Availability of sugar raises prevalence of diabetes: Study

Obesity isn’t driving the worldwide pandemic of Type 2 diabetes as much as the rising consumption of sugar — largely in the form of sweetened sodas.

A worldwide analysis has shown that regardless of sugars effect on obesity, the ebb and flow of sugar in a country’s diet strongly influences the diabetes rate there.

 

 

 

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How diet affects brain function revealed in studies

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New studies just released explore the neurological component of dietary disorders, uncovering evidence that the brain’s biological mechanisms may contribute to significant public health challenges — obesity, diabetes, binge eating, and the allure of the high-calorie meal. The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.

 

 

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New federal obesity statistics show Mississippi fattest, Colorado thinnest

The rate for the South was 29.5%, followed by the Midwest at 29%, the Northeast at 25.3% and the West at 24.3%.

On Monday, the federal government released its “obesity map”, outlining the rates of obesity and how rates in the states compare. Colorado gets the svelte bragging rights, with 20.7% of its adults obese. At the other end of the scale is Mississippi, with a rate of 34.9%.

 

 

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Top 5 fitness trends from the IDEA World Fitness Convention

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Elaine LaLanne and Dr. Pam Peeke keynote speaker, doing pushups during the IDEA Convention.

The IDEA World Fitness Convention got together 6000 fitness professionals from around the world.  For three days they listened to expert lectures, attended workshops, workouts, panels and a trade show.  From this you get the latest in exercise, nutrition and fitness and 5 of the latest fitness trends.

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Your brain on diet soda: How artificial sweeteners trick your brain

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Sugar substitutes used in diet beverages actually change how our brains’ reward areas work.

There are some major loopholes in the New York soda ban measure that critics have pointed out. For example, convenience stores would still be free to sell large, sugary drinks. Also exempt from the bill are sweetened alcoholic beverages. Researchers that Mayor Bloomberg cited think the whole thing might backfire. But the biggest omission in the New York soda ban has to do with an entirely other class of fizzy, sweetened drink: diet sodas.

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Americans waste more than a billion gallons of gas every year because of obesity

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For every additional pound of passenger weight, the United States uses up another 39 million gallons of fuel each year.

Obesity raises health costs as we all know with more frequent visits to the hospital, more prescription drugs, and a greater risk for developing diseases like diabetes.  What is less known are the economic costs of obesity.  What are increased costs obesity puts on the public infrastructure, the GDP or on the federal deficit?

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Study: Mom’s obesity linked to kids’ autism and development

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Kids born to obese moms are more likely to diagnosed with autism.

Kids born to obese women are more likely to be diagnosed with autism or related developmental delays than the children of slimmer moms according to a new study of moms and children in California.

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Why sitting for just a couple hours is bad for your health

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Prolonged sitting is bad for your health.

A fascinating study was published by SBRN member David Dunstan and colleagues in Australia, which examined the acute (e.g. short-term) impact of uninterrupted sitting on metabolic health.  In this new study, individuals with overweight or obesity were asked to perform 3 separate conditions in random order. (Videos)

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Body Mass Index understates the true obesity crisis: Study

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‘Baloney Mass Index’ can give false readings.

According to a new study, the obesity problem in the U.S is far worse than previously thought.  Researchers found 39 per cent of Americans currently classed as slightly overweight using the Body Mass Index calculator are actually obese.

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Scientists discover sixth basic taste the human tongue can detect – fat

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The researchers hope their discovery can be exploited to combat obesity by increasing people’s sensitivity to fat in their food.

Scientists thought the human tongue could detect only four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salt and bitter. Then a fifth was discovered, “umami” or savory. Now, researchers have identified a previously-unrecognized “sixth taste” – fat.

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Eating less helps the brain stay young: study

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Eating less turns on a molecule that helps the brain stay young.

Overeating can cause brain aging while eating less turns on a molecule that helps the brain stay young.  Researchers at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome have discovered that a molecule, called CREB1, is triggered by “caloric restriction” (low caloric diet) in the brain of mice. They found that CREB1 activates many genes linked to longevity and to the proper functioning of the brain.

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