Category Archives: Obesity

Less sugar linked to fewer heart disease events

Sugary foods and beverages are strongly associated with obesity and diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. In other words, sugar is killing Americans in droves.

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Reducing your and your kids’ risk of diabetes

If type 2 diabetes runs in your family, you may find yourself worrying about whether it will show up in you or your kids. And your worries are well-founded as people at high genetic risk for type 2 diabetes are … Continue reading

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What’s the right amount of sleep?

Sleep duration is tied to early Alzheimer’s disease according to a recent large analysis by Stanford University researchers. The study involved 4,417 with normal cognitive scores at the start of the study.

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Do you need to be screened for diabetes?

If you or someone you love is overweight or obese and age 35 or older, there’s a simple, inexpensive, and potentially lifesaving test you need.

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Why diabetics should drink coffee

If you or a loved one has diabetes, you likely know that diabetes dramatically increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death. There’s a surprising intervention to reduce that risk that diabetics may wish to consider every morning.

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Getting out of your chair every 30 minutes improves health

HealthDay reports research suggesting “that getting out of your chair every half hour may help improve your blood sugar levels and your overall health.”

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Children Eating Too Many Dangerous Foods

I’ve told you before about the dangers of too much ultra-processed food in your diet. A new study reports that  “ultra-processed foods made up two-thirds of the average American kid’s diet.”

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Snoring is a potential killer

Do you, or someone you love snore excessively or even stop breathing for seconds at a time while asleep? It could be obstructive sleep apnea, also called OSA, and that would mean a significantly increased risk for premature death.

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Increased risks identified from red and processed meats

New research reveals that eating processed or red meats can increase your risk of heart disease, one of the leading causes of death and disability.

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Fake Beef

The latest fad in the “vegetarian” and “healthy food” categories involves a slew of so-called “plant-based fake meats” that purport to be healthier for people and the planet. But, are they?

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Whole grains reduce waist size, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol

A study in The Journal of Nutrition found that older adults who consumed at least three servings of whole grains every day had a reduced waist size, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar compared with those who eat less … Continue reading

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Nordic Diet Lengthens Survival with Improved Mental and Physical Function

Adults with higher adherence to a Nordic diet (also known as NDDP, the Nordic Prudent Diet Pattern) had greater odds of prolonging survival with optimal physical and mental function.

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Skipping breakfast leads to clear nutritional gaps

A study in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society​​​ found that adults who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to miss out on a number of important nutrients.

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Most Americans do not adhere to diets that prevent cancer

HealthDay reports, “The eating habits of most American adults aren’t in line with dietary guidelines that can reduce the risk of cancer, a new study finds.”

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Southern-style diet associated with higher odds for sudden cardiac death

I love my wife’s “GRITS” T-shirt. “GRITS” stands for “Girls Raised in The South.” We were both born and raised in the south, so we’ve also followed the data on what we were fed growing up!

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Weight-loss supplements a waste of money?

A new scientific review of 315 randomized-controlled trials of weight-loss supplements or alternative weight-loss therapies has been released. What did it show?

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Weight-loss supplements contain hidden prohibited stimulants

You may be surprised to learn that in the United States, natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are virtually unregulated substances. As a result, consumers beware!

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New Year’s Resolution #1 – Take the kids out for fast food less often

A highly healthy resolution for your family in 2016 would be to slowly reduce the number of trips you make to fast food restaurants. Why?

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Encourage your kids to choose healthy snacks

Kids may crave chips and sweet treats, but parents should encourage their children to choose healthier options.

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Exercise boosts kids’ academic ability

Promoting physical activity among young school kids can end up improving their academic performance, a new study suggests.

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Lack of sleep opens door to health problems

In his column in the Los Angeles Times, Davis Lazarus writes that “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 million Americans – more than one-quarter of the population – say they don’t get enough sleep.”

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Clinical trial finds childhood obesity can be controlled through portion size, carb cutting

Reuters reports on a Journal of Pediatrics study, which shows that parents can manage their children’s obesity by cutting portion sizes, as well as cutting carbohydrates, although the low-carb method was found to be the toughest for kids to follow.

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Study shows sleep deprivation leads to increased calorie consumption

ABC World News reported, “And in Healthy Living tonight, news for the sleep-deprived that will add insult to injury. Word that it’s not just that you’ll be squeezing into your clothes, but squeezing in while yawning. A study at the … Continue reading

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Research shows daily walk helps beat “obesity genes”

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that a study to be presented at an American Heart Association meeting “shows that people who are genetically prone to obesity can offset that influence by half by walking briskly one hour … Continue reading

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Active video games do NOT result in more exercise for kids

Color me very surprised by this, but the Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “A study finds that having active video games in the home may not translate into more exercise.”

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FDA panel recommends new weight-loss drug

A panel of experts for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a new diet drug called phentermine/topiramate [Qnexa] be approved. The recommendation comes despite concerns about heart and birth defect risks.

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Report on cholesterol screening in children still controversial

In the New York Times “Well” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes about the “Summary Report of the Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents,” which addresses the question: “What do we know … Continue reading

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THE winning diets on all counts!

The topic: What’s the best diet? The answer may surprise you and here’s information on why it should matter to you.

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Even for the overweight, exercise helps the heart

Getting and staying physically fit might help fend off heart disease even if you’ve put on a few pounds, new research suggests.

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About half of US children still have access to unhealthy vending machines at school

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that approximately “half of kids surveyed from public and private school had ready access to vending machines, snack bars, school … Continue reading

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