Diet and Fitness

Early Puberty and Problems of Infertility associated with Childhood Obesity

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(Best Syndication News) - An overview of childhood obesity emphasizes the potential impact it has for early puberty and infertility problems, particularly with girls. Patrick Chappell, an assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Oregon State University, is the author of the report, which was published in Frontiers in Endocrinology.

Chappell explains that nutritional conditions play a vital role in reproduction. Obesity is known to be associated with metabolic syndrome, which can affect fertility. The lack of nutrition can also cause reproduction problems.

Generally, girls are starting puberty earlier and it has accelerated.

Cantaloupe Recall announced for possible Listeria

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of 580 cases of Athena cantaloupe fresh produce that came from Burch Farms, located in North Carolina. A sample of the produce was found to have been contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. While no illnesses have been reported to the farm, out of safety concerns, consumers should not eat the recalled cantaloupes.

The whole Athena cantaloupes were distributed to retailers throughout the northeastern United States. The shipments were made on July 15. The cantaloupes will have a red label with the words “Burch Farms” and “PLU #4319” printed on it.

Vitamin D deficiency could increase risk of Death in Older Adults

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that older adults who had low levels of vitamin D could have an increased risk of death. The risk for death was even more pronounced in elderly people who were frail and had a vitamin D deficiency. The study results were published online with the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study found a 30 percent greater risk of death for those with the lowest level of vitamin D compared to those who had higher levels. The frail people had over double the risk of death compared to those who were not frail. The frail adults with the lowest levels of vitamin D had triple the risk of death compared to those who were not frail and had the higher amounts of vitamin D.

High dietary intake of Salt takes out Calcium from the Body

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(Best Syndication News) - Sodium takes calcium along with it when leaving the body, explained University of Alberta researchers. Scientists found the molecule which regulates both the sodium and the calcium levels in the body. A diet that is continually high in salt could create an increased risk for developing kidney stones and osteoporosis. The study findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology.

Using animals, the principal investigator Todd Alexander, a Faculty member of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, and his team investigated the link between sodium and calcium levels in the body. The researchers found that the same molecule regulates sodium and calcium in the body.

Pancreatic Cancer risk reduced with higher dietary intake of Vitamin C, E, and Selenium

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that eating foods with adequate amounts of antioxidant vitamins C, E, and selenium decreased the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to two thirds. The researchers reported their findings in the online edition of the journal Gut.

The researchers suggest that one in 12 cases of pancreatic cancer might be preventable. Worldwide, over 250,000 people will die from pancreatic cancer each year. Only 3 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive past five years. Other risk factors that are believed to increase the risk for pancreatic cancer include smoking, genetics, and type 2 diabetes. Previously diet was suspected to be a factor.

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