Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New stomach shrinking procedure helps patients lose weight

A new experimental stomach shrinking procedure is helping obese patients lose weight, without bands, staples, or implants.
Reporter: Maureen McFadden

A new experimental stomach shrinking procedure is helping obese patients lose weight, without bands, staples or implants.

Every year, Americans spend $30 billion a year on diets, weight loss products and other weight loss services. Now, more than 200,000 people a year are going even further than pills or diets, and turning to surgery.

Teresa Flowers, a 54-year-old lifelong dieter, has tried numerous diets which all have failed. With a job that keeps her sitting eight hours a day, Flowers was ready to try something big.

"It's very frustrating to be obese and feel like your back is up against a wall and there's basically no hope,” says Flowers.

She became one of the first patients in the U.S. to undergo a new experimental weight loss surgery called gastric imbrication.

Gastric imbrication is a procedure that shrinks the volume of the stomach by 90-percent by folding and stitching it into a small, narrow tube.

Sunil Sharma, a doctor at the University of Florida’s Weight Loss Surgery Institute, says, “That translates into easy filling of the stomach, but eating less quantity of food."

"The fact that my stomach is only ten-percent the size that it was, it makes me make a conscious effort to not eat, and to eat wisely,” says Flowers.

The minimally invasive procedure is performed through several small incisions in the abdomen, or one cut through the belly button.

A pilot study in India on 30 patients showed participants losing 40-percent of their excess weight within the first year after surgery, all along with quicker recovery and fewer complications.

Two weeks after having the surgery, Teresa Flowers already had lost 23 pounds.

“I started at 313. I'd love to be down to about a hundred fifty pounds,” says Flowers.

Although at least two U.S. studies are now underway, gastric imbrication is still considered experimental and is not covered by insurance.

However, Sharma says that because it is less invasive than other bariatric procedures as well as not requiring the removal of any stomach tissue, the cost is much lower.

Gastric imbrication costing $12,500, compared to as much as $16,000 for lap band surgery and $19,000 for gastric bypass.

The process can be adjusted or even reversed as a result of the non-dissolvable sutures used in the procedure.

RESEARCH SUMMARY
TOPIC: SHRINKING STOMACHS...A NEW WAY
REPORT: MB #3228

BACKGROUND: There are a number of stomach-shrinking procedures that offer surgical solutions to bariatric complications. The most common is the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedure, wherein the patient's stomach size can be decreased by surgically segmenting it into two parts, using surgical stables or a plastic band. The top part is formed into a small, golf ball sized pouch, which is then connected to a section of the small intestine, bypassing about five feet of intestine before reconnecting. The small pouch allows the patient to feel full after consuming only one to two ounces of food, and the bypassed intestine prevents the patient from absorbing additional calories. The next procedure is called Gastric-Band Surgery, where an inflated, silicone band is wrapped and tightened around the upper area of the stomach to create a pouch which only allows about an ounce of food to enter. Saline is used to inflate the band, and is fed into a plastic tube, which is attached to the band. During Gastric Sleeve Surgery, anywhere from 60-75% of the stomach is actually removed, leaving a sleeve-shaped formation which can receive and break down food. Also known as a gastrectomy, or "Sleeve gastrectomy," this procedure naturally limits caloric intake. (SOURCE: University of Florida Weight Loss Institute and webmd.com)

GASTRIC IMBRICATION: Also called Gastric Plication Surgery, this reversible procedure is accomplished without removing any portions of the stomach, re-routing the small intestine, or using any stapling or cutting. During this procedure, the bulging portion of the stomach is folded onto its other half, and held in place with non-absorptive sutures. The stomach's size is therefore decreased to a gastric sleeve proportion, but without using any of the potentially harmful, foreign objects to do so. Unlike Gastric Bypass, Gastric Imbrication does pose the risk of malabsorption, and is in fact considered to be a low-risk and low-cost procedure with a quick recovery. The procedure is certainly promising, but there are no long-term results reported at this point. (SOURCE: University of Florida Weight Loss Institute, Weight Loss Surgery News)

