Making the Rounds

March 1, 2007 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Yes, life here is a bit busy…but I’d like to point out some interesting reads:

Mike Eades details the findings from Methionine and Vitamin B6 Intake and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: A Prospective Study of Swedish Women and Men published in Gastroenterology.

Men who consumed the most methionine had under a third the cases of pancreatic cancer as compared to those who are the least. Women with the highest methionine intake had about half the pancreatic cancer rate as those with the lowest intakes. Men and women eating the most methionine, considered together, had only 44 percent of the rate of pancreatic cancer as compared to men and women with the least dietary intake.
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The International Journal of Obesity published research that found a Blood protein tied to obesity, diabetes in Native Americans, Mexicans – Science Blog provides some insight into the findings.

Lead investigator Gary Nelsestuen, a professor in the College of Biological Sciences’ department of biochemistry, said the abnormal protein may promote metabolic efficiency and storage of body fat when food is abundant. This could have provided a survival advantage to American Indians in the past when food was scarce. The discovery can be used to identify those who are at risk for diabetes and to guide diet and lifestyle choices to prevent diabetes.
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The Local in Sweden reported that ‘Adult diabetes’ hits obese Swedish children

Young children suffering with Type-2, or adult-onset, diabetes have been discovered in Sweden for the first time. “We are already seeing the early signs of adult-onset diabetes in five year olds,” said professor Claude Marcus, head of the National Centre for Child Obesity in Huddinge, to Svenska Dagbladet. “That means reduced sensitivity to insulin and evident effects on the blood vessels. It’s very serious because Type-2 diabetes is an illness which affects the whole system.”

This form of diabetes, which is non-insulin-dependent, is becoming increasingly widespread in developed countries. Some 1.2 percent of children at the centre in Huddinge have been shown to have Type-2 diabetes. The first case of adult-onset diabetes in a Swedish teenager was recorded just two years ago.

—–> You may recall Swedish researchers recently found higher incidence of insulin resistance and pre-diabetes in four-year old children consuming a low-fat diet.

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Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health published findings that low-fat dairy consumption increased risk of infertility; consumption of whole milk dairy reduced risk.

The scientists, whose work is published in Human Reproduction, say that the total intake of dairy foods shows no link with anovulatory infertility. But when high-fat and low-fat dairy foods were considered separately, a difference emerged. Women consuming at least five portions week of low-fat foods had a higher than average risk of being infertile. If women ate two or more servings of low-fat dairy foods a day, they increased their risk of ovulation-related infertility by more than four fifths (85 per cent) compared with women who ate less than one serving of low-fat dairy food a week.
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Early next week I should be back!

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