Fructose Sugar Makes Maturing Human Fat Cells Fatter, Less Insulin-Sensitive

Fructose, the sugar widely used as high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks and processed foods, often gets some of the blame for the widespread rise in obesity. Now a laboratory study has found that when fructose is present as children’s fat cells mature, it makes more of these cells mature into fat cells in belly […]

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2017’s Fattest States in America

“Fat” is becoming the new normal in America. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than seven in 10 U.S. adults aged 20 and older are either overweight or obese. Rates are lower for children and adolescents but have risen steadily almost every year. So prevalent has America’s obesity problem grown […]

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Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity?

Conventional treatment for obesity assumes that all calories are alike, and that to lose weight one must simply “eat less and move more.” However, this prescription rarely succeeds over the long term. According to an alternative approach, the metabolic state of the fat cells plays a key role in determining body weight. High intakes of […]

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Tenfold Increase in Childhood Obesity Since 1975

The number of obese children worldwide is up more than tenfold since 1975, from 11 million to 124 million last year, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Note that obesity rates haven’t risen quite that much: from 0.7% to 5.6% for girls and 0.9% to 7.8% for boys. But they’re awfully close. No large country […]

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Trends in Incidence of Cancers Associated with Overweight and Obesity — United States, 2005–2014

Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk of at least 13 different types of cancer. Methods: Data from the United States Cancer Statistics for 2014 were used to assess incidence rates, and data from 2005 to 2014 were used to assess trends for cancers associated with overweight and obesity (adenocarcinoma of the esophagus; cancers of […]

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Ivor Cummins at Ketofest 2017 – The Chronic Disease Spectrum: A Story of Root Cause and Solution

What do you do when your doctors can offer little useful advice for nasty blood test results? Ivor Cummins kicks off with a personal tale of discovery. Along the way we’ll meet with some quite familiar risk factors. And some measures which may be less familiar, but rather more important. We must research ourselves to […]

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Effects of Eight Weeks of Time-Restricted Feeding (16/8)

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an increasingly popular dietary approach used for weight loss and overall health. While there is an increasing body of evidence demonstrating beneficial effects of IF on blood lipids and other health outcomes in the overweight and obese, limited data are available about the effect of IF in athletes. Thus, the present […]

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Controlling Hyperglycemia as an Adjunct to Cancer Therapy

Hyperglycemia is commonly manifested in cancer patients. Although high intakes of sugar and refined carbohydrates and elevated blood glucose are strongly associated with the risk of cancer, much less is known about their effects on survival after cancer diagnosis. There is evidence that high carbohydrate intake is associated with poorer survival after diagnosis for early […]

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Sweetened Beverage Consumption, Incident Coronary Heart Disease, and Biomarkers of Risk in Men

Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is associated with weight gain and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Few studies have tested for a relationship with coronary heart disease (CHD) or intermediate biomarkers. The role of artificially sweetened beverages is also unclear. Methods and Results We performed an analysis of the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, a prospective cohort […]

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