August 13, 2012

Thin Diabetics Basically Sicker

1 Obesity Paradox: Fat Diabetics Live Longer

In a classic example of the "obesity paradox," in which overweight persons seem to survive certain diseases longer than slender ones, a Northwestern University analysis of data from five previous studies has found that among adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the death rate for those who are overweight or obese is 1.5 percent per year, compared to 2.8 percent for those of normal weight. But extra weight is not protective; only 12 percent of those who become diabetic are normal weighted, and it is most likely that the thinner diabetics are genetically inclined both to diabetes and to health problems and shorter lifespans in general. Researchers' conclusion: thin diabetics run a higher mortality risk. The paradox has also been observed in the case of kidney and heart disease.

More at Chicagotribune.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Diabetes, Obesity and Mortality, Obesity Paradox, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes and Weight

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Things That Make You Say Ew

2 Spider Takes Up Residence in Woman’s Ear

A woman in China, bothered for 5 days by an itchy year, consulted doctors who found a spider in her ear canal. Doctors successfully flushed the spider out with a saline solution. The National Institutes of Health has addressed the issue of insects invading people’s ears and warns against reaching in to try to extricate them as that may cause the insect to bite or sting. Instead, they recommend turning the head, affected side up, to see if the insect crawls out on its own. If not, try pouring mineral, baby or olive oil into the ear and then gently pulling the earlobe up and back - or down for a child - to flush the insect out. They also recommend seeking medical attention, even if the insect is removed, in case parts of it, that can irritate the ear canal, remain.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Woman Loses Breast to Spider Bite

Tags: Parasites, Spider in Woman's Ear

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Eggs Are Bad Again, Still

3 Eating Egg Yolks Accelerates Atherosclerosis

Eating eggs yolks is associated with a higher risk of atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease, almost as much as smoking, finds a new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis. The study is based on data from 1,231 patients with a mean age of 61.5. Ultrasound measured the carotid plaque area of participants who also completed questionnaires about their lifestyles including their smoking habits and the number of egg yolks they ate per week. Researchers found that while plaque gradually increases with age, eating egg yolks results in a significant increase - about 2/3 as much as smoking. In fact, participants who consumed three or more egg yolks per week had much more plaque than those who ate two eggs or fewer. “Eggs are not ok ...” says researcher Dr. David Spence.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Egg Nutrients May Help Prevent Heart Disease

Tags: Atherosclerosis, Eggs, Cholesterol in Eggs, Eggs and Heart Disease, Eggs and Coronary Artery Disease, Dr. David Spence, Plaque

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Removing Temptation Works?

4 Junk Food Laws Help Control Weight for Kids

Children put on fewer pounds from fifth grade through eighth grade when they resided in states that have consistent and strong laws against junk food in schools, finds a new study. The kids in the study gained less weight compared to kids living in areas with no laws controlling the snacks available in schools. Also, overweight or obese fifth graders were more likely to reach a healthy weight by eighth grade if they lived in states with the strongest laws. Yet, researchers say the effects weren't huge, and there's no proof that the laws affected weight. The laws governing junk food sales apply to drinks and food available outside of mealtimes in vending machines and school stores. The study, published in Pediatrics, used data on 6,300 students living in 40 states.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Ban on Junk Food in Schools Proves Effective

Tags: Childhood Obesity Factors, Journal Pediatrics, junk food addiction, Nanny State, Junk Food Ban, Banning Soda Schools

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Most Buff Running Mate Ever?

5 Paul Ryan, Very Fit VP Pick, Likes P90X

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the running mate chosen by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is a former personal trainer who practices the body-sculpting program known as P90X. CNN reports that Ryan, who has only six to eight percent body fat, leads fellow Hill staffers in sessions each morning for the 90-day P90X program. Ryan told Politico that P90X "hits you body" in lots of ways, like with sit-ups, jump training, karate, yoga, pull-ups and cardio. The package, sold by Beach Body, retails for $119.85, and includes 12 DVDs, a fitness guide and a nutrition plan and calendar. CNN reports that P90X is a cross-traininig regimen that's designed to create "muscle confusion," preventing plateaus and keeping the body from adapting to the same exercise.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Paul Ryan, Romney VP Pick, P90X, Body Sculpting Program, Vice Presidential Pick, Muscle Confusion, Preventing Exercise Plateau

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