Physical Activity Reduces the Risk for Genetic Obesity Proneness

Saturday, September 25, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Spending more than 1 hour per day on physically demanding work or exercise helps offset gene weaknesses that otherwise make you gain weight.  This is a different reason to exercise than burning calories.  You might call it a “gene fitness” reason.  The goal is to turn on more good genes that assist metabolism in comparison to your own “obesity genes” that will tend to dominate or activate if you are not very active.


Common Virus Linked to Obesity

Friday, September 24, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

The latest study on adenovirus 36 (AD36) is causing quite a stir.  A group of 124 children were tested for antibodies to AD36 to determine prior infection (and possible current infectious activity).  Antibodies were present in 19 children and 15 of these children were significantly obese.  Of the 67 obese children in the study, 1 in 5 had AD36 as part of the problem. Shockingly, the children with AD36 infection were on average 50 pounds heavier than those without the infection.


Is Insulin Resistance a Defense Against Low-Grade Bacterial Infection?

Thursday, September 23, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that insulin helps play a protective role against the toxicity of bacterial infection.  This new angle on insulin function suggests that many people with insulin resistance may have elevated insulin due, at least in part, to fighting low-grade bacterial infections in their digestive tract or mouth.  In other words, it may be bacterial infection and not just dietary problems that is causing people to become type 2 diabetic and develop the metabolic syndrome.


Teens Lacking Sleep at Risk for Weight Problems

Sunday, September 19, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

New research with 240 eighteen-year-olds found that as sleep duration went down the consumption of fat and the habit of snacking increased.  These changes are enough to shift healthy metabolic function onto a path of weight gain.  If someone is already overweight then the shorter sleep time is simply going to further aggravate the problem.


How DHA Helps Inflammation and Diabetes

Friday, September 17, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Macrophages accumulate in excess in extra pounds of body fat.  Once there they generate excess amounts of inflammation that not only causes insulin resistance that leads to type 2 diabetes but also adds to the overall inflammatory burden of the entire body making a person more at risk for any disease of aging.  A new study proves the molecular mechanism by which DHA turns off macrophage inflammation within white adipose tissue.


Whey Protein Improves Triglycerides, LDL Cholesterol, and Insulin in Overweight Adults

Thursday, September 09, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

A 12-week study with 70 overweight and obese men and women found that supplementing the diet with whey protein significantly improved various parameters of metabolic health.


bdominal Fat More Difficult to Lose

Tuesday, September 07, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

A new study analyzed the amount of abdominal and liver fat in 243 people and then put them on a diet along with moderate exercise.  Those who lost the most weight had the least amount of problematic fat in the first place.  This helps explain why some people have a more difficult time losing weight than others.


Green Tea Extract Supports Weight Loss

Sunday, September 05, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Green tea extracts continue to build their case as an effective tool for weight management support.  In the current study 2 capsules per day of green tea extract was given to obese individuals with the metabolic syndrome.  Over an 8 week period the average weight loss was 5 pounds.