Monthly Archives: November 2017

Adults as likely to develop type 1 diabetes as children, research finds

Type 1 diabetes is not predominantly a ‘disease of childhood’ as previously believed, but is similarly prevalent in adults, new research published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology shows.

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Studies provide insights into potential effects of weight on individuals with rheumatoid arthritis

New research provides insights on the potential effects of weight on the health of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Losing weight via exercise alone may not protect your knees, study says

A new MRI study presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) stated that obese people who lose a significant amount of weight can slow down the degeneration of their knee cartilage, but only through exercise and diet or only by diet.

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Cinnamon Has a Surprising Health Benefit

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

If you love cinnamon, add an extra shake to your next meal: new research shows that the popular spice boosts metabolism in mouse and human fat cells.

In the new study, published in the journal Metabolism, researchers from the University of Michigan tested the effect of cinnamaldehyde—the essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor—on fat cells taken from mice, as well as fat cells from four humans.

They found that exposure to cinnamon oil triggered both the mouse and the human cells to start burning calories through a process known as thermogenesis. A closer look showed that the oil increased the activity of several genes, enzymes and proteins that are known to enhance fat metabolism.

Fat cells, also called adipocytes, normally store energy in the form of lipids. From an evolutionary standpoint, that stored energy can be used by the body during periods of food shortage, or converted to heat during colder months.

But in a society where food and heat are relatively plentiful, stored energy often has nowhere to go and can contribute to unwanted weight gain. Study author Jun Wu, research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, says that consuming cinnamon on a regular basis may be one way to make fat cells burn some of that energy, rather than storing all of it.

The study looked at cinnamon’s effects on adipocytes directly—not on an actual human bodies—so much more research is needed to know if cinnamon has the same effect in real people and what the implications of increased thermogenesis really are. And while cinnamon is considered safe in quantities normally used in food, Wu says it’s still too early to determine an effective dose.

MORE: Why Cinnamon Is Insanely Good For You

Wu says that a sprinkle of cinnamon here or there may not be enough to show immediate, measurable effects on metabolism. However, “we speculate that you don’t have to eat a large amount of cinnamon all at once,” she says. “If you eat it every day, we suspect there will be a cumulative effect, and that over time you will achieve these benefits.”

This isn’t the first study to suggest that cinnamon may have beneficial effects on the body’s metabolic processes. Other research has found that the spice appears to protect mice against obesity and hyperglycemia, and that it’s associated with lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Wu says that her team’s research is another piece of evidence in cinnamon’s favor. “After this, I would recommend eating a little more than you do already,” she says. “If you already eat a lot of it, carry on—and if it’s not something you use regularly, it’s a great time to start.”

Source: http://www.health.com

Miss Egypt Was Bullied as a Teen for Weighing 220 Lbs.: 'I've Learned How to Love Myself'

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

On Sunday, Miss Egypt Farah Sedky could be crowned Miss Universe — but just a few years ago, she was considered “morbidly obese” at 220 lbs. and getting cruelly bullied by her classmates.

The pageant hopeful and recent college graduate says that the other students at her all-girls high school would constantly taunt her.

“Growing up in an all-girls school wasn’t the easiest. I was brutally bullied and to the point that I was once beaten by one of my peers,” Sedky, 23, tells PEOPLE. “To this day, I still remember her looking down at me on the ground and saying, ‘I’d love to wake up tomorrow and not see you at school, no one will miss you if you’ll be gone forever.’ ”

She hit 220 lbs. by age 15, and her doctor said that she would be diabetic in the next six months if she didn’t change her habits.

“This was the first time that I saw my father cry, which motivated me to lose the weight and begin to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Sedky says.

At first Sedky, who now lives in Cairo, struggled with eating well, but she was determined to make a change.

“What clicked with me on an emotional level to start my journey was the fact that I knew I wasn’t living up to my full potential,” she says. “Also seeing how sad my father was pushed me to make these changes.”

Sedky learned to cut her portion sizes, limit carbs after 7 p.m. and add lots of lemon to her meals.

