Gaining it Back: The Science behind The Biggest Loser’s Failure

An article recently appeared in Obesity Journal that suggest that the future of America’s health is in danger. The article, which followed former contestants of The Biggest Loser, gives a graphic description of the difficulty of maintaining weight loss for any considerable length of time. Scientists and media have been talking about the problem for… Read more »

The Real Key for Reversing Diabetes

If you’ve been told you have Type 2 Diabetes, chances are, you were also told that you had better get used to it, and that it will be a life-long condition. In fact, if you develop diabetes by age 40, there is clear data that shows the condition will take 11-14 years off your lifespan…. Read more »

Can Diabetes Be Prevented Even Before Birth? Studies Say It’s Possible

More than a decade ago, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control estimated that the lifetime risk of developing diabetes for children born after 2000 was one in three. For Hispanics the odds of a child becoming diabetic increased to almost one in two. Furthermore, the authors estimated that if people developed diabetes by the… Read more »

New Breakthroughs in Treating Diabetes

I had the opportunity to read a fascinating little article in the July issue of Diabetes Care (1). What was interesting about this article is that one of the primary authors is a leading academic proponent for the use of drugs to treat obesity and diabetes. In particular, this research asked the simple question: Would… Read more »

U.S. News Study Is Flawed

Sometimes I just have to roll my eyes when I hear about nutritional experts rating diets. The reason is that apparently none of the “experts” actually reads the published data critically. Undoubtedly, one of the worst offenders is the annual U.S. News and World Report study on diets. After watching them year after year making… Read more »

Why Doesn’t Exercise and Diet Reduce Heart Disease for Diabetics?

That’s a good question after the June 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reported on the failure of long-term diet and exercise to reduce heart disease in diabetics1. It had been known from earlier and shorter studies that diet and exercise in diabetics appeared to generate a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease…. Read more »

Put Statins in the Drinking Water? I Think Not

It is amazing that only after the patent expiration of the best-selling statin drug of all time (i.e. Lipitor) that the FDA finally admitted that maybe the drug class that many physicians wanted to put into the drinking water might have some problems after all (1). In particular, the FDA issued a warning that use… Read more »

Hard times Are Ahead

Last month was a red-letter month for the future of mankind as the world population passed 7 billion. Unfortunately, this fact dovetails with recent research that indicates it is likely that one-half of all Americans will be diabetic by 2050

If You’re Fat, You May Be OK

It is well known from epidemiological studies that about 30 percent of obese individuals and 50 percent of overweight individuals are relatively healthy in terms of cardiometabolic risk factors

Zone Diet Validation Studies

Every now and then it’s worth going back over the published literature to see how the Zone diet stacks up in various areas of nutritional research.