Archive for March, 2008

Tai Chi exercises can improve the control of type 2 diabetes, suggests a small study, published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Tai Chi Chuan is a traditional Chinese martial art, which combines deep diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation with gentle movement. The research team assessed the impact of a 12 week […]

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) issued a consensus statement today that states the measurement of LDL particle number by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is one of the more accurate ways to evaluate cardiometabolic risk (CMR). The study, published in the April 2008 issue of Diabetes Care, reinforces that […]

American Academy of Neurology – People with larger abdomens in their 40s are more likely to have dementia when they reach their 70s, according to a study published in the March 26, 2008 online issue of Neurology®. The study involved 6,583 people age 40 to 45 in northern California who had their abdominal fat measured. […]

Mayo Clinic – Bad news. More than half of American adults with supposedly normal body weight are essentially obese. That is, they have high body fat percentages — greater than 20 percent body fat for men and 30 percent for women — as well as heart and metabolic disturbances that routinely accompany excess body fat, […]

Johns Hopkins – Long known for its role in preventing anemia in expectant mothers and spinal birth defects in newborns, the B vitamin folate, found in leafy green vegetables, beans and nuts has now been shown to blunt the damaging effects of heart attack when given in short-term, high doses to test animals. In a […] – Researchers have found an association between the B vitamin folic acid – found in leafy green vegetables, fruit and pulses (beans, chickpeas, lentils) – and levels of chromosomal abnormalities in men’s sperm. Men who consumed high levels of folate (found naturally in food) and/or folic acid (found in supplements) tended to have lower […]