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

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.

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?

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