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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Calcium pills 'increase' risk of heart attack

Two words - Anabolic Clinic.
Calcium supplements taken by many older people could be increasing their risk of a heart attack, research shows.

The study, in the British Medical Journal, said people who took supplements were 30% more likely to have a heart attack.

Data from 11 trials also suggested the medicines were not very effective at preventing bone fractures.

Almost 3m people in the UK are thought to have osteoporosis and many take calcium pills to prevent fractures.

The study recommends doctors review their use of calcium supplements for managing osteoporosis.

The National Osteoporosis Society said most people should be able to get enough calcium through their diets, rather than reaching for the medicine cabinet.

The researchers said those who had a diet naturally high in calcium were at no increased danger.

'Limited benefit'
In all 12,000 people aged over 40 took part in the trials of calcium supplements of 500mg or more a day.

The risk of heart attack was seen across men and women, was independent of age and the type of supplement given.
The problem with osteoporosis is real.

People suffer loss of independence, injury and pain.

The fractures can and do kill.

But IMHO the best way to prevent it or treat it is with the use of anabolic substances.

Learn more. Protect yourself. The sick care establishment will not do it for you.

Vitamin Deficiency After Weight Loss Surgery Can Cause Vision Loss In Newborns

More about the IMHO malpractice known as bariatric surgery.
Biliopancreatic diversion surgery for morbid obesity is known to cause multiple vitamin deficiencies that may worsen during pregnancy. In the June issue of the Journal of AAPOS, the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a group of Australian clinicians report a child who was born blind as a result of Vitamin A deficiency caused by his mother's obesity surgery.

After-School Snacks Could Provide Kids With The Whole Grains That They Avoid

Just what kids need - more Calories.
An after-school snack of graham crackers might be one way to get children to eat more whole grains, a new study from the University of Minnesota shows.

Federal nutrition guidelines recommend at least three servings a day of whole-grain foods, but previous studies have found that children typically only eat about one serving per day, largely because they don't like the taste or texture of whole-grain foods.

In this study, researchers served graham snacks with four levels of whole-grain flour content to about 100 elementary-school children in a Roseville, Minn. after-school program. The researchers measured how much of each kind of snack was thrown away uneaten. The surprising finding: the students ate just as many crackers with higher whole-grain content as the more processed versions.

"Graham snacks provide a healthy, highly acceptable whole grain food that kids love to eat, " says Len Marquart, the lead investigator on the study. " This is an excellent way for kids to get up to an additional serving of whole grain per snacking occasion."
Wanna bet?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Neck Circumference Can Be Used To Screen For Obesity

How it's done.

Body mass index, or BMI, is the most common tool used to describe overweight and obesity in children. But BMI does not adequately describe regional distribution of fat, such as in the upper body, which is a better predictor of some obesity-related complications such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. In a study, "Neck Circumference as a Screening Measure for Identifying Children With High Body Mass Index," published in the August print issue of Pediatrics (published online July 5), researchers tested the usefulness of measuring neck circumference to identify children with high BMI.
Stick with the BMI.

Scales don't have to be kept refrigerated to prevent spoilage.

In Development Of Type 2 Diabetes, Fat Cells Play Key Role

Duh. It is, after all, fat person diabetes.
Cellular changes in fat tissue - not the immune system - lead to the "hyperinflammation" characteristic of obesity-related glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC).

Cancer and cell biology experts say this new discovery about the cellular mechanisms behind glucose intolerance may provide a different target for drugs to treat type 2 diabetes as well as insights into how aggressive cancers form.
And as far as the "new target for drugs" goes - lose the damn weight and don't expose yourself to the complications of medications.

FDA Public Health Alert: Que She Weight Loss Capsules Contain Potentially Harmful Ingredients

More Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that Que She, marketed as an herbal weight loss supplement, contains active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the product label that could harm consumers, especially those with cardiovascular conditions.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Societal Norms, Consumer Behaviors Complicate Neighborhood Development Designed To Get People Walking

There is a clear movement populated by persons with s**t for brains that advocates for "healthy" neighborhoods, as if "you build it, they will come." Here is a voice of reason.
Edmontonians love their cars. In fact, 77 percent of us make all our trips by car. So if we know that it's healthier to walk, will developing more walkable neighbourhoods help to break the habit and get us walking to the store instead?

Researcher Marianne Clark in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation set out to investigate the factors that influence the decisions made by key stakeholders involved in neighbourhood development. She interviewed 17 stakeholders in neighbourhood development, including public health and municipal employees, city councilors, and private sector stakeholders including land developers and food retailers.

"We asked about their definition of a healthy neighbourhood. What they thought their role was; what facilitated their efforts to build healthy neighbourhoods and what barriers they experienced," says Clark. "We also wanted to know about 'food security' - in essence the importance of the proximity of grocery stores with affordable healthy food choices."

"There were varying views among stakeholders as to whether walkable neighbourhoods are really going to make that much of a difference in making people active," says Clark. "While municipal employees and public health officials believed deeply in the value of these neighbourhoods, developers generally thought the extent of their responsibility was limited to market and consumer demands. They were also sceptical of the notion of 'if you built it, they will walk.' According to developers, it's up to the individual whether they choose to walk or not, regardless of the design of the neighbourhood, but they also acknowledged that our social norms and customs are very entrenched in car culture."...

Notes Clark," There are lingering tensions about what the end results of these neighbourhoods might actually be; where the responsibilities lie in terms of public and private sectors. That question is more complicated than what we've thought it was before.

"When we look at this issue, though, we need to look at the broader societal issues. We may be naïve to think that if we build these great neighbourhoods that everything's going to change and everyone's going to starting walking more and be more healthy," says Clark.
"Naive" is an understatement.

Stupid is more like it.

Brain Chemical Boosts Body Heat, Aids In Calorie Burn

More movement to affect your brain by the same people who cannot cheaply, consistently and safely cure toenail fungus.

New findings by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggest that an enzyme in the brain known as PI3 kinase might control the increased generation of body heat that helps burn off excess calories after eating a high-fat meal.
If you let them muck with your head, you deserve what you get.

Probably brain fungus.

Women With Type 1 Diabetes Receive No Heart Benefit From Omega-3

But the more is better Omega-3 is supposed to keep all of us "healthy."
Consuming higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids does not appear to lower heart disease risk for women with type 1 diabetes, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study presented at the 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Preterm Births Higher Among Overweight and Obese Mothers, Study Finds

More early child abuse.
Overweight and obese women are at greater risk of giving birth to a preterm baby compared with normal weight women, finds a study published online in the British Medical Journal.

The authors believe that overweight and obese women should have counselling before pregnancy so that they are aware of these risks and can try to modify their weight before pregnancy. They also stress the need for appropriate surveillance by health professionals during pregnancy.

In fact, they should be encouraged not to have kids and if they do, they should pay more.

Lowering Blood Pressure With Dark Chocolate

When chocolate is as good for you as "exercise," it is time to rethink the "exercise" recommendations. (and the research)
For people with hypertension, eating dark chocolate can significantly reduce blood pressure. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medicine combined the results of 15 studies into the effects of flavanols, the compounds in chocolate which cause dilation of blood vessels, on blood pressure.

Dr Karin Ried worked with a team of researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, to conduct the analysis. She said, "Flavanols have been shown to increase the formation of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes vasodilation and consequently may lower blood pressure. There have, however, been conflicting results as to the real-life effects of eating chocolate. We've found that consumption can significantly, albeit modestly, reduce blood pressure for people with high blood pressure but not for people with normal blood pressure".

