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Endos Issue Consensus Statement on Pre-Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It is good to see that there is more concern for those at risk for diabetes. The treatment of pre-diabetes requires intensive lifestyle modification and the use of metformin and acarbose for controlling glycemia for high-risk patients, declared a consensus statement issued by the American College of Endocrinology task force.

Immune System Overreaction Reason for Severe Viral Infection Symptoms in Smokers
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2008
Several viral infections demonstrate more severe symptoms in smokers than non-smokers. The mechanism by which this occurs appears to have been found in a recent study. Influenza (flu), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were of primary focus in the study.

Elderly Obesity Costly for Everyone
Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2008
Obese elderly individuals are not only doing harm to their own health, but to the financial health of every tax paying American citizen. According to a recent study, the health care costs for obese elderly individuals are substantially higher than those of normal weight, accounting for a disproportionate amount of the tax funded medicare program.

Soy Reduces Sperm Count
Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008
The effect of phytoestrogens on men has been a topic of some debate in recent years. Many believe soy products to be a healthy source of protein for both sexes, while others think phytoestrogens can harm the health of men. A recent study has shown that men eating large amounts of soy, which contain phytoestrogens, have lower sperm counts.


Endurance Exercises Make the Heart Younger
Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008
Elderly individuals who perform endurance exercises strengthen their hearts and increase their longevity, according to a recent study.

Alpha-Linolenic Acid Reduces Risk of Nonfatal MI
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The consumption of a diet containing vegetable oils rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is associated with significant reductions in the risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), a new study has shown.

All Sweeteners Not The Same For Managing Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
New research shows that some sweeteners, especially date sugar and dark brown sugars, contain antioxidants that have the potential to control diabetes-linked heart disease and high blood pressure. Some sweeteners used in the study also had the ability to inhibit the activity of a key enzyme related to Type 2 diabetes.

Ten Dollars Per Patient Disease Prevention Program Could Save 16 Billion/Yr
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Community-based health programs aimed at diet, exercise, smoking prevention and other known risk factors for chronic diseases could cut health-care costs in the United States by $16 billion a year, at a cost of 10 dollars per patient/year, a new report says.

Laparoscopic Surgery Better Than Open Gastric Bypass Surgery
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Compared with open gastric bypass surgery, performing the procedure laparoscopically reduces postoperative complications as well as the need for reoperation and is associated with a shorter hospital stay, new research shows. Nevertheless, laparoscopic gastric bypass does incur higher total costs.

Low-Carb Diets Beat Low-Fat for Weight Loss And Lipid Changes at 2 Years
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Both a low-carbohydrate diet or a Mediterranean-style diet may be "effective alternatives" to a low-fat diet, with more favorable effects on lipids and glycemic control, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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