Losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep per day on weekdays can have long-term consequences for body weight and metabolism, a new study finds. The results will be presented Thursday, March 5, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego. “While previous studies have shown that short sleep duration is associated with obesity and diabetes, we found that as little as 30 minutes a day sleep debt can have significant effects on obesity and insulin resistance at follow up,” said lead study author Professor Shahrad Taheri, MBBS, PhD, professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, in Doha. “This reinforces earlier observations that sleep loss is additive and can have metabolic consequences.” (more…)
April McCarthy, Prevent Disease
Results presented at the 2013 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting shows that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can cause behavioural reactions similar to those produced by drugs of abuse such as cocaine
These results, presented by addiction expert Francesco Leri, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Guelph, suggest food addiction could explain, at least partly, the current global obesity epidemic partly caused by these ingredients. (more…)
The spectrum of disorders related to Candida overgrowth is wide. Candida albicans is opportunistic yeast that is found in every healthy human being.
Candida releases ammonia into its environment whenever it sees fit.
The problem with Candida overgrowth is that in the most extreme cases it can be deadly. (1)
Because Candida is native to the mouth, the gut, and the vaginal tract, it is common to see Candida overgrowth in otherwise healthy individuals. (2) For example, if you are fighting the flu or are under more stress than usual, Candida overgrowth can show up as thrush in the mouth or as a vaginal yeast infection.
How Candida Invades Your Body
Once Candida has spread within the body, it can deeply infiltrate healthy tissue. Areas like the gut, immune system, and lymph tissue are highly susceptible to a Candida attack. (more…)
A new study out of Columbia University says that sleep deprivation can cause a person to eat roughly 300 more calories a day than normal, which can ultimately lead to weight gain and obesity. Reported at the recent American Heart Association conference in Atlanta, Ga., the study provides insight into what could be a substantial contributor to the obesity epidemic — inadequate rest.
I’m not a fan of antibiotics.
OK, to be clear, it’s not really the antibiotics I hate—it’s the overuse and abuse of them by lazy or overworked doctors and corporate farming operations that really get my goat.
I wrote to you before…on a number of occasions…about the dangerous, and sometimes even deadly fallout from the misuse of these powerful drugs. But just when I think everything that needs to be said on the subject…covering allergies to superbugs…has been said, along comes some new information that has me fuming and at my keyboard while writing to you once again about the devastating effects of antibiotic abuse.
It turns out that antibiotics may be making you, and your kids, fat. (more…)
Right now, at this very moment, tens of millions of people are worried about their blood pressure for no reason at all.
You might even be one of them.
But now, you may be able to toss those worries aside for good–because a new study finds you can miss just about every mainstream blood pressure target in the book and not face extra heart risk.
We’ve all heard that if you’re going to drink sodas, choose diet. This may seem like the best option for diabetics and people who are watching their weight, but there is more to consider when drinking diet sodas than just calories. We may not know exactly what these carbonated colas are doing to our bodies, but there is plenty of research that suggests they aren’t doing much good. Here are 10 unsettling facts about diet soda:
- Causes Diabetic Complications: Diet sodas are often recommended to diabetics, who have to reduce their sugar intake. However, research suggests that the artificial sweetener, aspartame, may actually cause negative side effects for diabetics. Aspartame may cause diabetic complications or worsen them, such as retinopathy, cataracts and metabolic disorders. The artificial sweetener can also make it harder for diabetics to properly control their insulin levels, in addition to affecting appetite or causing weight gain.
- Dissolves Tooth Enamel: Even though diet sodas do not directly cause cavities like the sugar in regular sodas, the acid in diet sodas may contribute to enamel breakdown, which makes you more susceptible to tooth decay when sugar is consumed. Diet sodas are very acidic. For example, Diet Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet 7-Up have pH values ranging from 3.39 to 3.67. Acid starts to dissolve tooth enamel at pH value of 5.5 or less.
- Contains a High Caffeine Amount: One 12oz can of diet soda contains anywhere from 23 to 54 mg of caffeine. The amount of caffeine varies by diet soda brands, but most diets sodas contain more caffeine than regular sodas. If you’re caffeine intake exceeds 500 to 600 mg a day, your health could be in risk. High caffeine consumption may cause headaches, restlessness, anxiety and other potential health problems.
- Leaches Calcium from Bones: Diet sodas leach calcium from your bones in several ways. The phosphoric acid in diet sodas can increase calcium excretion in urine, therefore promoting calcium loss. Caffeine can also zap calcium from bones and weaken them if the body is not replaced with enough calcium. Getting an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D every day, as well as limiting caffeine intake to 300 mg or less a day, will help diet soda drinkers maintain strong and healthy bones.
- Increases Stroke Risk: Recent medical studies have determined a link between diet soda consumption and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. The study used 2,500 participants to analyze the health effects of daily diet soda consumption. It found that 61 percent of people who drank a diet soda daily had an increased risk of heart problems compared to non-soda drinkers. It also accounted for smoking, exercise, alcohol consumption and calories consumed per day.
- Causes Weight Gain: Diet sodas have been linked to causing weight because sugar substitutes, such as saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, neotame and acesulfame-K, may actually increase people’s cravings for more food to feel satisfied. Research shows that artificial sweeteners are hundreds of times sweeter than real sugar and can be addictive. This may increase cravings and consumption of larger and sweeter desserts to get your sweets fix, which may result in weight gain.
- Causes Dehydration: Diet soda is a diuretic, which increases the flow of urine and calcium excretion. Depending on how many diet sodas you drink and how much water you consume, this process can cause dehydration. Excessive diet soda consumption can also cause a laxative effect and shed some water weight, but it’s very important to be aware of the signs of dehydration and stay replenished with water.
- Increases Risk of Developing Metabolic Syndrome: Research suggests that drinking diet soda may increase one’s chances of developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by a group of risk factors that could lead to heart disease, stroke and type 2diabetes. Abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance or glucose intolerance and high cholesterol are some of the known risk factors. Daily diet soda drinkers, who don’t exercise and eat unhealthy foods, are increasing their chances of developing metabolic syndrome at a faster rate than those who don’t drink sodas but eat the same way.
- Inceases Risk of Cell Damage: A preservative found in diet sodas, called sodium benzoate, has been linked to an increase in cell damage. Sodium benzoate is added to sodas to prevent mold. When mixed with the additive vitamin C, it produces a carcinogenic substance called benzene. Studies also show that sodium benzoate may damage the mitochondria, a very important part of DNA within cells. The cells might malfunction when damaged, causing a number of diseases like Parkinson’s, cirrhosis of the liver and neuro-degenerative diseases.
- Soda Used to Contain Cocaine: When Coca-Cola was first created by pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886, it contained cocaine, which was thought to cure various diseases and ailments. The “feel good” drink was said to cure morphine addiction, neurasthenia, headache and dyspepsia. Coca-Cola may have taken out cocaine from the recipe in the early 1900s, but both regular and diet Coca-Cola still use a cocaine-free coca extract in the recipe.
Dr. Leonard Coldwell