The pressure reduction seen in the combined results for people with hypertension, 5mm Hg systolic, may be clinically relevant - it is comparable to the known effects of 30 daily minutes of physical activity (4-9mm Hg) and could theoretically reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event by about 20% over five years. The researchers are cautious, however, "The practicability of chocolate or cocoa drinks as long-term treatment is questionable", said Dr Ried.
Chocolate or "exercise"?

Is there really a choice?

Too Much HDL May Be Harmful To Women With Type 1 Diabetes

But they keep telling us this is the "good" cholesterol and more is better.
Elevated blood levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol, typically thought to protect against heart disease, may do the opposite in women with type 1 diabetes, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study presented at the 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.
Still think they know what they are talking about?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Novel Anti-Diabetes Mechanism Uncovered: Findings Could Lead to Next Generation of Improved Therapies

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
In a joint study, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University have uncovered a novel mechanism that dramatically increases insulin sensitivity and reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
It is called weight loss.

Try it.

Muscular Heart Failure Patients May Have a Better Chance at Survival, Study Suggests

Another reason to get fit - and if you are truly fit, your chances of getting into heart failure are lessened.
University of Alberta research has discovered heart failure patients with more muscle have the potential to increase their length of life.

Antigone Oreopoulos, a researcher from the U of A's School of Public Health, studied 140 patients with heart failure. Study participants underwent a special scan to measure their muscle mass and body fat.

Oreopoulos' research found that having more muscle was associated with better nutritional status and lower severity of heart failure, while higher body fat was associated with increased inflammation and reduced exercise capacity. This suggests that in patients with heart failure having more muscle mass and lower fat may be beneficial.
Start now.

WHO And The International Olympic Committee Sign Agreement To Improve Healthy Lifestyles

Well here is another waste that is sure to fail.
WHO and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are teaming up to promote healthy lifestyle choices, including physical activity, sports for all, Tobacco Free Olympic Games, and the prevention of childhood obesity. As outlined in a memorandum of understanding signed today in Lausanne, the WHO and IOC will work at both the international and country level to promote activities and policy choices to help people reduce their risk of noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, and diabetes.

"This agreement with the International Olympic Committee will help increase our ability and reach in addressing the diseases which are the leading causes of death around the world," said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. " Tackling these diseases is one of the major challenges for sustainable development in the twenty-first century."

Monday, July 26, 2010

'Tough Love' No Good for Obesity Interventions, Study Finds

Obese people support lifestyle-change interventions, rather than those that purely promote weight loss. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Public Health interviewed 142 obese people about their opinions on interventions ranging from gastric bands to legal regulation, finding that non-commercial, non-stigmatizing techniques were preferred.

The dieting industry was seen as "greedy," "a scam" and "a rip-off" but, according to Thomas, "Ironically, many participants still said that they would turn to commercial dieting to help lose weight and improve their health. This was because they had very little other support available to them. There is a need for greater attention to be dedicated to interventions that support and empower individuals to improve their lifestyle. At the individual level, personalised care planning and long term support systems must be developed to assist obese individuals. At the population level, anti-stigma campaigns and regulation should both be explored."
Bronto Sapiens will blame every attempt at weight loss for their failure.

"It is too tough." "Be nicer to me." Etc.

F**k you.

You want more support? Talk to the people who care about you and leave the rest of society out of it.

You want more coddling? Get it from the people you know and leave the rest of us out of it.

And supposing that there are people like that in your life, then why did you become a fatso, anyway?

You do not need tough or tender love.

You need to be held accountable for you caloric irresponsibility and pay for the consequences of your behavior.

Once there is cost to you, then you will be inspired to change.

Do not blame anyone but yourself for getting fat and get knowledgeable enough about weight loss to understand why diets fail and how you are being misled by those you follow.

Children In Good Shape Have Better Appetite Control And Energy Expenditure

The cause of the effect.
Adolescents of ages between 12 and 17, with a good physical condition and regular physical activity present increased levels of insulin and leptin, which are hormones involved in the development of diabetes, appetite control and energy expenditure. This was the conclusion drawn from a study recently conducted at the Department of Physiology of the University of Granada. Further, after thorough analysis of a number of scientific studies, they also concluded that physical activity and physical condition are negatively associated with adolescents' body fat.
No mystery here.

Sleep Apnea in Men Associated with HF

Obstructive sleep apnea is a fato's problem primarily.
Men with obstructive sleep apnea are at increased risk of heart failure, particularly if they experience 30 or more decreased airflow events per hour, a prospective study found.
Too bad they don't go into mouth or swallow failure.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

No Evidence That Popular Slimming Supplements Facilitate Weight Loss, New Research Finds

Who could have seen this coming, besides any moron with a partial brain, that is?
New research evaluating the effectiveness of a broad selection of popular slimming supplements sold in pharmacies and health food shops has found no evidence that any of them facilitate weight loss beyond the placebo effect.

Two studies presented at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, Sweden, have found they were no more effective than the fake supplements they were compared with.

"There are scores of slimming supplements out there claiming weight-loss effects through all sorts of mechanisms of action. We have so-called fat magnets, mobilizers and dissolvers, as well as appetite tamers, metabolism boosters, carb blockers and so on. The market for these is huge, but unlike for regulated drugs, effectiveness does not have to be proven for these to be sold," said Dr. Thomas Ellrott, head of the Institute for Nutrition and Psychology at the University of Göttingen Medical School, Germany, who lead one of the studies. "Few of these supplements have been submitted to clinical trials and the landscape of products is always changing, so we need to put them through rigorous scientific evaluation to determine whether they have any benefit."

Ellrott's group tested nine popular supplements against placebo pills in a randomized controlled trial. The supplements tested included L-Carnitine, polyglucosamine, cabbage powder, guarana seed powder, bean extract, Konjac extract, fibre pills, sodium alginate formulations and selected plant extracts.

The researchers bought the supplements from German pharmacies, changed the packaging and product names to make them look neutral and rewrote the information leaflet inserts to eliminate the product name from the text. They then gave 189 obese or overweight middle-aged consumers packages of either fake pills or of one of the nine supplements, each week for eight weeks, in doses recommended by the manufacturers. Some of the products came with dietary advice, while others didn't, so the researchers provided exactly the same advice as that written in the relevant product leaflets.

Average weight loss was between 1 kg and 2 kg across seven of the products, depending on the supplement, and was 1.2 kg in the group getting the placebo pills. No statistically significant difference in weight loss was found for any of those products when compared with the placebo.
Say "hello" to how Whore Foods and other IMHO crooked enterprises pad their bottom lines at your expense. Note shopper sizes below:

New Treatment for Crippling Diabetic Charcot Foot

Kudos, fatsos.

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
The alarming increase of morbidly obese diabetics is causing more new cases of a debilitating foot deformity called Charcot foot.

Charcot foot can make walking difficult or impossible, and in severe cases can require amputation.

But a surgical technique that secures foot bones with an external frame has enabled more than 90 percent of patients to walk normally again, according to Loyola University Health System foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Michael Pinzur. Pinzur, one of the nation's leading surgeons who treat Charcot foot, describes the device in the journal Hospital Practice.

The device, called a circular external fixator, is a rigid frame made of stainless steel and aircraft-grade aluminum. It contains three rings that surround the foot and lower calf. The rings have stainless-steel pins that extend to the foot and secure the bones after surgery.

The fixator "has been demonstrated to achieve a high potential for enhanced clinical outcomes with a minimal risk for treatment-associated morbidity," Pinzer wrote. Pinzur treats about 75 Charcot patients per year with external fixators. Most of these patients are diabetics.

