Genetic Factors Tied to Obesity May Protect Against Diabetes

Experts believe that where on the body people store surplus fat, whether round their middle or round the liver, may be genetically determined. Exactly where extra fat is stored matters more than the amount when it comes to insulin resistance and risk of diabetes and other conditions. Now 14 new genetic variants that dictate where […]

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Effects of A Low Carbohydrate Diet On Energy Expenditure During Weight Loss Maintenance

The objective of the study was to determine the effects of diets varying in carbohydrate to fat ratio on total energy expenditure. 164 adults aged 18-65 years with a body mass index of 25 or more participated to the study. After 12% (within 2%) weight loss on a run-in diet, participants were randomly assigned to […]

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All The Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Health by Overdoing It On Sugar

Sugar lurks in dozens of unsuspecting foods, from yogurts and salad dressings to juices and sauces. Even when sucrose — the popular form of table sugar is not present in a food item, sugar’s cousins fructose and dextrose can likely be found somewhere on the label. To truly avoid sugar, you’d also have to cut out simple carbohydrates, including the ones […]

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Why Cholesterol is Good for You

Dr. Terry Wahls is a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical research on the use of diet and lifestyle to treat brain-related problems. She has also worked at the VA for many years in the traumatic brain injury clinic and was the director of the therapeutic lifestyle clinic. In […]

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A Low-Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

The low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (LCKD) may be effective for improving glycemia and reducing medications in patients with type 2 diabetes. From an outpatient clinic, we recruited 28 overweight participants with type 2 diabetes for a 16-week single-arm pilot diet intervention trial. We provided LCKD counseling, with an initial goal of <20 g carbohydrate/day, while reducing […]

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Kids See Thousands of Ads for Unhealthy Foods on Social Media

early three quarters of Canadian children are exposed to food marketing while using popular social media apps, a new study from the University of Ottawa found. The study, commissioned by Heart & Stroke, found that children see an estimated 111 advertisements for food per week, or an average of 5,772 ads per year on apps such as […]

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Childhood Obesity Rates Are At Their Highest Since 1999

Childhood obesity was on the decline, or so it seemed. Both scientific journals and media outlets, including from NPR as late as 2012, have reported within the last decade that its numbers were moving down. The numbers have moved — in the wrong direction, according to a prominent new study which shows the highest spike in obesity among children […]

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Fermented Foods for Better Gut Health

Naturally fermented foods are getting a lot of attention from health experts these days because they may help strengthen your gut microbiome—the 100 trillion or so bacteria and microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. Researchers are beginning to link these tiny creatures to all sorts of health conditions from obesity to neurodegenerative diseases. Fermented […]

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The Toll of America’s Obesity

Beyond the human suffering, diet-related diseases impose massive economic costs. Obesity rates in the United States continue to worsen. So, too, does economic inequality. Are these trends related? After remaining essentially flat in the 1950s and 1960s, the prevalence of obesity doubled in adults and tripled in children between the 1970s and 2000. According to new data from the Centers […]

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Breast Cancer Risk in Metabolically Healthy but Overweight Postmenopausal Women

Adiposity is an established risk factor for postmenopausal breast cancer. Recent data suggest that high insulin levels in overweight women may play a major role in this relationship, due to insulin’s mitogenic/antiapoptotic activity. However, whether overweight women who are metabolically healthy (i.e., normal insulin sensitivity) have elevated risk of breast cancer is unknown. We investigated […]

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