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Certain fats lower the risk for diabetes.

There are numerous studies documenting the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. However some estimates using food frequency questionnaires have associated omega 3 fat with a higher incidence of diabetes.   The research reviewed investigated for that reason the relationship between omega 3 fatty acid measurements in 3,088 men and women and [...]

Abdominal fat and fiber intake

Excessive abdominal fat is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and we are better off with a slim waist.

This type of fat accumulates around organs (visceral fat) and is involved in the production of low grade inflammation.

The study reviewed here investigated factors associated with change in abdominal fat accumulation during [...]

A big waist is bad for the bones.

Visceral fat, the fat we carry around the waist which is the fat surrounding the organs is recognized as a risk factor for increased chronic systemic inflammation.

Systemic inflammation is the type of inflammation which affects the whole body. It is different from the local acute inflammation we see when we for example [...]

Abdominal fat and fiber intake

Excessive abdominal fat is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and we are better off with a slim waist.

 This type of fat accumulates around organs (visceral fat) and is involved in the production of low grade inflammation.

 The study reviewed here investigated factors associated with change in abdominal fat accumulation during [...]

Certain fats lower the risk for diabetes.

There are numerous studies documenting the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. However some estimates using food frequency questionnaires have associated omega 3 fat with a higher incidence of diabetes.

The research reviewed investigated for that reason the relationship between omega 3 fatty acid measurements in 3,088 men and women and the [...]

Losing weight can help sleep apnea

Sleep apnea causes abnormal pauses in breathing or abnormal low breathing during sleep. Some of the symptoms are snoring, fatigue during the day, impaired reaction time and decreased short term memory.

Sleep apnea is more common in individuals who are overweight.


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If your weight goes up you may need more vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels are commonly found with obesity. The first study reviewed here investigated the effect of weight loss through diet and exercise on serum levels of vitamin D (Mason, et al. 2011). Vitamin D concentration was measured at the start of the study and 12 months later.

The results showed that greater weight loss was associated with increased vitamin D. As weight loss increased vitamin D levels increased.


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Fitness good predictor for long term risk of heart attack

The conventional way to evaluate the risk for cardiovascular disease is by examining levels of cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides. Also included when assessing the risk for cardiovascular disease are information such as blood pressure, diabetes and smoking.

All this information is valid, but it turns out that testing the fitness level can improve the predictability of cardiovascular risk.

The study reviewed here included more than 66,000 participants without cardiovascular disease ages 20 to 90 (Gupta S, et al. 2011). These individuals were followed until death or the end of the study period, which lasted up to 36 years.


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Lower stress and amount of sleep affects weight loss.

Research has shown that sleeping 7-8 hours per night can make it easier to lose weight.

What makes the study reviewed here interesting is that stress in addition to sleep can have an impact on weight loss (Elder CR, et al. 2011). The participants in this research were obese individuals with a body mass index of 30-50 and the intervention consisted of 22 group session over 26 weeks.

The results documented that sleep time and lower stress at the entry of the study predicted success in weight loss. The participants with lower stress predicted greater weight loss.


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Overweight and risk of dementia

The reviewed research evaluated the association of midlife overweight and dementia, Alzheimer disease and vascular dementia (Xu WL, et al. 2011).

This study was especially interesting because the study participants were 8,534 twin individuals with an average age of 74.4 years.

Height and weight of the participants were available at midlife (mean age 43.4) [...]