OBESITY STATISTICS: An August, 2010 obesity reports called "Vital Signs: State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults -- United States, 2009," found that in 2007, no state had met the 2001 Surgeon General-issued obesity goals, published as the Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity. These goals aimed to reduce the presence of obesity amongst American adults to only 15%. The overall self-reported figure was in fact 26.7%, varying over many characteristics. The highest numbers were found in adults aged 50-59, 31.1%, 60-69, 30.9%, non-Hispanic blacks, 36.8%, (non-Hispanic black women in particular, 41.9%), Hispanics, 30.7% and Midwestern and Southern residents, 28.2% and 28.4% respectively. In all, men measured at 22.9% and women at 18.6%, with the largest group of them being found in the group without a high school degree and the smallest in the group with a college degree.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Sunil K. Sharma, MD
University of Florida
Weight Loss Institute
(904) 633 -0834
sunil.sharma@jax.ufl.edu

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Do Free Radicals Really Cause Aging?

By Jessica Marshall


These much maligned molecules may not be entirely harmful after all. In fact, a new study suggests they could help us live longer.

THE GIST
  • Free radicals are an important part of our body's normal functioning and may even be good for us in certain doses.
  • Worms that made extra free radicals lived longer than typical worms, but the effect was reversed when they were treated with antioxidants.
  • Research does not support taking more antioxidants than we consume via diet, researchers say. 


Conventional wisdom has held for decades that free radicals cause aging, and that antioxidants, which squelch the reactivity of these highly reactive molecules, are a way to slow the process. But new work adds to a growing body of research that suggests the story is not so simple.

In the new study published in PLoS Biology, worms that made more free radicals or that were treated with a free-radical-producing herbicide actually lived longer than normal worms.

What's more, when the longer-lived mutant worms were given antioxidants, the effects were reversed, and the worms had a conventional worm lifespan. The finding flies in the face of the idea that antioxidants battle the effects of aging.

According to study author Siegfried Hekimi of McGill University in Montreal and others, what is emerging from this and other experiments is a view of free radicals -- or, more precisely, reactive oxygen species -- as a normal part of the body's stress response, with beneficial effects at certain levels.

"Maybe the reason why free radicals and aging are correlated is because free radical production in the mitochondria (part of the cell) is a stress reaction to the damage of aging," Hekimi said. "The organism tries to counter with free radical production."

Hekimi and others point out that part of exercise's benefit may be because exercise causes mild increases in the levels of reactive oxygen species that are actually good for us.

The emerging view casts a pall on the idea of popping antioxidant pills in hopes of slowing the aging process or protecting against disease.

"When clinical trials have been done with antioxidants, they have not shown benefits," Hekimi said.

"If we're right that reactive oxygen species are fundamental to maintain normal fitness and also adaptation to stress, then you don't want to take too many antioxidants," said Navdeep Chandel of Northwestern Medical School in Chicago.

Indeed, Chandel suspects that the beneficial effects of limited alcohol consumption come not from antioxidants in red wine but from the mild oxidative stress the alcohol provides.

"Who am I to say if you should take antioxidants or not," he added. "All I would say is there is no evidence that taking more antioxidants than you get through diet is needed."

Free radicals do cause damage, Hekimi said, but at normal levels their beneficial effects are perhaps more important. If the stress of aging or disease increases sufficiently, he said, the damage caused by the free radicals might overwhelm their positive effects.

"You cannot live without them, nor should you wish to, but they will probably help to kill you in the end," agreed Barry Halliwell of the National University of Singapore, of reactive oxygen species. "Learning how to stop the latter whilst preserving the useful functions of reactive oxygen species should be a major research priority in the next few years."

Halliwell said that evidence supports that reactive oxygen species probably contribute to the progression of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, despite having beneficial effects at lower levels. They also probably cause skin wrinkling, he added.

Hekimi hopes further experiments will determine exactly how reactive oxygen species increase lifespan in the worms.

He and his colleagues used the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, an organism used widely in lab studies, but Hekimi believes the findings will translate into higher organisms like mice and humans, because these systems are so fundamental.

Halliwell noted, though, that C. elegans can not be used to study the effect of free radicals on stem cells, which evidence suggests may be important. Also, the study only shows the effects of free radicals on longevity, and can say nothing about quality of life.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

How to increase metabolism and lose weight faster--without dieting

Learning how to increase metabolism can lead to weight loss up to five times faster.

