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GLYCATION & HEALTH EFFECTS:CARBS & COOKING AFFECTS HbA1c LEVELS

GLYCATION & HEALTH EFFECTS:  CARBS & COOKING AFFECTS HbA1c LEVELS

The term GLYCATION means the formation of a complex and deformed molecules between glucose and proteins. It can also be formed between glucose and fats . The products are known as ADVANCED GLYCATION END PRODUCTS or AGEs

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THE HUMAN MICROBIOME & THE MISSING MICROBES

THE HUMAN MICROBIOME & THE MISSING MICROBES:

Having a healthy balance of microbiome and a good diversity is better understood now than ever before after the HUMAN MICROBIOME PROJECT. Loss of this diversity and balance is linked to many of the modern diseases including both Type 1& 2 Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, Brain Disorders ranging from Dementia to Alzeimer’s . Let’s understand that mutual existence is very important to enjoy good health and the Microbiota should be considered as an organ by itself and not just bugs within us .

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Hypothyroidism

A 57 years old Malay man presented with complaint of numbness of hands and feet for 2 weeks. It was associated with tiredness and cold intolerant as well. A blood test was done on him, and it revealed following: TSH > 100.0, FT4: 1.8 pmol/L (12-22), FT3: 0.9 pmol/L (3.1-6.8). In addition it also showed total cholesterol of 10.56, TG 3.26, HDL 1.58, LDL 7.5 mmol/L.

A diagnosis of primary hypothyroidism was made and he was started on thyroid supplement. On 13 March 2015, he came back for a follow up. He felt much better but still having tiredness and cold intolerant. A follow up blood test was done again and it showed an improvement of TFT as follows; TSH: 18.34, FT4: 16.5 pmol/L, FT3: 4.2 pmol/L. His thyroid supplements were fine tuned.

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WHAT IS SELENIUM

It is a trace mineral

Deficiency is very common.

Very important mineral for our immune system.

People who live in selenium deficiency belts have higher risk of cancer.

It is a co-enzyme for Glutathione s Transferase which detoxifies heavy metals, drugs, pesticides, carcinogens, in the phase 2 liver detoxification pathway

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HUMAN RELATIONSHIP AND HEALTH

We often marvel at the discovery of certain drugs or the invention of some lifesaving machines. A community often take pride in their state-of-the-art hospital facilities and at the numbers of specialists residing in those hospitals.

At personal level, we emphasised much on exercise, supplementation, healthy eating, hormonal corrections, maintaining healthy weight and various other healthy measures. Unfortunately, all these are almost meaningless without one aspect of health which is often neglected and ignored. This aspect is called ‘human relationship’.

Healthcare facilities and all these personal health measures are second only to the vitality of human relationship in maintaining health. No matter how good a person is looking after his or her health, without healthy relationship he or she is very likely to die early from various kind of illnesses.

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