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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Carb Urges May Signal Future Disease Risk

A good low carb diet can help control insulin levels. This
may be even more beneficial for women with a history
of diabetes or heart disease.

Read the short article below for more.

Weight Gain, Carb Urges, Fatigue Signal Future Disease Risk

For women, excess weight in the midsection, carbohydrate
cravings and frequent fatigue may be warning signs of
something more serious. A new survey commissioned
by the National Women's Health Resource Center showed
that 75 percent of women ages 40 to 65 with a family
history of diabetes or heart disease experienced these

However, nearly one-third of all women surveyed did
not know they were signs of impaired insulin function, a
key risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The
most common symptoms experienced were excess weight
in the midsection, carbohydrate cravings and frequent

'When women who don't have diabetes hear the word
'insulin,' they tune out because they think it doesn't apply
to them,' said Audrey Sheppard, president and chief
executive officer of the National Women's Health Resource
Center, the leading independent health information source
for women. 'It is critical for women to look at these
symptoms as a wake-up call and understand that insulin
health is important for all of us.'

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive and funded
through an unrestricted grant by Nutrition 21, also showed
94 percent of U.S. adult women are unaware that low
levels of the mineral chromium impact blood sugar.

Only 10 percent reported that their daily diet contains
sufficient amounts of chromium as recommended by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Chromium is an essential
mineral that helps improve insulin health the same way
calcium helps promote bone health.

'As a nutritionist, it's important to encourage people to be
active and eat a balanced diet. However, the average
American diet only supplies about 1 to 2 micrograms of
chromium per serving,' said Carolyn O'Neil, a registered
dietitian and author of the best-selling book "The Dish on
Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous."

"When choosing a supplement, women should select a
brand that is considered safe and effective," O'Neil said.
"For instance, Chromax is the most studied form of
chromium and its safety has been validated by government
health authorities."

Women can evaluate their insulin health and stay current
on the latest news and research by visiting

In addition, the National Women's Health Resource Center
has created tools to help women better understand and
take care of their blood sugar.
They are available for download at or by calling

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