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"Hey everyone, I am really in need of some advice. 

My dietician told me recently that I had achieved a very low body fat and that I shouldn't lose anymore as it would be unhealthy. 
However I still have really large legs, and they are not in proportion to my body. 

I feel that when you think of a thin person you think of someone with slim legs, but mine are thick and my thighs are especially large. 

Is there ANYTHING I can do to make them smaller? I cycle and run, are either of those contributing to their large size? Should I lose more fat anyway? Help please!"



No, no, no.




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large.jpgDo healthy gums mean a healthy heart?

There’s no question that regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups can keep your mouth healthy. But if you fall short on your hygiene routine, can gum disease actually cause heart disease?

There’s no conclusive evidence that preventing gum disease — periodontitis — can prevent heart disease or that treating gum disease can lessen atherosclerosis, the buildup of artery-clogging plaque that can result in a heart attack or stroke, according to an American Heart Association statement.

“The mouth can be a good warning signpost,” said Ann Bolger, M.D., William Watt Kerr Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “People with periodontitis often have risk factors that not only put their mouth at risk, but their heart and blood vessels, too. But whether one causes the other has not actually been shown.”

Periodontitis and heart disease share risk factors such as smoking, age and diabetes, and both contribute to inflammation in the body. Although these shared risk factors may explain why diseases of the blood vessels and mouth can occur simultaneously, some evidence suggests that there may be an independent association between the two diseases.

The trouble, experts say, is that the research isn’t strong enough to suggest that gum disease treatment will lessen the risk of heart attack or stroke.

“We’re just not there yet with the research,” said Bolger, who is also an American Heart Association volunteer. “We don’t want people who have a heart attack and get a stent to feel that they need aggressive gum disease surgery, which could be risky for them.”

Bolger advises people to lower their risk of heart disease by proven methods, like:

  1. quitting smoking,
  2. managing their weight,
  3. controlling their blood pressure, and
  4. staying active.

This is not the first time that oral health has been linked to overall health. In the 1920s a crescendo of concern about the connection led to the prevalence of complete tooth extractions, Bolger said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t cure heart disease by removing teeth.”

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:47 PM

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No, there is no connection between plaque buildup on your teeth and plaque build up in the arteries. I'm not a dentist, but your good report card at the dentist could be a result of eating fewer sugars and carbs, which normally make a lovely home for plaque-causing bacteria to build up in your mouth. 

That being said, periodontal disease (inflammation and bleeding of the gums) can provide an entry point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Those bacteria can cause a rare condition called bacterial endocarditis in the heart. This is why dental health is important for heart health. I think this article helps answer your question well:

I find the inflammation piece significant. Inflammation in the body allows the blood vessels to become "stickier" and attract plaque build up more easily. That's why I find lowering inflammation to be so important in preventing heart disease, and why I recommend fish oil to many of my patients. Exercise, diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and of course not smoking also helps lower the body's levels of inflammation. 
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Binge Drinking Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by Causing Insulin Resistance Binge drinking causes insulin resistance, which increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to the results of an animal study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The results are published in the January 30 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.



 – January 30, 2013 /Press Release/  –– 

Binge drinking causes insulin resistance, which increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to the results of an animal study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The results are published in the January 30 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Alcohol disrupts insulin-receptor signaling by causing inflammation in the hypothalamus area of the brain, according to the researchers at Mount Sinai's Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism Institute.

"Insulin resistance has emerged as a key metabolic defect leading to Type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease (CAD)," said Christoph Buettner, MD, PhD, senior author of the study and Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease).  "Someone who regularly binge drinks even once a week, over many years, may remain in an insulin resistant state for an extended period of time, potentially years," said Dr. Buettner.

In this study, researchers treated rats with alcohol for three consecutive days to simulate human binge drinking. A control group received the same amount of calories.  Once alcohol was no longer detectable in blood, glucose metabolism was studied through either glucose-tolerance tests or through controlled-insulin infusions. The rats treated with alcohol were found to have higher concentrations of plasma insulin than the control group, suggesting that insulin resistance may have been the cause of the impaired glucose tolerance.   

High plasma insulin levels are a major component of the metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke.

"Previously it was unclear whether binge drinking was associated with an increased risk for  diabetes, since a person who binge drinks may also tend to binge eat, or at least eat too much. Our data show for the first time that binge drinking induces insulin resistance directly and can occur independent of differences in caloric intake," said Claudia Lindtner, MD, first author of the study and an Associate Researcher of Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine.



