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Abdominal Fat Causes Osteoporosis

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
  Abdominal fat causes inflammation and osteoporosis. So the metabolic syndrome is associated with bone thinning as well as insulin resistance, hypertension, elevated triglycerides and fat storage. It is very important to avoid sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, and to exercise to lose abdominal fat. Lifestyle is important medicine. Addendum: Since...

Are Carbohydrates Important When Losing Weight?

submitted by: admin on 05/16/2015
When we're young we handle carbohydrates better than when we're older. However, excessive carbohydrate intake even in childhood is a bad idea. The risk for metabolic syndrome goes up proportionately as we consume more carbs, especially simple sugars.                

Belly Fat is Dangerous in People with a Normal Weight

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Even people with a normal weight who have excess belly fat are at 2.75 times the risk for cardiovascular death and 2.1 times the risk of all cause mortality according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Information from the NHANES study showed that an abnormal waist to hip ratio is a powerful predictive statistic. Abdominal fat is correlated with the...

Cooking with Dry Heat may Cause Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  A study published in the August issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that diets high in methylglyoxal, which is produced by dry heat, caused mice to develop early insulin resistance and increased body fat over four generations. This did not happen in the control mice not fed methylglyoxal. The abdominal fat in these mice...

Diets: Which One is Right For You?

submitted by: admin on 10/29/2017
There are so many diets out there that it is very confusing to know which diet is right for each of us. We are all different and we have different metabolic needs. In general we eat too many carbohydrates, especially high fructose corn syrup and it leads to obesity and diabetes. Your needs depend on who you are and what your health issues are. You may need to...

Diuretics, Hypertension, and Side Effects

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
How diuretics work in hypertension and their benefits, side effects, and problems are discussed. The ALLHAT study in JAMA in 2002 reviewed all classes of anti-hypertensives and made recommendations about the most intelligent choices for treatment. All drugs have problems; this is why lifestyle management becomes the most attractive approach for treatment because...

Does Smoking Cause Weight Gain

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2014
Many people fear quitting smoking because they fear gaining weight. We've all seen this happen. But, does smoking cause weight gain?  To the surprise of many, smoking does cause weight gain. Quitting smoking also causes weight gain!  A study from BYU published in the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Physiology documents...

Fructose is Alcohol without the Buzz

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and table sugar (sucrose) are both made of glucose and fructose. HFCS contains glucose and fructose as single sugars and sucrose contains them connected together (as a double sugar or disaccharide). HFCS may contain as much as 55% fructose as opposed to sucrose, which has 50% each. Many scientists believe that both sucrose...

Gut Microbes Linked to Weight and Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the August 2012 issue of PLoS a study showing that there are at least 26 species of bacteria linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome traits such as body mass, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels, CRP, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. We know that many...

HDL Cholesterol is Not Always Protective

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
The Framingham Study showed that for every rise of 1 mg/dL of HDL cholesterol, there was a 2% drop in the risk of an MI. However, not all HDL cholesterol is protective. HDL's protective effect depends on the environment in which it exists. In premenopausal women, generally HDL is protective. However, in postmenopausal women who have the metabolic syndrome...

How Artificial Sweeteners Cause Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/30/2014
According to the October 2014 issue of the journal, Nature, artificial sweeteners such as saccharine, Splenda, and Nutrasweet (aspartame) cause changes in the human microbiome (intestinal microflora) that lead to glucose intolerance (insulin resistance) within one week in more than half of the subjects of a small study. When stool from these people was tranplanted...

How to Lose Weight on a High Fat Diet

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  Research from the University of Jerusalem published in FASEB shows that a scheduled high fat diet leads to weight loss because of increased fat burning. Snacking upsets this process. A previous study published in Cell Metabolism in early 2012 showed that feeding rats the same number of calories over 24 hours rather than over 8 hours also led to weight...

Insomnia as a Cause Of Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Lack of sleep leads to a rise in cortisol and insulin resistance, which leads to the development of type 2 diabetes. We know that just missing one night's sleep can increase insulin resistance and if we miss a week of sleep most of us develop type 2 diabetes. Lack of sleep also leads to leptin resistance and nocturnal feeding.

Never Be Fat Again with Raymond Francis

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
There is a pandemic of obesity and diets will not solve the problem because they are not scientifically sound. Our cells know what they need in our diet and if they don't get it they send messages to our appetite center saying eat. However, what we eat is not what we need; it is fast food that is relatively devoid of the nutrients we need. Environmental toxins...

Obesity and Cognitive Function in Teens

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  A study by NYU Med School researchers and published in the August 2012 issue of Pediatrics showed that the metabolic syndrome in adolescents is associated with cognitive and brain impairments. These students had lower scores in math, reading, spelling, attention span, and mental flexibility. The impairments were generally more severe than in adults...

Pollution and Obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Environmental pollutants can cause obesity! Toxic chemicals cause inflammation and inflammation causes insulin resistance and leptin resistance. This combination increases our appetite and our tendency to store fat, and that leads to gaining weight.

Prescriptions For Health Radio Show: May 6, 2011

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
Prescriptions for Health Radio Show May 6, 2011Dr. Len and Nurse VIcki explore the following topics: The influence of salt in primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes Intestinal microflora types Diet for diabetics: The ketogenic diet Insomnia causes type 2 diabetes Why night owls tend to put on weight Ideal blood sugars increase mortality in people...

Preview, Diabetes Intro

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
Diabetes is a disease where there is defective energy production because of insulin resistance. The physiology of the metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and the role of insulin and sugar levels are discussed. Risk factors and complications are reviewed. Treatment options are presented.

Sodas Linked to Stroke

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
The April of 2012 publication of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that a greater consumption of sugar-sweetened and low calorie sodas is linked to a higher risk for stroke. Soft drinks have been associated with weight gain, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gout and coronary artery disease. Those people consuming the most...

Sugar Makes You Stupid

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
  Binging on food with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for 6 weeks may make you stupid. Studies on rats published in the May 2012 Journal of Physiology showed that HFCS over this time period was associated with slow brain function and hampered memory and learning abilities. What you eat affects how you think! Previous studies showed that fructose increases...