The prevalence of metabolic health in American adults is 'alarmingly low,' even among people who are normal weight, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Only one in eight Americans is achieving optimal metabolic health. This carries serious implications for public health since poor metabolic health leaves people more vulnerable to developing Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other serious health issues. This study, published Nov. 28 in the journal Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, presents the most updated U.S. data on metabolic health, which is defined as having optimal levels of five factors: blood glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference, without the need for medications. For the study, researchers examined National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from 8,721 people in the United States between 2009 and 2016 … [Read more...] about Only 12 percent of American adults are metabolically healthy, study finds
Our Review SummaryThe news release focuses on a recent paper regarding the use of electrodes in the nose to stimulate the brain and produce a sense of smell. The release is careful to highlight that this is only the earliest stage of research into developing a technology that might be able to restore a sense of smell to people with “smell loss” or anosmia — specifically for those who have lost the sense of smell due to nerve damage. The release misses the mark in describing benefits, harms and sources of funding. Why This MattersProof-of-concept studies are interesting and important because they raise awareness of new possibilities. For people suffering from anosmia, the potential — however remote — for a technology that addresses their condition would be interesting indeed. But it’s important to highlight the limitations of such proof-of-concept research. This release doesn’t oversell the discovery, which is good. But if a condition is caused … [Read more...] about Sure, tech can induce sense of smell in healthy people, but where’s the benefit?
Believe it or not, it is actually possible to enjoy a healthy meal when dining at a fast food joint. While a cheeseburger and fries might not be your best bet if you’re trying to slim down or monitor your caloric intake, most fast food chains do offer a few healthy menu options to satisfy your hunger and taste buds. A hallmark of fast food is its tendency to be high in fat, sugar, and salt. For example, a double cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake adds up to almost 2,000 calories, which is roughly the number of calories you should consume in a given day. A meal of this magnitude also packs in a full day’s worth of saturated fat and sodium. So, although that double cheeseburger may satisfy your palate in the short term, it can have lasting negative effects on your health in the long term. Watch the “add-ons” One of the keys to eating healthy at a chain or fast food restaurant is to consider the whole meal, and that includes “add-ons” like … [Read more...] about How to eat healthy at a fast food restaurant
0 Have your say A baby who had pioneering surgery on her spine while in the WOMB to stop her being disabled has been born completely healthy. Georgia Axford, 19, and Tyler Kelly, 21, discovered their daughter had spina bifida - a gap in the spine - during the 20-week scan. The condition causes weakness or paralysis in the lower limbs, leaving sufferers dependent on supports or crutches, and in severe cases they can be wheelchair-bound.Medics told the couple the only treatment available in the UK was surgery by a doctor who’d never performed the op before, so they paid £9,000 to have it done in Germany.Piper-Kohl Kelly was born prematurely at 30 weeks and four days - and now shares a birthday and name with Prof. Thomas Kohl, the surgeon who carried out the operation.They won’t know for certain whether the operation has been a complete success until she starts to walk - but so far doctors can’t see any signs of a problem and she’s … [Read more...] about Miracle baby who had pioneering surgery in the womb born healthy
iStock: olvas Simply put, avocado oil is the oil obtained by pressing an avocado fruit. The avocado, also called the “alligator pear,” is a great source of important vitamins and minerals and offers many health benefits. It’s no wonder that many are curious about the benefits of using avocado oil for cooking. Avocado oil is a unique plant oil; unlike most plant oils that derive from the seed of the plant, avocado oil is extracted from the flesh of the avocado. A majority of fruits also contain little or no fat, but the avocado has a high amount of healthy, beneficial fats. At one time, the most common use of avocado oil was for cosmetics due to its rapid absorption by the skin, but lately, it has become a popular oil for cooking purposes. The best part is that avocado has an unusually high smoke point of 500 degrees F, which means you don’t have to worry about the oil breaking down and producing harmful free radicals, even at a high temperature. You can … [Read more...] about Is Avocado Oil Healthy for Cooking?