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Rare But Dangerous Form of Eating Disorder Could Run in Families

Rare But Dangerous Form of Eating Disorder Could Run in FamiliesMONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Genes may have a strong influence over whether kids develop an eating disorder marked by extremely limited food choices, a new study finds.The study focused on a condition called avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). It's a relatively new diagnosis that describes people who severely limit the types or quantity of food they eat — but not over body image concerns or a quest for thinness.Instead, food is the center of the issue. People with ARFID may have a strong aversion to various tastes, smells or textures, have little appetite, or may fear choking, vomiting or suffering an allergic reaction if they eat an unfamiliar food (often based on a past experience).Studies suggest it affects 1% to 5% of the population.Yet researchers...

USDA Proposes New Rules to Cut Sugar, Salt in School Meals

3 February 2023
USDA Proposes New Rules to Cut Sugar, Salt in School MealsFRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- American schoolchildren could be getting school lunches that have less sugar and salt in the future, thanks to new nutrition standards announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.These are the first school lunch program updates since 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.What’s different this time is a limit on added sugars, starting in the 2025-2026 school year. Limits would at first target high-sugar foods, including sweetened cereals, yogurts and flavored milks. By fall 2027, added sugars must be less than 10% of total calories a week for school breakfasts and lunches. Sugary grain foods like muffins or doughnuts can’t be served more than twice a week at breakfast. Another example is that an 8-ounce...

Do You Need an Insulin-Resistance Diet?

3 February 2023
Do You Need an Insulin-Resistance Diet?FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People with health conditions like type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome may have been advised about the value of an insulin-resistance diet.But this way of eating can benefit most people interested in balancing blood sugars, whether that’s to help treat or prevent chronic conditions, or just to gain more energy and better mood control."An ‘insulin-resistant diet’ is a diet or eating plan that supports balanced blood sugars in the body,” explained Rahaf Al Bochi, a registered dietitian and owner of Olive Tree Nutrition in Duluth, Ga.Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream enter into cells, explained Al Bochi, who is also a spokeswoman for the Academy of...

Do You Live in a 'Food Swamp'? It Could Be Raising Your...

2 February 2023
Do You Live in a `Food Swamp`? It Could Be Raising Your Heart RiskTHURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live near a "food swamp" may have a higher risk of suffering a stroke, a preliminary study finds.A number of studies have looked at the health consequences of living in a so-called food desert -- areas with few grocery stores or other options for buying fresh food.Food swamps are different: The term was coined to describe communities where fast food restaurants, convenience stores and other junk-food purveyors heavily outweigh healthier options like grocery stores and farmers' markets.The new study looked at whether Americans' stroke risk varies based on how far their county of residence veers into food swamp territory.It turned out it did: Among nearly 18,000 adults age 50 and older, those living in U.S. counties high on the...

Androstenedione: A Banned Bodybuilding Supplement You Should Avoid

2 February 2023
Androstenedione: A Banned Bodybuilding Supplement You Should AvoidTHURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Androstenedione is one of those supplements that was peddled to athletes for years as a quick path to bulging muscles and high testosterone levels, but it carries some grave dangers.Also known as "andro," the dietary supplement was once touted to enhance athletic performance by stimulating muscle growth and boosting testosterone levels. But once it enters the body, it acts like a steroid and can pose similar health risks. In October 2004, President George Bush signed the Anabolic Steroid Control Act, which reclassified androstenedione from a supplement to an anabolic steroid, making it and other steroid-based drugs a controlled substance. They are currently banned in sports.This was because a small number of studies of androstenedione led the...

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