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Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

Entries filed under 'Weight management'


    Will a Multivitamin Reduce Risk of Deficiency?

    One of the reasons why I chose to study nutrition science was so that I could understand a subject that would have a direct impact on my own life. Having a healthy diet is important to me, and it has been fascinating to learn about what goes into a healthy diet and the reasoning behind the dietary recommendations. An important lesson for me has been that there are many dietary patterns associated with good health. Even so, it seems like everyone has an opinion about nutrition.

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    Food Vision Asia: Can Asia win the war on diabetes and obesity?

    The focal point of discussions at this year’s Food Vision Asia, a three-day leadership forum for Asia’s food and nutrition industry, centered around how the region is tackling the growing diabetes epidemic it is facing.

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    A Lifelong Approach to Cardiovascular Health With Nutrition

    Have you ever calculated your 30-year risk of cardiovascular disease? What about your chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years? Both tools use general demographic information combined with established risk factors such as smoking status, cholesterol levels and blood pressure to calculate the chance that an individual will develop heart disease or suffer a heart attack within a certain period of time. These tools are also used in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, as described recently by Leening, Berry and Allen in the Journal of the American Medical Association as part of their article on taking a lifespan approach to reducing cardiovascular risk. What role can nutrition play?

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    Vitamin D Screening Provides Valuable Information

    If you live in the US and have just celebrated Thanksgiving, it is quite possible your waistband feels a tad tighter this Monday. You should also know that increased visceral fat may increase your need for vitamin D supplementation. And shortening daylength in the northern hemisphere isn’t any help.

    Zhang and colleagues randomly selected 1,105 adults living in China. Visceral fat accumulation and serum vitamin D concentrations were measured. Men and pre-menopausal women carrying extra visceral fat were more likely to have serum 25(OH)D3 concentrations below 30 µg/L 

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    How To Spot an Unsafe Dietary Supplement

    Yesterday, the US FDA announced the results of a widespread investigation into the safety of dietary supplements on the market. The sweep has led to civil injunctions and criminal actions against 117 manufacturers of distributors of dietary supplements. Information about hundreds of supplements that contain hidden or potentially harmful ingredients have been identified. In the most egregious case, the dishonestly named USPlabs, who have produced some widely popular weight loss and muscle building supplements, has received may charges related to falsification of documentation and knowingly placing unsafe products on the market. How can consumers protect themselves from unsafe dietary supplements?

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