Diabetes Prevention List

Do you have a history of diabetes in your family or are you yourself perhaps borderline diabetic?

If you face an increased risk of developing type 2 Diabetes, there are two things you can do right away to decrease your risk-eat your broccoli and drink your orange juice. According to researchers , vitamin C-rich products, such as broccoli and orange juice, are part of a growing list of things people can do to reduce their diabetes risk, in addition to losing weight and staying physically fit.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that medical expenditures associated with diabetes totaled $116 billion in 2007. This includes $27 billion for diabetes care, $58 billion for chronic diabetes-related complications and $31 billion for excess medical costs.

The best thing we can do is not to become obese, especially heavy around the belly, which correlates more directly than any other factor with type 2 diabetes.

But that is only the beginning. In fact, one of the most encouraging developments in recent years is the growing list of things we can do to reduce our diabetes risk.

For starters, we should avoid drinking sugar-sweetened beverages-colas and even fruit-flavored drinks, typically the products sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.

Investigators are finding that people who drink lots of colas or sweetened fruit drinks have a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes over a period of years. Even so, in the case of sweetened beverages, there are two notable exceptions; orange juice and grape fruit juice. In fact, researchers have discovered that one of these beverages in particular-orange juice-may have entirely the opposite effect, by reducing one’s diabetes risks rather than adding to them.

Other Vitamin C-rich products also should be considered, namely fruits, vegetables, and especially where vegetables are concerned broccoli.

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

Simply put, by adopting a running program, you could add years to your life and perhaps quality too. The Findings are based on a study by the Stanford University School of Medicine, which tracked 500 older runners over a 20 year period. The findings revealed that older runners have fewer disabilities, longer life spans and only half the risk of early death as non-runners.

This is an important lesson that often is lost among many, if not most of us. When we think of aging, we are apt to equate it with cancer and other chronic diseases. But aging and disease don’t necessarily go hand in hand.

One other basic reality of human life many of us tend to overlook is that we are natural born runners. In other words, we humans were programmed from an early stage of our development to run. Fitness experts stress that we are creatures of mobility.

So, will strenuous physical activity help us live to be 150? No. But by helping us ward off many chronic diseases associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyles, strenuous exercise may secure an excellent quality of life all the way up to age 90 and possibly even to 100.

What ever regimen you choose to adopt, just remember that the federal guidelines for exercise are only minimal recommendations. All of us can do much more in terms of exercise to keep ourselves healthier and possibly even to extend the length of our lives.

Simply put, we should be running for our lives!!

A lottery You always win!

Many people buy lottery tickets. I’m not sure what the odds are but I don’t think they are too good. What if I told you that a $50.00 dollar investment and a small commitment of your time might increase your chance of not just living longer, but living longer with a higher quality of life than those who chose a more sedentary lifestyle.

The $50.00 investment I mention is the purchase of a good pair of walking shoes and the time commitment of 20 minutes a day. Walking is the cheapest and probably one of the best effective measures you can take to prevent chronic disease.

There is a mountain of research findings showing that the most physically active people tend to face the lowest incidents of chronic disease, including heart disease, hypertension, type-2 diabetes and even some types of cancer.

Even more acute problems, such as infections, often can be prevented through frequent exercise, such as walking, and finds that moderate exercise has been shown to boost the immune system. On the other hand, sedentary living is a major risk factor for several chronic diseases. Federal health experts currently recommend at least a 30-minute daily walk at least five times a week.

The idea is to walk as much as you can whenever you can, some people especially those pressed for time may want to break daily walks into smaller 10 and 15 minute increments scattered throughout the day. This comparatively minor investment in walking shoes could pay huge dividends over the long haul.

The upfront payment’ $50.00 for walking shoes and 30 minutes of your time is a lot cheaper than the steep medical costs you may pay later on after developing hypertension or diabetes through lack of exercise.

Over time, this walking program could be expanded into a full-fledged jogging program, which is more efficient in burning calories and exercising the heart, although you should consult a physician first. Walking and jogging are not the only option.

Other effective options may include TV exercise programs, a fitness DVD or even some of the new video games that require exercise to play. Other options include exercise bicycles or elliptical trainers, which often can be bought comparatively cheaply off the internet, at a yard sale or through classified ads.

Even developing a morning calisthenics program-push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and knee bends can be effective.

The important thing to remember is that there are a number of inexpensive and effective ways to stay fit.

Exercise is no guarantee you’re not going to get sick, but, in the end, it’s going to reduce your chances of developing chronic disease and acute illness, which, in turn, may make the lack of health insurance somewhat easier to bear.

iPhone programming – A Step Back?

Unlike Google’s Android and BlackBerry, the iPhone takes a step backwards to use an old programming language technology, namely Objective-C . During the late 1980s to mid 1990s, there was much activity in object-oriented programming languages, with many versions of C++ from different vendors (with different language features and implementation), as well as a host of object-oriented languages such as Objective-C, Eiffel, Object Pascal, etc. Objective-C is a Smalltalk like extension to C with limited commercial usage (Apple’s Mac OS X and iPhone OS). Despite this, Objective-C usage is broad, when one considers that the iPhone has the greatest number of available applications (and still growing). 
As with the other Smartphones, the iPhone/Apple maintain a detailed developer web page: http://developer.apple.com/iphone/.   You need to sign up as a free Registeredd iPhone Developer at:  http://developer.apple.com/iphone/sdk1/.  From a development perspective, registered users can download the iPhone SDK 3.1.2 which includes the Xcode IDE, the iPhone Simulator, and an additional tool suite (http://developer.apple.com/iphone/login.action).   Clearly, in addition to learning about programming on a hand-help application, for the iPhone, you will need to learn a new programming language (Objective-C) and associated I DE (XCode see http://developer.apple.com/tools/xcode/).