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The Truth About Diabetes
by Geoffrey Leigh

Category: Health/Fitness
Description: Are you at risk? Do you even know what the risk factors for diabetes are? Did you know that stress is one of the biggest risk factors for diabetes? Were you aware that 6.2% of the population of the United States have diabetes and 17 million more are diagnosed each year? There are over 300 million people globally who are at risk for this silent killer. The only combative measure for this disease is KNOWLEDGE. You need to know: What it is? What are the types of diabetes? What is insulin? How does insulin affect the body? What is hypoglycemia? What does hypoglycemia have to do with diabetes? What are the symptoms? Is it treatable? What are the specific risk factors? What is the function of the pancreas? How does the pancreas affect diabetes? How does stress contribute to diabetes? Diabetes is a very real threat. You need to take action to protect yourself and your loved ones now! Don't become a statistic.
eBook Publisher: MH Publishing,
eBookwise Release Date: February 2005

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Chapter 5

A Glass of RED

OPC & Red Wine

The French paradox is the fact that the French, as a race, consume copious amounts of fats in their every-day diet yet suffer only a low incidence of cardiovascular disease.

This is attributed, at least in part, to the fact that they also consume regular moderate amounts of red wine which contains Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC, which are a group of colorless flavonols). The term Proanthocyanidins is derived as follows pro = before, anthocyanins = red, referring to their colorless property and their ability to be transformed into (red) Anthocyanins.

OPC inhibits some aspects of the Aging Process (by enhancing the body's renewal of collagen and inhibiting excessive cross-linking).

OPC inhibits excessive cross-linking, yet allows optimal cross-linking that is necessary for the structural integrity of Scleroproteins. Importantly, OPC removes Lipofuscin from and inhibits its formation in the brain and heart.

In the Cardiovascular System, OPC helps to prevent and reverse atherosclerosis by its action in inhibiting the Histidine Decarboxylase enzyme, which catalyzes the excessive conversion of Histidine to Histamine that is usually observed in persons afflicted with atherosclerosis.

OPC improves the strength and elasticity of the walls of blood vessels and reduces their permeability (by enhancing the synthesis and metabolism of collagen and elastin within the blood vessels).


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