Home-based Weight Management Program Benefits both Children and Parents

Pediatric obesity is difficult to treat, particularly if the parents also have weight problems and lifestyle habits that are less than healthy. This study shows that an in-home weight management program improves the health of not only the child, but also the child’s parents, according to a study published inRead …

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Common Food Preservative, Propionate, Triggers Insulin Resistance in Humans, says Harvard Study

Harvard scientists warn that a short-chain fatty acid, used as a potent inhibitor of molds in food production, could be a trigger that leads to insulin resistance. Consumption of propionate, a food ingredient that’s widely used in baked goods, animal feeds, and artificial flavorings, appears to increase levels of severalRead …

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Physical Activity Maintains Weight Loss More than Diet

A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus revealed physical activity does more to maintain substantial weight loss than diet. The study, published in the March issue of Obesity, was selected as the Editor’s Choice article. The objectiveRead …

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White mulberry, white bean, and green coffee lowers glucose spikes and insulin peaks after high-carb meals

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Lowering glucose spikes through diet alone to prevent metabolic disorders can be a challenge because of patient compliance. As this recent study shows, there is increasing evidence that low-glycemic index and low-glycemic load dietary patterns may play a role in preventing disorders such as overweight, obesity, glucose intolerance, pre-diabetes, diabetes,Read …

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Eight-hours of Eating with 16-hour Fasting May be an Effective Weight-Loss Plan

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Intermittent fasting is gaining in popularity as a weight loss plan and a way to reduce chronic illness. The most popular of such diets is the 5:2 diet, with 5 days of regular eating followed by 2 days of strict fast. Though it might be effective, sticking to such aRead …

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Three Study Summaries on Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Chronic Disease

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Below are three peer-reviewed studies showing the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids in addressing chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Study 1: DHA, EPA, and GLA for Rheumatoid Arthritis Researchers evaluated the effects of supplemented marine polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) supplying DHA and EPA,Read …

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Retrain the Brain for Healthier Eating

Can your patients learn to like healthy food?  Or after years of making poor food choices, are they programmed to crave fatty, sugary foods forever? A new but small study, by Tufts University, shows that is may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthier foods over processed high

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Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Diabetes

Pink, yellow, or blue? Each of these non-caloric sweeteners may be contributing to the global epidemic of diabetes. The study published in Nature today (Sept. 17, 2014), shows the non-nutritive sweeteners, saccharin, sucralose and aspartame, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease. The mechanism is surprising: these no-calorie sweeteners change the composition and function of gut microbiota. The researchers found the results so compelling they went so far as to call for a reassessment of non-nutritive sweeteners. By Eran Segal, Eran Elinav, published in Nature, Sept. 17, 2014.

Group-dietary Intervention and Gestational Weight Gain Among Obese Women

Obese women can have control over their weight gain during pregnancy using conventional weight loss techniques, according to a new study in Obesity. Interventions include attending weekly group support meetings, seeking advice about nutrition and diet, and keeping food and exercise journals. Results of the Healthy Moms study also show that obese women who limit their weight gain during pregnancy are less likely to have large-for-gestational age babies, which can complicate delivery and increase the baby’s risk of becoming obese later in life. By Kimberly K Vesco et al, published in Obesity, Aug. 28, 2014.

Yerba Mate May be Beneficial for Obesity & Insulin Resistance

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Yerba Mate, a dietary supplement and popular coffee and tea shop beverage, may be beneficial for improving diet-induced adiposity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and hepatic steatosis. In the first animal study of its type, published in J. of Medicinal Food, researchers examined the effects and potential underlying mechanisms of long-term supplementationRead …

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