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    Tuesday, November 18, 2003

    What weight minimizes mortality?

    MORTALITY IS MINIMIZED with a BMI of 25-32 according to one analysis. The BMI of minimum risk was 3.1 higher in black men than white men and 1.5 higher in black women than white women. The BMI of minimum risk is 27-30 for black men, 26-27 for black women, 25-27 for white men, and 24-26 for white women. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Nov 18, 2003 6:00 am | [0] comments

    Diet Pills: 21 years of experience

    A woman shares her 21 years of experience with diet pills.

    Debra Burnett, a mother of three from Chelan, Washington has taken diet pills for 21 years. "I'm 5' 1" tall and started out weighing about 140 lbs," Debra recalls. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Nov 18, 2003 5:10 am | [1] comments

    Monday, November 17, 2003

    Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup making us fat?

    Maybe. A 1990 study found that after three weeks of drinking three-and-a-half cans of high-fructose corn syrup-sweetened soda daily women gained an average of +2.1 pounds while men gained +1.1 pounds.1 The reason for the weight gain was simple ? they consumed 13 percent more calories per day. Men consumed 374 calories and women 247 calories more each day. When the same subjects were given sodas sweetened with NutraSweet? (aspartame) for three weeks calorie intake was 7 percent lower than normal. Women gained an average of +0.6 pounds, which was not statistically significant, while men lost -1 pound. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Nov 17, 2003 5:30 am | [0] comments

    Heart disease, Obesity an independent predictor

    OBESITY PREDICTS HEART DISEASE independent of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar notes Marta Van Loan in an editorial accompanying the previous study. She also points out that upper body obesity is a better predictor of heart disease than other measures of obesity like body mass index (BMI). A paper by Simopoulos and Van Itallie identified this connection back in 1984. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Nov 17, 2003 5:20 am | [0] comments

    Blood Pressure: “Lower is better” is false

    "Much of the worry about blood pressure--especially the ?lower is better'--is false," says mathematics and statistics professor Sidney S. Port from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prof. Port is the lead author of an excellent, ground-breaking, landmark, paradigm-shifting paper about the risks associated with systolic blood pressure. The paper reveals that the risk of death associated with systolic blood pressure is "greatly overestimated... for more than 70 percent of the population". Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Nov 17, 2003 5:10 am | [0] comments

    Does saccharin cause weight gain?

    IT MAY SUGGESTS A NEW STUDY. A group of 465 people were interviewed twice 4 years apart. Those in the top one-third for saccharin consumption, consuming more than 28 grams per day, gained the most weight - on average 3.1 lbs. This does not prove the saccharin causes weight gain. It may be simply that people who are most likely to gain weight also consume the most saccharin-sweetened foods. It would be interesting to see a long-term study to determine if saccharin is as beneficial as NutraSweet for weight loss and weight maintenance. (Also see ?Does NutraSweet help with weight loss?? and other articles on saccharin's effect on metabolism.) Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Nov 17, 2003 4:50 am | [0] comments

    Sunday, November 16, 2003

    Stearic Acid and other fatty acids

    An interview with Artemis Simopoulos, M.D., author of "The Omega Diet".

    Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D. is the president of The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington, D.C., a member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids and the author of a wonderful book titled The Omega Diet (Harper Collins, 1999). Dr. Simopoulos is the lead author on a summary statement of new Recommended Dietary Intakes for Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These recommendations were formed by consensus during a workshop that was held at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, April 7-9, 1999. The workshop was sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-NIH, the Office of Dietary Supplements-NIH, The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, and the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, and cosponsored by several industry groups. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Nov 16, 2003 6:01 am | [0] comments

    The type of fat affects weight gain in rats

    OBESE RATS FED A HIGH PALM OIL DIET gained more weight than those fed a high soybean oil diet. Weight increased 16 percent on the high palm oil diet compared to 10 percent on the soybean oil diet compared to no weight gain for those fed a low-fat diet. The body weight of naturally lean rats was not affected by the high-fat diets. The high-fat and low-fat diets contained 65 percent fat and 15 percent fat, respectively. This suggests that certain types of dietary fat may be more fattening in genetically susceptible individuals. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Nov 16, 2003 5:40 am | [0] comments

    Hydroxycitrate is not effective

    Hydroxycitrate (HCA) is not effective for fat loss or weight loss according to study headed by Steven Heymsfield at St. Luke?s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. In fact, patients who were given a placebo versus those who were given HCA lost more weight (9 pounds versus 7 pounds, respectively) and lost more body fat (2.2 percent versus 1.4 percent, respectively). However these differences were not statistically significant. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Nov 16, 2003 5:30 am | [0] comments

    Saturday, November 15, 2003

    Phentermine-Prozac-5-HTP helps some patients who have plateaued lose weight

    Psychiatrist Dr. Dennis Padla 5-HTP may help patients who have plateaued, but may also increase the incidence of some side effects. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Nov 15, 2003 8:40 pm | [0] comments

    Phen-Prozac: More effective than Fen-Phen?

