Health and Nutrition

January 19, 2006

Grapefruit may help weight loss

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doc Joe @ 4:45 pm

 

Eating or drinking grapefruit may help people who are obese to lose weight, a study suggests.

Researchers in the United States say adding grapefruit to people’s diet may also protect them from diabetes. The findings are based on a study of 100 obese people, who ate or drank grapefruit for 12 weeks.

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January 11, 2006

Obesity Today Means Fatal Heart Disease Tomorrow

Filed under: General Health — Doc Joe @ 8:12 pm

By Neil Osterweil , MedPage Today Staff Writer
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Source News Article: ABC News, Forbes, Miami Herald, USA Today

CHICAGO, Jan. 10 – People who are obese in middle age are far more likely to be hospitalized and to die of diabetes and heart disease in old age, even if they are currently free of cardiovascular-disease risk factors.

Researchers here who kept tabs on more than 17,000 men and women — some for nearly 40 years — found that those who were obese in middle age had twice to quadruple the risk of being hospitalized for coronary heart disease in old age than their normal-weight peers, according to a report in the Jan. 11 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association.

“In this predominantly white cohort who survived to age 65 years and older, persons who were overweight, and particularly those who were obese earlier in life (ages 31-64 years), had significantly higher risks of hospitalization and mortality in older age compared with persons of normal weight with similar other cardiovascular risk factors at baseline,” wrote Lijing L. Yan, Ph.D., M.P.H., of Northwestern University here and colleagues in other centers.

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