Microbes and Mood: A Gut Feeling?

(DGIwire) —  The National Microbiome Initiative was started by the U.S. Government this year with a budget of five-hundred million dollars. Microbiomes are not a common dinner table subject but perhaps that will soon be changing. According to Wikipedia, microbiota, microbiome and microbe are largely synonymous and are used to describe “the ecological community of […]

Biggest Loser Weight Regain

(DGIwire) — This month a 6-year follow-up study of the contestants on Season 8 of the Biggest Loser was making headlines. It seems that only one was able to maintain a weight even close to their contest end weight, regaining a significant amount. Scientists conducting the study were eager to closely interview and examine the […]

Healthy Habits: Each Change Can Help

(DGIwire)   Chronic ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer are the world’s top killers, causing 35 million deaths a year and 60 percent of all deaths worldwide. There are at least 1 billion people who are overweight or obese in the world today, according to the World Health Organization. WHO is now focusing […]

Resolution: Improve Your Health, Americans

(DGIwire)  Health and fitness are always at the top of the list when it comes to New Year Resolutions regardless of anyone’s age. That is the good news and also the bad news because overall health in America is going in the wrong direction. Although you may hear that average life span in the United […]

Preventing Osteoarthritis: What You Can Do

(DGIwire) — Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. It was once considered a problem of older folks, but it is now becoming more common in middle-aged and even young adults as a result of obesity and sports-related injuries. Traditionally, doctors advised people with osteoarthritis to take it easy to protect their joints. However, studies now find that weight loss combined with exercise—specifically to improve […]

Obesity is Becoming Normal

 (DGIwire) — Europe is following a trend which started here in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO), issued an obesity report for Europe. They looked at obesity levels in the 53 countries that comprise the European Region and found the results very disturbing, saying that up to 27 percent of 13-year-olds and 33 […]

Are you Skinny Fat?

 (DGIwire) –Recently, researchers at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit in the UK reported that being slim might not lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes or other metabolic disorders.  They found a so called “lean gene” which was linked to lower body fat but increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. After […]

The Link Between Wealth, Fast Food & Obesity

(DGIwire) — Researchers from the University of Michigan collected data suggesting a correlation between the number of fast food restaurants and obesity rates.  This may sound like old news but scope of the data they analyzed is impressive and their conclusions compelling. In the study, they looked at 26 wealthy nations.  It is the wealthy […]

Boomers Waking Up to the Realities of Obesity

(DGIwire) — According to statistics, baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are more overweight and obese than current or previous generations.  Around 70% are either overweight or obese and this number has been increasing.  This is very bad news.  As this wave of 77 million Americans reach retirement age, it is setting the stage […]

Who Says You Need To Reduce Your Sugar Consumption?

(DGIwire) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released a new recommendation regarding sugar consumption which is sure to get some deserved attention.  They reduced their previous recommendation by half saying that sugar in its various forms should be no more than 5% of your total caloric intake. WHO reviewed around 9000 studies and […]

Protein Confusion: How Much Should Your Diet Include?

(DGIwire) — A new article in the journal Cell Metabolism, cited research around protein consumption by adults aged 50 years and older which was specifically designed to determine how different levels of protein intake might affect health. So, do we now finally know how much protein we need?  Absolutely not!  In fact, the results appear […]

America Needs a National Health Policy Overhaul

 (DGIwire) — With the World Health Organization (WHO) report on rising obesity rates in Europe making headlines this week, people might miss the fact that Europeans are following a well established American trend. Experts predict obesity in America is only going to get worse.  With 33% of Americans now classified as obese, it is estimated […]

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