Charcot foot can occur in a diabetic who has neuropathy (nerve damage) in the foot that impairs the ability to feel pain. Charot foot typically occurs following a minor injury, such as a sprain or stress fracture. Because the patient doesn't feel the injury, he or she continues to walk, making the injury worse. Bones fracture, joints collapse and the foot becomes deformed. The patient walks on the side of the foot and develops pressure sores. Bones can become infected.
Enjoy your operation as long as you can pay for it yourself and leave the rest of us out of it.

Targeted Lipid Screening in Kids Called Inadequate

Tragic result of nutritional child abuse.
Screening all children for high cholesterol may be the only way to find those needing treatment, researchers said.

Among West Virginia fifth-graders with no family history of premature hyperlipidemia or cardiovascular disease, and therefore not currently recommended for cholesterol screening, 9.5% had LDL levels of 130 mg/dL or higher, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics.
Things are way, way out of control when you "need" to screen all the kids.


Stop the nutritional child abuse.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Big hips 'impair' women's memory, a study finds

Guess they forget to stop eating. (the fat ass comes with the fat hips at no extra charge)
A woman's body shape may influence how good her memory is, according to US researchers.

Although carrying excess weight anywhere appears to impair older women's brains, carrying it on the hips may make matters worse, they say.
Can't argue with that - "carrying excess weight anywhere appears to impair older women's brains..."

Lifelong Doubling in Death Risk for Men Who Are Obese at Age 20, Study Finds

Kudos, fatsos.
Men who enter adult life obese face a life-long doubling of the risk of dying prematurely, new research has found.

In a study presented at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, researchers tracked more than 5,000 military conscripts starting at the age of 20 until up to the age of 80. They found that at any given age, an obese man was twice as likely to die as a man who was not obese and that obesity at age 20 years had a constant effect on death up to 60 years later. They also found that the chance of dying early increased by 10% for each BMI point above the threshold for a healthy weight and that this persisted throughout life, with the obese dying about eight years earlier than the non-obese.
Flabicide is your right.

Just don't expect the rest of us to bail you out and we are all good.


Brain Function Differs With Weight, Body Shape

Smart brain:

Not smart brain (Michellesie "The Cow" Obama):

Body mass index and the distribution of fat were both associated with cognitive function in a large study of postmenopausal women, researchers said.
Now that explains a lot.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Family meals, vegetables may keep kids trim

You mean it is not "unhealthy schools," lack of physical activity, un-smart food choices and limited access to "healthy" foods as The First Fatty says?
Children who regularly sit down to family meals and get plenty of vegetables in their diet tend to be thinner than their peers without such eating habits, a new study finds.
Nothing new here.

Just a reaffirmation.

And here is a reminder of Michellesie "The Cow" Obama, Weight Loss Advisor In Chief (and her hubby):

Role model:

Role modelette, Michellesie "The First Fatty" Obama:

Fish oil might lower breast cancer risk

Or it might not.
Women who take fish oil supplements may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who don't, a study published Thursday suggests -- though whether the supplement itself bestows the benefit is not yet clear.
Then there is the dark side:
White's team also found that among a subgroup of women with a history of heart disease, fish oil use was actually related to an increased breast cancer risk versus non-use.

The finding, White said, is surprising and not readily explained. She added, though, that it was based on only a small number of women, and may represent a chance finding rather than a true effect of fish oil.

The current findings cannot hint at whether a fish-rich diet might help lower breast cancer risk. But, White and her colleagues note, two previous large studies did look at the relationship between women's reported omega-3 intake from food and their risk of breast cancer. Neither study uncovered any link.
It may pay to investigate something that might know:

Rosiglitazone Hearing Reveals Not-So-Rosy Rifts at FDA

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
This week's FDA advisory committee meeting on rosiglitazone (Avandia) drew back the curtain on the agency's internal politics but left its final decision shrouded in uncertainty.

On Wednesday, the panel voted 20-12 in favor of rosiglitazone's continued availability on the market, although 17 of the 20 supporters called for tougher warnings on the drug's label.

The inconclusive voting came as little surprise given the inconclusive and flawed evidence available, noted endocrinologist David Nathan, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Note: "given the inconclusive and flawed evidence available..."

Really, don't you think you would be a lot smarter to lose the pounds than deal with drugs where marketability is based on "inconclusive and flawed evidence"?

Do you think this is the only med out there like that?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Link between inactivity and obesity queried

Duh. As Fitness Watch readers know, "exercise" is a terribly inefficient way to control weight and burns off very few Calories. (see here, here, here and here)
Researchers have challenged the assumption that a lack of exercise causes children to put on weight.

A study of children in Plymouth suggests the effect is the other way around - that getting fatter makes them inactive.

The paper, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, concludes that programmes to tackle obesity may need to focus more on food than exercise.

However, some other experts have questioned the findings.

The paper says there is no disputing the association between physical activity and body fat. And there is no suggestion that exercise is not good for children. But it does question its value as a way of tackling obesity.

The researchers at the EarlyBird Diabetes Study, based at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, has been following a group of more than 200 city school children for the past 11 years.

As part of the long-term study, they monitored body fat and exercise at regular intervals over three years.

They found no indication that doing more physical activity had any effect on weight, but they did find that children who put on weight did relatively less exercise.
Caloric intake control is and will always be the best way to control weight naturally.

Professor Wilkin says the policy implications are far-reaching, indicating that nutrition, rather than ever-increasing doses of physical activity, is the key to tackling childhood obesity.

Fast food 'fuelling Asia diabetes boom'

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
Many Vietnamese have diabetes but are unaware of it - and the condition is spreading fast in South East Asia, scientists have warned.

A study by Australian and Vietnamese scientists found about 11% of men and 12% of women in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City had undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

This was in addition to the 4% of people who had been diagnosed.

The scientists, from Australia's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, blamed changing lifestyles and fast food.
More Calories in than out is what makes people fat.

The source of the Calories is immaterial.

That these people are so unaware, i.e., they do not know that they have diabetes, only reinforces the concept that they are likely ignorant of how much they are eating.

Unawareness/ignorance is their fault and a choice.

The real problems are stupidity and the notion that we should care about caring for these idiots and be responsible for them.

The problem is not with the food source.

It's with the unaware morons.

Fall-Prevention Program Fails

Two words to success: Anabolic Cliinc
A multidisciplinary program to prevent recurrent falls among older people failed to reduce fall rates, according to results of a clinical trial from the Netherlands.

The randomized, controlled clinical trial, conducted among more than 200 people ages 65 and older who had suffered a previous fall, found no statistically significant differences in fall rates within a year between the intervention group and those who received the usual care, Oscar de Vries, MD, of VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, and colleagues reported in the July 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine...

Among the 106 patients randomized to the intervention and 111 patients who received the usual care, more than half fell at least once, demonstrating no significant treatment effect for the time to first fall (hazard ratio, 0.96; 95% CI 0.67 to 1.37) or the time to second fall (hazard ratio 1.13; CI 0.71 to 1.80).
Note "usual care."

You can do better.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fast Food Ads Aimed at Children on the Rise

So, be the parent and don't buy the stuff.
Exposure to television advertisements for fast food among children increased by as much as 20.4% between 2003 and 2007, whereas advertisements for beverages and sweets declined, according to a new study published online July 5 in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

"US children have poor diets with an excess intake of fat, sugar, sodium, sweetened beverages, and low-nutrient snacks while fruit, vegetable, and micronutrient intake is lower than recommended," write Lisa M. Powell, PhD, and colleagues from the University of Illinois in Chicago. "There has been an upward trend in total energy intake derived from away-from-home, particularly fast food, outlets. Excess fat and sugar intake and consumption of items such as sugar-sweetened beverages and fast food have been linked with higher energy intake and obesity."
Or advocate for Gram Shop Acts.

