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REBLOG! What’s the Biggest Killer? DIET! Overtaking 3rd World Disease

Posted: September 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, REBLOG!, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on REBLOG! What’s the Biggest Killer? DIET! Overtaking 3rd World Disease

Scientists figured out the biggest contributor to early deaths across the world25 years ago, in 1990, maternal and child malnutrition, unsafe drinking water and sanitation were the leading risks for death. Today, unsurprisingly, poor diet has overtaken third world problems as the biggest contributor to early death around the world.

According to new analysis from the leading authority on global disease diet is the second highest (clearly aside from age) killer.

Smoking cigarettes still carries the highest risk factor of premature death, followed by high blood pressure and obesity.

However, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation – IMHE – says that a combination of dietary factors, from eating too few fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains to too much sodium and cholesterol, is taking a toll on health across the globe.

The IMHE’s study found that the largest contributor to early death globally is high blood pressure, in which age and family history partly play a roll, but so do obesity, smoking, excessive salt consumption, lack of exercise, and drinking large amounts of alcohol.

Noteworthy, alcohol is also one of the top 10 risk factors associated with the highest number of deaths for both men and women.

The study looked at 14 dietary risk factors. Cumulatively, unhealthy eating, including diets low in fruit, whole grains, and vegetables, and diets high in red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to more deaths than any other factor, causing ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes :: Read the full article »»»»


Australia’s War on Sugar

Posted: January 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia’s War on Sugar

Australia's War on SugarIn Australia the war on obesity is heating up, three major health organisations want a sugar tax on all sweetened beverages – not just soft drinks, but products like flavoured milk and sports drinks – to limit consumption and curb what is shaping up to be the nations biggest health problem.

However, Australia’s Food and Grocery Council – the body representing the food and beverage industry – is hitting back against health campaigns aimed at reducing sugar consumption, prompting critics to compare the industry’s position to that of tobacco companies fight against smoking decades ago.

In the UK a similar campaign ‘Action on Sugar’ has just launched, in the hope of reversing the obesity epidemic by targeting the “huge and unnecessary amounts of sugar that are currently being added to our food and soft drinks”. The campaign’s expert advisors include heavyweights from the scientific and medical community.

Last month leaked draft guidelines from the World Health Organisation – WHO – suggested the organisation is considering halving the recommended daily intake of sugar from ten teaspoons to five. WHO’s “global strategy on diet” also says an unhealthy diet is a major risk factor for chronic disease and recommends reducing sugar intake to help prevent conditions like type 2 diabetes and dental problems :: Read the full article »»»»


Long Term Australian Health Study Finds Increased Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

Posted: August 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Health, Medicated | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Long Term Australian Health Study Finds Increased Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

ObesityIt’s one of the most complex health issues facing the developed world in this 21st century, and it seems the harder we look into obesity, the more complex it becomes. Long gone is the simple ethos “food in = energy out.”

Researchers are battling to come to terms with what can only be described as an epidemic. A third of the world’s adult population is physically inactive, the couch-potato lifestyle kills about 5 million people every year, experts contributing to a special feature in the medical journal The Lancet say.

“Roughly three of every 10 individuals aged 15 years or older – about 1.5 billion people – do not reach present physical activity recommendations,” Dr Pedro Hallal and colleagues said in a report that described the problem as a pandemic.

Complicating an already complicated issue, a 2012 study by researchers at Georgetown University revealed how the mutation in a single gene can be responsible for the inability of neurons to effectively pass along appetite suppressing signals from the body to the right place in the brain.

Australian researchers have just undertaken one of the most comprehensive studies tracking the health of the nation. The findings paint a disturbing picture of the nation’s battle with diabetes and obesity. The AusDiab study was funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council grant and followed 11,000 Australians for 12 years :: Read the full article »»»»


Australia: Obesity Epidemic Affecting Autopsies

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Biology, Cankler Science News, Health, Medicated, Science News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Australia: Obesity Epidemic Affecting Autopsies

Australia - Obesity Epidemic Affecting AutopsiesAustralians are getting more obese by the day, with experts warning body fat is masking the diagnosis of other illnesses. It is causing stress on Australia’s public health system and the people who have to examine the grossly overweight bodies. South Australian forensic pathologist Roger Byard says the problem is so bad he cannot get some of his clients onto his examination tables, reports Rebecca Brice from abc.net.au.

Dr Byard says obesity is one of the most frightening epidemics he has seen in his four decades in medicine. “We have antibiotics for infections, we have chemotherapy for cancer, so we take two steps forward but with the obesity problem we’re almost taking three steps back,” Dr Byard said.

Dr Byard says since 1986 the rate of morbidly obese bodies entering his Adelaide mortuary has risen from just over 1 per cent to almost 5 per cent. At times the bodies are so big he has to dissect them on the floor. “We try to avoid this obviously, but if a body is so large that we can’t safely put the body on a trolley then we have to perform the autopsy on the floor, which is terribly difficult.”

The bigger the bodies, he says, the harder it is to dissect them and the harder it is to find the cause of death. “Obesity comes with so many diseases – it’s almost how do you choose which is the problem,” he said. “As well as the fact that they have to carry this excess weight around, their heart’s being compressed and this adipose tissue material is secreting toxins that people think actually cause death of heart cells. So they’re being attacked on all fronts.” Dr Byard said.

The problems are not confined to the morgue. Some obese hospital patients do not fit into CT scanning machines and excess fat can hinder the taking of blood using syringes, which impedes diagnosis in both the dead and the living.

Read more at ABC