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Tailored Diets Necessary

In this latest study, researchers noted that patients with a certain genetic variation experienced more weight loss on a low-fat diet than a low-carb diet. The gene (TCF7L2 rs7903146) associates with diabetes through GLP-1 secretion, which is more closely tied to fat...

Childhood Obesity: Early Death

A great deal of focus has been placed on high cholesterol in children.  In a recent study with almost 5,000 participants, the cholesterol did not correlate with premature death. Meanwhile, “Obesity, glucose intolerance, and hypertension in childhood were...

Vegetarian Protein

Higher protein diets result in better weight loss … so what choices should a vegetarian make? Frequently I give specific directions to my patients, depending on whether they are vegetarian or strict-vegan. High protein choices for a vegetarian can include dairy,...

Cancer gene promotes obesity

Cancer researchers working with mice discovered the most interesting phenomenon. When the researchers bred a group of mice who lack the PIKE cancer gene, the mice resisted developing obesity. Researchers fed a high-fat diet to both normal mice and PIKE-free mice. The...

Cocoa for hardening of the arteries?

Normally, I don’t post on topics like this, but it piqued my interest. Markers of inflammation have been correlated with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). In a recent study, researchers demonstrated that cocoa decreased inflammation. One group of...