Food and Nutrition

Consuming Less Added Sugar reduces Body Weight Slightly

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(Best Syndication News) - Reducing sugar intake may slightly lower body weight, according to a new study,. The researchers found sugar intake reductions helped reduce body weight by an average of 1.76 pounds. The study results were published online at bmj.com.

Previous research suggested that an excessive intake of sugar is related to obesity. One common finding: people who drank sugar-sweetened beverages were at an increased risk for becoming obese. However, the authors noted that some studies could not establish a significant link between sugared beverages and obesity.

Drinking Sweet Beverages associated with Increased Depression Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that people who drank sweetened beverages had an increased risk for depression. The risk was especially elevated with those who drank diet drinks. However, people who drank coffee had a slightly reduced risk for depression. The study results will be shared at the American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, which is scheduled to be held March 16-23, 2013.

The study author, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, a member of the American Academy of Neurology, along with the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, explained that drinking sweetened beverages versus coffee and tea might affect mental health in addition to physical health.

New Year’s Resolutions bring Weight Loss Programs Center Stage

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(Best Syndication News) - With the New Year comes a list of resolutions or goals that people want to achieve during the coming year. One of the top goals is to lose weight and to get physically fit. To help get on the right track, there are many weight loss programs and books available. Many of the weight loss programs cost money, but there are some free ones available.

Some of the trends in weight loss are counting and tracking the calories you eat, focusing on eating nutritionally dense foods, keeping physically active, and staying away from processed foods. Here are some of the weight loss tools that are interesting in 2013.

Moms with Vitamin D deficiency had Lower Birth Weight Newborns

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(Best Syndication News) - Women who had deficient levels of vitamin D early on during their pregnancy were at an increased risk for having a baby with a lower birth weight. The study results will be reported in the January print edition and online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and was conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburg Graduate School Of Public Health. Lead author, Alison Gernand, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., post-doctoral associate in Pitt Public Health's Department of Epidemiology, explained that being deficient in vitamin D during the first trimester put the fetus at twice the risk of restricted growth during the pregnancy.

Intensive Lifestyle Intervention helped to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that overweight type-2 diabetes patients increased their chances of partial and complete remission with intensive lifestyle intervention. The results, which showed modest remission rates, were reported in the December 19, 2012 issue of JAMA.

Many people diagnosed with type-2 diabetes wonder if the disease is reversible. Diabetes is thought of as a disease that is progressive that will eventually lead to vascular and neuropathic damage. Other studies involving bariatric surgery on type 2 diabetes patients suggested that some cases could be resolved. There were no studies on the rate of remission with lifestyle modifications alone. This prompted Edward W. Gregg, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and his colleagues to investigate.

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