By using effective weight management strategies, people can avoid health effects of obesity and being overweight; they can lead to chronic diseases as well as premature death. Obese individuals have a greater risk of having cancer, diabetes, stroke and other health problems.


Dieting and long workouts are not required to improve metabolism. Dieting usually doesn’t lead to lasting weight loss, especially when it involves starvation, because it slows down metabolism.

Inactivity also leads to a slower metabolism and weight gain.  Some people participate in lower levels of activity, but this usually does not lead to any significant effect on weight loss. High level activity can boost metabolism and lead to faster weight loss.

According to a new study by Arlene Hankinson, M.D. and her team, maintaining high levels of activity was associated with smaller gains in body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference compared with low activity levels. Lower levels of activity had little effect on preventing weight gain. High level activity was the only kind that made a significant difference on weight gain prevention in the study. High-level activities included basketball, running, an exercise class and brisk walking.

This study was published in the December issue of Journal of the American Medical Association.

What they did: A prospective longitudinal study of habitual activity of 3554 men and women aged 18 to 30 years at baseline was done. Habitual activity was defined as maintaining high, moderate and low activity levels. Follow-up of participants was done for 20 years. The relationship between habitual activity levels and changes in body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference was evaluated for over 20 years.

Results from the study suggest that people will gain significantly less weight by middle age -- especially women -- if they engage in high activity levels through young adulthood. Weight gain in participants of the study was evaluated for over 20 years.

What is the biggest roadblock for most people trying to increase their metabolism?

Most people are too busy and time-starved to participate in long workouts.

What’s the solution?

Here’s the good news for people who are too busy to carve out a 30-minute block of time to work out:  Exercise research studies have shown that shorter workouts can boost metabolism higher and lead to greater fat burning compared to longer workouts. The secret is interval exercise.

Researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales and the Garvan Institute found that interval exercise burn three times as much fat as running twice as long at a moderately hard, steady pace.

They studied 45 overweight women over 15 weeks. They went through a 20-minute cycling regime in which they sprinted on a stationary bike for eight seconds followed by 12 seconds of cycling lightly. They lost three times more weight as other women who exercised at a continuous, regular pace for 40 minutes.
       
Results from this study can also be applied to swimming, rowing, running and walking.
Many Americans are overweight or obese and they’re not able to participate in high-level activities. Walking is an ideal workout for most people. Even overweight and obese individuals can participate in a walking exercise program.

The problem is that walking for 60 minutes, seven times a week does not result in much fat loss for most people. The solution for a lot of overweight people is interval walking.

Starting even with just 10 minutes a day and increasing to 30 minutes of interval walking can boost metabolism and increase weight loss.

A study done at the University of Virginia showed that women who did three shorter, fast-paced walks a week ( in addition to two longer, moderate-paced walks) lost 5 times more belly that those who strolled at a moderate speed 5 days a week -- without dieting!

Multiple studies show that shorter workouts, such as interval walking or cycling, can increase metabolism and lead to weight loss faster -- even without dieting.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, many cities have walking trails. Local parks, beaches, lakes and even shopping malls can be great for walking.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cheryl Cole’s Weight Loss Goal

by Erin Martin on Dec 18th, 2010

Shes the nations sweetheart and has ditched her cheating husband.  She has a body that most red blooded males want to hold and that most females want to have.
Shes Cheryl Cole and despite her being adored by millions, her diet has been criticised by health experts as the unhealthiest diet of the year.

The X Factor judge, 27, is rumoured to undertake the Blood Group diet.  This diet is when the dieters choose food according to their blood type.

Many top Dietitians have issued warning that these type of diets could lead to health problems due to the fact that dieters are advised to eliminate food groups such as red meat or dairy in their entirety.

Hollywood favourite: The Maple Syrup diet was also criticised by The British Dietetic Association.  The Maple Syrup diet is said to be popular with celebrities such as Beyonce and Naomi Campbell.

