The Silent Pandemic

There are no quick-fix solutions, as obesity is not an external problem. It is an internal metabolic issue.

Dr. Rita Nawar Tobias

Interesting article on a weight care clinic in Dubai.  This article is worth five minutes of your time.

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Dr. Robert Lustig – The Sugar Pandemic – 2012 Presentation at Yale University

You think you know something until you start asking questions to seek the truth.  Quite a few followers liked my post of Dr. Lustig’s TedX speech.  Here are some videos of Dr. Lustig’s presentation at Yale in 2012 for those who want to dig a little deeper on the topic of sugar.

Older Adults Should Eat More Protein

Even healthy seniors need more protein than when they were younger to help preserve muscle mass, experts suggest. Yet up to one-third of older adults don’t eat an adequate amount due to reduced appetite, dental issues, impaired taste, swallowing problems and limited financial resources. Combined with a tendency to become more sedentary, this puts them at risk of deteriorating muscles, compromised mobility, slower recovery from bouts of illness and the loss of independence.

Here’s the link to the full article.

The KHN article has a number of useful links.  Go check it out.

2018 -The year vegan junk food went mainstream

As Abigail Higgins laid out earlier this year at Vox, there are a number of reasons for vegans’ relative unpopularity (a 2017 analysis suggested that just “labeling a product as ‘vegan’ causes its sales to drop by 70%”). One is that vegans make people feel bad. “People tend to interpret someone’s choice not to eat meat as condemnation of their own choices, which can make them pretty defensive,” Higgins explained. And this defensiveness isn’t totally misplaced. It’s true that a lot of vegans believe, for any number of reasons, they are doing the right thing, which indeed indicates that they believe a) there is a “right” thing, and b) you’re not doing it.

This article is strikingly blunt.  I loved it.

Statins are more effective for those who follow the Mediterranean diet

Science Daily article here.  Study abstract here.

Conclusions

MD lowered the risk of all-cause, cardiovascular and CAD/cerebrovascular mortality CVD patients, net of statins. In the same population, statins reduced CVD death risk only in combination with MD. Low-grade inflammation, rather than lipids, is likely to be on the pathway of the interaction between MD and statins towards mortality risk.