|Diet Pill Trial: Early Results Encouraging |
Almost a decade after Fen-Phen was pulled off the shelves, researchers hope that theyve found a pill to help people lose weight without the deadly side effects. Video A clinical trial is under way to see if the combination of an antidepressant and an anti-seizure medicatioin -- both FDA-approved drugs whose side effects could benefit dieters. .
Dr. Malloy: Disturbing Diet Drug Trends
Patients often tell me that certain medications, that are not diet pills, take away their appetites, but up to now I had seen this only as undesirable side effect . Now a Wall Street Journal report by Elizabeth Bernstein identifies this "off-label" use of these medications as a trend. With 60 percent of the American population being either overweight or obese, many are desperate to lose weight. The diet pills on the market today have not produced the results many were hoping for. Enter the pills not approved for weight loss but having appetite suppression as a side effect. A doctor may prescribe a medication for a purpose other than its FDA approved use but as you will see, some of these drugs have very serious risks. Here are some of the new wave of medications being used as "diet pills." First comes the attention-deficit drugs (ADHD), Adderall and Ritalin, They are powerful stimulants in the amphetamine family.
Omega-6s Saturate the Western Diet
14/09/06 Has a little-known family of polyunsaturated fatty acids called Omega-6s, which has quietly permeated the Western diet in recent decades, nullified the impact of heart disease-fighting omega-3s? According to a new book, The Queen of Fats, Americans now have so many omega-6s in our bodies that eating fish to bolster our omega-3s may not do any good. Why? Because these two families of fats compete in our body''s metabolism. Or, as Susan Allport, the author of this new landmark book about the history, science and economics of omega-3s, published by the University of California Press (September, 2006), puts it: It is not the fish we are NOT eating that is our problem, but the oils we ARE eating. How have omega-6s saturated the Western diet so completely and quietly? Ms. Allport''s heavily researched, fact filled book says that most of our cooking oils are heavily laden with omega-6s (much used corn oil, for example, has a 46 to 1 ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s; lesser used canola oil''s ratio, however, is only 2 to 1), and that whatever omega-3s there are in oils are eliminated if those oils are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated to extend the shelf life of foods, as occurs in most food manufacturing.
Expert Says NZ Diet Low In Some Basic Vitamins And Minerals
A visiting British nutrition expert says New Zealanders are not getting enough of some basic vitamins and minerals in their diet.Professor Robert Pickard, director general of the British Nutritional Foundation, has been brought here by the Council for Foods of Animal Origin, a group representing the meat, dairy, poultry and seafood industries.The council is compiling a report on the importance of animal products in the national diet, which is due to be released next week.Professor Pickard says the report highlights the low levels of some essential nutrients in the average New Zealand diet, something that surprises him.Â© NewsRoom 2006 .
Probable Mechanism Behind Atkins Diet Revealed
London, England (AHN) - Researchers have found the mechanism underlying the low-carbs, high protein Atkins diet. They found that consuming a high protein diet, in fact, can produce a hunger-suppressing hormone. The study says that eating protein is a good way of not only for losing weight but also for keeping it in check.
The experiment was done on mice, put on a high-protein diet; with the results indicating that these mice produced more of an appetite-regulating protein known as peptide YY or PYY. This protein has been shown to be associated with decreased appetite in human subjects.
Lead researcher, Rachel Batterham from the University College of London, said that the research supports the theory that eating more protein may reduce appetite and lead to sustained weight loss.
FSA rejects ''healthy'' organic milk claims
The UK''s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has rejected calls from scientists to declare organic milk as a healthier option than non-organic milk.
The food industry watchdog said that although there are nutritional differences between organic milk and the standard variety, the disparity does not mean that consumption of the former provides any added health benefits. .