Cheryl Cole is allegedly trying to lose more weight before she launches her career in the USA.  The Geordie temptress is moving to LA to be a judge on the US X Factor but some of her friends say she wants to lose about 8 or 9lbs to look her best.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Weight Loss Drinks For Quick Slimming Up

Suparna Chakraborty

 Everyone wants to be lean, slim, beautiful and with an extra kilo, the world comes to an end. What are the ways of weight loss? Diet, exercise, yoga, gym etc. With an hectic schedule it's human tendency to forget or to not be able to strictly follow the steps. Thus, you need to have another alternative effortless way that would add on to your effort of getting slim. Weight loss drinks are one such easy way to down. Here are few weight loss drinks -

1.Vegetable Stalk – Drink two glasses of vegetable stalk before lunch. This weight loss drink is a high source of fiber and full of nutrition. The fiber make you feel full and thus you end up eating less of calories. According to researchers of University of Penn, drinking vegetable stalk before lunch can help cut down on 135 less calories. Vegetable stalk is also very good for skin.

2.Drink Ice Cold Water – Drinking ice cold water can help you burn 200 calories. When you drink cold water, your body calories to rink that water to body temperature. Cold water also increases metabolism. This, leads to burning of calories and loosing weight.

3.Fruit Smoothies – Fruit smoothies workout your digestive system. This means no undigested food is left in the stomach, which is leading to fat content. Smoothies detoxifies the body, cleansing your body. It is best to have a glass of smoothies along with lunch. Don't add extra sugar or honey to the weight loss drink.

4.Green Tea – Green tea is famous for it's slimming capabilities. It boosts metabolism and regulates digestive process. It also is a source of antioxidants. Drink green tea after every meal for best results.

5.Milk – Milk is a good source of calcium which breakdown fat into fat cells. Thus, prevent it to accumulate in the body causing ugly flab. Two glasses of milk in a day is enough for an adult.

6.Protein Drink – Protein intake turns fat into lean muscles, thus preventing fat accumulation. The more your muscles are formed, the more calories are burned. Thus, prevent accumulation of fat.

These six weight loss drinks also work wonders on your immune system and blood purification. This leads to greater strength, lesser number of sick leaves and glowing skin.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Green Tea Beauty Benefits

By Sheena M. Brockington on November 29, 2010

Green tea is a natural, drinkable beauty solution that women of all ages can luxuriate in, whether as a cup of tea in the morning or as applied directly to the skin. Beauty product manufacturers embrace the beauty benefits of green tea by adding it to their products. Green tea and green tea extracts can be found in everything from eye cream and lotion to toner and face wash.

Green tea is a natural, drinkable beauty solution that women of all ages can luxuriate in, whether as a cup of tea in the morning or as applied directly to the skin. Beauty product manufacturers embrace the beauty benefits of green tea by adding it to their products. Green tea and green tea extracts can be found in everything from eye cream and lotion to toner and face wash.

Ease Your Sunburn Sting

The beaming sun during summer months can cause unsightly and painful sunburn. Green tea can help soothe the skin if applied directly to the affected areas. The Women Fitness website suggests preparing a pot of green tea, allowing it to chill and then using a cloth to apply the green tea to the sunburned areas of the skin. Avoid rubbing; use the cloth as you would a cold compress.

Refresh Your Skin

If your current skincare regimen includes a toner, consider using green tea as an all-natural replacement to your current toner. Green tea contains natural antioxidants that are known to act as anti-inflammatory agents and have a soothing effect on the skin, according to Web MD. Whether you have dry, combination or sensitive skin, you can create your own toner at home using a recipe from Canadian Living website. Combine 1 cup spring water, 4 tsp. tea leaves and 1 tsp. mint leaves. Start by boiling the water; once it's ready, add the tea leaves to create an infusion. Let it stand for at least 10 minutes, strain and allow to cool completely before placing the mixture in a glass or plastic storage container. The Plant Green website offers an alternative suggestion for creating a green tea toner at home. Brew green tea, freeze it into ice cubes and use slightly melted cubes as toner for your skin.

Lose and Maintain Weight

Start your morning with a cup of green tea and take advantage of its fat-burning benefits. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that when caffeine, polyphenols and catechins, all properties of green tea, team up, they can be used for weight loss. While the combination won't cause you to instantly shed pounds, it can help you maintain your current weight and possibly improve your weight loss results.

