Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes - Increased risk seen with Fast Food Eaters in Singapore

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that people in Singapore who ate fast food on a regular basis were at an increased risk for developing coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The study was published in today’s online edition of American Heart Association's journal Circulation.

The researchers found that even eating fast food once weekly showed a 20 percent increased death risk from coronary heart disease compared to those who avoided dining at these places. There was a 50 percent increased risk of death from heart disease if the person ate out two-to-three times each week. There was an 80 percent increased risk of dying from coronary heart disease in those who ate fast food four or more times on a weekly basis.

FDA grants approval for Belviq - Prescription Weight Loss Pill

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of approved Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) for overweight and obese people who also have either high blood pressure (hypertension), type-2 diabetes, or elevated cholesterol levels (dyslipidemia).

In order to qualify for the weight loss medication, the person's body mass index (BMI) needs to be greater than 27 (this is considered overweight). A BMI over 30 is considered obese. There also has to be a secondary condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes present. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over one-third of the US adult population is considered obese.

Heart Failure Risk reduced with regular moderate Coffee Drinkers

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(Best Syndication News) - Drinking coffee in moderation on a regular basis might lower your chance for developing heart failure, a recent study suggests. The findings were published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Heart Failure.

The researchers compared results from prior studies that correlated coffee consumption and heart failure. The good news is that the researchers found significantly lower risk of developing heart failure with moderate coffee drinking. The bad news is that they found excessive coffee consumption might increase the risk of developing serious heart problems.

Ursolic Acid found in an Apple Peel may increase the amount of Calories Burned

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(Best Syndication News) - Mice given ursolic acid burned more calories and reduced obesity levels compared with those that were not given the supplement. The study was an investigation on the potential of using ursolic acid as a way to reduce obesity. The research was published in the June 20 edition of the journal PLoS ONE.

Christopher Adams, M.D., Ph.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, and a Faculty Scholar at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI, led the study.
Additional benefits of the mice taking the ursolic acid supplement were the increase in muscle mass and more brown fat. Increase in muscle mass and brown fat are believed to help burn calories efficiently.

Pre-diabetes might increase Stoke Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that some patients identified as having pre-diabetes may be at a higher risk for having a stroke. The study was published online at bmj.com.

Pre-diabetes is typically diagnosed with a fasting blood glucose test. The person fasts for 12 hours and is tested after not eating any food. The normal range for blood glucose after a fast is between 70.2 to 100 mg/dl. The pre-diabetes range for this test is between 100 to 126 mg/dl.

Pre-diabetes can be resolved with diet and exercise. However, if pre-diabetes is left untreated it could become type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, pre-diabetes patients have the same vascular risk factors as those that have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. These factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. However, the future stroke risk had not been recognized in pre-diabetes patients.

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