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The Insidious Story of Inflammation: What It Is and Why It Matters

Inflammation - it’s a technical process but not a complicated story.

In short, a long time ago our bodies evolved the incredible ability to respond to injury and infection through a rather ingenious process of self-repair.

What a lucky development, huh? But wait! Now we see inflammation all over health news with the media equivalent of emergency sirens blaring and public health officials’ urgent calls to action.

What gives? How did something so necessary to human survival become public enemy #1?

Are we really talking about the same bodily process? Is the media just inflaming the inflammation headlines?

In short, yes and no, respectively. Let’s back up a bit, however, and look at how A becomes B - how healthy inflammation becomes unhealthy inflammation - and what it all has to do with you

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What's the Real Impact of Glucose Imbalance?

If you answer yes or “unsure” to more than three of the following questions, this article is for you.

  • Are you irritable if you miss a meal - or jittery/anxious if you go more than 4 hours without food?
  • Do you crave carbohydrates (e.g. bread, potatoes, or pasta) or sweets excessively (daily)?
  • Are you calmer after eating?
  • Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome?
  • Are you more than 20 pounds over your ideal body weight with the majority of weight gain around your mid-section?
  • Do you have an elevated waist to hip ratio?
  • Do you have sporadic energy boosts and drops throughout the day?
  • Do you feel unusual thirst or hunger?
  • Do you get a headache if you go too long without eating?
  • Is your fasting blood sugar above 90mg/dL?

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What You Should Know About Your Blood Glucose Levels

If you’re like many Americans, you tend to judge your health based on how you look and a little on how you feel. You’re not that out of shape. You generally feel pretty good, although you’d like to feel a little better. But you’re not really sure you’re healthy on the inside, you just hope so. A variety of different markers of metabolism can identify how healthy you really are, like the ones we’ve talked about in the Longevity and Vitality lab test. However, if you had to pick just one thing to have measured, the most important could very well be your blood sugar levels. Think about this: 25.8 million Americans are thought to have diabetes, with 7 million people having diabetes, but not knowing about it. Additionally, 79 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar regulation begins to be a problem, but it’s not bad enough to begin using drug therapy.

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Supplement Spotlight: Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a well-known supplement in the sports performance culture. But this potent antioxidant packs powerful benefits for both athletes and non-athletes alike when it comes to...

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Want to Live Longer and Leaner? Lower Your Blood Sugar

Though opinions about ideal body size have changed throughout history, there has always been an interest in pursuing longevity. Recent research has allowed us to gain a better understanding of how lifestyle choices and nutrition impact the aging process. Not surprisingly, there are several consistencies between what may reduce the rate of aging and what helps us maintain a healthy body weight or body fat level.

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