Posts Tagged ‘Sugar’

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.


Sugary drinks may have negative impact on brain

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Sugary drinks may have a negative impact on the brain, a new study has revealed.

According to the study conducted on rats, apart from weight gain, sugar-sweetened drinks might also lead to changes in the brain that have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia, the Washington Post reported.

The research on how sugary drinks affect proteins in the brain showed that 20 per cent of the proteins produced in a brain region related to decision-making were different in rats that drank sugary drinks from those of rats that had been given water.

Jane Franklin of the behavioral neuropharmacology lab at Macquarie University, who carried out the new analysis with Jennifer Cornish, found that the rats which were given the sugary drink were significantly more hyperactive, which is a physical sign that something unusual is happening in the brain.


Diabetic patients should avoid fruit juice: Dr. Manisha Talim

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Dr. Manisha Talim is currently affiliated to Shushrusha Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai as a Diabetologist.

She has also lectured patients on Diabetes Awareness and conducted several diabetes awareness camps as well.

Dr.Talim answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

last month blood test for diabatic on fasting test i.e.16-08-2013 report show me 110.. he precribed me daily tablets two times after meals please kindly advice me and how can prevented diabetics
Have u done post lunch sugar and hba1c tests also? U should

Is there a diet which could help in putting on weight for a person with diabetes?
If sugars are high,it can cause weight loss and some diabetes medication also.It is important to ascertain cause of weight loss first


It’s official! Soft drinks are hazardous to health

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Zero-calorie beverages can mess with your metabolism, and affect the way in which your body processes sugars, according to a study.

The report says that artificially sweetened beverages are not only associated with bad health effects similar to those linked with consuming regular soda – but could even have worse long term health effects.

Lead author Susan Swithers of the department of psychological sciences and ingestive behavior research center at Purdue University, told that in lots of ways, the artificial sweeteners have got the benefit of the doubt, as they don’t have any calories.

Based on an analysis, Swithers and her team predicted that artificial sweeteners can train people’s brains and bodies to react differently when something sweet is tasted.


Sugar overload can damage heart

Monday, June 17th, 2013

A study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has found that too much sugar can lead to heart failure.

A single small molecule, the glucose metabolite glucose 6-phosphate (G6P), causes stress to the heart that changes the muscle proteins and induces poor pump function leading to heart failure, according to the study.

G6P can accumulate from eating too much starch and/or sugar.

“Treatment is difficult. Physicians can give diuretics to control the fluid, and beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors to lower the stress on the heart and allow it to pump more economically,” Heinrich Taegtmeyer, M.D., D.Phil., principal investigator and professor of cardiology at the UTHealth Medical School, said.

“But we still have these terrible statistics and no new treatment for the past 20 years,” the researcher said.


Panchamruth-The five health boosters

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Panch meaning five and amruth meaning a nectar for immorality — panchamruth, the traditional prasad, given out during poojas — typically uses five ingredients, which are all mighty good for your health!

Panchamruth — Ingredients:

COW’s MILK – 1 cup

We all know it’s super healthy! It has calcium, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and minerals.

YOGHURT – 1 cup


Large lunch and small dinner ‘key to slim body’

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Researchers have claimed that if a person wants to keep his body slim then his lunch should be the biggest meal of the day while dinner should be the lightest.

According to research, the body’s ability to make use of the sugar in food fluctuates throughout the day, in tune with the body’s own clock.

And if this is disturbed then it is easy to put on weight.

The US researchers studied mice but they believe that people can benefit from timing their meals to be in tune their body clock.

Professor Carl Johnson, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, carefully measured levels of insulin – a hormone which plays a key role in the conversion of the sugar in our food into energy – and found that rather than amounts of insulin staying relatively constant over time, there was a clear pattern, with the animals finding it harder to deal with sugar when they’d usually be asleep.


Too much sugary and fatty food can weaken your bones

Monday, December 24th, 2012

High-fat, high-sugar foods not only cause obesity and promote heart disease, but they can also contribute to conditions like osteoporosis by weakening bones, according to researchers.

If this trend continues, this overlooked ‘silent robber’ will begin to cripple large numbers of at-risk baby boomers, said researchers at the University of Michigan and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute.

While this high-fat, high-sugar diet trend and the subsequent risk of osteoporosis are climbing frighteningly fast, there’s hope, said Ron Zernicke, dean of U-M’s School of Kinesiology and a professor of orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering.

The medical community and the public can reverse this trend by confronting the problem head-on and immediately, through diet, exercise and, in some cases, medication.


Ending fatty habits may cause withdrawal symptoms and depression

Friday, December 14th, 2012

A new study has found that eating fatty and sugary foods causes chemical changes in the brain even before obesity occurs, suggesting that going on a diet might be similar to going through drug withdrawal.

The study was conducted by Dr. Stephanie Fulton of the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated CRCHUM Hospital Research Centre.

“By working with mice, whose brains are in many ways comparable to our own, we discovered that the neurochemistry of the animals who had been fed a high fat, sugary diet were different from those who had been fed a healthy diet,” Fulton explained.

“The chemicals changed by the diet are associated with depression. A change of diet then causes withdrawal symptoms and a greater sensitivity to stressful situations, launching a vicious cycle of poor eating,” she stated.


Soft drinks make it harder to lose weight

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Avoid soft drinks, as they could alter the way your body burns fuel and make it harder still to lose weight, says a study.

“This study proves our concerns over sugary drinks have been correct. Not only can regular sugar intake acutely change our body metabolism,” said Hans-Peter Kubis of Britain’s Bangor University, who led the research.

“In fact, it seems that our muscles are able to sense the sugars and make our metabolism more inefficient, not only in the present but in the future as well,” Kubis added.

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The researcher warned that soft drinks can compromise long-term health and advised people to substitute it with plain water instead.


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