Vitamin D can help prevent heart disease and stroke, especially in folks with high blood pressure. In fact the risk was double for people with high blood pressure and a deficiency of vitamin D. The findings were published in Circulation, a journal published by the American Heart Association. Vitamin D is also important for bone health as a deficiency can lead to osteoporosis in adults or rickets in children. Vitamin D deficiency is more common in parts of the world with long winters. Apart from getting vitamin D from the diet (salmon is a good source), and supplements (some people supplement with D3 which is the active form of the vitamin), 10 minutes of sunshine about 3 times a week should be sufficient, according to the experts. D3 in studies seems to show it is protective against cancer and multiple sclerosis as well.
Cholesterol in the genes
British researchers uncovered a genetic link to high cholesterol, which increases risk of heart disease. The next step would be to find the exact gene and find new ways to treat the problem.
High Protein Fends off Hunger
This is good news for low-carbers! I have found when I don’t have enough protein, I will be hungrier between meals. Apparently protein is the best inhibitor of hunger, even over fat and carbohydrates. Dr. David Cummings of the
Gastric Surgery and Remission of Diabetes
It has been found that gastric bypass surgery can lead to remission of diabetes. A popular type of gastric surgery in
Rimonabant: A Miracle Fat-Fighting Drug
A new drug, Rimonabant, that was tested on over 3,000 volunteers placed on a reduced-calorie diet showed that people not only lost weight significantly over 2 years, but also their HDL increased by 25% on average. It also lowered triglycerides and improved insulin sensitivity. In smokers, it prevented weight gain. This drug may soon be available, but frankly, if one can lose weight without drugs following a low-carbohydrate diet, improving blood profiles similarly as aforementioned into the bargain, then that would be the better route to take, in my opinion.