    The author of a study on the combination of Phentermine and Prozac discusses his findings.

    The combination of phentermine and Prozac may be as effective as Fen-Phen like Michael Anchors, M.D. suggests, or may be even more effective. This according to preliminary results from a retrospective study performed by Dennis Padla, M.D. and J. Spoke, P.A. of St. Joseph, Mich. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Nov 15, 2003 8:25 pm | [0] comments

    Interview with Michael Anchors, M.D., Ph.D., about Phen-Pro (2000)

    Dr. Michael Anchors notes that adding 5-HTP to Phentermine-Proac helps about half of plauteaed patients to lose more weight.

    Michael Anchors, M.D., Ph.D. was the first to describe the use of phentermine combined with Prozac (fluoxetine) and other SSRIs in his best-seller Safer Than Phen-Fen (Prima Publishing, 1997). He is a clinical professor of medicine at Georgetown University and has a family practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A little over a year ago he started adding 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) in some of his patients taking Phen-Prozac.

    Larry Hobbs interviewed Dr. Anchors by email to find out what effect, if any, it has had. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Nov 15, 2003 8:21 pm | [0] comments

    Interview with Michael Anchors, M.D., Ph.D., about Phen-Pro (1997)

    Michael Anchors, M.D., Ph.D., the author of "Safer Than Phen-Fen" dicusses the use of combining phentermine with Prozac and other SSRIs to help patients lose weight. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Nov 15, 2003 8:13 pm | [0] comments

    Facts about dietary fat

    Effect of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may effect breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and cholesterol. Here is a summary of findings about these fatty acids. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Nov 15, 2003 9:38 am | [0] comments

    Fish cuts heart attack risk

    A 30-year study appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine found that men who ate eight ounces or more of fish each week had a 44 percent lower risk of dying of a heart attack than men who ate none. The study did not consider whether the subjects ate lean or fatty fish. The researchers analyzed data from the Chicago Western Electric Study, which followed 2,107 men who worked at the Western Electric Co. The average participant was overweight, ate far too much fat and cholesterol, drank a lot, smoked and got little exercise. That sounds like a lot of people I know. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Nov 15, 2003 9:37 am | [0] comments

    Fish oil critical for dieters?

    omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in fish oil, are important for dieters according Mauro Di Pasquale, M.D.

    "The Omega-3?s like LNA [alpha-linolenic acid] and eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid -- known as EPA and DHA, respectively -- are critical to anyone concerned with dieting. They increase fatty acid oxidation (burning of fat) and basal metabolic rates and lower cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids also provide an anabolic effect by increasing the binding of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) to skeletal muscle and improving insulin sensitivity, even on diets high in fat, which have a tendency to decrease insulin sensitivity. As well, fish oils may also have important implications for women prone to osteoporosis, since they appear to decrease calcium excretion."
    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Nov 15, 2003 9:34 am | [0] comments

    Friday, November 14, 2003

    The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    An interview with Artemis Simopoulos, M.D., author of The Omega Diet.

    Artemis P. Simopoulos, MD was a Senior Editor of author of the book OBESITY: New Directions in Assessment and Management and contributed a marvelous chapter titled EVOLUTIONARY ASPECTS OF DIET: Fatty Acids, Insulin Resistance and Obesity. She has been researching evolutionary aspects of diet since 1984. She is one of the world's leading experts on the effects of essential fatty acids on health and disease. Her list of accomplishments are as impressive as I have ever seen. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Nov 14, 2003 5:33 pm | [0] comments

    Tuesday, September 30, 2003

    Leaner people have a better quality of life

    Obese people experience a poorer health-related quality of life than leaner people according to a new study from researchers at West Virginia University's School of Pharmacy. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 30, 2003 10:05 pm | [0] comments

    One-third of patients maintain 5 percent weight loss

    One-third of patients put on a very-low-calorie diet followed by behavior modification maintained a weight loss of at least 5 percent for two years according to a study from Finland. Weight loss after two year was associated with improvements in psychological and physical health. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 30, 2003 9:49 pm | [0] comments

    Men lose an additional 5-10 pounds using olestra

    Obese men lost lost an additional 5 to 10 pounds in nine months by using the fat substitute olestra (Olean) to replace one-third of their dietary fat according to a new study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 30, 2003 9:22 pm | [0] comments

    Sunday, September 28, 2003

    Fen-Phen Heart Valve Damge: “A huge number” of false claims

    "A huge number" of people asking to share in the $3.75 billion trust fund for people who took fen-phen may not have suffered heart valve damage according to an attorney for the trust. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 28, 2003 11:37 am | [6] comments

