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Aspirin Fights Skin Cancer, Exercise + Liposuction to Keep Fat Away Permanently, Regular Breakfasts Battles Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

admin - June 15, 2012



Friday Roundup:

 

Very Good News – Aspirin Helps to Prevent Skin Cancer

It’s been a pretty important last few days for cancer research news. Recent studies have found that diesel fumes contribute to or actually can cause lung cancer – not the best of news for the hundreds of thousands of diesel engines out and about on the roads in the trucking industry. The fumes are said to be even more carcinogenic than second-hand cigarette smoke! Then came news from the American Cancer Society that America will contain 18 million cancer survivors by 2022 – with figures estimating that one in three women and one in two men will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. The good news of course is that we’re talking about 18 million survivors of the disease – people who have beaten cancer.

Fast on the heels of these reports came some very good news as reported on the Today show and covered by MSN.com – taking ordinary aspirin helps to prevent skin cancer – particularly malignant melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. According to the journal Cancer, non-acetaminophen pain relievers with an aspirin base actually help to prevent skin cancer, blocking an enzyme reaction that would otherwise hamper the immune system’s ability to ward off skin cancer development. The study the report was based on examined 18,000 people in Denmark over a “significant period of time” to determine these fascinating and encouraging results. The study also found that the larger the dosage of aspirin taken, and the longer the aspirin had been consumed by the individual, the better were the results in preventing skin cancer. Of course, since aspirin can also thin the blood and cause ulcers in some people, beginning such a regimen should only be undertaken once your physician has been consulted first. Chalk-up another positive effect for “wonder drug” known as aspirin!

You can watch the video coverage on aspirin and skin cancer by visiting this website page: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/3041426/vp/47596707#47596707

 

Without Exercise, Liposuction for Fat Removal Is Not a Permanent Solution and May Cause “Worse” Fat to Develop

Although liposuction was once considered a “vanity” surgical procedure, the cosmetic surgery practice for syphoning subcutaneous fat cells that reside just beneath the skin in the lower abdomen, thighs and buttocks has become the most popular cosmetic surgical operation in America. A new and relatively ground-breaking study that will appear in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, however, suggests that without future exercise, not only does stored fat come back – it comes back as “visceral” fat that surrounds bodily organs and releases biochemical substances known to increase one’s risk for heart disease and diabetes.

According to the article in the New York Times, “Despite the popularity of the procedure, there have been intimations for several years that it might not permanently reduce bodily fat stores. Surgically excising fat pads from rodents, for example, almost always ended in the fat’s return after a few months or a year, although not always in the same area from which it was removed. Instead, the animals often packed on the new lard deep inside their abdomens, creating what’s known as visceral fat, a fatty tissue that twines around organs and produces and releases biochemical substances known to increase the risk for heart disease and diabetes. In multiple studies, visceral fat has been shown to be significantly more physically harmful than subcutaneous fat. And liposuction seems to prompt the body to make more visceral fat. Last year, in a groundbreaking study by researchers at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, women who had liposuction performed on the subcutaneous fat marbling their thighs and lower abdomen regained all of the fat within a year, and some of this new fat was of the unhealthy visceral variety. ‘The message of our study was that body fat is very well defended,’ says Dr. Robert H. Eckel, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Denver who oversaw the study.”

The good news is that women in the study who exercised three times a week kept the fat from returning to their bodies, and added no visceral fat either. It appears that it’s pretty hard to cheat nature when it comes to fitness and fat deposits after all.

You can read the entire article on liposuction, visceral fat and the benefits of exercise by visiting this website page: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/after-liposuction-exercise-keeps-the-fat-off/?ref=health

 

Eat Breakfast to Reduce the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

Exercise enthusiasts and nutritionists have been touting the benefits of eating a breakfast for years and years. So have moms and dads, and even farmers, who swear by their first meal of the day as their prime energy fuel source for getting a lot of work done on the farm. A new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association goes farther, however – claiming that a breakfast of just about any kind helps those who partake to be less likely to become obese, to develop Type 2 diabetes or to gain fat around their mid-section.

According to the study, reported by our friends at WebMD.com, “The study included more than 5,000 men and women. None had type 2 diabetes when they entered the study. Seven years into the study, they filled out diet questionnaires that included a question asking how many times a week they ate breakfast. They were followed for an average of 18 years. People who ate breakfast daily fared best. Compared to people who ate breakfast three or fewer times per week, they were:

  • 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  • 43% less likely to become obese
  • 40% less likely to develop fat around the tummy (abdominal obesity)

People who ate breakfast at least four to six times per week also did well… The American Diabetes Association recommends a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nonfat dairy products, beans, lean meats, poultry, and fish.”

Considering how many details about our health are out of our control due to genetics, it’s great news to know that some things as simple as regular exercise, plenty of sleep, preventative screenings and regular breakfasting can play such a vital role in our ongoing health. If you’re interested in learning about Life Line Screening’s diabetes screening tests for Type 2 diabetes, please follow the embedded link.

You can read the entire article on the power of breakfast for battling Type 2 diabetes and obesity by visiting this website page: http://diabetes.webmd.com/news/20120614/breakfast-diabetes-obesity




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  1. Daiv Whaley - June 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I have been hearing for years thatr breakfast is “the most important meal of the day” and this post just confirms it again. I bet it has something to do with keeping our basal metabolic rate (BMR) stoked through caloric intake, especially after sleeping and not eating for 8 hours. Perhaps if we don’t eat breakfast our bodies go into “survival mode” and we thus actually save the colories when we DO eat, thus putting on weight, while if we eat regularly like at breakfast than our bodies stay in “active mode” and all calories are thus game to be consumed and burnt for fuel. Our bodies are pretty amazing machines!


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