Inflammation, Nutrition and Obesity – What are the Connections?

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by David Greenwalt Inflammation is a hot topic, and with good reason. In recent years, scientists have come a long way in elucidating the role that inflammation plays in our health and disease states. In a general sense, inflammation is the name given to the way that our bodies and immune systems react to potential trouble. When your immune system senses that something is not right – perhaps you cut a finger, or have a cold virus – it springs into action to try to combat the problem. It ...

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Weight loss amount is more important than diet type in reversing obesity-cancer link

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Researchers striving to break the link between obesity and cancer have found in a new preclinical study that significant weight loss through calorie restriction, but not moderate weight loss through a low-fat diet, was linked to reduced breast cancer growth. In the study, researchers with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center examined whether weight loss via four different diets was linked to reduced tumor growth in laboratory models of breast cancer. While tumor size did not differ ...

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Is moderate drinking really good for you? Jury’s still out

moderate alcohol consumption not as healthy as we thought

Research in the past few years has seesawed pretty heavily on the question of whether a little alcohol is good for us. Some studies have suggested that alcohol in moderation is linked to reduced risk for a number of diseases, compared to those who don’t drink–it’s good for heart, it reduces Alzheimer’s disease risk, and may even be linked to a longer life, some studies have found. And some researchers have even suggested that doctors recommend drinking to their alcohol-abstinent patients. But a ...

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Lower Odds of Being Depressed If You’re Not Obese

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Even with higher education, women with a body mass index (BMI) of 30-34.9 (obese I) have double the risk of depression compared with women of normal weight and same educational attainment, according to a new study conducted by a sociologist at Rice University. The study was published this month by the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. The researchers used the standard weight categories: normal weight (BMI 18.5-24.9), overweight (BMI 25-29.9), obese I (30-34.9), obese II ...

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Let Your Spring Cleaning Start With Removing These “Food” Additives


Now that springtime has arrived you may be thinking about doing some spring cleaning. Clearing away clutter and organizing your home helps lighten the load for the warmer months ahead. When it comes to your food, this is the perfect time to spring clean your food choices for a healthier body and mind. There’s always room to improve eating habits by including the right balance of nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and lean protein. However, even if you ...

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