Posts Tagged ‘cardiovascular risk’

More Veggies, Less Heart Disease? Not Exactly

February 21, 2022 — In this moment, food policy advocates are in love with plant-based diets. Many reasons do favor plant-based diets. In fact, the advice to eat more vegetables has been dispensed at family tables for generations. The American Heart Association promotes eating more veggies for cutting heart disease risk with great enthusiasm. But today, a new study […]

Boring Critical Details in a Flashy Intermittent Fast Study

October 12, 2020 — At first glance, it’s a fascinating study. An intermittent fast, gut microbiota, and an effect on the risk for heart disease – the title of this new study in JCEM pushes all the right buttons. But a look under the surface tells a different story. The primary outcome measures for this study were BMI and […]

One More Round: How Much Shall We Fear Meat?

February 4, 2020 — A red meat issue is inflammatory and political. This particular definition doesn’t have a separate entry in Merriam-Webster yet, though they are thinking about it. But on the subject of red meat, medical journals just can’t let it go. So today we have a new paper in JAMA Internal Medicine to revisit the question – […]

Massive Meat Mayhem, Part 3

January 24, 2020 — We didn’t think the meat mayhem reported last week could get any nastier. We were wrong. That’s because John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, is now requesting an investigation of actions by Walter Willett, Frank Hu, David Katz, and the True Health Initiative related to this big mess. He calls their reported […]

Apples and Pears – Size, Shape, and Adiposity

July 28, 2019 — We all love to beat up on BMI. That measure may be good for epidemiologists who need a way to define obesity in a population. But it’s not so good for defining obesity in an individual. For that matter, it’s not the definition for obesity itself. Obesity is excess adiposity that harms health. And a […]

Red or White, Too Much Meat Can Be a Problem

June 5, 2019 — For nearly five decades now, beef consumption has been dropping. Poultry has risen. Why? Because of a steady stream of warnings that red meat raises the risk of heart disease. But a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition raises questions about this conventional wisdom. In a randomized, controlled study, researchers found no […]

Beware: Baldness, Gray Hair, Obesity, and Heart Disease

December 4, 2017 — The BBC says early baldness is a bigger risk for heart disease than obesity. And don’t forget gray hair. The LA Times says that gray’s the way that beats obesity for giving us a heart attack. All this and more is simply dutiful reporting on a press release from the European Society of Cardiology. Health […]

Dangerous Crosscurrents for Obesity Medicines

March 12, 2015 — Dangerous crosscurrents remain in the regulatory environment for obesity medicines, even though progress has been considerable over the last five years. You need look no further than headlines of the last week. In just one news cycle Orexigen — the originators of Contrave — made both good and bad news for themselves when they disclosed […]

Will a Mediterranean Diet Keep You Young?

December 5, 2014 — A new study this week has the news media buzzing that following a Mediterranean diet can help keep people young by protecting their genetic code as they age. How can this be? The study, published in the BMJ, analyzed the association between how closely people in the Nurses Health Study followed a Mediterranean diet and […]

A False Choice: Drugs vs Surgery for Obesity

September 23, 2014 — A new study in Acta Diabetologica offers up a comparison of drugs vs surgery for obesity, glycemic control, and cardiovascular risk. It grabbed our attention because liraglutide was the reference drug for the comparison, and that drug has just been recommended for approval in obesity treatment by an expert FDA committee. But the study leaves us […]