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Thyroid Hormone And Weight: The Truth

Weight loss is a common side effect for those with an overactive thyroid, and it’s true that the thyroid hormone (TH) is a key hormone in terms of metabolism and weight loss; but hold off on the celebration – these natural substances are not the newest, no effort way to lose weight. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s well known that severely limiting your calorie intake (as many dieters start out doing) has been found to be counterproductive – you simply trigger inborn, natural survival instincts that actually lower your metabolic rate. You starve yourself and don’t lose a pound. What you need to do is eat enough of the right type of (nutrient dense) calories so that you will lose weight the healthy, lasting way.

The thyroid hormone that’s getting all the attention in terms of weight loss is made up of two parts, Thyroxine (T4) the most abundant form of thyroid hormone and Triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is changed into the more active form, T3. This is the one you would like to increase. Those who have thyroid issues either don’t produce enough T4 or they can’t convert it into the T3 form. T3 is known to directly impact the metabolism in mitochondria (cell powerhouses) and regulates the metabolism of fat, protein and carbs.

You can impact your thyroid levels best by eating a nutrient rich, balanced diet that has enough calories. Not empty calories, but nutrient dense calories. As we mentioned earlier, when most people start a diet plan, they cut calories, but usually lower the level too far. Not getting enough calories causes the body to lower its metabolic rate (not producing thyroid hormone is one mechanism used) in order to more effectively use the food it does get.

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Another great way to increase thyroid levels is exercise. Research has found that the heart rate you workout at is directly related to the level of thyroid hormone in your blood. As a result, high intensity exercise and weight training need to be a standard part of your routine. You might also try high intensity interval training to get your heart rate up further and cause the natural release of TSH, which when elevated signals the release of thyroid hormones.

You notice we are not suggesting you take any medication, as these substances are intended for those who have a diagnosed thyroid condition such as hypothyroidism that can be treated (not cured) with drugs. A healthy diet and regular exercise are the only safe, effective and natural ways to help you optimize your thyroid hormone production and set your body up for efficient weight loss.

So while research has found excess thyroid hormones can produce more weight loss than just dieting, the studies have also shown that once the hormone is stopped the weight is typically regained. That’s not what you’re after. Using thyroid hormones when you do not need to might also cause you to lose muscle protein and set yourself up for other metabolic issues, perhaps even serious, life threatening consequences.

It seems that metabolism is only one part of the weight loss picture. The relationship between our metabolic rate, energy balance and weight is complex and likely affected by many factors. Altering one isn’t likely to bring the results you might expect.

To your good health,

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Disillusion About Weight Loss Beliefs.

There’s no denying obesity has become a pressing public health concern in recent years. Today, two thirds of U.S. adults are considered to be either overweight or obese, and there are similar trends appearing in other developed nations around the world. Experts wondered if beliefs about obesity might play a part in this and were able to demonstrate a relationship between a belief that carrying extra weight is caused by overeating or a lack of exercise and a person’s actual body mass index. The study appears in Psychological Science.

After an initial online survey, researchers Brent McFerran of the University of Michigan and Anirban Mukhopadhyay of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology found that people seem to hold one or two major theories in terms of obesity. Poor diet and lack of exercise were implicated by equal numbers of respondents, with genetics falling to a distant third place. Interestingly, those who put the blame on lack of exercise were heavier, and more apt to be classified as overweight or obese.

The teams wanted to take things a step further, and see if the pattern could be reproduced, what impact it might have on how people behave. To pursue the idea involved a series of studies in five countries on three continents. Data that came from subjects in Korea, the US and France showed that same pattern – people blamed diet or exercise for obesity. Those who blamed diet had lower BMIs than those who blamed lack of exercise.

The thing that came as a surprise was that these theories had an impact on BMI, beyond the factors we know about – socioeconomic status, age, education level, many medical conditions and sleeping habits. Could the link between beliefs and BMI have any influence on what the respondents ate themselves ?

