STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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The pancreas produces alkaline pancreatic juice, which has a pH level between 7.8 and 8.0. It may be possible to turn pancreatic cancer around by including more alkaline foods in your diet.


Here are some more tips to lower your risk of developing pancreatic cancer:


The pancreas is a 5.9-inch-long gland found behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It has a head, a middle section called the body and a narrow end called the tail. Exocrine cells in the pancreas produce digestive enzymes that help break down and digest food. The endocrine cells produce hormones such as insulin and glucagon that help control blood sugar levels. Most pancreatic cancers start in the exocrine cells.


Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest of cancers. It is hard to detect and quick to spread. Nearly 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the United States, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer death. It mostly affects men and women aged over 50 years. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include weight loss and abdominal pain that radiates to the back. It sometimes causes patients to itch all over their bodies.


Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include smoking or using tobacco and medical conditions such as diabetes. According to research, being overweight or obese and carrying extra weight around the waist also increases your risk. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says obese people with a sedentary lifestyle have twice the risk of developing pancreatic cancer as those who are active and not obese. Fifteen percent of pancreatic cancer cases could be avoided with proper diet and physical activity.  

PREVENTING PANCREATIC CANCER

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Nitrites, which can form nitrosamines. These are considered potential human carcinogens; they have been found to induce pancreatic cancer in             animals.


Pancreatic cancer has been called a silent disease because it doesn’t have many symptoms till the cancer has spread. Early symptoms may not be specific to the pancreas, such as back pain. Your doctor will do a series of tests to ensure it is pancreatic cancer or something else.


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