    Tuesday, September 23, 2003

    Ephedrine review by RAND: Weight Loss

    "Short-term use of ephedrine at high doses, or of ephedrine and caffeine, ephedra, and ephedra with herbs containing caffeine, promotes weight loss in selected patient populations," concluded researchers from the RAND Corporation in a meta-analysis of ephedrine studies. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 23, 2003 8:30 pm | [0] comments

    Ephedrine review by RAND: Athletic Performance

    Ephedrine and caffeine increases athletic performance 20 to 30 percent according to a review of ephedrine studies by the RAND Corporation. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 23, 2003 8:20 pm | [0] comments

    Ephedrine review by RAND: Adverse Effects, Serious

    "The majority of case reports are insufficiently documented to make an informed judgment about a relationship between the use of ephedrine- or ephedra-containing dietary supplements and the adverse event in question," according to a review of ephedrine studies by the RAND Corporation. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 23, 2003 8:10 pm | [0] comments

    Ephedrine review by RAND: Adverse Effects, Less Serious

    "Ephedrine and ephedra are associated with 2 to 3 times the risk of psychiatric symptoms, autonomic symptoms [hyperactivity], upper gastrointestinal symptoms, and heart palpitations," according to researchers from the RAND Corporation in a meta-analysis of ephedrine studies. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 23, 2003 8:05 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, September 22, 2003

    Women lose 13 percent with diet and exercise

    Women who exercised at least 200 minutes per week lost 13.6 percent of their body weight according to a study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 22, 2003 7:49 pm | [0] comments

    Overweight adults underestimate intake 300-500 calories per day

    Overweight adults underestimate food intake by 300 to 500 calories per day. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 22, 2003 7:45 pm | [0] comments

    One-fourth of U.S. children do not exercise

    Approximately one-fourth of U.S. children (22.6 percent) do not engage in any free-time activity according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 22, 2003 7:31 pm | [0] comments

    Saturday, September 20, 2003

    Meridia helps adolescents lose 17.2 pounds

    Adolescents who were part of a family-based, behavioral weight control program lost twice as much weight when given Meridia (sibutramine) according to a recent study. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Sep 20, 2003 4:00 pm | [0] comments

    Weight Watchers more effective than self-help

    Weight Watchers causes more weight loss than a brief counseling and self-help program according to a recent study. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Sep 20, 2003 3:17 pm | [0] comments

    Obesity increased 5 percent in one year

    The prevelance of obesity in the U.S. increased 5.6 percent in one year according to a telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Sep 20, 2003 9:24 am | [0] comments

    Walking reduces risk of obesity 24 percent

    Brisk walking an hour a day reduces the risk of obesity by 24 percent and diabetes by 34 percent according to a study from researchers at Harvard University in Boston, Mass. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Sep 20, 2003 8:15 am | [0] comments

    Friday, September 19, 2003

    Severe Obesity Shortens Lifespan 5 to 20 years

    Severe obesity shortens lifespan 5 to 20 years according to a paper from researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Sep 19, 2003 9:16 pm | [0] comments

    Sunday, September 14, 2003

    Four factors that increase glycemic index

    Glycemic index, that is how much does a given amount of food raise blood sugar, is affected by several factors according to Roberts (2000). Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 14, 2003 10:58 am | [0] comments

    Women lose more weight with Nutrasweet

    Women using Nutrasweet (aspartame) lost more weight after one year than women who abstained from using Nutrasweet according to one study that they authors reviewed. These women had been part of a three month study which had them follow a diet of 1000 calories per day. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 14, 2003 10:26 am | [0] comments

    Low-calorie more effective than low-fat

    Long-term weight loss with low-fat diets is "very small" according to according to a review paper on low-fat diets published in Obesity Reveiws. They concluded that "low-fat diets are as [effective] as other weight-reducing diets for achieving sustained weight loss, but not more so." However, their results suggest that low-calorie diets are more effective. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 14, 2003 9:12 am | [0] comments

    Sugar intake associated with lower weight in men

    Higher sugar intake is associated with lower body weight in men, but not in women according to Gibson (1996). Men who consumed more sugar were thinner than men consuming less sugar (Gibson, 1996). This was true even in men consuming a high-fat diet containing more than 40 percent of their calories as fat, and after adjusting for age, smoking, energy, fat intake, and dieting. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 14, 2003 6:10 am | [0] comments

    Sugar intake associated with lower weight in men (again)

    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 14, 2003 6:10 am | [0] comments

    High fat intake associated with higher body weight

    High fat intake is associated with higher body weights in both men and women according to Macdiarmid et al (1998). Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 14, 2003 6:00 am | [0] comments

    High-fat, sugary foods associated with obesity in women

    High-fat sweet foods such as cakes, biscuits, and chocolate are associated with obesity according to Macdiarmid et al (1998). Studies have also found that obese women have a preference for these foods. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 14, 2003 6:00 am | [0] comments
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