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Are Your Genetics Keeping You Fat? (1 tip to change fast)

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A project involving Canadian subjects shed light on this question. Participants who associated obesity with lack of exercise ate a lot more chocolates than those who thought obesity was influenced more by diet. Work with participants in Hong Kong found that those who were primed to think about the impact of exercise ate more chocolate than those who were primed to think about diet. Both projects provide evidence that a person’s beliefs about obesity might very well impact our eating habits. And this has a direct influence on our body mass index.

So, if you want to lose weight, and you believe diet plays a role in obesity, you’ll start with making changes in this area. Similarly, if you think exercise has a good deal to do with extra weight, then you’ll up your activity level if you attempt to drop a few pounds.

Cutting calories is likely the more effective choice – people tend to “reward” themselves for exercise with a treat, often eating more calories in the reward than burned in doing the exercise. What’s more, people consistently overestimate the number of calories burned with exercise while routinely underestimating the number of calories they eat. In truth, most of us don’t have enough time in the day to “exercise off” all the calories we take in during a single 24 hours.

This is the first study to make a direct connection between a person’s beliefs and the obesity epidemic. Going forward, public health initiatives may need to focus on core beliefs just as strongly as they do on encouraging healthy behaviors. Tell people how eating too many calories is the main cause of weight gain.

To your good health,

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10 Never-Ignore Symptoms For Women

Nothing elicits real fear like the word cancer attached to your own name, so it makes sense to be watchful when it comes to symptoms you experience that don’t seem right. There are cases, too many of them, when having all the screenings right on time is simply not enough to catch a cancer. Sometimes it’s simple timing… a scan was done before cancer was present, or at a detectible size. Screenings alone are not enough, vigilance is also call for in the fight to prevent cancer..

Fear is natural, understandable and nothing to feel badly about. Change is not an easy thing to acknowledge, to face, for anyone, and the suspicion of cancer is the worst type of change. BUT, if you don’t respond, or let fear keep you from responding to one of these symptoms, you will do yourself more harm than good. You will give cancer a foothold it never should have had.

Here are the symptoms that warrant taking action now…

1. Breast changes such as a lump, even if you have had a normal mammogram. Also, if your nipple gets scaly or starts flaking this can be a sign of Paget’s disease of the nipple, associated with an underlying cancer in almost 95 of all cases. Any milky or bloody nipple discharge or dimpling of the skin over the breast (with the look of an orange skin) should also be checked.

Tests to expect: breast exam, medical history, mammogram and often a sonogram, biopsy depending on results.

2. Irregular vaginal bleeding after menopause is a warning sign. Bleeding, staining, little drops on your panties or big clots are not normal and need to be checked out by your doctor. For younger women, bleeding that’s unusual for you (between periods, heavier periods) should be investigated right away..

Tests to expect: transvaginal sonogram, biopsy depending on the sonogram results.

3. Rectal bleeding can be a warning sign of colon cancer, the third most common cancer in women, and should not be ignored. You might put this down to hemorrhoids, and while this is a common cause, you need to be sure, this isn’t always the case. Red or dark blood in your stool calls for a visit to the doctor.

Tests to expect: rectal exam, colonoscopy

4. Vaginal discharge that’s smelly can be a first line symptom of cervical cancer. This discharge can have blood in it, and might come between periods or even after menopause. Do not self-treat this discharge, instead go in for an exam to see what’s happening.

Tests to expect: internal exam, swab of fluids, blood tests

5. Bloating is one of the four most frequent symptoms of ovarian cancer, the others being a full feeling that comes when you eat that’s typically earlier than you would normally fill up, a change in bowel or bladder habits as well as low back and/or pelvic pain. Having one or two of these symptoms occasionally isn’t all that strange, but if you have two (or more) symptoms daily for over two weeks, call your doctor. Do not wait, as ovarian cancer is the number one killer of reproductive organ cancers.