Cognitive Decline Increased in Middle-Aged Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
Middle-aged patients with type 2 diabetes have roughly a 3 times greater decline in certain cognitive functions during a 5-year period than people without diabetes, a new study suggests.
However, the decline started earlier, as in when these people decided to get fat.

Diabetics eye obesity surgery to tame blood sugar

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes. It is a disease of choice.
The twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes are fueling an international public health threat. In the United States, one out of five people with obesity-linked Type 2 diabetes are morbidly obese — defined as 100
Let them get all the surgery they want as long as the rest of us do not have to pay for them.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Children With Higher Self-Control at Lower Risk for Being Overweight Teens

You mean it is not genetics, infections, ethnicity, culture, school lunches, proximity to grocery stores, etc.?
Children who were rated higher in self-control at age 9 years were less likely to be overweight at age 15 years than their less well-controlled peers, investigators reported in a prospective, longitudinal study published in the July issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The relationship between weight and self-control remained significant even after controlling for a number of confounding variables. The authors suggested that greater impulse control and skill at delaying gratification helped the children maintain a healthy weight in adolescence.
Go figger.
"The capacity to resist immediate temptations to act in one's best long-term interests is among the most important developmental milestones in the social development of children."
And adults.

Osteoporosis Screenings Done too Frequently in U.S.?

Two words: Anabolic Clinic.
Screening for osteoporosis, if used as frequently as current guidelines suggest, may be doing more harm than good, an influential task force said.

How both conditions can decrease bone density.
The bone disease can be disabling to elderly people, and even threaten their lives after a hip fracture. As many as half of all Americans aged 50 or over will be at risk for osteoporotic fractures during their lifetimes, according to a 2004 Surgeon General's report.

Medications can help and doctors are continually looking for ways to detect the disease earlier.

But when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reviewed 33 studies on osteoporosis screenings, it said it could not find enough evidence to show whether the current screening guidelines are more helpful than hurtful.
What has been shown is that anabolic steroids can help prevent the development of osteoporosis and if you have it, they can help reverse the bone loss.

Screening - not necessary.

Prevention - necessary.

Reversal - necessary.

Find out about it.

For BP More Control Means Less Benefit in T2D

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
Tight control of blood pressure to less than 130 mm Hg systolic does not improve major cardiovascular outcomes in diabetes patients with major coronary artery disease, researchers have again affirmed.

Compared with more standard 130 to 140 mm Hg control, tighter was not better for the composite rate of all-cause mortality, nonfatal MI, and nonfatal heart attack (12.6% standard versus 12.7% tight, P=0.24), found Rhonda M. Cooper-DeHoff, PharmD, MS, of the University of Florida in Gainesville, and colleagues.

Moreover, achieving tight control was associated with increased risk of death from any cause (11.0% versus 10.2%, P=0.06 over two years and 22.8% versus 21.8%, P=0.04 over seven years), they reported in the July 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

However, these results run counter to clinical guidelines from the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and seventh report of the Joint National Committee (JNC 7), which all recommend a target of less than 130/85 or 130/80 mm Hg for diabetes patients.

But the evidence does not support those recommendations, said co-author Carl J. Pepine, MD, also of the University of Florida in Gainsville.

"In fact, our data suggests that if the blood pressure is lowered to approximately 115 systolic there's hazard associated with it," he said in a video interview.
More evidence that they have no idea what they are talking about.

If you are fat and not too stupid to help yourself, get fit, because the people you expect will be your saviors are shooting in the dark.

Go here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Obese Patients At Higher Risk Of Adverse Events After Hip Reconstruction, Australia

Obese and morbidly obese patients are at significantly greater risk of complications after a total hip reconstruction than non-obese patients, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia

1. Don't fix them until they lose the weight.
2. Make them pay out-of-pocket for complications.

Fixing these folks is a net negative proposition.
They found that the risk of complications in the first 12 months after THA increased by seven per cent for each unit increase in body mass index (BMI), after adjusting for age and sex, with morbidly obese patients having an almost sixfold higher complication rate than non-obese patients.

Prof Choong said that despite the significant reduction in pain and improvement in function reported in obese and morbidly obese patients, the study found that clinically significant weight loss in these patients after THA was uncommon.

At 12-month follow-up, only nine per cent of obese or morbidly obese patients had lost five per cent or more of their preoperative weight, and 25 per cent had in fact gained five per cent or more of their preoperative weight.

"Functional ability is only one of a number of factors that affect a person's willingness to participate in physical activity (and thus aid weight loss) after surgery," Prof Choong said.
Even when you fix them, they do not use their new hips for anything resembling meaningful change.

Crawling with old hips probably burns more Calories.

Glucosamine no better than placebo for back pain

Now how is that possible?
Taking glucosamine for six months did no more to ease chronic lower back pain than taking a dummy pill, Norwegian researchers said Tuesday.

They said the widely used treatment appears to offer little benefit to patients whose aching back is caused by degenerative arthritis, and they said doctors should not recommend it for their patients.

Studies of glucosamine, a dietary supplement, have been mixed, with some small studies showing a benefit in certain patients, such as those with osteoarthritis of the knee.

A team led by Philip Wilkens of Oslo University Hospital and University of Oslo did a randomized clinical trial — the most scientifically rigorous kind — to see what effect glucosamine had in 250 people over 25 with chronic lower back pain.

They assessed people in the study at six months and again at one year using a pain and disability questionnaire and found no statistically significant difference in scores between the group that took the supplement and the group that took a dummy pill.

"Based on our results, it seems unwise to recommend glucosamine to all patients with chronic lumbar pain and degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis," Wilkens and colleagues wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Andrew Avins of Northern California Kaiser-Permanente in Oakland, California, said in a commentary that given the high quality of the study, the most likely explanation of the findings is that "glucosamine probably offers little benefit for chronic low back pain with osteoarthritis beyond whatever placebo effect it may provide."

Dr. John Markman, a pain specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, called the study a setback because glucosamine "is inexpensive and has few side effects, compared to other treatments."
How stupid is that?

Calling a rigorous scientific demonstration of uselessness a "setback."

Clearly it is progress.

Now, if only people will listen and stop wasting resources.

New obesity pills try to shed past problems

Good news, fatsos!
The first of three new fat-fighting pills faces public scrutiny by U.S. regulatory advisers next week, as small biotechs target the growing number of obese Americans despite a checkered past for weight-loss drugs.
You keep popping these things for as long as we do not have to pay for them.

And by the way...
"Obesity is the Cape Hatteras of drug development," Morningstar analyst Damien Conover said, "where all these ships wanted to go and they sunk."
You are likely to experience the same results.

But, as long as we don't have to foot the bill, have a ball.

And another helping.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Health and austerity: When budget cuts cost lives

European leaders slicing away at national budgets are keen to persuade voters that healthcare is sacrosanct, but they will struggle to escape the truth that cutting spending elsewhere also eventually costs lives.

If a government's first priority is to protect the lives of its people, then ringfencing health spending while cutting other budgets and trying to drive down the cost of medicines -- policies being pursued in Europe -- seem sensible options.
Did you catch that?

"If a government's first priority is to protect the lives of its people..."


Protecting the lives of its people, not through national defense, but by making the rest of us pay for the bad behavior of others.