Say "Goodbye" to Free Radical Damage

You are exposed daily to potential free radical damage from pollution inside and outside. Free radical damage can cause disease and increase the visible effects of aging. Antioxidants in foods and drinks, such as green tea, step in and help your skin win the war against free radical damage. The Women Fitness website reports that the antioxidant level in green tea is more powerful than vitamin C.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Forget the eggnog — load up on healthy green tea

ALEX HANDYSIDE THE GREY ZONE
Mon, Dec 13 - 4:53 AM

I’M A HUGE fan of green tea, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I think you should. It’s packed full of anti-oxidants. These are naturally occurring good biochemicals that mop up other naturally occurring nasties called free radicals.

Many experts believe free radicals are a major factor in the development of coronary artery disease, blood clots, macular degeneration, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and many cancers. I’ve always liked my fruit and veggies — after all, they are high in anti-oxidants. Then I discovered that green tea contains 10 times more antioxidants than antioxidant-rich blueberries, pomegranates and cranberries. And because green teas are minimally processed (its leaves are withered and steamed), its antioxidants are about twice as concentrated as those in black teas (whose leaves are crushed and fermented).

Many studies have looked at how green tea battles cancer: one Japanese study of nearly 500 Japanese women with Stage I and Stage II breast cancer found that drinking green tea before and after surgery was associated with lower recurrence of the cancers. Studies in China have shown the more green tea that participants drank, the less the risk of developing stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer. A recent analysis of 22 studies that investigated the correlation between high tea consumption and reduced risk for lung cancer concluded that increasing your intake of green (but not black) tea by two cups per day may reduce the risk of developing lung cancer by 18 per cent.
With regard to green tea and heart health, it’s known that lifestyle and overall diet are far more critical than any one food group. Green tea’s antioxidants are dilators that will certainly improve the flexibility of blood vessels and make them less vulnerable to clogging.

A Dutch study of more than 3,000 men and women did find that the more tea consumed, the less severe the clogging of the heart’s blood vessels, especially in women.

Green tea has also been linked to weight loss, but the evidence is less clear. Green tea and its extract have been shown to fight lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and obesity, two risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. In one Japanese study, 240 men and women were given varying amounts of green tea extract. Those who got the highest amount of extract lost the most fat and weight and had lower blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol.

Besides being calorie-free, green tea appears to stimulate weight loss through the action of plant-based compounds called phytochemicals that temporarily cause the body to burn more calories and melt fat. The benefit lasts only a few hours, so researchers concluded it may help to drink green tea at least twice a day.

So how much is enough? Research shows that regular tea drinkers (two or more cups a day), have less heart disease and stroke, lower cholesterol, and that they recover from heart attacks faster. In a study that involved 500 Japanese men and women, researchers found that drinking at least four cups of green tea every day may be related to the reduced severity of coronary heart disease among male participants. Personally, I drink six to eight cups per day in place of the recommended six to eight glasses of water.

One area that most experts do agree on is that the effect green tea extracts and supplements have on the body is unknown and may actually cause damage. If you’re going to reap the many rewards of green tea, drink it straight-up: no pills, powders, pipes or potions.

So this season lay off that ‘liquid heart-attack’ called eggnog and just enjoy a really nice hot cuppa with your Yuletide turkey!

Alex Handyside is a Certified Senior Adviser and the owner-operator of ScotiaCare Homecare & Caregivers.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Boost Your Metabolism By Drinking Green Tea

For thousands of years, people in Asia have been drinking green tea for medicinal reasons. Culled from the leaves of an evergreen shrub named Camella Sinensis, researchers still continue to analyze the properties of green tea.

More recently many Americans have begun adding green tea to their weight loss or fitness regimes. According to some studies, green tea contains natural components which enable more rapid calorie burn as well as loss of fat, particularly the type which tends to build up around the midsection of the body.

Although playfully referred to as "love handles," fat which targets this area is considered a potential health danger. It is often linked to many serious illnesses, including heart ailments, blood clots and diabetes.

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., renowned expert on natural health and nutrition, is a huge fan of green tea. In his essay, "My Life With Tea," Dr. Weil speaks of this drink with great conviction: "Green tea is perhaps the most healthful beverage human beings can consume. Studies either strongly suggest or confirm that the antioxidants in green tea can reduce LDL cholesterol, promote fat burning, reduce the risk of several forms of cancer and alleviate depression."

And it tastes really, really good.

Green tea may be something of a medical marvel, but it also comes in a dizzying multitude of flavors. A cup of green tea gives off a richly soothing scent. Hot or cold, regular or decaffeinated, green tea can be chugged over ice before a workout for an extra boost of energy, or sipped quietly at the end of a long day.

