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Obesity is now bigger global burden than hunger


According to a new report in the Lancet, the Global Burden of Disease Study, global rate of obesity has increased by 82% from 1990 to 2010. Now, obesity has become a more dangerous threat to global health than hunger. Non communicable chronic diseases related to obesity (e.g., diabetes, stroke and heart disease) ranked at the top of the list of leading causes of time spent sick. What encouragement do you provide to your patients in terms of their weight management?

For more information, please see the article in CNN.

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Allergy development of children may be connected to triclosan exposure

Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical component foundin toothpaste and other cosmetic products,could change the bacterial composition on the skin, in the mouth and the intestines which cancause an increased allergy risk. A recent study found 10-year-old children who had elevated levels of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and rhinitis also showed triclosan in their urine. What recommendations do you make regarding common hygienic products to parents of young children?

For more information, please see the article in Medical News Today.  “Image courtesy of [Sura Nualpradid]/

FDA receiving more reports of serious health problems with caffeinated energy drinks

The Food and Drug Administration confirmed that it has received 13 reports of death over the last 4 years possibly associated with the 5-Hour Energy drink. Since 2009, the drink has been mentioned in 90 reports filed to the FDA. Reports associated with other energy drinks have also been filed. According to Consumer Reports, each 2-ounce bottle of 5-Hour Energy contains 215mg of caffeine, while an eight-ounce cup of coffee contains about 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine. How often do you consume energy drinks? Will the increase in these serious reports decrease your use?

For more information, please see the article in New York Times.  “Image courtesy of [Victor Habbick]/

Transcendental Meditation May Lower Heart Risk

According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health,obese African-American patients with heart disease  who are assigned to practice Transcendental Meditation twice daily for nine years were 48 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke than the comparison group who took a conventional health education class. Meditation also lowered systolic blood pressure and decreased anger and stress levels.  How often do you recommend meditation to your patients with heart disease?

For more information, please see the article from WebMD.  “Image courtesy of [Ambro]/

Drinking green tea with starchy food may help to control blood sugar levels

A recent animal study from Penn State University revealed that a green tea compound may be helpful to reduce blood sugar spikes in mice fed a high starch diet. According to Dr. Joshua Lambert, an antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may inhibit ability of enzymes to break down the starch into sugar decreasing blood glucose level spikes by 50%. What are your favorite foods and beverages to recommend to your patients for controlling theirblood sugar level?

For more information, please see the article.

Carbohydrate-rich foods can cause higher recurrence of colon cancer

Results of a recent seven-year observational study were published in the journal of the National Cancer Institute suggesting that patient’s high consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods may increase their chance of dying from a recurrence of their colon cancer by 80%.  It appears that carbohydrate-rich diet elevates blood sugar and insulin which may act as fuel for growing cancer cells. Are you familiar with the low glycemic index and load foods? How often do you discuss these with your patients?

For additional information, please see article from New York Times.  “Image courtesy of [Paul]/