Tests to expect: pelvic exam, transvaginal sonogram, blood testing to check for cancerous cells

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6. Unexplained weight gain/loss (10 pounds or more) if you typically keep yourself at a normal weight and your gaining extra weight month to month this is something to watch. Sometimes this is the first sign of a growing cancer and is often linked to pancreatic, stomach, esophagus or even cancer of the lung. The weight might also be the result of a buildup of fluid in the abdomen related to ovarian cancer, so you need to see your doctor about this.

Tests to expect: thyroid test, sonogram of the abdomen, other blood work

7. Persistent cough, one that lingers for over 2 to 3 weeks and is not tied to an allergy or upper respiratory infection should be investigated at once. Also, if your cough produces any blood, you need to see your doctor to be examined. The majority of lung cancers that happen in nonsmokers also happen in women.

Tests to expect: chest x-ray, CT scan

8. Change in lymph nodes. If the nodes in your neck or under your arms feel hard, you need to see a doctor. Though this can often be caused by an infection, other cancers that have spread can first be seen by an enlarged lymph node.

Tests to expect: physical, biopsy

9. Fatigue is extreme tiredness that will not improve with rest. If you’re often feeling this way, it’s time for a visit to your doctor as leukemia, colon or stomach cancers often bring fatigue as a symptom. A symptoms that’s all too easy to ignore.

Tests to expect: physical exam, blood tests for thyroid function

10. Skin Changes include sores in the mouth that won’t heal; sores or irritated skin in the vaginal area that won’t clear or changes in moles or the pigmented lesions on the vulva itself all can be the first clues to aggressive cancers.

Tests to expect: biopsy

If any of the symptoms listed here are persistent and progressive for a two-week period, it’s time to make a call to your doctor. Now. Today.

To your good health,

Truth About Muscle And Fat Weight

This is one of those things we’ve all heard a million times… muscle is heavier than fat. So you can be working out like crazy, get on the scale and get a shock… the number is higher than you think it should be, higher than your new, fit self expected. Remember that when you start a weight loss program, some of the early, dramatic drops in that number on the scale are from water weight and fluid loss.

You can help how you look with exercise and not necessarily see a change in your body weight though you will be firmer, more sculpted and perhaps leaner. This doesn’t mean you’re getting tons of muscle and losing all kinds of fat. Fat doesn’t turn into muscle, and if you stop workouts your new muscle will not change into fat. Each of these tissues is unique and cannot change into the other.

A pound of muscle does weight the same as a pound of fat – just as a pound of lead weighs the same as a pound of feathers. The misconception comes out of the fact that muscle is more dense than fat, so that by volume it seems like it weighs more. Fat is more fluffy. Muscles take up less space than the pound of fat. So your weight might actually go up as you increase your amount of compact, tight muscle mass.

But remember, muscle burns more fat, even at rest. So by upping your lean muscle mass you are naturally helping your body burn more calories.

The lesson experts say, is to focus on your body, not the number on a scale. If you’re working hard to improve your fitness level, and see a weight gain, you’re likely adding calorie-burning muscle to your body. To get an aqccurate read on your health, look at your body fat ratio to lean muscle mass. There are three ways to do this…

1. Hydrostatic weight measurement, or being weighed under water… not very easy or pleasant.

2. Bioelectrical impedance scale (body fat scale) is something you can pick up at most sporting goods stores. A low level electrical signal passes through your body when you step on the scale, and this computes the percentage of body fat based on the amount of resistance the signal encountered as it moves through the body.

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3. Body fat caliper, is an accurate and easy way to tell. Any gym with a personal trainer can use the caliper to take some measurements, use a formula and calculate your body fat.

Since muscles need more calories each day, but will burn fat like crazy, and this should help you reach your weight loss goals. If you’ve only got a small amount to lose, weight training isn’t helping you move the number on the scale down, but you will look thinner and your clothing will fit differently.

If you have a very large amount of weight to lose, regular workouts will still bring an increase in lean body mass and a loss of body fat. The results on the scale will likely be more dramatic at the start and will slow as you get closer to a more normal weight. How you look will be where you (and others) see the results.

