Weight Loss

Glycemic Index of Rice Varieties range between 48 to 92

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(Best Syndication News) - All rice is not created equal on the glycemic index (GI) rating scale, according to a new study. Researchers from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Food Futures Flagship tested 235 different worldwide varieties of rice and found a wide range of glycemic index ratings – all the way from low to high.

The benefits of picking low glycemic index foods is that they will keep blood sugar levels from rising too quickly. The higher the glycemic index, the faster the blood sugar spikes.

Childhood Diabetes Rate higher in China than in US

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(Best Syndication News) - Chinese children had a higher rate of diabetes compared with United States rates, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of North Carolina reported that the diabetes rate in Chinese teenagers were four times higher than the comparable age group in the US. The results will be published in the online edition of Obesity Reviews and will be published in the September issue of the print edition.

The researchers studied data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), which ran between 1989 and 2011 and involved over 29,000 people in over 300 communities in China. The CHNS study was a collaborative arrangement between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CCDC) National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety.

FDA grants approval for Belviq - Prescription Weight Loss Pill

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of approved Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) for overweight and obese people who also have either high blood pressure (hypertension), type-2 diabetes, or elevated cholesterol levels (dyslipidemia).

In order to qualify for the weight loss medication, the person's body mass index (BMI) needs to be greater than 27 (this is considered overweight). A BMI over 30 is considered obese. There also has to be a secondary condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes present. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over one-third of the US adult population is considered obese.

Losing Weight can improve Low Testosterone Levels in Men

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that overweight men could improve their low testosterone levels by losing extra weight and exercising more. The men in the study were middle age, overweight, and had pre-diabetes. The results were presented this week at The Endrocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas.

Study co-author Frances Hayes, MD, professor at St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, said that doctors should try to support men in their efforts to lose weight before prescribing testosterone therapy to restore low levels of the hormone.

Ursolic Acid found in an Apple Peel may increase the amount of Calories Burned

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(Best Syndication News) - Mice given ursolic acid burned more calories and reduced obesity levels compared with those that were not given the supplement. The study was an investigation on the potential of using ursolic acid as a way to reduce obesity. The research was published in the June 20 edition of the journal PLoS ONE.

Christopher Adams, M.D., Ph.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, and a Faculty Scholar at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI, led the study.
Additional benefits of the mice taking the ursolic acid supplement were the increase in muscle mass and more brown fat. Increase in muscle mass and brown fat are believed to help burn calories efficiently.

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