obesity

  1. Control blood sugar with the benefits of fish oil

    Fish oil can help slash diabetes risk

    Just as one study claims to find no benefits off fish oil,  another one finds some very real benefits: Fish oil can boost the body's level of adiponectin.

    Now, if you're like most people, you've probably never heard of this hormone -- but trust me, you don't just want it.

    You need it.

    This hormone helps control blood sugar, which is why other studies have found that people with higher levels of it have a lower risk of both diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

    And that's not all it can do.

    Adiponectin from the benefits of fish oil. It can also help control inflammation, which may be why higher levels of adiponectin have also been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and other serious heart problems.

    It's also a pretty handy fat-burner, and can reduce your risk of obesity. And if all that's not enough, this hormone can also slash your risk of both atherosclerosis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

    It's pretty important stuff -- and so far, science hasn't identified too many ways to boost your levels of it other than with the benefits of fish oil. We know from animal studies that higher omega-3 intake seems to stimulate adiponectin production, but the new research is one of the first human studies I've seen to make that connection.

    In this one, a Harvard University team looked at data from 14 gold-standard clinical trials and found that higher omega-3 intake can boost your adiponectin levels by an average of 0.37 micrograms per milliliter of blood.

    I realize that number might not mean much to most people, but it's a respectable (if modest) boost -- and the researchers say some people may see even bigger gains via increased omega-3 intake.

    Call that yet another good reason to boost your own omega-3 levels and get more benefits of fish oil. You can do so by simply eating more fatty fish, but the best way to make sure you get what you really need each day is with a supplement.

    Be sure to stick with a quality supplement from a maker you trust -- one that's been purified to remove contaminants such as mercury.

  2. Getting fit slashes risk of cancer and heart disease

    How jumping jacks could save your life

    Time to get moving, sir -- because getting fit today could protect you from some of the leading cancers in men for years or even decades down the road.

    One new study finds that getting fit in your 40s, 50s, or 60s could slash your risk of lung cancer by 68 percent and colon cancer by 38 percent -- not just now, and not just for a little while... but for a whopping 25 years.

    That's a quarter of a century of protection from just a single healthy habit.
    And if you do happen to get colon, lung or prostate cancer, getting fit can slash your risk of dying of the diseases, according to the new study of 17,000 men.

    Of course, there are different levels of fitness and different ways to measure it. And, let's face it, not everyone's an athlete.

    And if that's you, don't worry. There's an easy way to get most of the benefits even if you're badly out of shape -- and you don't have to train like you're competing for a spot in the Olympics.

    Start by hopping on a treadmill and seeing how long you can go at full speed. Then, get to work on improving that time and getting fit.

    If you can add just three more minutes to your time, your risk of death from cancer will drop by 14 percent and your risk of death from heart disease will plunge by a quarter, according to the researchers.

    And if you can keep improving on your time, you can bring those risks down even further.

    It's like winning the battle against disease, three minutes at a time.

    (Did you know that exercise isn't just good for your body it's good for your brain too? It could be the key to slowing down or reversing the ravages of dementia. Click here to get all the details.)

    If you're overweight, don't let that stop you -- the study finds that obese men can get all the benefits of fitness even if they remain obese. (On the other hand, if you really work at getting fit, you will almost certainly lose the extra weight anyway.)

    And if you're slim and trim, don't rest on your bottom, keep getting fit -- because the study presented at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology finds normal-weight men with low fitness have the same risks of cancer and cancer death as obese men with low fitness.

    I'm not done with exercise news yet. You could be undoing all your hard work without even knowing it -- especially if you're taking this common drug.

    Keep reading!

  3. Sugary drinks could be one of the causes of kidney stones

    A new study links sugar sweetened drinks like soda and fruit punch to a rise in kidney stone risks.
  4. Obesity linked to causes of sleep apnea

    New numbers show sleep apnea has increased by as much as 55 percent -- with obesity accounting for up to 90 percent of those new cases.
  5. Fish oil for weight loss

    The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can improve arterial elasticity in obese patients who diet.
  6. Moderate drinking increases liver risk

    Even a moderate drinking habit can damage the liver, especially in women. And a drinking habit combined with obesity can triple the risk of liver disease.
  7. Balanced gut bacteria may be secret to weight loss

    The weight loss that follows stomach surgery may not be caused by the smaller stomach, but by the change in gut bacteria that takes place afterwards.
  8. Lose weight without exercise

    One easy way to lose weight is to simply stand up more, since three hours of standing can burn 144 calories.
  9. AspireAssist offers weight loss with a catch

    An extreme new option for weight loss involves surgically installing a valve in the belly to remove food after it's been eaten.
  10. Obesity rates on the rise - The world is getting fatter and sicker

    People are fatter and sicker than ever around the world -- but amazingly, they're living longer. They're just not living better.
  11. Sugar substitute: high-fructose corn syrup

    The cheap sweetener high-fructose corn syrup used in nearly everything is linked to diabetes yet again.
  12. Obese people more likely to be hospitalized

    Gaining weight will also help you gain entry in the ER, as the overweight and obese have a much higher risk of hospitalization that people of normal weight.
  13. New risks linked to common chemicals

    Chemicals such as BPA and triclosan are everywhere -- but they're both dangerous, and new research identifies even more risks.
  14. Low vitamin D can cause weight gain

    Vitamin D has been linked to obesity again, with a new study finding that people with low levels of the sunshine vitamin are more likely to gain more weight.
  15. High-fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar

    The corn industry wants you to think high-fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar -- but the research says otherwise. Get the science here.
  16. Waist size can be more important than BMI for diabetes risk

    Obesity causes diabetes -- but too much belly fat can bring on the condition as well, even if you're not obese. Measure your true risk here.
  17. Sleep apnea linked to massive increase in cancer risk

    People with severe sleep apnea are nearly 500 percent more likely to die of cancer than people without the condition. Find out how to sleep better every night.
  18. How to avoid kidney stones

    More people than ever can expect to battle kidney stones, with new numbers showing the risk has nearly doubled over 16 years. Here's how to avoid them.
  19. Testosterone can help with obesity and other health problems

    Testosterone can help men overcome everything from obesity to sexual dysfunction -- and even lower levels of cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
  20. BPA in new disease link

    One of the worst things in your food and drink isn't an ingredient at all -- not in the usual sense, anyway. It's a hormone-like chemical used in the packaging.

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