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These 7 Surprising Daily Things Which Add Extra Pounds

We all know that losing weight is hard… yet it seems that putting it back on is oh-so-easy. A bigger slip off your healthy eating plan, a day or two without workouts and you can find yourself slipping into unhealthy habits setting yourself up for possible weight gain. Most adults experience some weight gain as a part of getting older, as the years pass the body changes and people naturally tend to be less active. Keeping weight off becomes harder than its ever been.

So if you’ve been discouraged by the number creeping ever higher on your scale, take heart. We’re brining you 7 ordinary though unexpected reasons that might be contributing to your weight gain.

1. Planning whether at the buffet table, the restaurant or your weekly menus, take a look at everything there is to offer, and then choose your options. You’ll be less likely to overfill or order unhealthy because you’ll have thought about what you’re eating and make a conscious decision to keep it healthy.

2. Lack of sleep can actually impact your body’s metabolism. In a University of Colorado study those who slept only 5 hours a night for a week ate a whole lot more than those who slept 9 hours a night. They also gained an average of 2 pounds. So get your sleep.

3. Not relaxing because stress causes many of us to eat more, eat badly. Besides experience, the evidence comes from a 2011 American Psychological Association survey that found almost 40% of adults reported overeating or eating unhealthy foods when under stress. Become aware of when you are under stress and look for other ways of easing it.

4. Excess like bacon cheeseburgers or rich deserts taste delicious, but they obviously have lots of calories, bad for you fats and such, so you know to limit them. Be aware that there are many more convenient, accessible ways to take in these empty calories, so you’ll need to develop (and exercise) some serious willpower to keep from giving in.

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5. Addictive foods that are tasty but loaded with salt and carbs are hard to stop eating once you start. Companies have touted the “you can’t eat just one” through the years because they know how addictive their products are. Junk foods like chips help to hook us on high calorie, nutrient poor options that quickly become a favorite, a habit.

6. Drinking soda using a straw, sounds crazy, but think about this. Since the 1980s drinking straws have grown in diameter, from .21 to .28 inches. Bigger straws make it easier to slurp soda, and other high calorie drinks faster. Remember that a 12-ounce of soda has 8 to 13 teaspoons of sugar, so this is not the most calorie wise choice. Drink it in moderation, if at all.

7. Tiny breakfast, big dinner is a natural for packing on the pounds. This is based on a 2013 Israeli study that found overweight females who ate a big breakfast, moderately sized lunch and a small dinner lost more than two times the weight as those who ate the same number of calories but mostly at the end of the day.

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The Impact Of Estrogen On Waistline

Aging is not for sissies. As the years pass, many men come into the complaints of mid life… the beer belly, the lack of strength when working out and a lower libido than in years past. The culprit, experts once believed, was testosterone, because men naturally start to make less of it as the years pass. A deficiency of this male sex hormone was thought to be the sole reason that a man might start feeling the typical midlife complaints. But another surprising fact has come out, one that doctors think might encourage more study of how men’s bodies age.

It seems that estrogen, the female sex hormone, plays a much bigger role in a man’s body than anyone thought. Falling levels are part of the reason for the expanding waistline, just the same as in a woman. The idea that estrogen has a role for men is a major advance according to Dr. Peter J. Snyder who is a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Snyder is leading a large research project on hormone therapy for men over 65 years old to try and find out which hormone does what in a man, and how body functions are impacted at different levels of hormone.

Until now, experts have focused almost exclusively on how estrogen affects women and how testosterone affects men. Estrogen is made from testosterone in both men and women, with men making so much that they end up with almost two times the amount as postmenopausal women. As the levels of both hormones naturally go down with age, the body naturally changes.

A recent study appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine provided the most conclusive evidence to date that estrogen is a big part of male midlife problems. Some male problems blamed on testosterone deficiency now appear to be almost exclusively caused by the drop in estrogen. It suggests that different side effects kick in at different levels of deficiency in testosterone. Testosterone is the chief regulator of muscle tone and lean body mass, but it doesn’t take as much of this hormone as we thought to maintain muscles. For a young man 550 nanograms of testosterone per deciliter of blood serum is the level considered average, a reading of under 300 nanograms is thought to be so low that treatment with testosterone gels is needed. But this level is arbitrary, without a clinical rationale.