Making the rest of us pay to rescue people who are too fat by choice.

The answer is plain and simple, let the calorically irresponsible experience the results of their behavior without subsidies from the rest of us.

Only then will behavior and, by extension, health improve.

Oh, yeah.

And vote the entitlementalista politicians out of office ASAP.

Or get rid of them sooner.

Fat Cells Play Key Role in Development of Type 2 Diabetes

Shelf life expired?
Cellular changes in fat tissue -- not the immune system -- lead to the "hyperinflammation" characteristic of obesity-related glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC)...

"This finding is quite novel because current drug development efforts target immune cells (macrophages, T-cells) to eliminate this hyperinflammation. Our research suggests obesity-related glucose intolerance has nothing to do with the immune system. It may be more effective to target adipocytes (fat cells)," explains Moscat, principal investigator of the study and chair of UC's cancer and cell biology department.
That means lose the weight, fatsos.

Vitamins C and E a Bust at Preventing Preeclampsia in Diabetic Women

Say it ain't so.
Vitamins C and E get an F+ when it comes to preventing preeclampsia in women with type 1 diabetes, British investigators reported here at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 70th Scientific Sessions. Their study was published online June 25 in the Lancet to coincide with its presentation.

Neither vitamin C nor vitamin E supplements were better than placebo at preventing preeclampsia in diabetic women. Vitamin supplementation also failed to reduce the frequency of gestational hypertension, low birth weight, and the ratio of plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI)-1 to PAI-2, a measure of endothelial function

"Importantly however, we did not observe any adverse maternal or neonatal outcomes, and in 2 of 11 prespecified subgroup analyses, the risk for preeclampsia was significantly reduced in women with low antioxidant status at baseline randomized to vitamin treatment, compared with women of similar antioxidant status assigned to placebo," said David R. McCance, MD, professor of medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Given the poor performance of vitamins as preventive measures in other conditions — with the notable exception of B vitamins for the prevention of neural tube defects — the results are not particularly surprising but are still disappointing, said M. Sue Kirkman, MD, vice-president of clinical affairs at the ADA, who was not involved in the study but who comoderated the session at which it was presented.
No surprise at all.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Obesity League Tables By State, USA, 2010

The new Obesity League - a team most can join!
Below is a list of states according to the percentage of adults considered to be obese, with Mississippi at number 1 (33.8%) and Colorado at number 51 (19.1%).

Percentage of adults considered to be obese, by state:

1.Mississippi 33.8%
2. tie Alabama 31.6%; & Tennessee 31.6%
4. West Virginia 31.3%
5. Louisiana 31.2%
6.Oklahoma 30.6%
7. Kentucky 30.5%
8. Arkansas 30.1%
9. South Carolina 29.9%
10. tie Michigan 29.4%; & North Carolina 29.4%
12. Missouri 29.3%
13. tie Ohio 29.0%; & Texas 29.0%
15. South Dakota 28.5%
16. Kansas 28.2%
17. tie Georgia 28.1%; Indiana 28.1%; & Pennsylvania 28.1%
20. Delaware 27.9%
21. North Dakota 27.7%
22. Iowa 27.6%
23. Nebraska 27.3%
24. tie Alaska 26.9%; & Wisconsin 26.9%
26. tie Illinois 26.6%; & Maryland 26.6%
28. Washington 26.3%
29. tie Arizona 25.8%; & Maine 25.8%
31. Nevada 25.6%
32. tie Minnesota 25.5%; New Mexico 25.5%; & Virginia 25.5%
35. New Hampshire 25.4%
36. tie Florida 25.1%; Idaho 25.1%; & New York 25.1%
39. tie Oregon 25.0%; & Wyoming 25.0%
41. California 24.4%
42. New Jersey 23.9%
43. Montana 23.5%
44. Utah 23.2%
45. Rhode Island 22.9%
46. Vermont 22.8%
47. Hawaii 22.6%
48. Massachusetts 21.7%
49. District of Columbia. 21.5%
50. Connecticut 21.4%
51. Colorado 19.1%
On your marks...

Blood Pressure Lowered By Nitrate In Beetroot Juice

Ah, remember the good old days when nitrates used to kill you?
The nitrate content of beetroot juice is the underlying cause of its blood pressure lowering benefits, research from Queen Mary University of London reveals.

The study, published online in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that blood pressure was lowered within 24 hours in people who took nitrate tablets, and people who drank beetroot juice.
Well, they are good again.

Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

Patients Denied Coverage for Bariatric Surgery at High Risk for Obesity-Related Comorbidities

Great news!
Obese patients who are denied insurance coverage for bariatric surgery frequently go on to develop new obesity-related comorbidities in the years after the denial as a result of chronically high body mass indices, according to a study presented here at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 27th Annual Meeting.
Then pay for it yourselves, fatsos.

Save some money by buying fewer Calories.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Tight Risk Factor Control No Help for Most Diabetics

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes. Another example demonstrating that they have no idea what is going on.
Many patients with diabetes may not benefit from aggressive management of cardiovascular risk factors and some may even be harmed, according to a statistical model based on a government health survey.
Intensive, stepped-care management of dyslipidemia and hypertension led to gains of 1 to 1.5 quality-adjusted-life-years (QALY) in people who had a life expectancy of 10 to 11 years. But adjustment for potential harms of treatment reduced the benefits.
Best to never develop Type 2 diabetes.

Better to get rid of your Type 2 diabetes.

Clearly, do not trust the sick care system to "know" how to deal with your condition.

Severe Obesity Becoming More Common In Sixth-Graders

Fat parents have fat kids.
Nearly 7 percent of sixth-graders across the U.S. are severely obese, reveals a new study appearing online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

"Severe obesity in children requires attention because it is associated with high rates of risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease as children get older," said Marsha Marcus, Ph.D., lead study author.
Kudos, child-abusing fatsos.

Authoritative Parenting Style Influences Family Eating Behavior And Better Nutrition In Adolescents

Now what could it possibly be about parents saying "No" to kids when they want to consume too many Calories?
Investigators from the University of Minnesota have found a direct association between parenting style and the frequency of meals eaten together as a family and that an authoritative parenting style was associated with more frequent family meals. Their data further indicated that family meals have a positive influence on adolescents to eat a healthy diet. The results of the study are published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

ADA: Diabetes Screening Cost Effective

Wrong. Only not getting Type 2 diabetes is cost-effective.

Having fatsos pay for their own screening and treatment are the next best things to being cost-effective.
Screening for type 2 diabetes in high-risk patient populations likely saves money even in the short term, researchers affirmed here.
For middle-age or older adults and for the obese, every screening method evaluated was projected to reduce costs to the healthcare system over a three year span even when factoring in medication costs and false negatives, found Ranee Chatterjee, MD, of Johns Hopkins, and colleagues.
Any other approach is only income effective for the deliverers of sick care.

ASMBS: Gastric Banding Cost-Effective

Wrong. Only not becoming a fatso is cost-effective.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding for obese patients pays for itself in a relatively short period of time, especially for patients with diabetes, according to an analysis of insurance claims.
A review of more than 7,000 cases showed that the net cost to insurers reached the break-even point within four years. The analysis showed that procedures in diabetic patients paid for themselves in half that time, investigators reported here at the annual meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
See above.

Sedentary Behavior Puts White Women At Greatest Risk For Obesity

Duh. It is all about Calories in vs. Calories out. However, Calories out, i.e., is hugely more inefficient than control of Calories in.

