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A little about … metabolic syndrome
yum. belly fat

Think twice before punching another hole ...

I’ve even heard it referred to as “metabolic syndrome X” or just “syndrome X”. As if “metabolic syndrome” wasn’t vague and ominous-sounding enough.

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Burger vs Bun: And the award for the most heart disease-promoting food goes to…
Burger vs Bun

Burger vs. Bun

The tide has turned. The current issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition features an editorial by Frank Hu from the department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, titled “Are refined carbohydrates worse that saturated fat?”. Commenting on the past several decades of nutrition advice, Hu states that the recommendation to reduce the percentage of calories from fats (and, in particular, saturated fats)

has spurred a compensatory increase in consumption of refined carbohydrates and added sugars—a dietary shift that may be contributing to the current twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes. (para. 1, emphasis added)

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Mmm milk fat. Could the future of skinny lattes be in jeopardy?
May 20, 2010, 3:14 am
Filed under: stroke | Tags: , , , , ,

Original Abstract:

Background

Dairy products are high in saturated fat and are traditionally a risk factor for vascular diseases. The fatty acids 15:0 and 17:0 of plasma lipids are biomarkers of milk fat intake. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the risk of a first-ever stroke in relation to the plasma milk fat biomarkers.

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Effect of Alkaline Mineral Supplementation on pH Balance
May 20, 2010, 3:00 am
Filed under: pH balance | Tags: , , ,

Original Abstract:

Background

Western diets are considered acidogenic due to the high dietary acid load and a low intake of base-forming dietary minerals such as potassium, magnesium or calcium. In the present study we investigated the effect of a multimineral supplement (MMS) rich in alkaline minerals on acute and chronic regulation of acid-base balance with the pH of blood, urine and saliva as potential surrogate markers.

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Evidence to back up the myth of the infamous freshman fifteen?
May 20, 2010, 2:51 am
Filed under: weight gain/loss | Tags: , ,

Original Abstract:

Background

The freshmen year of college is likely a critical period for risk of weight gain among young-adults.

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Does mangosteen juice reduce inflammation in obese individuals?
May 20, 2010, 2:32 am
Filed under: metabolic syndrome | Tags: , , , , ,

Original Abstract:

Background

The ability to reduce inflammation in overweight and obese individuals may be valuable in preventing the progression to metabolic syndrome with associated risks for heart disease and diabetes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of multiple dosages of a proprietary Mangosteen Juice blend on indicators of inflammation and antioxidant levels in obese patients with elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels.

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Turning Conventional Wisdom on it’s Head: Dietary fat and cholesterol don’t relate to strokes!
May 19, 2010, 5:07 am
Filed under: stroke | Tags: , ,

Original Abstract:

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association between intake of total fat, specific types of fat, and cholesterol and risk of stroke in men. Design and setting Health professional follow up study with 14 year follow up. PARTICIPANTS: 43 732 men aged 40-75 years who were free from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in 1986.

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