The Obesity Paradox: Fat And Fit Trumps Thin and Unfit

If obesity is so bad for our health, why do studies show that overweight and moderately obese patients with certain chronic diseases often live longer and do better than normal-weight or thin patients with the same illnesses? That was the question posed by the New York Times  in a story that looked at what researchers have called the obesity paradox. As writer Harriet Brown reported: “One study found that heavier dialysis patients had a lower chance of dying than those …

Why all that sanitizing is making us sicker…and chubbier, too.

Who would have thought some of our best friends would be the 100 Trillion bacteria living in, and on, our bodies? Results of the Human Microbiome Project have caused us to re-examine the critical balance between these good bacteria, essential for human life, and the relatively few bad guys on which we’ve waged an all-out blitz!  Modern life has been altering that delicate balance in ways that have led to an increase in obesity, inflammatory disease and other chronic illnesses. In fact, it’s made us …

Research on Fat Is Rich with Possibilities

Given the research of hundreds of scientists around the world, we should have seen the breakthrough development coming. In 2021, scientists found a fat gene that could be switched off with a safe, inexpensive medical procedure. Millions rushed to solve their lifelong battle with surplus pounds, thereby adding years to their lives and reducing their risks for chronic or even fatal medical problems. Health insurance premiums plummeted as demand for medical care declined. Sound far-fetched? Scientists who are on the …

Two Outstanding Doctors: Your Right and Left Legs

I first met Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist in Ohio, a few years ago. A small reference in Cooking Light magazine to his upstart walking program in Lewis Center, Ohio, piqued my interest. When I contacted Dr. Sabgir, I learned that every Saturday at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine, he heads out on a walk at Highbanks Metropolitan Park in Lewis Center, Ohio, with 175 to 200 patients, neighbors, friends and family members. Frustration triggered the start of Dr. …

It’s dinner time – do you know where your Obesogen is?

This definitely falls into the “I’ve got good news and bad news” category – it’s not JUST the food we eat that’s packing on the pounds.  It’s almost everything we use, eat, drink, touch and smell in our modern lives – and it’s even affecting our babies. (That’s the worst of the bad news to this new grandma. Shout out to Lorelei Grace born 6/20!) They’re called obesogens, and they’re ubiquitous. Much of the plastic we store and buy food in, many …

New Diet Pill Belviq: 5 Things You Should Know

Belviq, the first new prescription weight-loss pill in 13 years, won approval last week from the Food and Drug Administration. The drug, generically known as lorcaserin, works as an appetite-suppressant, triggering receptors in the brain that make people feel full. It offers a new diet aid to the one in three Americans who are obese. Don’t expect dramatic results, however, as the Washington Post notes. In the three trials of almost 8,000 overweight and obese people over 52 to 104 …