Obesity is climbing steadily among American women and an inactive lifestyle is one risk factor.
"Exercise" for weight loss is an idiot's game.

Or one for people with unlimited time to kill.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bringing The Woods To Kids: The Richmond Edible Forest Project

Save the forests - for dinner.
The city of Richmond represents one of the most diverse populations in Contra Costa County. It also has a high poverty rate: more than 13 percent of the residents live below the federal poverty level according to a 1999 report published by the Urban Habitat Program in San Francisco. But the Richmond Edible Forest Project hopes to help change those statistics by teaching local youth how to garden and produce a healthy food source for themselves and their communities.
Cookin' up a storm in the woods.

What could go wrong here?

ASMBS: Bariatric Patients at Risk of Substance Abuse

More costs to rescuing the fat from their diseases of choice.
Some bariatric surgery patients may trade one type of addiction for another, according to a small study of patients who entered substance abuse programs after surgery...

"The implications include a need for increased psychological treatment pre- and postsurgery, with a particular focus on navigating identity shifts, and increased education related to substance abuse risks post-bariatric surgery," Valentina Ivezaj, MS, of Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, and colleagues concluded in a poster presentation.
No, the implications are to have the fat pay for their surgeries, their illnesses of choice and their addiction rehab out-of-pocket.

Then we will see fatosity decrease.

Maternal & Paternal Smoking Associated With Mental Health Conditions And Obesity

More nutritional child abuse.
Studies have linked tobacco smoke exposure to various chronic conditions of childhood, including obesity, asthma and mental health disorders. Two studies published in the July print issue of Pediatrics (published online June 28), add evidence to the harms of both maternal and paternal smoking on children.
Stop the abuse.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Key Mechanism Links Virgin Olive Oil To Protection Against Breast Cancer

No wonder olive oil wrestlers have a lower incidence of breast cancer.
Researchers at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, led by Dr Eduard Escrich, have discovered a key mechanism by which virgin olive oil, in contrast to other vegetable oils, protects the body against breast cancer.
I can hear it now.

"Don't do it for me. Do it for your health, honey."

ADA: TZD Debate Rages, but What Does It Mean?

(Caption: Diabetes - sometimes all the warning signs are right in front of you)

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes. TZDs are used to treat it.
Safety issues -- especially cardiovascular risks -- continue to dog rosiglitazone (Avandia) and echo in faint whispers that touch its classmate, pioglitazone (Actos). As a result, the question that emerged here at the American Diabetes Association meeting was all-encompassing -- should the thiazolidinedione class continue to be used at all?

The controversy, which has been simmering for three years, heated up in anticipation of next month's FDA advisory committee meeting to consider whether to pull troubled rosiglitazone from the market.

For example, on a single day during the ADA meeting, three unrelated studies released results spanning the range from cardiovascular harm to cardiovascular benefit with rosiglitazone and an unfavorable comparison with pioglitazone.

In an update to his 2007 meta-analysis that first raised concerns, Steven E. Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, reported a 28% to 39% relative risk for myocardial infarction (MI) with rosiglitazone (P=0.04) in a 56-trial mega- meta-analysis published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

This update supports the "totality of information" against rosiglitazone, Nissen said. But few saw it as a very compelling addition to the debate.

So Much Data, So Little Quality

More meta-analyses aren't going to change any minds or really answer the question, commented John Buse, MD, PhD, of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

He likened it to a further salvo in an unwinnable war.

At a debate here at the ADA meeting, Nissen said that in this case meta-analyses provided necessary evidence because of the lack of any quality, prospective, randomized clinical trial evidence on hard cardiovascular endpoints with rosiglitazone.
Better not to be a casualty in the "unwinnable war" of medicating for diseases of choice.

Better not to get the disease at all or reverse it without the drugs. (see here - scroll to bottom of page)

Study Casts Doubt on MS Vascular Theory

Not a fitness issue. Just another demonstration of they have no idea what is going on.
A new study from Germany has found that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients showed no evidence of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) -- striking another blow against the theory that obstructed blood flow in veins exiting the brain may be a cause of MS.

Ultrasound exams of jugular and vertebral veins in 56 MS patients and 20 controls yielded normal findings in nearly all of them, reported Florian Doepp, MD, of Humboldt University in Berlin, and colleagues online in Annals of Neurology.

The findings directly contradict results reported last year and in 2007 by Paolo Zamboni, MD, of the University of Ferrara in Italy, and colleagues from a 300-participant ultrasound study, in which nearly all the MS patients but few controls had CCSVI.
Apply to "healthy" foods, supplements, drugs for weight loss, etc., rinse, repeat.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Experts and Studies: Not Always Trustworthy

...As much as 90% of physicians' medical knowledge has been found to be substantially or completely wrong. In fact, there is a 1 in 12 chance that a doctor's diagnosis will be so wrong that it causes the patient significant harm...
Welcome to the world of conventional fitness advice.

Standard CV Risk Factors Don't Explain the Doubling of Vascular Disease Risk in Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
Diabetes is a risk factor not only for ischemic vascular diseases such as MI and ischemic stroke, it also seems to pose a significant risk across the spectrum of different forms of vascular disease, including hemorrhagic stroke, suggests a meta-analysis encompassing almost 700 000 patients [1]. Moreover, it showed that the elevated risks were largely independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors, suggesting that diabetes must be raising vascular risk through less familiar mechanisms.

The study, according to Dr Nadeem Sarwar (University of Cambridge, UK), suggests that, contrary to expectations, "very little of the excess cardiovascular risk associated with diabetes is explained by obesity, blood pressure, lipids, inflammatory markers, or renal function." Controlling for those factors, he told heartwire , had little effect on the approximately twofold increase in vascular risk associated with diabetes.

"That means there are yet-to-be discovered pathways that better explain why people with diabetes are at increased [cardiovascular] risk," he said. And that risk accounts for a substantial amount of all cardiovascular disease. Sarwar and his colleagues estimate that, assuming 10% prevalence of diabetes across the adult population, diabetes on its own accounts for 11% of deaths due to vascular disease.
Kudos, fatsos.

On top of all the known risk factors you chose to develop, you have created mystery risks, too.

Obesity Linked to Increased Cancer Mortality Risk in Asia/Pacific Region

"You are Siamese and flabby..."

Persons living in the Asia-Pacific region who are overweight and obese have a significantly increased risk for mortality from cancer compared with the risk for individuals of normal weight, according to a new report published online June 30 in Lancet Oncology.
Hey, not to worry.

The weight will likely come off as your cancer progresses.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Testosterone gel linked to heart problems

Not exactly. This is from the MSM article that carried the alarming headline:
Testosterone treatments may build muscle mass in older men, but they may carry a risk of heart problems in people with poor mobility, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

The Massachusetts study, reported online by the New England Journal of Medicine, was halted after six months because the men using a hormone gel were developing so many heart, breathing and skin problems compared to patients applying a placebo gel to their shoulders or upper arms every day.
And so is this, it just did not merit a headline:
The numbers were too small to be statistically significant and the side effects encompassed a lot of different diagnoses, which may mean that chance played a role in the results...

The National Institute on Aging, which paid for the trial, also noted that the men in the study may have been getting exceptionally high doses of testosterone. Auxilium said they were getting double to triple the recommended dose.
From NIH:
The authors caution that the ability to draw broader conclusions about the safety of testosterone therapy based on these findings is constrained by several factors, including this study’s small size and the fact that the study’s population was older and had higher rates of chronic diseases and mobility limitation than individuals in most other studies.

