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Banning “Supersized” Sodas Is Not the Way to Solve Obesity

…establishments could no longer serve sodas that are larger than 16 ounces. One medical expert testified that large, sugar-laden sodas contribute to the obesity and diabetes crisis in our country. I agree. But creating a new law to ban the sale of large-sized sodas isn’t the answer. If they’re going to…

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Probiotics for Weight Loss?

…bacteria 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 In…

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Diabetes and Obesity

…to a rise in blood sugar. The pancreas responds by churning out more insulin, and the net result is elevated levels of both glucose and insulin. Obesity throws fuel on the fire. Adipose tissue (fat), especially in the abdominal area, releases fatty acids that impair beta-cell function and insulin sensitivity…

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Habits That Will Pack on the Pounds

We hear a lot about obesity these days, and with good reason. Over the last three decades, obesity rates have risen significantly in the United States. As I mentioned in a blog post a few weeks ago, the number of obese adult Americans is now equal to the percentage who are merely overweight—at 34…

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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. Researchers…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Surround Yourself With Support

…could be affecting your likelihood of becoming obese. In fact, researchers found that overweight people have the potential to create a ripple effect among their friends and family that are not overweight. Specifically, researchers found that obesity rate is affected by three factors: * Personal contact…

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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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Why Americans are Supersized

obese and the percentage of adults who are merely overweight (not obese) are now equal—at 34 percent each! Not only is that obesity statistic frightening, if you do the math it means that healthy weight Americans are now the minority, at just 32 percent. One of the biggest contributors to the obesity

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Diabetes and Weight

…healthy weight. One of the most significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes is obesity. Statistics show that 90 percent of all people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. In fact, the link between diabetes and obesity is so strong that it’s led to the coining of a new term, diabesity. Where you store…

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6 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

…or support your health, and why supplementing with vitamin D is so important. * Abdominal obesity. Research has shown that vitamin D blood levels are inversely associated with excess weight and abdominal obesity. That is, the lower the blood level of vitamin D the more likely a person is to carry excess…

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Caffeine Withdrawal...A Mental Disorder?!?

…for 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 Help * Antioxidants and other compounds in coffee have positive effects on inflammation, platelet aggregation, blood flow, and…

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Metabolic Syndrome

…-1980s by Stanford University researcher Gerald Reaven, MD, metabolic syndrome, initially called syndrome X, is a cluster of disorders that includes obesity, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol (often referred to as “good” cholesterol since it ushers excess cholesterol out…

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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 cancer to the list. A new study presented at The American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference showed that nearly 50,000 new cases of breast cancer per year, and over 40…

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Natural Treatments for Osteoarthritis

…America. 4 Natural Treatments for Arthritis * Lose weight. Obesity does a number on the joints. Every 10 pounds of extra weight loads an additional 30–60 pounds of force on your knees when you walk. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, obesity even increases the risk of arthritis in the hands. I understand…

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Research Pain Medication Manufacturers Won't Tell You About

…bucks" off the American obesity crisis... Newly presented research at the EFIC Congress in Hamburg, Germany—a pain research organization—showed that obese people experience significantly higher levels of pain than those who are normal weight. In one study involving obese rats, the researchers demonstrated…

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Weight Loss Tip: It's All About Fiber

…overweight or obese, as are a third of our children. Unfortunately, our appetite for calorie-laden foods may be exceeded only by our susceptibility to fad diets that promise quick weight loss. Folks, these diets and magical fat-burning foods are not solutions to our epidemic of obesity. If you want to…

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Diabetes Can Affect Your Liver

…MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 If you are living with diabetes, you should know that the health of your liver may be at risk. People with diabetes, especially those who are obese, are at particular risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can progress to serious scarring of the liver. Therefore, I suggest that…

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Achieve a Healthy Weight With Irvingia gabonensis

…signals 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 marker of…

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4 Natural Type 2 Diabetes Treatments

…, some researchers found that overweight and obese diabetic patients who exercised and ate a low-glycemic diet for three weeks reduced their diabetic medication requirements by 86 percent! * Lose weight. It’s no secret that type 2 diabetes and obesity go hand in hand. That’s why achieving and maintaining…

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