Losing weight without developing gallstones

Gallstones are estimated to affect 1 in 10 people in North America. Those who are obese have a higher likelihood of developing gallstones. Most at risk of gallstones as a result of obesity are Native Americans, the elderly, and Caucasian women in their forties who haven’t yet reached menopause. Gallstones are so named because theyContinue reading “Losing weight without developing gallstones”

No evidence of dairy and heart disease link

New research has once again confirmed after systematically analyzing 17 studies that there is simply no evidence to substantiate claims of a link between dairy and higher risk of cardiovascular disease or death. The evidence, in fact, shows just the opposite—drinking milk slightly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease (1). In addition, multiple studiesContinue reading “No evidence of dairy and heart disease link”

CoQ10 Adds to Mediterranean Diet’s Anti-Aging Benefits

Elderly men and women who supplement Mediterranean-style meals with coenzyme Q10 (coQ10) enjoy greater antioxidant protection and could slow aging, a Spanish study finds (1). In a randomized crossover trial, University of Cordoba researchers assigned 20 healthy adults (ages 65 and older) to one of the three dietary protocols for the duration of four weeks:Continue reading “CoQ10 Adds to Mediterranean Diet’s Anti-Aging Benefits”

Sweet Sugar Alcohols

You’ve probably noticed sugar alcohols before in chewing gum, candies, baked goods, ice cream and diet drinks. These products are also often labeled “sugar free”, “low in calories”, “diabetic-friendly”, and even “tooth-friendly”. Suspicious? We don’t blame you—when you see the words sugar and alcohol together, there’s plenty of reason to start asking questions. However, uponContinue reading “Sweet Sugar Alcohols”

Vitamin D status affected by obesity

People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have lower circulating levels of vitamin D and may have trouble with conversion to its hormonally active form, a Norwegian study suggests. These findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, may partially explain why carrying extra pounds raises risk of several poor health outcomes linkedContinue reading “Vitamin D status affected by obesity”

Tucson shooting suspect’s possible schizophrenia

I am deeply shocked and saddened as I know many of you are by the news of the senseless shooting that happened in Tucson. As a resident of Chandler, Ariz., I also found that the incident hit a little too close to home; so, admittedly, I was quick (as many others were) to turn toContinue reading “Tucson shooting suspect’s possible schizophrenia”