Weighing yourself every day could prevent weight gain, study suggests

New research tests a novel strategy for preventing holiday weight gain and proposes a psychological mechanism that explains why the strategy may work

Weighing yourself every day could prevent weight gain, study suggestsResearch shows that on average, people gain between 0.4 and 1 kilogram (kg) of weight per year. Although this may be a small amount, persistent weight gain can lead to obesity over time. Most of us are familiar with the so-called holiday weight gain. During Diwali and the festive season leading up to New Year’s […]

Vitamin D deficiency tied to gestational diabetes risk, says study

Maternal vitamin D deficiency, as early as the first trimester of pregnancy, is associated with an increased risk for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study recently published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Vitamin D deficiency tied to gestational diabetes risk, says studyJin Xia, from the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and colleagues used data from the Fetal Growth Studies-Singleton Cohort to prospectively investigate the relationship between vitamin D status during early to mid-pregnancy and GDM risk. Plasma levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and D3 and vitamin D binding protein were […]

How fasting may prevent obesity-related insulin resistance

New research adds to the mounting evidence that fasting may be helpful in the fight against obesity and its related conditions. By increasing certain proteins, the practice may protect against metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and liver disease, but the 'timing of and duration between meals' is key

How fasting may prevent obesity-related insulin resistanceThe health benefits of fasting have been the subject of much hype in recent years. More and more people now fast, not just for religious purposes but also to lose weight and boost metabolism. Restricting food intake may increase metabolic activity more than researchers used to believe, studies suggest, and the practice may even help […]

People with type 2 diabetes are at a high risk of deadly liver disease

Many patients with potentially deadly liver cirrhosis and liver cancer are being diagnosed at late advanced stages of disease, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London and the University of Glasgow

People with type 2 diabetes are at a high risk of deadly liver diseaseThe study of 18 million people across Europe also suggests the people living with type 2 diabetes are at particular risk of this ‘silent disease’ and should be monitored closely to prevent life-threatening disease progression. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects up to a quarter of people in the West and is the most common […]

Tips on how to reduce uric acid the natural way

Gout was popularly known as the king’s disease in the times of yore, for its prevalence among the rich classes who consumed expensive high-purine foods like alcohol and meat, not easily affordable to the poor. Today, these foods are common in the diet and portions need to be watched closely in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Tips on how to reduce uric acid the natural wayThis is to especially prevent diseases like gout, provided you are already at risk due to other factors such as age, bad dietary habits, alcoholism, obesity, medications containing salicylate and lead exposure, among several other pre-exising conditions. Gout, a form of arthritis, is precipitated by uric acid produced after the breakdown of chemical compounds called […]

Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese, study suggests

Children who regularly walk or cycle to school are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who travel by car or public transport, a new study finds

Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese, study suggestsBased on results from more than 2000 primary-age schoolchildren from across London, the researchers found that walking or cycling to school is a strong predictor of obesity levels, a result which was consistent across neighbourhoods, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. The results are reported in the journal BMC Public Health. The study, led by researchers from […]

Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use, finds study

Sleep in teenagers can be improved by just one week of limiting their evening exposure to light-emitting screens on phones, tablets and computers, according to findings to be presented in Lyon, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019

Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use, finds studyThe study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents can improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, after just one week. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens […]

Sugary drinks and fruit juice may increase risk of early death, says study

Most people know that sugary drinks aren’t healthy, but a new study finds fruit juices are not much better

Sugary drinks and fruit juice may increase risk of early death, says studyIn fact, consuming them regularly may help shorten your life, researchers say. “Older adults who drink more sugary beverages, which include fruit juice as well as sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages, may be at risk of dying earlier,” said study author Jean Welsh. She is an associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine in […]

Processed foods lead to weight gain, but it’s about more than calories

Processed foods lead to weight gain, but it’s about more than caloriesIn humans, researchers have reported associations between processed foods and health outcomes, such as an increased risk of developing obesity, cancer, autoimmune conditions, and even death. According to the NOVA food classification system, ultra-processed foods include soft drinks, packaged snacks, meat nuggets, frozen meals, and foods high in additives and low in unprocessed ingredients. “Previous […]

Worst foods to eat when trying to lose weight

Losing weight is a socio-physiological dilemma since foods high in calories and fats are ubiquitous, so much so that it is hard to imagine our diet without sweetened beverages and red meat

Worst foods to eat when trying to lose weightSaturated fats are high in calories with little nutritional value and are of no use to the body’s proper functioning. Self-control is the only way to stick to the mission of weight loss because even small indulgences could lead to weight gain and increase blood sugar levels. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans explain that […]
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