In addition, the trial’s eligibility criteria excluded men with severely low testosterone levels, limiting the ability to make inferences about safety in this population. The authors also note that the testosterone doses and serum levels in this trial may be higher than those usually used in clinical practice and in some previous clinical trials.
The real article was even more adamant about the aberrant results of this study.

Caustic Government Report Deals Blow to Diabetes Drug

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes. Avandia is used to treat Type 2 diabetes.
A federal drug official on Friday dealt a severe blow to the popular diabetes drug Avandia, issuing a scathing review of a major clinical trial that its manufacturer has been using to argue that the drug was safe.

The reviewer, Dr. Thomas Marciniak of the Food and Drug Administration, found a dozen instances in which patients taking Avandia appeared to suffer serious heart problems that were not counted in the study’s tally of adverse events.

Such repeated mistakes “should not be found even as single occurrences” and “suggest serious flaws with trial conduct,” Dr. Marciniak wrote.

The detailed report could prove crucial next week, when a panel of experts will meet to consider whether to recommend to the F.D.A. that the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, withdraw Avandia from the market or restrict its sale.

The panel’s decision will have broad consequences for the company, the F.D.A. and perhaps even the entire process by which medical products are approved. The agency almost never does clinical trials on its own, depending on drug companies to conduct them appropriately.

Avandia, which helps patients get better control of blood sugar levels, has already come under intense criticism. It has been shown to increase the risks of bone fractures and to cause swelling that can lead to heart failure and eye problems.

And a number of studies, including some by GlaxoSmithKline, suggest that it could increase the risks of heart attacks, strokes and death. But the company has relied heavily on the major clinical trial, nicknamed Record, to demonstrate that those risks are exaggerated.
Really, isn't is better to just shed the pounds than risk all this?

Bicycling, Brisk Walking, May Help Control Weight in Overweight, Obese Women

More researchers with s**t for brains.
Bicycling or brisk walking may help control weight in overweight and obese premenopausal women, according to the results of a study reported in the...Archives of Internal Medicine.

And get this:
Limitations of this study were that the study sample was not a random US sample but, rather, a group of predominantly white nurses. Other limitations include imperfect measurements of physical activity and assessment of only recreational activity, not total activity.
Sounds awfully limited, don't it?

A waste.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pediatricians Can Help Parents Recognize Overweight Preschoolers

More "help" for unfit parents.
Parents are more likely to underestimate their preschool children's weight when pediatricians do not tell them their children are overweight or gaining weight too fast, a study by the University of South Florida and Johns Hopkins University reports.

The study, published Clinical Pediatrics, suggests pediatricians should not hesitate to wield their influence in helping parents identify overweight children. These children are at risk of developing serious and costly health problems once reserved for adults, like Type II diabetes and heart disease.
From those who are unwillling.
"When it comes to younger children, pediatricians tend to shy away from discussing and making recommendations about weight," said lead author Raquel Hernandez, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics at USF Health.
But they will help mutilate the genitals of young girls - until they are called on it.

And continue to ignore their own recommendations.

The best help they can offer is by getting out of the way.

And the best that can be done to help parents too stupid to realize their piglets are fat is to enforce the child abuse and neglect laws.

That will bring both the idiot parents and law-breaking docs into the fold.

Antioxidants no help vs rheumatoid arthritis, lupus

Shelf life expired.
Antioxidants in food and supplements might not protect women from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus after all, a large U.S. study suggests.

RA is not the same as osteoarthritis, which develops with age or with wear-and-tear on the joints. RA occurs much less often, but is usually more severe. RA and lupus are both autoimmune disorders.

The researchers tracked nearly 185,000 women for up to 24 years. Overall, they found no clear relationship between the women's estimated intake of antioxidants -- including vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene -- and their likelihood of being diagnosed with RA or lupus.

The findings contradict hints from earlier research that women with higher intake of antioxidants might have lower risks of developing these diseases.
More bad news for antioxidants.

Still think they have any idea what an effective supplement is?

13 Drugs on Latest FDA List for Safety Monitoring

And these are the ones already determined to be safe enough for human use.
A watch list of 13 drugs based on potential signs of serious risks or new safety information collected by the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the first quarter of 2010 has been released.

The FDA is studying all of the drugs to determine the need for any regulatory action.
Just as with these drugs, you can bet your health that the IMHO malpractice known as diet drugs will be found to cause even more problems over time.

Get fit, and stay away from the medical s**t.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Video Game Research Project To Help Blind Children Exercise

Odd, but does serve to show it is the parents, not the kids.
VI Fit, a project at the University of Nevada, Reno, helps children who are blind become more physically active and healthy through video games. The human-computer interaction research team in the computer science and engineering department has developed a motion-sensing-based tennis and bowling exergame that can be downloaded for free athttp://

"Lack of vision forms a significant barrier to participation in physical activity and consequently children with visual impairments have much higher obesity rates and obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes," Eelke Folmer, research team leader and assistant professor in the computer science and engineering department, said.
Shouldn't the parents be able to hide the Calories?

Something is amiss.

U.S. Report Finds Too Few Clinics Target Diabetes, Obesity

A blessing.
Too few local health clinics in the United States offer diabetes screening or obesity prevention programs, according to a nationwide study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since conventional diet advice is wrong and can only lead to failure, these people should thank their lucky stars.

Overweight Women Undertaking ART Twice as Likely to Miscarry as Their Slimmer Counterparts, Study Finds

Another reason to dissuade the fat from having kids.
Being overweight leads to a greater risk of miscarriage for patients undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART), according to a study presented at the 26th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

"Although there is evidence that miscarriage rates are higher in overweight women who conceive spontaneously, there were conflicting views about the effect of increased weight on the outcome of pregnancies occurring after IVF and ICSI," Dr. Rittenberg said. "The difficulty of interpreting the studies to date is that they are heterogeneous, their thresholds for defining obesity vary, and they assess the outcome in relation to BMI following the transfer of multiple embryos at various stages of development. Our study differs in that we transferred only one embryo at a specific stage of development, and were therefore able to provide clear evidence of the deleterious effect of being overweight on the chances of miscarriage."

Being overweight can lead to a number of other pregnancy risks including high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, diabetes, premature delivery and post-partum bleeding. Besides the inherent medical dangers of these conditions, they can lead to lengthy hospital stays for the pregnant woman. Additionally, babies of obese mothers are more likely to have a high birth weight and thus may face an increased rate of delivery by Caesarean section, which in itself can cause complications for both mother and baby.
Stop early child abuse.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Raised HDL May Be Bad News if Inflammation Present

Shelf-life expired? HDL is touted as the "good" cholesterol - more is better. Until now.
A new study has suggested that a raised HDL-cholesterol level, if present in conjunction with a raised C-reactive-protein (CRP) level, may confer increased cardiovascular risk [1]. And that in these patients, reduced cholesteryl-ester-transfer-protein (CETP) activity is associated with even higher risk, giving a potential explanation to the negative findings of the torcetrapib (Pfizer) studies.

The study, published online May 20, 2010 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, was conducted by a group led by Dr James Corsetti (University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, NY).

Corsetti commented to heartwire : "We found that having a raised HDL together with a raised CRP signifies higher risk of cardiac events. This is not a good combination. This has been hinted at in previous studies, so we specifically looked to see whether we could identify this interaction in a large population group. Our findings are consistent with the thinking that HDL can be proatherogenic in an inflammatory environment."
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

Fitness is just about all you can rely on.

Educational Achievement Improved By National School Lunch Program

Shelf-life expired - it is not about the school lunches.
A new article from the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management is the first to evaluate the long-term health and educational effects of participation in the National School Lunch Program. The study finds that the program leads to a significant increase in educational opportunity and attainment, but an insignificant increase in health levels from childhood to adulthood.

