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Gobbling Your Food may Harm Your Waistline and Heart

Metabolic syndrome occurs when someone has any of three risk factors that include abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and/or low HDL cholesterol, said Japanese researchers. The researchers evaluated 642 men and 441 women, average age 51.2 years, who did not have metabolic syndrome in 2008.

Health Benefits of Olives and Olive Oil

However, little was previously known about what specific compounds and biochemical interactions in the fruit contribute to its medical and nutritional benefits such as weight loss and prevention of type 2 diabetes. A Virginia Tech research team discovered that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps the body secrete more insulin, a central

Immune Cells Help Fat Deal With Environmental Challenges

The number of obese people as well as those suffering from type 2 diabetes is increasing worldwide. Both disorders are associated with metabolic changes including amplified inflammatory responses in adipose tissue. "Previous studies have indicated that immunosuppressive regulatory T-cells -- or Tregs for short -- play an important role in

Physical Exercise Prevents Dementia

In order to further advance current state of knowledge on the positive influence of physical activity on the brain, gerontologists and sports physicians at Goethe University Frankfurt have examined the effects of regular exercise on brain metabolism and memory of 60 participants aged between 65 and 85 in a randomised

Possible Treatment for Deadly Weight Loss

Doctors have known about this serious complication affecting cancer patients for a long time. The ancient Greeks called it cachexia, meaning "bad condition." Many cancer patients develop cachexia. An estimated 20 to 30 per cent of those with the condition may die of it and not from their tumors. For many of

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Risk of Weight Gain, Heart Disease and Other Health Issues

Consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia, is widespread and increasing. Emerging data indicate that artificial, or nonnutritive, sweeteners may have negative effects on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite, although the evidence is conflicting. To better understand whether consuming artificial sweeteners is associated with negative long-term effects on

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