Researchers have identified seven new genetic locations associated with obesity. Genetic mechanisms that trigger severe forms of obesity were nearly the same as those that cause milder weight gain. The results appear on the website of Nature Genetics.
Gestational diabetes mellitus patients who followed a low-carbohydrate diet did not show better perinatal outcomes, body weight and insulin requirements than those in the control group, a study on the website of Diabetes Care revealed. The results suggest that a low-carb diet is unlikely to be a part of successful nutrition therapy in such patients, researchers said.
Taking green-coffee extracts was associated with a dose-dependent reduction in blood glucose levels in normoglycemic adults, a study presented at the American Chemical Society's Spring 2013 National Meeting & Exposition showed. Researchers did not find gastrointestinal side effects from consuming green coffee.
Eating breakfast is important for weight loss or weight management, and registered dietitians say the meal should include a lean protein, whole grains and fruit. RD Leah Meade of Wellmont Health System in Kingsport, Tenn., says breakfast gets the body's metabolism started so people are better able to burn fat over the rest of the day.
A Washington, D.C.-based certification program dubbed Get REAL -- for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership -- uses a flexible point system to certify eateries serving healthy and sustainable food. Get REAL says it has already certified about 20 restaurants, including Chipotle-owned ShopHouse and Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C.