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Muscle strength and size are unaffected until testosterone levels get under 500 nanograms. The accumulation of fat happens at the levels at the higher end of the deficit spectrum, 300-350 nanograms. In terms of sexual desire and performance, both call for estrogen and testosterone and these hormones improve things in this area as they go up. It’s too early to make specific recommendations, and no one is suggesting men take estrogen as high doses cause feminine features to appear.

The hope is that treatment with testosterone might help men walk more quickly, feel more vigorous, have better function sexually, help mentally and strengthen his bones.

To understand what’s behind the changes in a middle-aged man in your life, talk frankly with his doctor. If he is having sexual problems, taking testosterone may bring a benefit. But if he’s complaining of flagging muscle strength or other midlife symptoms, something else might be involved.

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Why Eating In Front Of The TV Is Bad For You

Eating in front of the TV could be considered a sort of national pastime, but we’ve got some bad news to share, especially if you’re trying to manage your weight. Watching TV while eating not only has you consuming more calories at the time, it also makes it hard to recall what, or how much, you’ve eaten. Distracted eating (while watching TV, reading, playing games) also has you consuming even more calories later in the day, again without even realizing it according to a recent review of earlier studies by British scientists.

Hunger isn’t the only thing that impacts what we eat each day. Attention and memory also play their part. It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to start sending out the “I’m full” signals that turn off your appetite. If you’re distracted, not paying attention, not mindful of what’s going into your mouth, you can easily miss the signal and take in more calories than you realize. Without remembering what, or how much, you’ve eaten; you’re more likely to eat again sooner.

Lead author Dr. Eric Robinson of the University of Liverpool says that some work has shown the impact of distracted eating, but the evidence has only now been put together with the current analysis. To conduct the work, the experts searched the scientific literature to find 24 projects that were conducted between 1997 and 2007 that met the criteria involving an experimenter who actively manipulated subjects’ attention, memory and awareness of eating.

For the project, appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating patterns were put in broad categories such as “attentive” or “distracted”. Distracted eaters don’t pay a lot of attention to food and are not as aware of the amount they’ve eaten. All the studies were tightly controlled and monitored, but each used different way of manipulating the subjects’ attention and awareness. In one study the participants watched TV while eating, though in another they snacked on pistachio nuts where the shells were immediately removed from view.

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Though it might seem that decision about what and when to eat are easy, they are very complicated and easy to disrupt. The analysis suggests statistically significant differences between those who ate attentively and those who ate while distracted. On average, distracted eating upped the calories consumed by almost 10%. It also increased the amount that person ate at a later meal by another 25%.

Enhancing memories of what was eaten at an earlier meal cut the amount eaten at a subsequent meal by almost 10%.

Further, enhancing awareness of the food being eaten at the present meal didn’t change how people ate at that meal. Still, attentive eating could be made a part of weight loss programs as an alternative to calorie counting. Slowing down, savoring each bite is more likely to control how much you eat at a meal.

Mindful eating is part of a broader approach to living known as mindfulness. It means being fully aware of what’s happening within and all around you at the current moment. You can be mindful anytime, including while you’re eating. Notice the colors, smells, flavors and textures of what you eat. Get rid of the distractions like the TV or reading, reviewing emails or surfing the web.

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Certain Types Of Stress Are Linked To Weight Gain

Stress is unavoidable, harmful to our health, but can it lead to weight gain as well? Being under stress does make it harder to eat right; you crave high calorie foods, even if you’re not hungry, so awareness of stress leading to weight gain isn’t anything new. A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds that some kinds of stress actually trigger weight gain in those who are already overweight, which is most of us. Managing those types of stress in particular might prevent that.

