University of Michigan researchers has examined the effect of exercise on fat accumulation in a new study involving five obese women. In one session the women overate and did not exercise; in a follow-on session they overate and did exercise.
Researchers found that:
* the body’s fat-burning oxidation rate was reduced after one day of overeating;
* conversely, just one session of exercise increased the rate of fat-burning oxidation; and
* exercise increased the amount of fat that would eventually be stored in the muscle.
The findings indicate that even one bout of exercise helps to reduce the fat by-products inside the muscle, which affects the insulin sensitivity. The findings also suggest that a single session of exercise ‘steers’ muscle fat towards oxidation, thereby avoiding the accumulation of fat by-products.
With 24 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes and 10.5 million of those (44%) who report they do not have it under control, and 5.7 million (24%) donâ€™t even know they have it yet, improved patient education seems like a critical first step to impacting the dire predictions for worldwide diabetes cases.
Dealing With Diabetes
Experts have predicted that by 2025, the number of people with diabetes will have increased by 20 per cent within Europe, 80 percent within Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern populations and 80 percent within the African patient population(1). Diabetes specialists and patients agree that improved education for healthcare professionals and patients could, however, reduce both the financial and personal impact of diabetes on our society.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to a host of health issues including prostate cancer. New research suggests a significant correlation between use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen and reduced serum levels of the prostate biomarker, PSA (prostate specific antigen), making early detection of prostate cancer somewhat more risky.
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Will Work For Food
After seeing the impacts of eating genetically engineered junk foods first hand, Consumer’s Union says it’s “incomprehensible” that the FDA will not require labeling of genetically engineered animals that are sold as food.
We can’t seem to keep salmonella or downer cows out of our food supply. What makes it ok to experiment on us without our consent?
Chicago (September 16, 2008)
A five-star restaurant might be out of the question, but a nice bottle of wine at home? Definitely. In spite of or maybe because of tough economic times, many Americans are clinging to their smallest, most indulgent pleasures.
“Chocolate, cigarettes and alcohol again seem relatively recession-proof,” comments Marcia Mogelonsky, senior analyst at Mintel. “People might be cutting back or switching to store-brands, but they definitely aren’t giving up their small daily indulgences.”
Mogelonsky points out that most Americans can still afford chocolate, cigarettes and alcohol, no matter how much their finances have been cut. “Because people are being so cautious with their spending, they feel they are entitled to small rewards and they won’t give them up easily.”
The sweet tooth does not seem to be connected to the finance bone. Mintel shows the chocolate market growing quickly, with retail sales rising 22% from 2002 to 2007 (to $16.3 billion). Innovative, dark and premium chocolates are extremely popular, so Mintel expects Americans to continue indulging in this favorite treat. The market research firm predicts 4% annual sales increases each year for the next six years.
A common vice, many smokers aren’t kicking the habit, even as prices continue to rise and health warnings abound. Cigarette and tobacco product sales increased 44% from 2003 to 2007 (to $103 billion) according to Mintel. As price and tax increases continue to take hold, Mintel projects that the cigarette and tobacco market will grow 28% through 2011 (to $132 billion).
World's Most Expensive Cigarette
Motivated by high gas prices and expensive bar tabs, more Americans are opting to drink at home. But that doesn’t mean they’re drinking less. New research from Mintel reveals the market for at-home alcohol is expected to reach $77.8 billion in 2008, a 32% increase from 2003. Mintel expects both in-home and out-of-home alcohol sales to rise steadily in coming years.
History seems to be repeating itself, as the “sinful” chocolate, cigarette and alcohol markets remain steady and robust. Mintel notes a sharp contrast to other food, beverage and leisure categories, which struggle as gas prices rise and the economy stumbles.
How Much Is One Drink?
So, how much is “one” drink anyway?