November 13, 2011

Slim Women Aren't Immune

1 Sugary Drinks Raise Heart Risk for Skinny Too

Consuming two or more sweet beverages daily is linked with an increased risk of heart disease for women, even when there's no associated weight gain. Researchers say that consuming too many sweet drinks could contribute to heart disease risk even if women aren't gaining weight. Sweetened beverages, such as soda or coffee drinks, may be responsible for raising triglyceride levels. The study, presented Sunday at the American Heart Association's meeting in Florida, found that women with a habit of drinking sugary beverages like sweet tea developed high triglyceride levels, but men didn't have the same problem. CNN reports that the five-year study also found that women who drank more sweet beverages were more likely to have abnormal fasting glucose levels, a potential sign of future diabetes.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Exercise Reduces Heart Disease Risk

Tags: Heart Disease Risk Factors, Health Risks Soda, Health Dangers Sugary Drinks, Skinny People Heart Risk, Reasons to Avoid Soda, Why Sweet Tea Bad Health, Abnormal Fasting Glucose Levels

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Overexpresses Pro-Survival Gene

2 Study Sheds Light on Tamoxifen Resistance

Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco now know why some women who take the breast cancer drug tamoxifen develop resistance and drugs that can overcome it. Fifty percent of women who take tamoxifen respond to the drug. For some it the estrogen receptor does not play a crucial role in growth and proliferation but some cancers cells adapt even though the drug is blocking the receptor. Researchers found that tamoxifen causes breast cancer cells to overexpress the AKT gene which promotes cell growth, division and survival. Fortunately, there is a class of drugs currently available that target AKT called histone deacetylase inhibitors. In vitro experiments showed that cells treated with an AKT inhibitor and tamoxifen had significantly decreased proliferation.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Tamoxifen Can Protect Against Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Estrogen Receptor, Tamoxifen, University of California San Francisco, AKT, Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors

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