Obesity

Could Your Gut Bacteria Signal Diabetes?

…diabetes isn’t surprising since we know that the microbial milieu in individuals with asthma, inflammatory and irritable bowel disease, and obesity is markedly different from that of healthy people. Differences are also seen in psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and mood disorders. Although this…

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5 Weight Loss Myths, Debunked!

There’s no question that there's an obesity epidemic in America. More than half of the women, almost two-thirds of the men, and a quarter of the children in our country are overweight, giving us the dubious distinction of being the fattest country on the planet. How did we get so out of…

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Help for Gallstones

…dangerous side effect of gallbladder surgery. Natural Therapies for Gallstones Fortunately, there are several natural therapies for gallstones. Obesity increases risk of gallstones. So if weight is an issue, try to lose some. If you have constipation, take steps to correct it, for that also raises…

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Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

…these findings are preliminary, they further support the theory that fructose may actually be a bigger culprit than glucose in our epidemics of obesity and diabetes. * Raises risk of metabolic syndrome. Excessive fructose consumption is clearly linked with metabolic syndrome, as it boosts virtually…

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Another Reason to Avoid Sodas

…high-fructose corn syrup or artificial chemical sweeteners, which have both been linked to a wide range of health concerns, ranging from diabetes and obesity to metabolic syndrome and gout. But another dangerous ingredient lurks in those effervescent cola drinks, such as Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, and Coke:…

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Snoring: Mere Nuisance or Real Health Problem?

…resistance. Severe sleep apnea confers a five-fold increased risk of diabetes. Obesity, a related condition, is also associated with sleep apnea, although the exact relationship is harder to figure out since obesity is a primary cause of sleep apnea as well. Erectile problems, immune dysfunction,…

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The Many Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…oils. This debacle ushered in the trans fat era and intensified the low-fat/high-carb craze that has been a significant driver of our epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Coconut oil does raise cholesterol—but it increases HDL cholesterol, which is a good thing because a high HDL level reduces…

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Achieve a Healthy Weight With Irvingia gabonensis

…satiety and the breakdown of stored fat. You’d expect thin people to have robust levels of leptin, and they do. But, surprisingly, levels in obese people are often sky high. That’s because overweight individuals also have elevations in C-reactive protein (CRP). In addition to being a…

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Little-Known Health Benefits of Probiotics

…and other inflammatory bowel diseases. * Obesity. Research suggests that probiotics may help fight the battle of the bulge. The bacteria that reside in your intestinal tract are involved in nutrient uptake and energy regulation. Studies reveal that in obese humans and animals, these bacteria extract…

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Treating Hot Flashes With Weight Loss

…San Francisco have found that effectively treating hot flashes can be as simple as losing some weight. They followed a subgroup of overweight or obese menopausal women enrolled in an incontinence study who reported having bothersome hot flashes. Two-thirds of these women were instructed on healthy…

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Debunking the Myth About Daily Weigh-Ins

…HealthWorks trial, which studied the effects of environmental changes in the workplace on the body weight among adult workers. What they found is that obese people were more likely to weigh themselves regularly and they lost an average of 9.7 pounds during a two-year period. Meanwhile, normal weight…

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Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol

…of the statin drug Crestor, decided to pay for a reanalysis of the JUPITER study. In that study, the researchers found that only those who were obese or had high blood sugar got diabetes from statin drugs—and that it was perfectly safe for those with no diabetes risk factors. Folks, this…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Let the Sun Shine In

…vitamin are inversely associated with insulin resistance, diabetes, blood pressure, and according to recent research, excess weight and abdominal obesity. Have your vitamin D blood level tested, and if it’s not in the 50–80 ng/mL range, take enough supplemental vitamin D3 to get it…

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Benefits of Bergamot

…other mechanisms of action that contribute to its lipid-lowering effects. It reduces triglyceride accumulation in the liver, a problem common in obese people, and it binds cholesterol to bile acids, which increases its excretion in the intestinal tract. Bergamot Helps Keep Your Arteries Healthy…

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The Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocados

…the heart is lower cholesterol levels. In a study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Heart Association, overweight or obese patients who modified their diets to include moderate fats including an avocado a day experienced an average 13.5 mg/dL drop in their “bad”…

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Manage Diabetes with Exercise

Believe it or not, one-third of Americans are obese, and obesity, particularly in the abdominal area, is a well-established diabetes risk factor. When you exercise, your muscles’ energy requirements increase dramatically—they need ready access to glucose, which fuels the hungry muscle…

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Why Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work

…constant “fat-burning” mode. You see, people who eat a lot of fat and carbohydrates together often produce excessive amounts of insulin. Obesity, particularly in the abdominal area, is a marker for elevated levels of insulin in the blood and for insulin resistance, which encourages the…

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Type 2 Diabetes Is No Longer an Adult Disease

…However, in recent years, the occurrence of the disease in children has grown at epidemic rates. Fueled by today’s rise in childhood obesity, the CDC estimates that 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes, while the overall number of people living with diabetes continues…

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Calcium for Weight Control

Numerous studies link a high calcium intake with a reduced risk of obesity. That’s because calcium deficiencies stimulate the release of hormones that not only help convert calcium, but also promote fat storage and retard fat burning. But does getting extra calcium help with weight loss?…

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