At the Harmony Tea Room in Westwood, tea parties are not just the domain of imaginative little girls. This inviting locale is perfect for parties, book club gatherings or lunches. Along with soups, sandwiches and other tasty treats, owner MaryAnn Bassett offers three uniquely flavorful types of tea:
  • Sencha green, of Japanese origin, is made from leaves which are steamed, rolled into oblong curls, then dried.
  • Genmaicha green, also from Japan, is made with roasted brown rice. Nicknamed "popcorn tea" because after drying, the rice kernels resemble popcorn.
  • Jasmine green from Taiwan is lushly fragrant with jasmine blossoms.
Starbucks in Westwood serves it up hot, cold or blended. Choose from China Green, Chai Green Latte, Green Tea Lemonade or Zen Green Tea (sweetly blended with lemongrass and spearmint). Iced green tea is first brewed hot on the premises, then freshly iced and shaken by hand.

Nina Owens, owner of The Nature of Things in Westwood, keeps a selection of boxed green tea on hand to keep up with the demand of regular customers. "One gentleman always comes in after working out for our Yogi brand Muscle Recovery Green Tea," she said. "Other customers who are into exercise like the Yogi Energy Green Tea." The Nature of Things also carries LongLife's handmade organic green and green decaf, a nice alternative to mass produced teas.

Trader Joe's in Westwood offers seasonal Candy Cane Green Tea in bags, as well as Super Antioxidant, Jasmine and Cranberry Green. Trader Joe's Kettle Brewed Unsweetened Green & White Tea (with a hint of mint!) is a year round favorite. This perfect mixture of green and white tea has a fresh, light taste. Unlike some prepared teas, this one is unsweetened and has zero calories. Sold by the gallon jug, keep it in the fridge and drink freely.

The quaintly charming atmosphere at the Rolling Pin CafĂ© in Westwood is a perfect place to sip their naturally delicious Ginger Green tea. Served by the pot, sit-down cup or if you must, take it to go.
For many people green tea is more than a healthy habit. It is a gratifying ritual that begins or ends each day. The act of preparing tea is a calming one.

Expensive cups, tableware or teapots are not needed to properly enjoy your own relaxing tea-time. LN Grand/True Value Hardware in Westwood is an old-fashioned "general store" that sells a variety of charming teapots and cups at very reasonable prices.

Green tea is remarkably flexible. It can rev up the metabolism or soothe jangled nerves.
But whether you drink green tea for pleasure or purpose, most of all be certain to enjoy it!

About this column:

Westwood Wellness offers a look at what to do in the area as far as health and wellness is concerned. Andrea Kahn delves into a variety of wellness issues, including diet and exercise options. Want to see something in particular? E-mail michelle.sartor@patch.com.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Green Ttea Boost

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Charlyn Fargo, Contributor

Can green tea really help people lose weight? Some studies suggest that two to four cups of green tea daily could provide some extra help when you cut calorie consumption and boost your activity to lose weight, but don't expect it to produce a major loss. Natural compounds in green tea, especially a polyphenol known as EGCG, may support weight loss. Studies that do show an effect of green tea or isolated EGCG show an average of about an extra one to three pounds of weight loss over several months, especially among those who are moderately obese.

Some vitamin supplements or products that claim to promote weight loss list EGCG or green-tea extract content, but they may contain an amount well below levels linked with weight loss in controlled studies.

If you enjoy green tea, drinking two or three 8-ounce mugs or three to four 6-ounce cups freshly brewed (not bottled) each day provides levels of EGCG associated with these modest improvements in weight loss. Extracts or isolated EGCG in appropriate amounts may help, too, but when you get these compounds from drinking tea, you may end up with additional help towards your weight-loss goal.
- American Institute for Cancer Research

Fat children

The latest statistics show that 32 per cent of children (two to 19 years old) are overweight or obese. And the same data confirm that obese children are more likely to develop adverse health outcomes later in life, according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, October 2010. The article urges all of us to push strategies to reverse the trend.

The key is to lower calories consumed in the form of snacks and desserts. The researchers identify many of those snacks and desserts as empty calories, full of 'solid fats' and added sugars. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the highest contributors to the sugar intake in children followed by desserts - cookies, cake and pie. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends substituting nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and non-fat dairy.

