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Comparison of weight loss diets [Dec. 8th, 2009|12:48 am]
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Comment from Dr. Vivian Fonseca about the study published in New England Journal of Medicine referenced below:

"Controversy rages about the merits of different fashionable diets, contrasting with the somewhat conservative approach of the various guidelines. Various competing claims for diets also lead to confusion for patients. This long term study helps to put some of those arguments to rest. In this study, the primary outcome was the change in body weight after 2 years with comparisons of low fat versus high fat and average protein versus high protein and also compared the results of the highest and lowest carbohydrate content. However, the calorie content was the same in all the diets. Education about lifestyle change in groups was an important component of the strategy used. Among the 80% of participants who completed the trial, the average weight loss was 4 kg; 14 to 15% of the participants had a reduction of at least 10% of their initial body weight. There was no difference in weight lost among the different diets. Thus, reduced-calorie diets result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasize. This results is very reassuring and gives patients many options in tailoring the content of a reduced calorie diet."
Vivian Fonseca, MD

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Fasting Not Required for Cholesterol Test [Nov. 23rd, 2009|12:03 pm]
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Cholesterol tests are used as a key part of assessing a patient's risk of cardiovascular problems. Fasting has been recommended as it had been thought the body needed enough time to digest food in the system and to clear any fatty particles from the blood. This was in order to produce an accurate reading of so-called "bad" cholesterol -- or low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

However, Naveed Sattar, Professor of Metabolic Medicine and Chris Packard, an Honorary Professor in Developmental Medicine, both of the University of Glasgow, together with researchers from the University of Cambridge, found that test results were just as accurate without fasting.


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Moving Forward with Oral Insulin [Nov. 23rd, 2009|12:01 pm]
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Danish drugmaker Novo, the world's biggest insulin maker, stated that it is making progress in developing a tablet form of the drug -- a holy grail of diabetes therapy.

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Reduction in heat-processing of foods reduces risk of chronic disease [Nov. 5th, 2009|01:24 pm]
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Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine report that cutting back on the consumption of processed and fried foods, which are high in toxins called Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs), can reduce inflammation and actually help restore the body's natural defenses regardless of age or health status. These benefits are present even without changing caloric or nutrient intake. The findings, published in the October/November issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, provide a simple dietary intervention that could result in weight loss and have significant impact on several epidemic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.

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The Calorie-Restriction Experiment [Oct. 13th, 2009|03:27 pm]
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AS AMERICANS become fatter and fatter — a study published in July revealed that obesity rates increased in 23 states last year and declined in none — a select group of men and women under the watchful care of medical professionals have spent the past few years becoming thinner and thinner. There are 132 of them, located in and around Boston, St. Louis and Baton Rouge, La. All are enrolled in a large clinical trial that is financed by the National Institutes of Health and known as Calerie, which stands for Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy.

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Mediterranean Diet May Fight Depression [Oct. 12th, 2009|01:25 pm]
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A new study suggests people who follow a traditional Mediterranean diet, rich in foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, and fish, may be less likely to develop depression.

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A New Way to Inhale, Not Inject, Insulin [Oct. 12th, 2009|01:22 pm]
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Device May Let Diabetics Inhale, Not Inject, Insulin - NYTimes.com



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Treating mild gestational diabetes found worthwhile [Oct. 1st, 2009|01:52 pm]
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Treating even mild forms of gestational diabetes helps cut the number of Cesarean sections and other serious problems that can occur when women carry larger-than-average babies, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

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Physical activity, fitness and fatness: relations to mortality, morbidity and disease risk factors. [Sep. 25th, 2009|05:05 pm]
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" ... The data indicate that the risk for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality was lower in individuals with high BMI and good aerobic fitness, compared with individuals with normal BMI and poor fitness. In contrast, having high BMI even with high physical activity was a greater risk for the incidence of type 2 diabetes and the prevalence of cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors, compared with normal BMI with low physical activity. The conclusions of the present review may not be applicable to individuals with BMI > 35."

Obesity Reviews

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