Effects of Free Sugars on Blood Pressure and Lipids

Sugar has been suggested as a central risk factor in the development of noncommunicable diseases. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Effects of free sugars on blood pressure and lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis of nutritional isoenergetic intervention trials Objective: We assessed the evidence of the effects of free sugars compared with complex carbohydrates […]

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Insulin Response to Erythritol

When it comes to polyols (commonly referred to as sugar alcohols), erythritol is quite different than xylitol. Swerve is a blend of erythritol and oligosaccharides. Swerve does not contain xylitol. Here are a few ways the two sweeteners compare. Swerve: Xylitol vs. Erythritol Calories Erythritol has 0 calories per gram. Xylitol has 2.4 calories per […]

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Association Between Prediabetes and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

To evaluate associations between different definitions of prediabetes and the risk of cardiovascular disease and all cause mortality. The BMJ: Association between prediabetes and risk of cardiovascular disease and all cause mortality: systematic review and meta-analysis Prospective cohort studies from general populations were included for meta-analysis if they reported adjusted relative risks with 95% confidence […]

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Risks and Costs of Diabetes Medication

A previous analysis examined the contribution of endocrine disruptor exposures (endocrine-disrupting chemicals, EDCs) to adult diabetes, but was limited to effects of phthalates in middle-aged women and did not simultaneously examine multiple EDCs which are known to coexist in the environment. We therefore endeavoured to quantify potential reductions in diabetes and disease costs that could […]

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Inflammation Halts Fat-Burning

Scientists at the University of Bonn have shown in mice that excess pounds can simply be melted away by converting unwanted white fat cells into energy-consuming brown slimming cells. Can this interesting approach also be used to combat obesity? In a recent study, the university researchers show why the inflammatory responses that often occur in […]

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Trial Comparing a Very Low Carbohydrate Diet And a Calorie-Restricted Low Fat Diet

Untested alternative weight loss diets, such as very low carbohydrate diets, have unsubstantiated efficacy and the potential to adversely affect cardiovascular risk factors. Therefore, we designed a randomized, controlled trial to determine the effects of a very low carbohydrate diet on body composition and cardiovascular risk factors. Publimed: A randomized trial comparing a very low […]

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Low-Salt Diet Increases Insulin Resistance

Low-salt (LS) diet activates the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone and sympathetic nervous systems, both of which can increase insulin resistance (IR). We investigated the hypothesis that LS diet is associated with an increase in IR in healthy subjects. Metabolism: Low-salt diet increases insulin resistance in healthy subjects Healthy individuals were studied after 7 days of LS diet (urine […]

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Fat and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Objective is to systematically review associations between intake of saturated fat and trans unsaturated fat and all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and associated mortality, coronary heart disease (CHD) and associated mortality, ischemic stroke, and type 2 diabetes. BMJ: Intake of saturated and trans unsaturated fatty acids and risk of all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, […]

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