2020 will mark 100 years of women’s suffrage and in that time, we’ve come a long way. We’ve taken our place in business, the workplace and the world. We’re even starting to make strides when it comes to the gender pay gap.
Yep, equality is closer than ever — except when it comes to biology.
That’s because women and men are different, plain and simple.
And how our bodies respond to health conditions is different too and changes our risk of certain diseases.
In fact, a new study from researchers at the University of Oxford took a look at just that issue when it comes to how the risks that go with obesity vary between women and men…
Using genetic data to measure risk
Obesity rates are continuing to climb, and it seems to be an epidemic that will go unchecked.
But obesity isn’t just an epidemic, it’s a heartless killer, contributing to a laundry list of health problems including:
- Coronary artery disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Lung cancer
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Kidney failure
Even worse, obesity is implicated in two-thirds of the leading causes of death, including diabetes and heart disease!
But when it comes to diabetes, obesity is sexist…
Using the genetic data of over 423,500 people, researchers found that while obesity causes type 2 diabetes in both women and men, women experienced a much higher risk of type 2 diabetes compared to men.
Biology at its finest (or worst).
As first author, Jenny Censin, puts it, “This study shows just how harmful carrying excess weight can be to human health, and that women and men may experience different diseases as a result.”
Beating the epidemic
So, whether you already struggle with your weight, or just want to make sure that it’s never an issue, the time to start taking steps to hit a healthy balance is now…
#1 — Start your morning right
The first step is to weigh each and every morning.
That’s because studies have shown that simply checking your weight on a regular basis makes you significantly more likely to lose weight than if you skip the scale. If you don’t like what you see on the scale, you might try harder to eat better and exercise a little throughout your day.
#2 — Go liquid
Second, if you really want to take off the pounds, try a high-quality liquid meal replacement.
A study commissioned by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes found that over 24 weeks people who replaced one or two meals a day with a liquid option lost a full 5 pounds more than those who stuck with solids.
#3 — Get your thyroid in gear
We all know that weight gain can be linked to a sluggish thyroid. You may also know that more women than men tend to deal with thyroid problems, and one of the first signs most women notice is weight gain.
Weight gain is also one of the signs of iodine deficiency, which is growing more prevalent since people are trying to be healthier by giving up table salt for sea salt, and we don’t get much iodine (or other nutrients that support a healthy thyroid) from food sources in the Standard American Diet.
That’s why I feel supplementing is the only way to be sure your thyroid is getting what it needs. Nutrients proven to optimize thyroid function include:
- Iodine — To help your thyroid create the critical T3 and T4 hormones
- Selenium — To convert the relatively inactive T4s to the active thyroid hormone T3
- Zinc — To support a healthy metabolism
- Copper — To stimulate your thyroid
- L-Tyrosine — Which partners with iodine to create T3 and T4 hormones needed to help efficiently metabolize calories for weight maintenance
- Ashwagandha Root — To help protect the thyroid, allowing it to function better and produce more T4. Plus, it works as an immune modulator to help regulate autoimmune inflammation that can cause underactive thyroid.
#4 — Hydrate
When it comes to weight loss, water counts, especially before your meals.
Not only do you need plenty of the wet stuff to wash away toxins that are released as your fat stores go down, drinking a glass or two before meals can help to reduce your appetite and keep you from overeating.
#5 — Avoid late eating
When you want to achieve the maximum weight loss possible, it’s important to avoid eating after 6 p.m. It’s a simple step that produces powerful results. In fact, if you don’t eat after 6 p.m. and don’t eat breakfast till around 11 a.m., you can benefit from the effects of intermittent fasting!
#6 — Move, move, move
And of course, you need to embrace physical activity. Whether it’s taking a walk or simply choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator, you need to get some movement in daily.
The jury is in and obesity is not only one of the most dangerous health conditions we face today, it also has different risks based on your gender. So, start today and get control of your weight to make sure you’re not one more victim claimed in the obesity crisis sweeping the world.