Diet

Finally! The Dessert-With-Breakfast Diet

At the annual meeting of the endocrine society in Houston, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of the Wolfson Medical Center at Tel Aviv University reported that a high-protein, high-carbohydrate breakfast that included a daily dessert such as cake or a cookie resulted in a significantly greater weight loss through 32 weeks than an identically low-caloric weight-loss diet featuring a low carbohydrate breakfast, according to a randomized trial. The net loss at 32 weeks was 45 pounds in the dessert-with-breakfast group compared with a scant 7.7 pounds in the low carbohydrate group. Even more important than the speed of weight loss is that patients feel satiety—less hunger – and that prevents craving.

Red Wine Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

A new study from Spain published in Circulation Research in September 2012 shows that drinking red wine lowers blood pressure but that alcohol is not the reason. The real cause of the lower readings was chemicals called polyphenols.

New Drug Old Drug?

Qsymia, a new diet pill just approved by the FDA, is simply a reincarnation of phen-fen, which was tried and roundly condemned in the 1990-s. Try it at your own risk. It wasn-t good then. A better choice seems to me to be human chorionic gonadotropin topical cream. It, too, was tried before
in the 1960-s in Europe in injectable form. Results were excellent then and it proved entirely safe. Why not again now? Both have been shown to cause impressive weight loss.

See Food, Gain Weight

You often hear people joke they can gain weight by just looking at food; it seems they are not wrong. Ghrelin is a neuropeptide found in the brain of both test animals (rats) and humans. It is increased by the sight of food. Thus, TV advertising is effective and does not require food odor in either species and results in weight gain in both. This article is from the journal Obesity and comes from Munich, Germany.

Oh, Honey

Local unfiltered honey such as “North Dallas Honey” bottled in Frisco contains pollens and nutrients to help strengthen allergy defenses and support the body-s natural immune response. Try it yourself if you are bothered by seasonal allergens, runny nose, red itchy eyes, etc. I did, and in a matter of hours, I said goodbye to Allegra and Claritin.

Coconut Oil or ?

Non-hydrogenated coconut oil has recently been touted as a potential cure or preventative for Alzheimer-s disease by Dr. Mary T. Newport in her book called Alzheimer-s Disease: What If There Was A Cure?. Meanwhile a team of biochemists in England has developed a ketone ester 10 times more potent than coconut oil. Come in and we will discuss it.

Super Foods

No single diabetes diet fits all. Blood sugar (measured as A1C hemoglobin every 2-3 months) is the key. The following foods have super powers: Citrus fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, beans, fat-free milk and yogurt, whole grains, and nuts. Cereals such as Fiber One and Grape Nuts have plenty of fiber.

Wheat Free Diets

Wheat-free diets are trendy, but the eating plan – which rules out all wheat products, including bread and pasta – is a smart choice only for those with celiac disease (a serious autoimmune disorder) or bona fide gluten sensitivities, says Dee Sandquist, RD, a spokesperson for the American Diabetic Association. Otherwise, “there-s absolutely no benefit to going gluten-free, and, in fact, there are risks,” she says. For one: You-ll miss out on nutrients such as folic acid and fiber provided by whole wheat.

MRSA

2.5 million Americans carry MRSA (methcillin resistant staph aureus), a deadly antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria, in their nasal passages – without showing symptoms. People who drink coffee or tea are 50% less vulnerable to the bug, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine. The protection probably stems from coffee and tea-s antimicrobial properties. But be aware that the benefits are found only in hot beverages, not iced.

Walnuts

Researchers from Yale University asked 24 men and women with type-2 diabetes to add about 2 ounces of walnuts to their diet for eight weeks. The subjects- blood vessel tone (endothelial function) was measured with a technique called flow mediated dilation. The walnuts significantly improved the subjects- blood vessel tone, indicating a likely reduction in the overall risk of cardiovascular disease. Diabetes Care 2010; 33:227-232.

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