Diet Soda Drinkers had Larger Waists than those who drank Sugared Sodas

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(Best Syndication News) - Two studies are suggesting that diet sodas may be related to weight gain. The diet soda itself may not be packing on the pounds, but other factors may be going on that are causing the pounds to accumulate. The two studies were presented the end of June at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego.

The two studies came from researchers at the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. They found an association with the people who drank diet soft drinks had a 70 percent greater waist measurement than those that did not drink diet sodas. The Second study found that mice that had a predisposition to get diabetes and ate a diet with aspartame had increased fasting blood glucose levels.

Dr Oz Discusses the Five Biggest Health Mistakes Women Make and Varicose Veins

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(Best Syndication News) On Wednesday’s show, Doctor Oz covered several symptoms women need to watch out for. He also discusses a new treatment for varicose veins.

5 Biggest Health Mistakes Women Make

A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two and a half minutes, according to Doctor Mehmet Oz. Every 60 seconds a woman has a heart attack and every 32 seconds a woman is diagnosed with diabetes.

“It only takes a second to spot a warning sign, if you know what to look for,” Oz told his audience.

Blueberry and Cholesterol Levels – Hamster study showed improved blood lipid levels

Photo Credit - Scott Bauer USDA.gov

Photo Credit: Scott Bauer courtesy USDA.gov

(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) completed a study that investigated the effects on cholesterol levels in hamsters that were fed blueberry peels and pulp leftovers. The study was led by USDA chemist, Wallace H. Yokoyama. The results of the study showed that the hamsters fed the blueberry enhanced high fat diet had better cholesterol levels compared to the hamsters that had just a high fat diet. The study will be published in the May/June 2011 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

Since the study was conducted on hamsters, more research would be needed for humans to confirm the same health benefit. The control group was just fed the high fat diet, there were three test groups that were fed the high fat diet along with either blueberry skins, fiber extracted from the peels, or polyphenols which give the fruit its color.

‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ premieres tonight on ABC

Extreme Makeover - Weight Loss Edition - ABC

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(Best Syndication News) - A new reality TV show on ABC called ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ will be premiering tonight at 10/9c. This is new competition for NBC’s popular ‘The Biggest Loser’ TV show which just wrapped up its latest season. Even though the shows both focus on dramatic weight loss transformations, they are both very different on how they present their shows.

The ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ will be different from ‘The Biggest Loser.’ Instead of having competing weight loss and eliminations, this show tracks the weight loss of eight participants over a year’s time. The coach is Chris Powell who has a degree in Exercise Science. Instead of having the participants move into a ranch, Powell moves into the participants’ homes.

Obesity Epidemic - Could niacin be making us fat?

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credit: National Cancer Institute

(Best Syndication News) - Niacin is supplemented in many grain products in the US, which may be promoting overeating and contributing to the obesity epidemic. Researchers from China investigated glucose levels and insulin resistance when children had excess consumption of nicotinamide, which is a form of vitamin B3. They found nicotinamide supplementation could be a factor in obesity increasing in children. The study was published in the May 21, 2010 issue of the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

The Chinese researchers had concluded that nicotinamide is involved in oxidative stress and promoted an increased appetite. With a glucose and niacin loading test, the children showed insulin resistance at the first measure, and then at the second measure there was hypoglycemia. The hypoglycemia is low blood sugar, which causes a person to get hungry. Insulin resistance is associated with Type 2 diabetes. The researchers suspect that the excess niacin in the diets of children in the US is a major factor for the rising obesity rate.

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