The study involved examining data from 1,355 men and women in the U.S. to see if weight gain was impacted by different kinds of psychosocial stress – financial stress, work stress, feelings of being constrained in life, relationship stress with family, a spouse or other partner – were all considered.

Dr. Jason Block, MD who is a professor of population and development studies at Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health says that it was interesting to see that different kinds of stress were related to gaining weight for both men and women who were heavier to start off. Men gained more weight due to workplace stress or financial stress; women gained more under relationship stress and the sense of being constrained in their lives.

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but for men it appears workplace or financial stress is most troublesome, for women it’s relationship stress that has most influence on weight gain. Whatever the reason, the natural impact of stress hormones can bring on insomnia, heart and stomach problems, headaches and even obesity itself. With all that cortisol moving through your body, you’ll deal with insane cravings for both sugar and fat, which makes it hard to stick to a healthy, balanced diet. High levels of cortisol also cause your body to store fat in a central location – your belly.

Exercise, meditation and being mindful as much as possible are all proven stress busters that work for many people. But there are other ways to calm your nerves and help your body at the same time. Relaxation, a helpful stress management technique, can do wonders, but the recent research suggests that men and women like to relax in different places. Probably not all that surprising.

Being aware of your stress can also be quite helpful in stopping you from stress eating, a coping mechanism that’s likely long established and feels safe, rewarding at the time. So many of us eat more in response to stress, especially those who already have weight problems. Awareness could stall this type of eating.

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Here are three other good suggestions to tackle stress…

1. Go for snacks that are healthy and naturally calming like a glass of milk, an orange or a handful of almonds. A light salad with spinach or another leafy green is also good.

2. Set up your day to ease workplace stress, so get in an hour earlier to tackle things, get a jump start on the day, and to handle your most challenging of tasks. When stress hits at work, take a moment to think about the things that mean most to you, and you’ll feel mellower right away.

3. Journal, because even if you’re not a writer, putting your stressors on paper is very therapeutic. Gives you some much-needed perspective. When you write about what makes you feel anxious, or things to do the following day, you’ll sleep better at night, and this helps to keep those nasty cortisol levels down.

To your good health,

Why Few Extra Pounds Can Be Good For You

Here’s a challenge to the idea that those of normal weight live longer. In fact, according to new research, those who are carrying a few extra pounds tend to live longer than those of either normal weight or who are very obese. The review covered 97 studies that included 2.88 million subjects, of whom just over 270,000 died during study follow up. Surprisingly for our thin-obsessed culture, it may be that under certain conditions, being a bit overweight is actually a good thing.

Earlier studies have hinted at lower mortality for the moderately overweight. This latest research review is the largest, most comprehensive and carefully conducted work in the area.

The review appears in the well-regarded Journal of the American Medical Association and looks again at nearly 20 years of study into the relationship between body weight and risk of death. The participants came from countries the world over. Those who had a BMI under 30 but still above the normal range were less likely to die during the studies examined compared to those who had normal BMIs.

The reduction in the risk of death was about 6% lower for those who were overweight, remarkably consistent from study to study. This is reassuring to those who are carrying more weight than they know they should be, but are otherwise in good health. There is some thinking that a little “padding” isn’t so bad, and perhaps provides some resilience in terms of enduring an illness.

Also important to know, those considered obese by BMI (numbers over 35) were worse off, about 18% more likely to die of any cause compared to those at a normal weight according to the review. Once you’re carrying this much weight, the risk to your health is serious.

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Why Few Extra Pounds Can Be Good For You Continued…

The review findings do add fuel to questions about the accuracy of body mass index, and remind us that this is a measure, not a diagnostic tool. BMI is simply a ratio of height to weight, it doesn’t account for age, gender or muscles. It can’t tell the difference between lean body mass and fat mass and it doesn’t tell us where fat is located. A heavily muscled athlete might have a high BMI, an elderly patient can have a normal BMI that masks age related muscle loss. These examples fuel the argument for waist circumference being a better overall measurement than BMI.

