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Bariatric Surgery Found Superior to Drugs in Controlling Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery led to more improvement in A1c than standard treatment, a retrospective analysis showed. HbA1c levels decreased from a mean of 7.5% pre-surgery to 5.8% after one year.

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.

Chemical In Germinated Brown Rice Could Benefit Diabetics
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Soaking brown rice in water four a full day before cooking might help reduce common damage done by type 1 diabetes. This soaking process "germinates" the brown rice, and produces chemicals that were shown to be beneficial to diabetics. This knowledge could enable production of these specific chemicals as a diabetic treatment.

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.


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.

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.

Why Cranberry Juice Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Though never fully scientifically explained in the past, many people, including some doctors, recommend drinking cranberry juice as a measure to prevent urinary tract infections. The explanation for this positive effect has recently been explained by researchers, validating the simple approach.


Watermelon Yields Viagra-like Effects
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008
Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body's blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, said scientists in Texas, one of the nation's top producers of the seedless variety.


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