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This week on health news:
Some researchers believe that obesity genes constitute an obstacle to achieving a healthy weight. However, according to the latest research on the genetics of obesity (especially one gene – FTO) published by Dr. Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, people with the defective gene have an as good ability to lose weight as those who do not have the gene.
An international team of researchers has verified the impact of weight loss treatments currently available, at nearly 10,000 participants, taking into account measurements such as body weight, waist circumference, and BMI. The tests also included factors such as the type of weight-loss methods, its duration, ethnicity of participants, gender, age, and baseline measurement. People with the FTO gene did not show any particular difficulties for weight loss, compared to people without the gene. It is, therefore, an important discovery in the context of the global obesity epidemic, which has already reached 2.1 billion people in the world! Genes certainly play a role in shaping our bodies and weight, but exercise and a proper diet, are an essential element necessary for maintaining a healthy body weight.
According to recent studies, the introduction into the diet of infants nuts between 4 and 11 months of age, and eggs at the age of 4-6 months, can reduce the risk of allergies to these products in the future (up to 70%)!
A study published in JAMA gives us the largest, so far analysis of the impact assessment of prior exposure to allergenic products. Researchers say that the findings clearly indicate that early introduction of nuts and eggs to the diet of a toddler, may reduce the risk of subsequent allergies, which are a real epidemic of our times – even 1 per 13 children, suffering from food allergies. The most allergenic are products such as milk, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, peanuts or dairy products. Numerous studies, however, suggest that the timely exposure of children to various allergenic foods may help to reduce the risk of allergies to these products significantly in the future.
A recent study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, suggests that stress may affect the benefits of eating healthy fats.
Professor Jan Kiecolt-Glaser of Ohio State University in Columbus says that diet and stress create interactions that influence the appearance of inflammation in the body. In a study of 60 women, was assessed the impact of stressful experiences of everyday life and diet on markers of inflammation in the body. As it turned out, the women have for breakfast, eat healthy fats and have a little stressful days, markers of inflammation were reduced. Furthermore, in the days when accompanied by stress, these markers were comparable to those observed in women consuming saturated fats. As a result, the pressure caused the healthy fats have ceased to benefit.
Recent research results presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Vienna (Austria) demonstrated that light therapy could bring positive results in the treatment of low sex drive in men. As scientists estimate based on of tests carried out on a group of nearly 40 people with impaired sex drive, this increase can be even tripled.
It is estimated that up to a quarter of men suffer from reduced libido, defined as a lack of interest in sex. Among the causes of problems with sexual desire, can be mention anxiety, depression, and other psychological factors, as well as reduced levels of male sex hormone – testosterone. The thesis of scientists regarding the successful treatment of disorders of libido in men using light not surprised, at the end of the spring and summer, when it increases the exposure to light, sexual functions are mostly improved.
That’s all in our health news this week. Visit us next week to learn more.
Health news – sources:
- http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2553447#References; https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats