Even short periods of being sedentary is bad for your heart, caution researchers

Researchers from the University of Liverpool in the U.K. found that short periods of being sedentary can worsen cardiometabolic health. In a study published in the journal Diabetologia, the researchers revealed that reducing physical activity for at least two weeks can lead to a rise in blood sugar levels, disrupt cholesterol levels and impair cardiorespiratory fitness. Increased sedentary behavior worsens cardiometabolic health It’s no … Continue reading Even short periods of being sedentary is bad for your heart, caution researchers

Dogs Exposed to BPA Give Us Epigenetic Clues About Our Own Wellbeing

Exposure to a widespread environmental chemical could cause changes to chemical tags on DNA, which can impact the expression of genes and potentially increase the risk for disease. Researchers studied one of our closest companions – dogs – and the epigenetic effect of bisphenol-A (BPA) found in canned dog food. Since these animals share our … Continue reading Dogs Exposed to BPA Give Us Epigenetic Clues About Our Own Wellbeing

Being Overweight Adds Distinct Epigenetic Marks to DNA

Extra weight that you may have put on during the holidays could not only appear around your belly, but also add epigenetic tags to your DNA, suggests a new study. Having a high body mass index (BMI) was linked to additional methyl tags found at more than 200 areas on the genome, which affects gene expression and … Continue reading Being Overweight Adds Distinct Epigenetic Marks to DNA

Study: Taking common drugs linked to impaired microbiome health and increased risk of obesity and intestinal infections

Researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen and Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands have found that 18 common drug categories can negatively impact the gut microbiome, the total population of microbes present in the gut and their collective genetic material. Many of these drugs, such as the diabetes drug metformin and the antidepressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can disrupt … Continue reading Study: Taking common drugs linked to impaired microbiome health and increased risk of obesity and intestinal infections

Low-Cal Diet Could Change Epigenetic Patterns in Obesity-Related Disease

Obesity is a disease characterized by excessive body fat. It can be caused by environment, a person’s early-life nutrition, and it can even be a result of their parent’s diet. Obesity is so dangerous because associated with many diseases such as hypertension, type-2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. How does extra weight cause so many different problems? Many studies … Continue reading Low-Cal Diet Could Change Epigenetic Patterns in Obesity-Related Disease

157 Organisms form the “baseline biome” of a healthy gut, say researchers

In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, a group of researchers identified 157 microorganisms that may be essential for a healthy gut. These organisms form a “baseline biome” that may hint at what a normal human microbiome looks like. According to co-author Keith Crandall of George Washington University (GWU) this baseline microbial list, which they called GutFeelingKB, provides preliminary data that may be useful for future … Continue reading 157 Organisms form the “baseline biome” of a healthy gut, say researchers

Clean eating: Vegetarian weight loss tips

Following a balanced diet ensures that you eat delicious and nutritious foods that can boost your overall health and well-being. If you’re interested in going vegetarian to improve your eating habits and lose some weight, experts recommend trying different types of vegetarian diets to find the one that suits your health condition and lifestyle. Vegetarian diet basics Following … Continue reading Clean eating: Vegetarian weight loss tips

20-year sedentary lifestyle linked to TWICE the risk of premature DEATH: Being physically active is key to a longer life

It’s easy to fall into the habit of skipping exercise because you’re busy with work or chores. Yet according to a study, having a sedentary lifestyle for at least 20 years is linked to twice the risk of premature death, especially compared to those who exercise regularly. Results from the Trøndelag Health Study (the HUNT study) was … Continue reading 20-year sedentary lifestyle linked to TWICE the risk of premature DEATH: Being physically active is key to a longer life

Going bananas over losing weight? Why not try eating more bananas

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They are rich in vitamins and fiber that are good for health. It is commonly known as the “happy fruit” not only for its curvy shape but because it increases levels of the “feel-good” hormone dopamine. Among its many benefits, bananas are said to be … Continue reading Going bananas over losing weight? Why not try eating more bananas

The food industry has put obese people at higher risk of critical illness from the coronavirus

Obese people are at an increased risk of critical illness from the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) and the global food industry is partly to blame. In a recent editorial published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a group of English researchers reported that being obese corresponds to an astounding 97 percent greater risk of critical illness due to COVID-19. The group notes that … Continue reading The food industry has put obese people at higher risk of critical illness from the coronavirus