Today almost 30% of women, 40% of men are considered overweight using body mass index (BMI) measures. But while these folks might not be the smallest size on the clothing rack, they aren’t necessarily sicker than those who are at what’s considered a normal weight. For those who are overweight, and do not have traditional risk factors (high blood pressure, high lipid levels, or high fasting blood glucose levels, large waistline) for health problems, there may be no need for undue concern about early death.

Findings like these show us why it’s so important to be eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting physical exercise on a regular basis. Despite the current review findings on being overweight and death risk, no one is suggesting you gain weight or gorge on unhealthy foods. It may be that part of the reason the overweight do better is that these people go to the doctor, perhaps have identified other conditions that might be linked to weight, and are taking steps to address them.

To your good health,

Brain Research On Overeating and Obesity

The Journal of the American Medical Association, always a fascinating publication, this week brings two intriguing studies that focus on obesity. Everyone knows the dangers of carrying too much weight… heart disease, a stroke, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers. Still we struggle. In one of the research projects appearing online first in the latest JAMA, scientists used state of the art imaging technology to show that fructose (a sugar that’s no stranger to the American diet) can also bring changes in the brain that might make overeating more likely. In the second JAMA study, a controversial researcher finds evidence that being a bit overweight might not be so bad for you after all.

For the research on sugar and the brain, experts used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI for short) scans to look at the blood flow in the brain of 20 young subjects, all of normal weight, both before and after they’d consumed a beverage with glucose or fructose in two different sessions that were scheduled several weeks apart.

The scans found that drinking glucose turns off (suppresses) the activity of parts of the brain that are critical for reward and desire for food. Yale University endocrinologist Dr. Robert Sherwin, who led the study, says that with fructose these changes aren’t seen and the desire to eat goes on, without getting turned off naturally.

What’s intriguing is that the imaging mirrored how hungry the subjects say they were feeling. The work also echoed earlier results in animals. Fructose may be far more trouble, at least in terms of promoting food intake and thus weight gain, than glucose.

It appears that after consuming a fructose drink the brain doesn’t register being full as it does when glucose is taken in. The study is small, and is no indictment of fructose or it’s often vilified cousin high fructose corn syrup when it comes to carrying too much weight. Still the experts say the findings add evidence that these things might play a part in obesity. Work is ongoing to see if obese subjects react the same way to fructose and glucose.

All sugars aren’t the same, even if they do have the same number of calories, simply because they’re metabolized in different ways by the body. Doctors agree that no matter what the form, we all eat too much sugar.

It’s true that these sugars have been added to many processed foods and drinks, and that consumption of these foods by the American public has risen dramatically since the 1970s. Not coincidentally say many, rates of obesity have gone up during this same time. Today a full one third of American children and teens, more than two thirds of adults, are considered obese or at best overweight.

There are things you can do to limit your sugar intake. Cook more at home and cut back on processed foods that have fructose and high fructose corn syrup. Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks, choose smaller sizes or limit how often you have them. Go for water or teas instead, and up that intake of fruits and vegetables.

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Brain Research On Overeating and Obesity Continued…

As to the second study, a far more controversial bit of research that appears in the same issue of JAMA, researchers found that only severe obesity may bring a high death risk, while a few extra pounds might actually give you a survival edge.

The work comes from a federal expert who is no stranger to controversy, Katherine Flegal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose latest analysis bolsters an earlier, rather startling one from 2005. This time she assessed nearly 100 other projects that included nearly 2.9 million subjects the world over, to find that very obese people had the highest risk of death, but that overweight subjects had a 6% lower mortality rate than their thinner counterparts.

She also found that mildly obese subjects had a risk of death that was similar to those of normal weight. Critics are lining up, complaining that the study included people in the thin to fit category in what should be thought of as normal weight – those who might have cancer, another disease and smokers were all part of the research, but some portion of the thin subjects used are thought to be really sick, and the sick tend to die sooner.

A lot to think about… that’s for sure.

To your good health,