Obesity

Diabesity Challenge Tip: Thank You and Keep Up the Great Work

…in my Diabesity Challenge. More important, I hope you’ve have terrific success! As the challenge ends, our battle with diabetes and obesity does not. If you know someone who has problems with weight or blood sugar control, please encourage them to follow my mini-fast with exercise…

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Are Environmental Toxins Increasing Your Belly Fat?

…toll on our health, causing a wide range of problems from asthma and autism to heart attacks and cancer. Now, a new study published in the journal Obesity found that there’s a connection between the common environmental toxin PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) and higher amounts of abdominal fat.…

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Probiotics for Weight Loss?

…that reside in your intestinal tract, known as the gut microbiota, are involved in nutrient uptake and energy regulation. Studies show that in obese humans and animals, the microbiota extract and absorb more calories from food and store them in fat cells. Research on Probiotics for Weight Loss…

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Preventing Cancer Can Be As Easy As Standing Up

We’ve long known that too much sitting and not enough activity can lead to obesity and diabetes—and now we can add increased cancer risk to the list. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, nearly 50,000 new cases of breast cancer per year, and over 40,000 cases of colon…

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Dietary Sugar Intake: How to Manage It

…can be found in most health food stores and through several online retailers. Now it’s your turn: Have you found ways to reduce or eliminate your sugar intake? You May Also Be Interested In: * The Obesity Epidemic: Habits That Will Pack on the Pounds * Another Reason to Avoid Sodas

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Caffeine Withdrawal...A Mental Disorder?!?

…type 2 diabetes. * A high coffee intake reduces the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease—another common condition found in people with obesity and diabetes. Heart Health Benefits of Coffee and Caffeine * Antioxidants and other compounds in coffee have positive effects on inflammation,…

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Could Your Personal Care Products Be Causing Diabetes?

We know that obesity contributes to diabetes. But could your soap, hair spray, moisturizer, or nail polish also cause you to develop diabetes? New research published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that women have higher concentrations of phthalate metabolites in their urine than men.…

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The Weight Loss Secret the Diet Industry Won't Tell You About

…is that new research shows that the benefits of exercise can actually reprogram your brain so you won’t overeat. New research published in Obesity Reviews shows that when we’re surrounded by food ads and high-calorie temptations, our inhibitory control caves. Inhibitory control is the…

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Beware of Liver Disease

…hepatitis, but nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Afflicting roughly one in four Americans, it is not caused by alcohol or a virus, but by obesity and insulin resistance—and at least half of all type 2 diabetics are affected. NAFLD is a progressive disease marked by three distinct…

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10 Healthy Snacks You Won't See Advertised on TV

Let’s face it: obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic proportions in our country. You may hear a segment about that on the news, usually followed by a commercial for a high-calorie, fat-laden snack. Those packaged products are cheap to make and sell—and the companies that make them…

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Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

…of weight most commonly in the abdominal area. Excess weight is a known factor in insulin resistance. In fact, the link between diabetes and obesity is so strong that it’s led to the coining of a new term, diabesity. * Most people with type 2 diabetes are inactive. Exercise enhances insulin…

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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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Heal Your Body With Thermotherapy

…Japanese researchers tested the benefits of thermotherapy in patients with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity by treating them with two-week courses of 15 minutes of infrared sauna followed by 30 minutes under a warm blanket. Significant improvements were…

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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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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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