February 27, 2013 |
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests that this style of eating, even loosely defined, can substantially reduce the chance of heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk. The study lasted five years and involved nearly 7,500 people in Spain. Those who ate Mediterranean-style with lots of olive oil or nuts had a 30 percent lower risk of major cardiovascular problems compared with those who were told to follow a low-fat diet but who did not, in reality, cut out much fat. Mediterranean meant lots of fruit, fish, chicken, beans, tomato sauce, salads, and wine - and little soda, baked goods, and red meats.
June 24, 2007 |
How badly do you want to be skinny? Is it worth soiling your underwear? Those questions will likely confront users of the new Alli, the first over-the-counter diet drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Alli (pronounced al-EYE) went on sale for the first time about a week ago - a stronger prescription form, Xenical, has been available since 1999 - and its promotional material alone makes for strong medicine: The drug, which helps people lose small amounts of weight, can cause oily discharges, uncontrolled bowel movements, and gas if you eat too much fat. Its marketing effort makes an impression by telling users to wear dark pants and carry extra clothes in case they soil themselves.
February 22, 2006
THE STUDIES indicating that a low-fat diet has negligible effect on the risk of chronic diseases validate what health authorities have been saying for a decade: It's not just fat - it's the saturated fat in meat, eggs and dairy products. The studies found that women who cut down on saturated fat had a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and colon cancer. A wealth of other studies over three decades confirm that consumption of saturated fats raises substantially the risk of contracting these diseases.
February 8, 2006 |
A study of thousands of women over 50 who stuck to a healthy, low-fat diet for more than eight years showed no significant effect on their risks of breast cancer, colon cancer, stroke or heart disease. Researchers who led the federally funded diet study - the largest ever - are trying to put the best face on the results, stressing that breast-cancer numbers hinted at reduced risk, although that could have been just by chance. "This study shows that just reducing total fat intake does not go far enough to have an impact on heart-disease risk," said Jacques Rossouw, the physician who directed the federal study.
January 28, 2006
If only there were a miracle drug . . . A tiny pill that could melt pounds the way other medicines have stabilized blood pressure and lowered cholesterol. That could quickly trim bulging midsections now plaguing two-thirds of American adults and encumbering the health-care system. A pill that could be the breakthrough overweight Americans seek when they try $1 billion worth of wacky weight-loss remedies a year. It's not that easy. Weight loss just doesn't come in a bottle.
January 12, 2006 |
Nine years ago, Will Clower was just another bulge-battler, yo-yoing 20 pounds up and down, this way or that. Even though he tried to follow a low-fat diet - with skim milk, skinless chicken, no-fat yogurt, diet sodas and margarine, he says - "I was in constant mortal battle with those pounds, and losing the war of weight creep. " Then Clower, who is a neurophysiologist, and his wife, Dottie, also a neuroscientist, spent two years in Lyon, France, doing research at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences.
May 22, 2003 |
In a nation obsessed with losing weight, many Americans believe that the high-protein, low-carbohydrate Atkins diet is the next best thing to an instant diet pill. Just about everybody knows someone who is piling on the bacon, eggs and T-bone steaks and shedding pounds in the process. The late Robert Atkins, a New York City cardiologist, launched his jihad in 1972 with the publication of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution. But his plan has won new respectability. Results of the first controlled trial of the diet, led by University of Pennsylvania researchers, were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
January 19, 2000 |
Much information that gets passed around on what constitutes a healthy diet and fitness regimen is wrong, says Dr. Thomas Wadden of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Here are his comments on some of the most common myths. Myth: If you eat a low-fat diet, you will lose weight without counting calories. Wadden: "The number of calories you consume determines whether or not you gain or lose weight. If you ate only sticks of butter - but consumed just 1,000 calories a day - you would lose weight.
July 2, 1998
If Board of City Trusts officials were to take their lead from the panel they handpicked to assess their stewardship of the trusts and its famous ward, Girard College, the trustees would: Spend millions more on schooling the Girard students, drawn from poor and fatherless homes. Get out of the coal-mining business, stop dabbling in real estate, and halt the practice of running up debt to make such relatively high-risk investments. Make room for new blood on the board, which oversees not only the 19th-century bequest for Girard College but also 110 smaller trusts.
April 9, 1998 |
Did you check out all those firm, athletic bodies on "Push," the new one-hour drama series that premiered Monday on ABC? Most of the actors, who portray members of a prestigious college athletic program, didn't start out that way. The show's personal trainer, Garrett Warren, says that when he first got hold of the show's eight cast members in December, he had his work cut out for him. Although a couple of the actors already were buff, Warren...