Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance, finds study

Obesity alters cells in ways that can lead to long-term health problems. Examples of obesity-induced cell changes include inflammation and damage to metabolic functions, such as the ability to use insulin and make energy

Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance, finds studyNow, new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign and other institutions has shown that extract of cocoa bean shells contains three compounds that could potentially reduce or prevent some of these cell changes. Cocoa, green tea, and coffee also contain the same three compounds, which are: protocatechuic acid, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. A […]

Muscle-building protein shakes may threaten health, finds study

The protein shakes that health supplement stores sell, which people sometimes buy as a dietary aid to build muscle mass, may not actually be safe for health in the long run according to a new study in mice

Muscle-building protein shakes may threaten health, finds studyMany fitness protein powders that are commercially available consist primarily of whey proteins, which contain high levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). BCAAs, which are three essential amino acids called leucine, valine, and isoleucine, are meant to help increase muscle mass in people who are interested in bodybuilding, though some scientists believe this claim to […]

Here’s why orthopaedic shoes may not really be good for our feet

New research has made a surprising finding about the function and effects of foot calluses, leading investigators to question how good orthopaedic shoes really are for foot health

Here’s why orthopaedic shoes may not really be good for our feetHumans – that is to say, our modern ancestors, Homo sapiens – have been around for at least 195,000 years. Yet, it was only maybe 40,000 years ago that our species invented footwear. Anthropologists understand that, up until that point, humans and their predecessors had no way of protecting their feet, other than naturally formed […]

Coffee burns calories, promotes weight loss reveal researchers

Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate 'brown fat', the body's own fat-fighting defences, which could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetes

Coffee burns calories, promotes weight loss reveal researchersToday’s modern world has made us into coffee-crazed fanatics. With quick turnaround times, approaching deadlines and instantaneous results, getting left behind on the daily report is the last thing we want, and coffee is one of the few drinks that can help us stay awake long enough to send that email. But between all this […]

How lack of sleep harms circulation

Scientists have long been aware of the relationship between insufficient sleep and poor cardiovascular health. However, exactly how the lack of adequate sleep can harm circulation has remained unclear. A new study now uncovers some of the potential mechanisms

How lack of sleep harms circulationOne aspect of health that a person’s quality of sleep can influence is cardiovascular health. For example, research findings from the start of this year showed that sleeping for less than 6 hours per night rather than for 7–8 hours could increase a person’s risk of atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside […]

Smoking and drinking alcohol raise the risk of osteoporosis, reveals study

Osteoporosis is usually an age-related disease that makes our bones brittle, but new research suggests that drinking and smoking can greatly increase the risk of developing it

Smoking and drinking alcohol raise the risk of osteoporosis, reveals studyDrinking alcohol can cause a lot of problems down the line. Of course, there’s no denying the pleasurable effects of alcohol, which only increase the more you drink it. Unfortunately, every part of your body is affected negatively by too much drinking, especially the brain and liver. On the other hand, there’s smoking, which is […]

Can diabetes influence cancer’s spread? Researchers find the answers

People with diabetes tend to have a higher risk of developing certain additional medical conditions, including problems with eyesight, heart disease, and other cardiovascular problems. Now, emerging evidence also suggests that diabetes could elevate the risk of tumours metastasising, or spreading, in cancer

Can diabetes influence cancer’s spread? Researchers find the answersSome researchers argue that there may be a direct link between having diabetes and exposure to an increased risk of metastasis in cancer. New research validates this idea, explaining how diabetes can elevate this risk. Recently, a team of researchers from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has explored the potential mechanisms underlying the relationship […]

Scientist develop skin patch to combat obesity

A research team in Singapore has successfully developed a skin patch made up of hundreds of micro-needles which will help people to lose lots of weight in a short time. The patch targets problem areas such as belly fat and is designed to cut down on adipose tissue formation toning down the stomach

Scientist develop skin patch to combat obesityScientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a skin patch that can convert potentially harmful white fat into energy-burning brown fat. In a recent study published in the journal Small Methods, the researchers reveal how the patch reduced fat mass and weight gain over 4 weeks in mice fed a high-fat diet. […]