse effects increases. The benefit of nutritional and lifestyle interventions, on the other hand, remains robust even as people enter their final decades.
Getting less than forty winks has a profound effect on metabolic processes that determine not only how we seek out and utilize food, but also how adept our bodies are at burning or storing calories.
Elevated cholesterol and high blood glucose are the obvious features of diabetes and heart disease but they're hardly the whole picture. Other, less obvious factors including environmental toxins like BPA and lead, gastrointestinal disorders, and frequent use of artificial sweeteners are also important drivers of disease. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, author of the popular book, The Blood Sugar Solution, these oft-overlooked factors warrant closer attention.
Each year, tens of thousands of Americans die unnecessarily from complications of overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Hundreds of thousands are hospitalized. Yet these medications continue to be routinely prescribed by physicians, and are readily available over the counter at very low prices. Botanical medicines derived from Curcumin, Ginger and other spices offer much safer alternatives.
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