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

Parents should set a good example regarding diet and exercise.
The popular saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks is not completely true because you can - and should – still learn something new later in life. However, there is some truth in the saying when it comes to healthy eating habits because young children learn a lot from their parents. And it is a well-known fact that adults have difficulty getting rid of bad habits that they have picked up as a child. That is the reason why scientists advise parents and those people to whom children are attached to be aware of their function as role models and set the children a good example with regard to a healthy lifestyle, both in terms of what they eat and exercising. They thus avoid their children developing bad habits in the first place.

Paying attention to what you eat avoids the excess pounds.
Bad habits tend to stick and it is usually not easy to get rid of them. The same is often true when it comes to getting rid of bad eating habits. Nevertheless, it is particularly important to get rid of them because not only do bad eating habits result in excess pounds: they can also have a detrimental effect on a person’s health in general. Mark Twain may have once said, “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time.” However, it is even feasible to get rid of bad eating habits. To deal with overweight, people need to check their eating habits and, if necessary, change them. Almased, with its valuable ingredients, can be extremely helpful in bringing about a suitable change in diet. This is because the formulated product functions not only as a ‘fat burner’ but also as a high-quality dietary supplement.

Unhealthy eating habits can increase the risk of disease.
Unhealthy eating is often accompanied by an increased risk of disease. This is not something new. We also know that an unhealthy diet can be the result of a psychological impairment. For example, depressive moods often mean that those affected no longer pay the necessary attention to what they eat. After all, if you are not in a good mood at all, you are usually not very concerned about having a healthy, balanced diet.

British researchers provide evidence that exercise reduces mortality risk.
People who are physically active at an advanced age are likely to live longer. And this is almost independent of whether or not a person has engaged in sporting activities previously. This was the conclusion reached recently by scientists at Cambridge University in their study ‘Physical activity trajectories and mortality”. According to the study, mortality risk decreases if people increase their physical activity at an advanced age, in other words if they take more exercise. This also applies to people who have a medical history of cardiovascular disease or cancer. The study can be summarised in a simple statement: “Stay active in your old age and you will live longer”.

Formalising weight-loss commitments can boost success.
When you make a statement, you become more specific. Instead of using vague formulations, you express yourself clearly. Committing yourself to something means it becomes verifiable and at the same time removes the option to back out later. In a recent study, medical researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK came to the conclusion that a commitment to slimming programmes can help increase the amount of weight lost or achieve weight-loss goals. Informing others about such commitments ought therefore be particularly effective when it comes to losing weight.

British study: regular weighing avoids extra pounds.
‘And it came to pass in those days ...’ This is how the evangelist Luke recounts the traditional Christian Christmas story in the New Testament and how it is still being told to this day, especially during church services at Christmas. It describes how Jesus of Nazareth was born in humble surroundings. All too often these days, though, Christmas stories deal with almost uninhibited eating and drinking and the superfluous kilos that accumulate during the Christmas season and then stubbornly refuse to go away afterwards. British researchers have now investigated recommendations for preventing Christmas flab.

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