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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Fatty Foods and Addiction
- Sitting and Cancer Risk
- And Finally, a Story about an Enzyme Involved in the Aging Process
For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #332, recorded November 18, 2011.
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Fatty Foods Addictive Like Cocaine in Growing Body of Scientific Research
An article on the November 2nd Bloomberg website, discussed a growing body of medical research at leading universities and government laboratories suggests that processed foods and sugary drinks made by the likes of PepsiCo Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT) aren’t simply unhealthy. They can hijack the brain in ways that resemble addictions to cocaine, nicotine and other drugs.
According to the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse “The data is so overwhelming the field has to accept it”. “We are finding tremendous overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain.”
Twenty-eight scientific studies and papers on food addiction have been published this year, according to a National Library of Medicine database. As the evidence expands, the science of addiction could become a game changer for the $1 trillion food and beverage industries.
The cost to society is enormous. A 2009 study of 900,000 people, published in The Lancet, found that moderate obesity reduces life expectancy by two to four years, while severe obesity shortens life expectancy by as much as 10 years.
Obesity has been shown to boost the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The costs of treating illness associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion in 2008, according to a 2009 study in Health Affairs.
Surf to our Show Notes for the Full Article – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-02/fatty-foods-addictive-as-cocaine-in-growing-body-of-science.html
Sitting and Cancer Risk
As many as 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer occurring in the U.S. every year are linked to a lack of physical activity, according to estimates presented today at the American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference. The estimate underscores the critical role that both activity and inactivity play in the development of specific cancers.
At the American Institute for Cancer Research Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Physical Activity in Washington, experts presented data from a new paper on physical activity and breast cancer prevention and reviewed the mounting evidence that a brisk daily walk helps to reduce several key biological indicators of cancer risk, including sex hormone levels, insulin resistance, inflammation and body fatness.
The researchers also presented new findings from the emerging field of sedentary behavior research, which is finding that sitting for long periods of time can increase some of those same indicators of cancer risk, even among people who exercise daily.
Based on these research findings, AICR is urging Americans to make time for physical activity and break every hour of sitting with 1 to 2 minutes of activity. These breaks can be as simple as walking to a colleague’s office instead of sending an email or going to the kitchen to get a glass of water.
Neville Owen, PhD, PhD, Head of Behavioral Epidemiology at Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, presented evidence that suggests sitting for long periods of time is associated with health risks – even for people who are regularly physically active.
Surf to our Show Notes for the full article – http://www.aicr.org/press/press-releases/getting-up-from-your-desk.html
Enzyme Involved in the Aging Process
According to an article published in the October 31st issue of Science Daily, by consuming fewer calories, aging can be slowed down and the development of age-related diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes can be delayed.
The earlier calorie intake is reduced, the greater the effect. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now identified one of the enzymes that hold the key to the aging process.
According to Mikael Molin of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, the scientists “are able to show that caloric restriction slows down aging by preventing an enzyme, peroxiredoxin, from being inactivated. This enzyme is also extremely important in counteracting damage to our genetic material.”
By gradually reducing the intake of sugar and proteins, without reducing vitamins and minerals, researchers have previously shown that monkeys can live several years longer than expected.
Caloric restriction also has favorable effects on our health and delays the development of age-related diseases. Despite this, researchers in the field have found it difficult to explain exactly how caloric restriction produces these favorable effects.
Peroxiredoxins have also been shown to be capable of preventing proteins from being damaged and aggregating, a process that has been linked to several age-related disorders affecting the nervous system, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Surf to our Show Notes for the full article, and remember to discuss all Nutritional recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Professional – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111031215938.htm
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.