March 4, 2013

But Trend Must Accelerate

1 Fewer US Calories from Fast Food and Carbs

A federal study of Americans' eating habits from 1999 through 2010 has found that adults are now getting fewer of their calories from fast food, and children are getting fewer of theirs from carbohydrates, two signs of possible inroads into the national obesity epidemic. Daily calorie intake among U.S. boys fell by 7 percent, to 2,100 calories, and among girls by 4 percent, to 1,755 calories, mainly due to fewer carbs consumed, although whether this indicates less consumption of products with added sugars was not clear. And U.S. adults consumed 11.3 percent of their daily calories in the form of fast food in 2010, down from 12.8 percent just four years earlier. While encouraging, these trends would have to greatly accelerate to materially lower national obesity rates, experts noted.

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

Tags: American Calorie Consumption, Adults and Fast Food, Children and Carbohydrates, U.S. Eating Patterns

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Fear Is a Deterrent

2 Confirming the Safety of Colonoscopy

During colonoscopy, precancerous lesions are detected and removed, yet many people are fearful or wary of the procedure. In Germany, where colonoscopy is part of the national cancer screening program for insured people aged 55+, only 1/5 of eligible people get the test. To learn the risks of colonoscopy Professor Hermann Brenner evaluated data of 30,000+ individuals who had undergone the test between 2001-2008 and found that intestinal bleeding requiring hospitalization occurred in about 5 in 10,000 colonoscopies. Injuries to the intestinal wall occurred in less than 1 in 1,000 exams and deaths were not more frequent in the colonoscopy group than in a control group of the same size. Half of new colon cancer cases and deaths could be avoided with colonoscopy, says Brenner.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Mistletoe May Benefit Colon Cancer Patients

Tags: Cancer Screening, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Polyps, Hermann Brenner, Colon Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy Risk Factors

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