The ADA leads a consortium of groups to end childhood obesity within a generation. Here are their recommendations:

Increase access to and consumption of affordable and appealing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats in and out of school.

Stimulate children and youth to be more physically active for 60 minutes every day in and out of school.
Boost resources (financial/rewards/incentives/training/technical assistance) to schools in order to improve physical fitness and nutrition programmes.

Educate and motivate children and youth to eat the recommended daily servings of nutrient-rich foods and beverages.

Empower children and youth to take action at their school and at home to develop their own pathways to better fitness and nutrition for life.

Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian at Creators Syndicate www.creators.com.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Green tea may increase post-meal satiety: Study

By Nathan Gray, 03-Dec-2010


Drinking green tea after a meal might boost satiety levels, but has very little effect on blood glucose levels or glycemic index, according to a new study.

The research, published in the Nutrition Journal, suggests that the antioxidant-rich beverage could boost feelings of fullness, but found no evidence to support previous suggestions that it may moderate insulin sensitivity or glucose levels.

The researchers, led by Dr Julija Josic from Lund University, Sweden, said the overall sensation of satiety was boosted more after a meal accompanied by green tea than after a reference meal accompanied by water.
They said their conclusions that green tea significantly boosted satiety were supported by the fact that “not only was satiety increased, but also the feeling of fullness and the feeling of having had enough to consume.”
 
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The compounds thought to contribute to the health-promoting effects ascribed to green tea are polyphenolic compounds called catechins, which have been the focus of many previous studies on green tea, due to their anti-oxidative properties and their potential role in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease.
But some research has also suggested a possible link between green tea consumption and diabetes risk, reporting that tea drinking could bring modest benefits for glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity.

There are four major catechins in green tea: epicatechin (EC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), epigallocatechin (EGC) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), of which EGCG is the most abundant.

The authors said that intervention studies with green tea extract in healthy rodents and humans have demonstrated increased insulin sensitivity after an oral glucose tolerance test with EGCG was found to have most insulin-enhancing activity in animal in vitro studies.

However,H several studies have observed that neither green tea extracts nor EGCG have any effect on fasting glucose, insulin sensitivity or glucose levels.

“To our best knowledge, this is the first study to examine the effect of green tea on both the glucose metabolism and satiety, after the ingestion of a regular meal,” said the researchers.

“The primary objective of this study was to determine whether ingestion of a regular meal and green tea lower postprandial [post-meal] plasma glucose levels, glycemic index, and insulin levels. The secondary objective, was to establish whether consumption of a regular meal including green tea increase the satiety,” they added.

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No significant differences in serum insulin levels or insulin were reported between the green tea meal and a reference meal during a 120 min post-meal observation period.

Josic and colleagues also observed no difference in glucose levels, with 120 min glucose value found to be higher following the green tea meal, and there was no significant difference found in mean glycemic index between the green tea and reference meal.

After the reference meal, the subjects reported finding it more pleasant to eat another mouthful of the same food than after the green tea meal, again confirming the increased feeling of satiety.

Josic and co workers said that differences in taste perception between the green tea and control water drink may have been responsible for the satiety-promoting effects, and so contributed to a stronger satiety sensation after the green tea meal than after the reference meal. They noted that measurements of taste perception during the meals would have provided additional information about this potential confounder.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gargling Green Tea Can Fight Flu

Gargle green tea to fight off flu bugs

Could gargling with green tea prevent flu? It contains compounds called catechins, which have been shown, in lab research, to prevent the ­infection.

One small Japanese study at the University of Shizuoka showed that nursing home residents who gargled with green tea three times a day for three months were less likely to get flu than those who did not.

Larger clinical trials are now under way, involving more than 600 teenagers. Young people were chosen because flu spreads quickly and easily among students.

Researchers have yet to discover exactly how catechins work, but it is believed they have a general anti-viral effect. Gargling is thought to be a more ­effective way to tackle viruses than drinking, because this way the bugs are exposed to the liquid for longer.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1334187/Latest-health-findings-Gargling-green-tea-fight-flu-ear-implant-banish-dizziness.html#ixzz16ovLCeqQ


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