Metabolism: Insulin resistance induced by binge drinking is caused by disrupted hypothalamic insulin action.

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Binge eating and diabetes

Research indicates that binge eating may be the most commonly experienced eating disorder in people with type 2 diabetes. A study carried out in Essen, Germany in 2000 reviewed over 300 patients with type 2 diabetes and found the prevalence of eating disorders to be between 6.5 and 9%, with binge eating the most commonly observed eating disorder.[64]

Binge eating is also observed in people with type 1 diabetes, particularly in girls and young women. [65]

Swings in high and low blood glucose and having additional negative associations with food can provide additional difficulty in coping with binge eating for people with diabetes.

Treating binge eating

Treatments for binge eating can depend on the cause of binge eating. If binge eating is linked with psychological factors, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy for binge eating disorder (CBT-BED) can help to address and reduce the need to binge eat.

Psychotherapy may be particularly helpful if the cause is linked with a specific stressful event or events in the past.

Cognitive behavioural therapy for binge eating disorder (CBT-BED) is an alternative form of therapy and involves looking for ways and methods of thinking about your eating which can help you to better control the urge to binge eating.


Another binge is not a treatment for a food addiction.

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Binge Eating and Type 2 Diabetes


When we think about diabetes, we often think about sugar – too much sugar, not enough sugar, glucose levels. If we are not familiar with diabetes because of a history in our family or within our own lives, it can be a very confusing topic for many people.

According to the American Diabetes Association , type 2 diabetes is the most common form of this disease. In fact, many people may not even know they are at risk. An individual who engages in unhealthy habits because of an eating disorder, for instance binge eating, may not know that there is a direct correlation between type 2 diabetes and bingeing.


In order to understand the correlation, it is important to understand precisely what type 2 diabetes is. There are two factors involved in type 2 diabetes. On one hand, the body may simply not produce enough insulin. On the other, the body may produce the insulin but the cells of the body may ignore it. Insulin is important to the proper operation of our bodies because it is responsible for taking the sugar out of the blood and into the body’s cells. If the insulin is not the correct level in the body, glucose can build up in the blood causing the complications related to diabetes.

For men, the complications of diabetes  can be wide-ranging. Instances of heart disease and stroke, damage to the kidneys, vision problems including blindness, as well as gum disease or damage to the nerves can occur. In the case of a stroke, an individual can expect a range of possible outcomes:


  • Trouble walking
  • Difficulty speaking in a manner that can be understood by others
  • Paralysis or partial paralysis
  • Partial blindness
  • Severe headache

The complications may be slightly different for women . For instance, one complication of diabetes is coronary heart disease which kills more women than breast cancer each year. Another problem may be depression and fatigue which has a direct correlation to a healthy sex drive. The presence of depression in relation to diabetes, particularly when it is related to an eating disorder such as binge eating, is of significance due to depression’s association with binge eating itself.

Women Who Engage in Binge Eating Have a Higher Rate of Type 2 Diabetes


One of the main differences between binge eating disorder and other eating disorders is the likelihood of gaining weight. The eating disorder bulimia nervosa is marked by binge eating, however, individuals who manifest this particular disorder will purge the additional intake of food in a variety of unhealthy ways. Individuals who suffer from anorexia nervosa have an aversion to food and tend to eat far less than they should to maintain a healthy body weight. Binge eating disorder  is marked by the exorbitant consumption of food without purging. Some individuals who suffer from binge eating disorder will develop obesity as a result of the amount of food consumed. According to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center , no one knows precisely what causes diabetes, although researchers have discovered that it can be connected to obesity.


What Treatments Are Available for Binge Eating Disorder?

Treating binge eating disorder is a complicated matter because one must consider all aspects of the disease, according to theAmerican Psychological Association . In fact, there are three aspects related to this disorder: weight loss, psychological issues that coincide with the eating disorder, and the eating disorder itself. Experts are divided on the issue of which aspect deserves the most attention earliest in the treatment process. Some individuals who suffer from obesity in relation to this disorder are at risk of developing serious medical complication such as diabetes. Therefore, it may seem as though weight loss is the primary issue. Other professionals will tell you that the most important aspect to treat is the underlying psychological condition which may have caused the eating disorder in the first place. And finally, some specialists believe that only treating the eating disorder will lead to successful treatment of the other two conditions.


If you or someone you know suffers from a binge eating disorder, please do not hesitate to contact  experienced professionals.  They can help you overcome this damaging condition.

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