- The American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that one-third of breast cancer cases could be prevented if women maintained desirable weights, exercised every day, and cut back on alcohol.
- Eating a Mediterranean diet and drinking caffeinated beverages might lower a person’s risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, according to a study from the University of Coimbra in Portugal reported at the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago.
- When it comes to advertisements for baby and toddler foods, 60% of the $77 million dollars devoted to commercials is for junk those developing kids shouldn’t eat, according to a study from the University of Connecticut presented at the American Public Health Associations annual meeting in Denver. (For nutrition guidelines for little kids, go to: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/nutrition/Pages/default.aspx)
- Researchers at the University of Warwick Medical School reported at the Society for Endocrinology’s annual conference in Brighton that babies born to mothers with low vitamin B12 had lower than normal leptin levels, the hormone that tells the body it is full, thus predisposing the baby to future diabetes.
- The no-calorie sweetener, sucralose (Splenda) increases the insulin response in overweight people, which might have adverse effects long-term on glucose metabolism, according to a study from the University of Illinois and reported at Obesity Week in New Orleans.
- • Why do high-protein diets cause weight loss? A common end-product of digested protein — phenylalanine — triggers hormones that make rodents feel less hungry and leads to weight loss, according to a study from Imperial College London and presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Brighton