Good Fat that Burns Calories Can Help Treat Obesity

Apparently, there is something called “good fat” in our body and it is so good that it burns calories so as to help us stay warm. How cool is that?! But there is more to it. Scientists have now found out that this “brown fat” can help in the treatment of diabetes and obesity!

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School and the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston say that even adults have varying levels of brown fat which burns calories as opposed to white fat that stores calories. According to them, all we need to do in order to leverage this good fat to fight obesity is to grow more of it. Read on..

 

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A new study suggests that many adults have large amounts of brown fat, the “good” fat that burns calories to keep us warm, and that it may be possible to make even more of this tissue. The study’s lead author, Aaron Cypess, MD, PhD, is presenting the results at The Endocrine Society’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.

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Boost your Immunity with these Super Veggies!

Its no secret that vegetables are great for our health and well being, but do you have any idea what kind of veggies help you in boosting your immunity against diseases? This article throws some light on just that!

According to this interesting compilation, a range of veggies from greens such as broccoli, spinach and capsicum to carbo-rich foods such as sweet potatoes and regulars like onions, tomatoes and garlic contain loads of antioxidants and other active ingredients which strengthen the immune system and help our body fight dreaded diseases such as cancer.

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Although all vegetables have nutrients and some protective powers, for these vegetables, it’s off the charts. Cruciferous vegetables have a special chemical composition: They have sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent flavors. When they’re broken down by biting, blending, or chopping, a chemical reaction occurs that converts these sulfur-containing compounds into isothiocyanates (ITCs). ITCs prevent and knock out cancer and have infinite proven immune-boosting capabilities.

They contain antiviral and antibacterial agents that keep you disease free. Adding the following cruciferous vegetables to your daily plate is like taking an anticancer pill: arugula, beet greens, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radishes, red cabbage, turnip greens, or watercress

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Diabetic Women Benefit from Vitamin D Supplementaion

Finally, here is some good news for diabetic women! Its time to befriend Vitamin D. Results of a new study claims that vitamin D consumption boosts the mood of diabetic women apart from lowering their blood pressure.

And that’s not all! Researchers have also found that Vitamin D supplementation helped these 55 women part of the pilot study lose weight too.

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Vitamin D supplements significantly lowers blood pressure and improves moods of women who have type 2 diabetes and show signs of depression, a new study has found.

Vitamin D even helped the women lose a few pounds.

“Vitamin D supplementation potentially is an easy and cost-effective therapy, with minimal side effects,” Sue M. Penckofer, PhD, RN, lead author of the study and a professor in the Niehoff School of Nursing, said.

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Men with CVD Need to be Wary of Calcium Supplements

Here is a warning for men with a weak heart and using calcium supplements. A recent study has shown that high calcium intake is harmful for men suffering from heart ailments. Surprisingly this is not true in women!

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Men who have a high intake of calcium supplements appear to have a greater risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) death, researchers from the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md., reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors noted that women do not appear to be affected in the same way.

Elderly Americans are taking calcium supplements in progressively higher numbers, the authors explained as background information. They do so because of the health benefits for their bones. However, apart from the benefits in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, experts are not sure what non-skeletal health effects they might have.

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Benefits of Multivitamins

Finally, here is some good news for those who are on multi-vitamin supplements. The Journal of the American Medical Association has published the findings of a study according to which a balanced approach to vitamins is much better than intake of one particular vitamin on a regular basis. Read on..

Multi-vitamins can prevent cancer

Multi-vitamins can prevent cancer

Swallowing a daily multivitamin can reduce the risk of cancer slightly in middle-aged and older men and appears to have no dangerous side-effects, according to the first large-scale, randomized study on the subject.

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Prevent Stroke with Tomatoes!

Love tomatoes? Here are some good reasons to have more of them in your diet! Finnish researchers have recently found out that a chemical called lycopene present in tomatoes can prevent stroke! Isn’t that great news?! Read on for more..

A diet rich in tomatoes may reduce the risk of having a stroke, according to researchers in Finland. They were investigating the impact of lycopene – a bright red chemical found in tomatoes, peppers and water-melons. A study of 1,031 men, published in the journal Neurology, showed those with the most lycopene in their bloodstream were the least likely to have a stroke.

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Stressful Jobs Can Make your Heart Weak!

This is for all those who slog it out day after day at work, without eating and sleeping enough. A recent research study has shown that people who have stressful jobs are more likely to have a heart attack than others. This coupled with smoking, poor eating and sleeping habits and lack of activity can make things all the more worse! Read on..

People who have highly demanding jobs and little freedom to make decisions are 23 percent more likely to have a heart attack compared with their less stressed out colleagues, according to research published on Friday. But lighting up a cigarette or remaining chained to your desk rather than getting out to do some exercise is far more damaging for your heart health, researchers said.

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Too Much Sitting is Harmful for Your Kidneys!

Now this is for all who spend a lot of time sitting either working at office or watching TV at home! Apart from the commonly known risks such as obesity and sore limbs, sitting for long hours can also cause Kidney disease, says Thomas Yates, MD, of the University of Leicester. Read on..

Individuals who sit for several hours of the day not only put themselves at risk for obesity and sore limbs, but also increase their chances of developing kidney disease. Thomas Yates, MD, of the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and leading researcher in this study, said:

“It is currently not known how sedentary time or physical activity directly impact kidney health, but less sitting and more physical activity is associated with increased cardiovascular health through improvements to blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose metabolism, and arterial health. While this study confirms the growing body of literature that supports a link between lifestyle factors and the development of chronic kidney disease, it also adds to the evidence that simply sitting less may have important health benefits.”

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Greens Lower Cancer Risk

Its no secret that greens are great for our health. Now, more and more research studies throw light on how a diet rich in greens such as broccoli can help in preventing deadly cancer. Read on..

Eating broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage at least once a week could significantly lower your risk of developing several cancers. The research supports earlier findings about the importance of diet in cancer prevention.

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No End to US Obesity Woes!

According to a recent report by the research group RAND Corp., the percentage of obese adults in the US has been increasing steadily since 2000. Read on..

The percentage of American adults who are 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight has skyrocketed since 2000, a study released Monday shows. In 2010, about 6.6% of adults in this country were severely obese — about 15.5 million people — up from 3.9% in 2000, says the study from the RAND Corp., a non-profit research group.

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Courtesy: http://www.usatoday.com