“[Lemon] is so important Queen B [Beyoncé] made an entire album about it,” she jokes. “I like yogurt with half a lemon and cinnamon, and lemon with hot water in the morning helps with your digestive system going.”

Along with daily workout classes, Sedky lost almost 80 lbs. and changed her entire outlook.

“I’ve learned how to love myself, which was the hardest thing I had to learn,” she says. “I want to be a role model for little girls, just as I needed to have at their age. I want them to know that nothing is their fault; challenges will pass and they’ll go on with their lives to become successful individuals. They key is to learn to love and accept themselves.”

That self-love and body positivity is what pushed Sedky to compete for Miss Universe. Though she lost weight for her health, she sees the bullying she faced as a result of unrealistic standards of beauty.

“I truly believe it’s time to show women that they should appreciate, accept and love their bodies the way they are,” she says. “It’s about time that we all come together not just for women but also for children, to make sure they grow up in a healthy environment where they won’t feel pressured to focus on fitting in, and fitting a certain perception on beauty. Instead, they will grow to focus on developing their aspirations.”

The Miss Universe pageant will air live on Sunday, Nov. 26 on FOX at 7 p.m. EST.

Source: http://www.health.com

Mama June Keeps Weight Loss Promise as She Maintains Her Figure 7 Months After Dropping 300-Lbs.

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

Mama June: From Not to Hot — and still hot!

Mama June Shannon vowed to “never going back” to being overweight and she appears to have kept her word. The reality star, 38, was spotted in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, showing off her trim figure seven months after revealing she dropped 300 lbs. in a drastic body transformation.

For her outing, Shannon was all smiles, dressed in athletic wear with a gray long-sleeve shirt and patterned form-fitting leggings.

Shannon appears to be maintaining her weight — something she previously told PEOPLE she planned on doing with better food decisions, exercise and portion control after going from 460 lbs. to a size 4 following gastric sleeve surgery in 2015.

“I can promise you I’m never going back to that size. I’m happy where I’m at,” she said.

Then in February, viewers watched Shannon’s stunning transformation on WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot as the mother of four spent upwards of $75,000 to have gastric sleeve surgery, breast augmentation and 9 lbs. of skin removal surgery on her “turkey neck,” “bat wings” and stomach.

RELATED GALLERY: From ‘Sketti to Skinny: Mama June’s Eye-Popping Weight Loss Journey in Photos

“It’s kind of crazy. A lot of people don’t recognize who I am until I talk,” Shannon told PEOPLE Now in April. “It’s kind of like I’m in my own disguise. Normally when I walk through the streets, everybody notices me, and now it’s like nobody [does].”

Instead, she’s been flaunting her body with her new wardrobe.

Shannon has shown off her new size 4 figure multiple times, stepping into a red-hot revenge dress, which served as motivation for her to attend ex Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson’s wedding, and even sporting a fitted one-piece red bathing suit for a Baywatch-inspired photo shoot.

“I don’t consider a tummy tuck or face skin removal ‘plastic surgery.’ I believe it’s something that makes you feel better than you did with the skin hanging,” she previously told PEOPLE. “It’s not like I’m Miss Plastic.”

Source: http://www.health.com

Fat-busting ingredients in cinnamon

Researchers have found that certain ingredients in cinnamon can help burn fat in humans. They along with several other previous studies have noted that cinnamon – a common kitchen spice – contains cinnamaldehyde. This is an essential oil that gives the special flavor to cinnamon.

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Researchers develop simple test to predict T2D remission after bariatric surgery

A new simple test that helps predicts which people with type 2 diabetes will benefit most from weight loss surgery has been developed by a UCL-led team.

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Disordered eating has detrimental effects to long-term health of young adults, study finds

According to a recent University of Helsinki study, disordered eating among young adults has long-term effects on their health. Disordered eating among 24-year-old women and men was an indicator of higher body weight, larger waist circumference, and lower psychological wellbeing as well as a lower self-evaluation of general health both at age 24 and ten years later.

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Tips to keep health in balance during Thanksgiving

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