Sorry to deluge you with information two days in a row but I couldn’t help respond to the study reported today about the potential heart dangers of as little as one can of diet soda a day. The bottom line – it seems there is an association between drinking as little as a can of diet or regular soda and an increased risk of what I call the APPLE-SHAPE syndrome (more formally referred to as metabolic syndrome).
APPLE syndrome is linked to too much dangerous abdominal or visceral fat - it is a cluster of symptoms that increase the risk for heart disease including large waistlines and higher levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood fats called triglycerides. In my book, The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness, I describe the dangers of belly fat, who is at greatest risk and why, and describe in detail a lifestyle program that will reduce the risk of diabetes and apple-syndrome by 60% or more.
Losing just 2 inches around the waist is the goal for everyone at risk. For women, a waist size over 31 ½ inches, and for men, a waist size over 37 inches, means TOO MUCH DANGEROUS FAT. Although we should all limit trans fats and sugars (diet and non-diet sodas are included here) and eat foods that contain healthy fats (omega 3’s) and high fiber (fruits, vegetables and grains) – it is EXERCISE (as little as 30 minutes of walking or active lifestyle daily) that will melt the dangerous fat first and foremost!!
So we should all hide our scales and grab our tape measures. Our waist size and waist to hip ratio (body shape) are our best predictors of our future health risks. To learn more about body shape, dangers of belly fat and how to minimize it and to download health-tracking forms to monitor your health visit me at www.DrSavard.com.
I welcome your questions and comments.