The obesity-cancer connection

feet on a bathroom scale, whose reading spells out “SOS”

Approximately 26% of men and 24% of women in England, and about 24% of men and 30% of women in Scotland are obese[i]. Although obesity has been long associated with diabetes and heart conditions, it is also increasingly linked to cancer, as recent findings have shown. Today’s post explores the implications and reasons behind the numbers.

The World Health Organisation defines obesity as having a Body Mass Index (BMI)[ii] of 30 or more[iii]. In the UK, approximately 26% of men and 24% of women and in England, and about 24% of men and 30% of women in Scotland are obese[iv]. Around the world, obesity rates have doubled since 1980[v] and, although long associated with diabetes and heart conditions, a recent report now shows a clear connection between obesity and cancer. The report, released at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago this past May 29, reveals two major findings: 1 in 5 cancer Read more

Sugar: the reality is not so sweet

The World Health Organisation has recently issued new recommendations for reducing sugar consumption to less than 10% of our total energy intake, with a further reduction to below 5% for optimal health benefits. In today’s post, Best Doctors takes a closer look at sugar.

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Rediscovering grapefruit for better health

We very often do not completely realise how beneficial such a readily available food can be for our health. Recent tests carried out on animals have discovered that the natural ingredients in grapefruit, which are high in flavonoids, have properties, which are good for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in the intestine, which helps to metabolise glucose in the liver.

If this was not enough, it has also been shown that grapefruit have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can be of great importance in our hard struggle against obesity and diabetes.

Dr de la Garza, from the Department of Food Science and Physiology of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Navarra, has published the results of this research in her work Anti-obesity and anti-diabetic properties of two natural extracts rich in flavonoids (Helichrysum and Grapefruit): physiological and molecular mechanisms. Dr Martínez and Dr Milagro, from the department of Nutrition at the University of Navarra also collaborated in the research. These results have also been published in two prestigious scientific journals, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and Food & Function, so we can be reasonably optimistic about the effects of Read more