The Congress-led program, which first began in 1946 under President Harry S. Truman, built off the existing New Deal food subsidy programs, first started under Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was largely inspired by the disqualification of sixteen percent of eligible soldiers from serving in World War II, due to malnutrition or underfeeding causes, and was originally perceived as a "measure of national security."

Dr. Peter Hinrichs, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and author of the study, remarks, "My research found that the National School Lunch Program has not had a dramatic effect on health into adulthood, but it has had a significant effect on educational attainment. School feeding programs, and the National School Lunch Program in particular, have some effect on adult health, but do not necessarily improve every outcome we hoped they would improve." Federal spending on the program is now measured at over eight billion annually.

The study asserts that the low-cost, subsidized lunches offered to children in the program may have encouraged children to attend school more than they would have, based on data on educational attainment from the U.S. Census.

However, based on data from the National Health Interview Survey, the study finds no lasting effect on adult health. The author speculates that food from the National School Lunch Program may have just replaced food that children were going to consume from other sources, or that perhaps the program improves health temporarily but that the effects fade away by adulthood.
. The First Fatty Michellesie "The Cow" Obama remains an idiot.

Role model:

Role modelette, Michellesie "The First Fatty" Obama:

Asian study links obesity to cancer

Kudos, honorable fatsos.
Asians who are overweight or obese are more likely to die from cancer compared with people of normal weight, a large study in Asia has found.

Obesity is regarded a risk factor for certain cancers in the West, but until now it had not been clear if it poses the same risks to Asians.

Researchers monitored 401,215 people in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand for four years.

Compared to people of normal weight, participants who were obese were 21 percent more likely to die from cancer while those who were overweight had a 6 percent higher chance, the study found.

Obese participants were particularly vulnerable to cancers of the colon, rectum, breast, ovary, cervix, prostate, and leukemia, the researchers found.

"Overweight and obese individuals in populations across the Asia-Pacific region have a significantly increased risk of mortality from cancer," the researchers wrote in a paper published in The Lancet Oncology on Wednesday.
Chop suet, anyone?

(Yes, I know that chop suey is allegedly an American creation.)

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Low Testosterone May Signal Frailty in Elderly Men

Two words - Anabolic Clinic.
Men 70 years and older who have low serum testosterone levels appear to be at increased risk for eventual frailty, according to data released here at ENDO 2010: The Endocrine Society 92nd Annual Meeting.

"While prior studies have reported cross-sectional associations between testosterone levels and frailty, this study is the first longitudinal analysis to demonstrate that free testosterone levels predict frailty," Zoe Hyde, MPH, PhD candidate, from the University of Western Australia in Perth, told Medscape Diabetes & Endocrinology. "Our findings suggest that testosterone could play a role in the pathogenesis of frailty and, in turn, provide a rationale for clinical studies to explore whether testosterone therapy could prevent or treat frailty."

Almost certainly does.

Use of Oxygen in MI Patients Questioned by New Cochrane Review

Shelf life expired?
There is no conclusive evidence from randomized controlled trials to support the routine use of inhaled oxygen in patients with acute MI, a new analysis in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews concludes. In fact, the review of available clinical-trial data suggests that oxygen might actually be harmful.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?


CODHy: Mixed Findings on Vitamin D and Metabolic Syndrome

The cure du jour is not for sure.
Suggestions that vitamin D insufficiency may account for at least some cases of metabolic syndrome received support from a small study reported here but were refuted in a much larger study.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

SEARCH Published: No CV Benefit on Reducing Homocysteine

Shelf life expired. Unusual candor.
Substantial long-term reductions in blood homocysteine levels with folic-acid and vitamin-B12 supplementation did not have beneficial effects on vascular outcomes in the large-scale SEARCH trial. But a silver lining of good news from the trial is that the vitamin supplements were not associated with any increase in cancer risk, which had been suggested in a previous study.

The trial, published in the June 23, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, was conducted by a team led by Dr Jane M Armitage (University of Oxford, UK).

Results from SEARCH were first reported by heartwire at the 2008 AHA meeting.

End of an Era

Armitage told heartwire that this large randomized trial "rounds off an era of trials with folic acid, which together suggest no benefit in reducing cardiovascular events."

"This is another example of findings from observational studies leading us up the wrong path. While there is no doubt about the association between increased homocysteine levels and increased heart-disease risk, our results suggest that this is not a causal association. Lowering homocysteine does not reduce that risk. There is probably a third party involved that increases risk of heart disease and increases homocysteine at the same time. So lowering homocysteine should no longer be the focus of our attention," Armitage commented.
Note: "This is another example of findings from observational studies leading us up the wrong path."

Welcome to the world of weight loss, "exercise advice" and "healthy" foods.

Learn this lesson well.

Chili Pepper Ingredient Fights Fat - New Evidence

Which explains why there are no fat people in Mexico.
Scientists are reporting new evidence that capsaicin, the stuff that gives chili peppers their kick, may cause weight loss and fight fat buildup by triggering certain beneficial protein changes in the body.
Obesity solved.

Risky Food-Safety Behavior More Common Than Thought: Video Study

All the more reason to gain control of your caloric intake. See here and here.
How safe is the food we get from restaurants, cafeterias and other food-service providers? A new study from North Carolina State University - the first study to place video cameras in commercial kitchens to see how precisely food handlers followed food-safety guidelines - discovered that risky practices can happen more often than previously thought.

"Meals prepared outside the home have been implicated in up to 70 percent of food poisoning outbreaks, making them a vital focus area for food safety professionals," says Dr. Ben Chapman, assistant professor and food safety specialist in the department of family and consumer sciences at NC State and lead author of the paper. "We set out to see how closely food handlers were complying with food safety guidance, so that we can determine how effective training efforts are."
Prepare your own meals and eat more safely.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Coffee's Mysterious Benefits Mount

Something important to keep in the back of your mind.
From lowered cancer risks to a sharper memory, more studies are showing that coffee is good for you - but why?
It is 2010.

Coffee has been studied for - ever, relative to the other stuff we consume.

They still haven't figured coffee out.

It is "mysterious." Ooooh.

Face it. They sure as heck will not have other, much more complex matters (e.g., drug interactions and effects, genetics) figured out in the near future.

The best you can do for your health is to get fit.

And turn-off all the noise from the media, the government and conventional sick care.

Nine in 10 Americans eat too much salt: CDC

That is the problem, they eat it. What they should do is...
Nine out of 10 Americans eat too much salt with most of them getting more than twice the recommended amount, according to a survey by U.S. government researchers.

They said an estimated 77 percent of dietary sodium comes from processed foods and restaurant foods.
...snort it.

See post below.

More than a pinch of salt to breathe easier

The proper way to use salt.
When Svetlana Dushin's mother told her to take her six-year-old daughter who was suffering coughing spells to a salt room she had no hesitations.

Dushin's mother is a doctor and was familiar with salt room therapy, which has been around for hundreds of years. It is popular in Europe but relatively new in the United States.

"She has been a doctor for 35 years and she saw results in kids," said Dushin, who believes the treatment also helped her daughter Alexandra.

After 14 half-hour sessions, Dushin, a 35-year-old New Jersey mother of two, said her borderline asthmatic daughter is no longer coughing and obviously improved.

"She is better. We believe the salt room helped her. We were not looking for an instant cure and it wasn't that. We were looking for something to improve her condition."
Inhale it.

Don't eat it.

See post above.