Month: September 2010

Air Pollution Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Urban air pollution — especially the particles and gases spewed by heavy traffic — can increase a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes according to a new German study.

Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, published online Aug 2010

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Poison Under Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

The makers of high fructose corn syrup are hoping to change their product’s image and get people consuming it again by changing the name from high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar. The runner-up names were corn nectar and corn sweetener.  Watch for the new name for the “quick-route-to-heart-disease-obesity-and-diabetes” on a label near you.  Hmm, I wonder if they would consider my name suggestion?

How Fish Oils Work in Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

The GPR120 receptor is found only on pro-inflammatory macrophages in mature fat cells. When the receptor is turned off, the macrophage produces inflammation. Unchecked inflammation has been linked to insulin resistance, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.  When exposed to omega-3 fatty acids, specifically those found in fish oil, the GPR120 receptor is activated resulting in broad anti-inflammatory effects and improved systemic insulin sensitivity.

Source: journal Cell, 9-2-2010

Does Water Facilitate Weight Loss?

Earlier studies have shown that middle aged and older people who drank two cups of water right before eating a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal. In a recent study over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake despite eating the same diet.

Source: American Chemical Society (2010, August 23)