Potato fries may double the risk of early death

We have always known that fried snacks are not good for our overall health, but that any of them could double the risk of early death, is news. According to a new study, eating two to three portions of fried potatoes every week could raise the risk of early death by twofold. The study was based on the data of more than 4,400 adults from the United States. The study found that in comparison to adults who did not consume potatoes in the form of French fries, chips and hash browns, the ones who ate two to three portions of the fried variety each week doubled their risk of premature death. This risk was further increased when the portion was more than three a week.

Treat type 2 diabetes with broccoli sprout extract

Researchers have found an effective new treatment for type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for around 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases.  They found that a compound found in broccoli sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables led to a significant improvement in fasting blood glucose levels among obese adults with type 2 diabetes. The compound called sulforaphane was also found to reduce the amount of glucose produced by cultured liver cells. The study showed that adults who consumed the extract showed significant reduction in fasting blood glucose levels, compared with those who did not.

Vegetarian diet effective in weight loss

The news that a vegetarian diet is effective in weight loss and improving metabolism is not surprising at all. However, there is proof now to overwhelmingly vote for a vegetarian diet to help people with type 2 diabetes lose weight. Diabetes affects around 150 million people worldwide and this number is expected to double by 2025 owing to sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, and obesity. The new study has found that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced by more than 50 percent by changing to a plant-based vegetarian diet. Researchers found that compared with a conventional diet, a vegetarian diet can achieve weight loss, improve control of blood glucose, raise insulin sensitivity, and lead to other metabolic improvements.


A new appetite regulator

A new hope for people seeking to lose weight… A study has found new a link between certain brain receptors and obesity. Researchers have found a potential way to target the thyroid hormone receptors (TR) that specifically control appetite in mouse brains, without causing other side effects. TRs are spread widely throughout the body and interact with circulating thyroid hormones to regulate functions such as appetite, the nervous system, body temperature, and cholesterol levels. According to the study, the findings might lead to developing a new type anti-obesity drug in the future.

World is getting fatter?

Yes, our world is getting fatter and it is no good news. Research has learnt that nearly a third of the world’s population is overweight or obese and it’s getting worse. In 73 countries around the world, the number of obese people has doubled since 1980. The United States is at the top with more than two-thirds of Americans overweight or obese. These figures need to be controlled as too much body fat raises the risk of heart disease, many types of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and a range of other conditions. Overweight also makes people more susceptible to become seriously ill or to die from influenza and other infectious diseases.


Weight-related deaths can affect non-obese too

After all the backlash against weight gain, researchers have now found that you don’t need to be obese to be at a risk of dying from illnesses related to excess weight. A study based on statistics, found that of the 4 million deaths attributed to being excess weight in 2015, nearly 40 percent were not clinically obese. It found that more than 2 billion children and adults suffered from health problems linked to being overweight, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. But an increasing number had less than 30 BMI, which is the threshold for obesity.



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