Thursday, May 31, 2012

How to Live Longer And Exercise Shorter?

Let's face it, if exercise was really that much fun, everybody would do it and we wouldn't be fat, diabetic or die of heart disease. So when your doctor tells you that you better start exercising, your immediate question might be: how much do I have to do? The answer is, it depends. It depends on whether you want to hear the polite version or the truth.  [tweet this].

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Monday, May 28, 2012

3 Ways to Spot Their Lies About Healthy Recipes

Briefly: If I had to name the one word, that is most often used to label something as what it is not, my vote would go to "healthy". Whether it's the issue of sugar vs. honey, of butter vs. oil or of calories vs. nutrients, science and evidence are clearly not playing the lead role in the culinary theater of the world wide web. Judging by its popularity, that's a missed opportunity.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Death Of Good Cholesterol


There were always two types of cholesterol, the good and the bad. Until now. A large new study tells us that good cholesterol might have been an impostor. That's food for the media types. For those who think before they type, the real news is that we are finally getting closer to uncovering the impostors. Thanks to the genetics revolution which seems to be paying off in an unexpected area.  



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Monday, May 21, 2012

Individualized Medicine, Ignorant Medics And An Invitation To Lose Weight.

In my previous post I promised to talk about your individualized way to achieving optimal health. If that made you think about personalized medicine, you were right. Almost. Because personalized medicine is still light-years away from us. That's the bad news. The good news, personalized prevention is an emerging reality. At least in my lab. Which is why I would like to invite you to become a part of it. No strings attached. But before we get to this let's first get on the same page about the personalization of medicine.
Two questions we need to ask ourselves: What is personalized medicine and why would we want it?
Professor Jeremy K Nicholson of the Imperial College, London, defined personalized medicine as "effective therapies that are tailored to the exact biology or biological state of an individual" [1]. Such tailoring of a treatment, say for your high blood pressure, would require your doctor to evaluate your biochemical and metabolic profile in order to prescribe you the most effective drug or treatment at the most effective dose, with the least possibility of side effects.
Now, why would we want this?
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Friday, May 18, 2012

How to survive the health care system.

You have heard about good and bad cholesterol. You have heard that increasing the former and reducing the latter will cut your risk of heart disease. You will now hear what's principally wrong with this strategy of attacking risk factors. And how it prevents us from eradicating the heart disease epidemic sweeping the globe. 
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Why your heart attack may just be collateral damage in big pharma's turf wars.

When a pharmaceutical company tells you that its drug is safer than it really is, it probably plays with your health. And possibly with your life. That's not a very nice thing to do. But it's also very profitable. Which is why it happens more often that you care to know. 
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The one way to make you slim, fit and healthy?

That your fattening lifestyle drives health insurance costs up is nothing but a fat lie. That much I have told you in the previous post. With Marlboro Man and Ronald McDonald doing better for your health insurer's balance sheet than Healthy Living, you might think that public health should look beyond economics as an argument for health.  In this post I will tell you why they shouldn't. 
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Who says being fat is bad?

Would you have guessed that, one fine day, health insurers will regret the demise of big tobacco and its contribution to health care costs? Would you have guessed that, when that day arrives, health insurers would also learn to love other frowned-upon-vices of their policy holders, such as getting fat and lazy? Your answer is probably "no, I wouldn't have guessed that in my dreams.". 
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pass me the salt. And shut up about stroke risk.

They say, statistics lie.
That's a bad rep for a science, which has no other aspiration than that of making sense from data, of discovering an association between salt intake and stroke, of proving that the former causes the latter. Statistics is above lies. Those who interpret it are not. 
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