BY AAP: Excessive hours of sitting to watch TV has been linked to an increased risk of dying from inflammatory diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, according to an Australian study.
The study of more than 8900 adults, published in the journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found each additional hour of TV viewing was associated with a 12 per cent increased risk of inflammatory-related death. Those who spent more than four hours a day watching TV were at greatest risk.
Inflammatory diseases cover a vast array of disorders and conditions that are characterised by inflammation, including kidney disease, diabetes, asthma and Alzheimer’s disease. (read more)
BY VIKRAM SHAW: A new Yale study has shown that sweetness, as opposed to calories alone, has an impact on how carbohydrates are processed by our body’s metabolism.
Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have identified a novel relationship between sugar and carbohydrates in our brains, discovering that sugar gives our brain part of the signal for how food is to be processed and converted into energy. The finding provides backing for hypothesized links between artificial sweeteners and diabetes. The study was published in the journal Current Biology on Aug. 21. (read more)
BY RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: It had already been known that the enzyme known as phosphatidic acid phosphatase plays a crucial role in regulating the amount of fat in the human body. Controlling it is therefore of interest in the fight against obesity.
But scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have now found that getting rid of the enzyme entirely can increase the risk of cancer, inflammation and other ills. Their findings were published online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry last month. (read more)