June 15, 2013

Indulge on 5 Days, Suffer on 2

1 Hot New Weight-Loss Fad: "The Fast Diet”

Word of mouth and anecdotal claims of dramatic weight loss have raised "The Fast Diet" to near fad status in the U.K. and United States. Based on studies which found that intermittent fasting aids in losing body fat and reducing cholesterol, this approach lets the dieter eat completely freely five days a week, but limits him or her to just 600 calories, roughly one-fourth of a typical adult's daily calorie consumption, on each of the remaining two days. The diet reportedly produces an average pound per week in steady weight loss without the stress of feeling that you must consciously exercise self-control 24/7, an emotional drain that routinely overwhelms and demoralizes dieters. Britain’s National Health Service, at first dubious, now favors further study of the diet.

More at Yahoo.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss & Health

Tags: Intermittent Fasting, The Fast Diet, The 5:2 Diet, The Feast-and-Famine Diet, Michael Mosley

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New Focus in Diabetes Research

2 Pathway Linked to Type 1 Diabetes Found

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital appear to have discovered the root cause of type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. It most commonly affects kids and young adults who cannot produce insulin that tissues need to use glucose. Hundreds of pathways were analyzed from animal models but it was the ATP/P2X7R pathway that was tied to the disease. This pathway tells T-cells to attack the pancreas containing made of islets of alpha and beta cells. Normally functioning beta cells produce insulin. While treatments targeting this pathway are years away, researchers are excited about having a specific target they can develop treatments for. Current treatments involve insulin injections and islet cell transplants which require lifelong immunosuppressant drugs to prevent rejection.

More at Vector | Posted 4 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Three Autoimmune Diseases Tied to Type 1 Diabetes

Tags: Diabetes, Glucose, Insulin, Juvenile Diabetes, Pancreatic Beta Cells, Type 1 Diabetes, Pancreas, Beta Cells, ATP/P2X7R Pathway, Boston Children’s Hospital

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