SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS

Weight-loss powders, so-called formula diets, help reduce weight quickly. Clinical studies have shown that these can be used successfully with type 2 diabetes and that the symptoms can even disappear permanently. In such cases, the medical profession talks of clinical remission.

The body’s sugar metabolism is impaired in diabetics. Possibly permanently. However, if those affected monitor their blood regularly and adhere strictly to their doctor’s advice, it is usually possible to get the metabolism back to normal.

According to a study of type 2 diabetics, medical telemarketing coupled with a change in eating habits can help them reduce their blood glucose and – a pleasant side-effect – lose weight.

Overweight type 2 diabetics with a high level of insulin resistance can reduce their insulin requirement and their blood glucose (HbA1c), and lose weight, using Almased’s meal replacement product Vitalkost, which is low in calories and rich in protein. That is the result of a preclinical trial carried out by the West-German Centre of Diabetes and Health (WGDZ) of the Association of Catholic Hospitals Dusseldorf (VKKD).

Professor Stephan Martin, Senior Consultant for Diabetology and Director at the West-German Diabetes Clinic and Health Centre (WDGZ), in an interview with My Health broadcast by RTL on 25 April 2016.

PRACTICAL ADVICE

Having a meal together to combat overweight.
Eating together with the family can prevent obesity in children. Scientists at the University of Mannheim and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development came to this conclusion after evaluating studies into the nutritional value of family meals. According to their findings, children from families that eat together more frequently eat healthier food and have a lower body mass index (BMI).

Study shows teased children have significantly higher body fat levels.
There are far too many fat children in Germany. According to statistics, one in every six to seven children in Germany is carrying excess weight around and about six per cent of them are so fat that they are considered to be clinically obese. This is shown by data collected by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). According to this survey, around 15 per cent of girls and boys aged between three and 17 must be regarded as being overweight. Supposedly well-meaning adults often comment on the overweight of their offsprings by saying, “They’ll grow out of it.” However, experts warn that such a nonchalant attitude is an ignorant one because studies show that overweight children all too often become overweight adults. This often creates the conditions for obesity-related diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular disorders even during childhood.

Studies show exercising early in day is particularly beneficial.
There are many well-known sayings which claim that making an early start in the morning is the best time of day for being successful, such as ‘the early bird catches the worm’ or ‘early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise’. Other idioms like ‘never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’ or ‘first come, first served’ are in the same vein. It has led many athletes to ask themselves whether this also applies to physical activity. Is exercising early in the day the be all and end all or is it, as those who are not morning people would be inclined to say, more a case of the devil finding work for idle hands?

Routine workouts boost physical activity.
Is having a set routine good or bad for you? For some people, the word routine is synonymous with boredom, habit and a lack of ideas. People talk more about bad habits than good ones. Those who have a set routine and act in a safe and reliable manner based on their experience are regarded as being proficient. On the other hand, the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is credited as having said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal”. A US study now suggests, however, that always exercising at the same time of the day can help you become more active. And it is well known that physical exercise keeps you fit and ensures you have a healthy body weight.

Removing pester-power items from near the till leads to healthier shopping behaviour.
In the retail industry, the term ‘pester-power items’ is used to refer to products placed in the checkout zone of supermarkets, and for good reason. Children waiting at the checkout are often so strongly attracted to the sweets placed there that they pester their unnerved parents until the parents put the desired product in the shopping trolley for the sake of peace. However, it is not only children who find this sales strategy irresistible: many adults also have difficulty ignoring items on display in the checkout zone. The problem is that the majority of the products on offer are extremely unhealthy – not least because they are very high in sugar and calories in many cases.

Light from display screens in particular impairs sleep.
To prevent overweight and obesity, it is not only necessary to have healthy habits such as a balanced diet with enough relevant nutrients and physical activity. Other basic conditions like having the correct lighting in the bedroom must also be right, so that superfluous pounds or kilos do not creep in overnight. A US study has now made this clear. According to the study, artificial light not only disturbs sleep but can even make people fat. This is especially true for women, as scientists from the National Institutes of Health in the US state of North Carolina discovered.

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