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Average American is 1 Inch Taller, 25 Pounds Heavier Than 40 Years Ago
Posted: Monday, November 08, 2004
Adults are roughly an inch taller than they were in the early 1960s, on average, and nearly 25 pounds heavier, the government reported. The country's expanding waistline has been well documented, though the report is the first to quantify it based on how many pounds the average person is carrying

Making It Through the Holidays
Posted: Monday, November 08, 2004
While controlling diabetes (or reducing one’s risk) is a yearlong effort, perhaps no other season poses as many temptations as the holidays.So how do you make it through? Here are suggestions, several from the Defeat Diabetes Foundation (, to help you keep focus.

How Do High Carb Diets Lead To Obesity And Diabetes?
Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2004
Dr. Kosaku Uyeda, professor of biochemistry, has shown that a single protein called carbohydrate response element binding protein (ChREBP), discovered by his research group, activates several genes that cause cells in the liver to turn sugar into fat.

Mediterranean Diet Improves Survival in Elderly
Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2004
Among 70- to 90-year-olds, adherence to a Mediterranean diet and healthful lifestyle is associated with a more than 50% lower rate of all-cause and cause-specific mortality.

Calorie Restriction Reduces Risk of MI, Stroke and Diabetes
Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2004
People who restrict their caloric intake drastically reduce their risk of developing diabetes or atherosclerosis.

In fact, according to researchers some risk factors were so low they were comparable with those of people decades younger.

Medicare Redefines Obesity as an Illness Not A Disease
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Medicare now recognizes obesity as an illness, a change in policy that may allow millions of overweight Americans to make medical claims for treatments such as stomach surgery t programs.

Airlines To Offer In-Flight Disease Prevention Program
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2004
Later this month the airline, which is operated by Delta Airlines, plans to begin offering an in-flight exercise program. For $8, travelers can buy an elastic band to stretch or a squeezable stress ball. They'll also get a manual designed by gym owner David Barton, to guide them through an in-seat workout. The move is aimed at promoting health and competing with rival low-cost carrier JetBlue which offers an in-flight exercise program. Rival JetBlue already had a yoga program, and has added Pilates.

Artificial Sweetener Disrupts Body's Ability To Count Calories
Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Study shows that switching to a diet drink may not be the best solution to fight obesity. Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body's natural ability to "count" calories based on foods' sweetness.

Losing a Few Pounds May Help the Obese
Posted: Friday, June 04, 2004
For the obese, a small loss may be a big victory. Evidence is building that really heavy people may be able to greatly improve their odds of dodging weight-related illnesses while remaining very heavy.
The secret: Lose just a few pounds. Weight reduction, it appears, is powerful medicine for the large, no matter how seemingly insignificant the dose.

Physical Activity Does More Than Burn Calories & Improve Diabetes Control
Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2004
Physical activity lowers body weight, cuts cardiovascular risk and blood pressure, improves lipid profiles, has positive effects on the immune system and can reduce the risk of cancers. It strengthens the heart, helps the lungs function better, enables the blood to carry more oxygen, makes muscles stronger and improves motion in the joints. Why isn’t it considered a treatment?

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