Posts Tagged ‘Obesity’

Knowing your heart age could help prevent CVD

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

arti_06_240x240_mar27Thanks to the identification of the common risk factors involved and national public health initiatives, heart disease deaths have almost halved over the past 40-50 years, especially in high income countries.

But “despite impressive progress, there is much still to be achieved in the prevention and management of cardiovascular care, with no room for complacency,” according to researchers.

CVD “is by far and away the leading cause of deaths worldwide,” and is “rampant” in low and middle income countries, while the surge in obesity and diabetes threatens to overturn the steady decline made in CVD prevalence, the researchers said.

And rates of heart disease continue to vary substantially depending on where a person lives and how well off s/he is.

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Simple tape measure better calculator of obesity than BMI

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

crop1_240x240_25mar14Experts have revealed that a simple tape measure can help you calculate obesity better than the lengthy and often confusing current body mass index (BMI).

Dr Jude Oben, from the Obesity Action Campaign, told Sky News that measuring waist size was a more accurate assessment of someone’s fat and less “tedious” than calculating BMI.

The fat inside your abdomen is a good indicator of your metabolic risk, and a tape measure can do the measuring, he said.

Oben said that men and women should keep their waist – measured at the level of the belly-button – below 35.5 inches and 31.5 inches respectively.

Source: ANI
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Curbing animal protein intake may up longevity

Friday, March 7th, 2014

food_240x240_mar6Two groups of researchers have claimed in two different studies that consuming high-quality animal protein in moderation is one of the keys to a long and healthy life.

The first study suggests that consuming moderate to high levels of animal protein prompts a major increase in cancer risk and mortality in middle-aged adults, while elderly individuals have the opposite result.

Meanwhile, the second team of researchers found that a high-protein, low-carb diet led to a shorter lifespan in mice. Both studies find that not all calories are created equal-diet composition and animal protein intake are key players in overall health and longevity.

University of Southern California’s Dr. Valter Longo , who is the senior author of one of the papers, said that the team studied mice and humans and provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet-particularly if the proteins are derived from animals-is nearly as bad as smoking for health.

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Halve the amount of sugar in diet: WHO

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

saf_01_240x240_feb12Under new World Health Organization guidance, people are advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diet.

The recommended sugar intake will stay at below 10 percent of total calorie intake a day, with 5 percent the target, according to the WHO.

The suggested limits apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates, the BBC reported.

UK campaigners say it is a “tragedy” that the WHO has taken 10 years to think about changing its advice.

The recommendation that sugar should account for no more than 10 percent of the calories in the diet, was passed in 2002.

It works out at about 50g a day for an adult of normal weight, the WHO said.

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Know these five numbers to keep your heart healthy

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

saf_03_240x240_feb12Apart from pass codes, phone numbers, social security numbers, clothing sizes and addresses, heart experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center suggest that there are five more you need to know to help keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

“These are the numbers doctors use to assess someone’s risk for getting heart disease, both short term and throughout their lifetime,” Dr. Martha Gulati, director of preventive cardiology and women’s cardiovascular health at Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital, said.

“When you monitor these numbers, you are empowered to work with your doctor to improve your heart health,” she said.

Gulati said that the most important numbers to know are blood pressure levels, Body Mass Index, waist circumference, cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels.

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Too much salt intake linked to obesity in adolescents

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

saltpx_24Adolescents consuming more than twice the recommended daily allowance of salt increases their high sodium intake that correlates with fatness and inflammation regardless of how many calories they consume, a new study has found.

In the study of 766 healthy teens, 97 percent self-reported exceeding the American Heart Association’s recommendation of consuming less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily.on regardless of how many calories they consume, a new study has found.

“The majority of studies in humans show the more food you eat, the more salt you consume, the fatter you are,” Dr. Haidong Zhu, molecular geneticist at the Medical College of Georgia and Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Regents University, said.

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Omega-3 may have wider range of benefits

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

463193083_240x240_27jan13A new study has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA may have an even wider range of biological impacts than previously thought, suggesting that they could be of significant value in the prevention of fatty liver disease.

The research by scientists at Oregon State University and several other institutions, was one of the first of its type to use “metabolomics,” an analysis of metabolites that reflect the many biological effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the liver.

It also explored the challenges this organ faces from the “Western diet” that increasingly is linked to liver inflammation, fibrosis, cirrhosis and sometimes liver failure.

Supplements of DHA, used at levels that are sometimes prescribed to reduce blood triglycerides, appeared to have many unanticipated effects. There were observable changes in vitamin and carbohydrate metabolism, protein and amino acid function, as well as lipid metabolism.

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Walnuts good for weight management

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

food01_240x240_jan20Nuts have gotten a bad rap for being too high in fat, but the truth about them is that nuts, especially walnuts, are a powerhouse of nutrition.

Contrary to what people believe, walnuts are actually good for weight management since an ounce of walnut contains 2.5g of omega 3 fats, 4g of protein and 2g of fibre that help provide satiety, Diabetic Living India magazine reported.

Any successful weight management plan must include the satiety factor; so walnut is undoubtedly the right food to consider if you are into a weight management programme. Despite being ‘dense in calories, walnuts can be an important tool in helping you lose weight.

These nuts can also reduce the risk of breast cancer. Eating about 28 walnut halves a day provides antioxidants and phytosterols that may help reduce the risk of the disease.

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Top 3 risk factors for child obesity identified

Monday, January 20th, 2014

food02_240x240_jan20Researchers have identified the three most significant risk factors for child obesity among preschoolers: inadequate sleep, a parental BMI that classifies the mom or dad as overweight or obese, and parental restriction of a child’s eating in order to control his weight.

“We looked at 22 variables that had previously been identified as predictors of child obesity, and the three that emerged as strong predictors did so even as we took into account the influence of the other 19. Their strong showing gives us confidence that these are the most important risk factors to address,” Brent McBride from University of Illinois said.

The researcher said that these risk factors are malleable and provide a road map for developing interventions that can lead to a possible reduction in children’s weight status.

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Good ol’ water replaces diet sodas

Monday, January 20th, 2014

food5_240x240_17jan13Good old water fast replacing diet sodas as preferred thirst quencher

Diet sodas are witnessing a marked decline in sales and are being replaced by water.

After surging in popularity for decades, concerns over chemicals they contain have disillusioned people from the fizzy drinks, resulting in a 6.8 percent decline in sales, CBS News reported.

Several drinkers are doubtful whether diet sodas help in weight loss and are shifting to water.

Source: ANI
Image: Getty Images


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