August 31, 2017

Health Roundup: Fat and low fat, pacemaker cyberflaw, ecstasy + PTSD, cocoa +diabetes

Low-fat diet could kill you, major study shows

Low-fat diets could raise the risk of early death by almost one quarter, a major study has found.  Published in The Lancet, the Canadian study of 135,000 adults found those who cut back on fats had far shorter lives than those enjoying plenty of butter, cheese and meats.
Consultant cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra said it was time “for a complete U-turn” in Britain’s approach to diet, and demonization of fat. “The sooner we do that the sooner we reverse the epidemic in obesity and diabetes and the sooner start improving health.”

Fat has a PROTECTIVE effect:

Major Canadian study challenges decades of advice focused on cutting fat.  It showed that people who eat the least fat have the highest mortality rates and were 23% more likely to die young.  The latest Canadian findings were based on a huge study of 135,000 people aged 35 to 70, from 18 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

Dr Mahshid Dehghan of McMaster University, speaking at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, said: 'For decades, dietary guidelines have focused on reducing total fat and saturated fatty acid.'
But she added: 'The body needs fat. It carries vitamins, it provides essential acids, it has a role in the body. When you reduce fat to very low levels, you're affecting these important minerals.'

She stressed that people should not eat unlimited fat – and if people actually hit the British guidance of getting 35 per cent of energy from fat, they will give themselves the best health.  But she said the focus on 'low-fat' dieting – a drive supported by UK authorities - means people often go below this level. And when people try to cut fat they replace it in the diet with carbohydrates and sugar, increasing their heart risk.

Cyber-flaw affects 745,000 pacemakers

A total of 745,000 pacemakers in the U.S. and elsewhere have been confirmed as having cyber-security issues that could let them be hacked. The flaws could theoretically be used to cause the devices to pace too quickly or run down their batteries....Patients are being advised to ask their doctors about an available firmware update at their next scheduled appointment. The pacemakers can receive the revised code by being placed close to a radio wave-emitting wand in a process that lasts about three minutes.

Ecstasy Was Just Labelled a 'Breakthrough Therapy' For PTSD by The FDA

Men who get fit in middle age can halve their risk of strokes

Chocolate could PREVENT diabetes: Cocoa stimulates the release of insulin

A compound in cocoa, known as epicatechin monomers, enhances the secretion of insulin from specific cells, a study found. It also reduces obesity and increases animals' ability to cope with high blood glucose levels.

Although the study was only conducted in animals, the researchers add humans may require large quantities of the compound in order to benefit.  Study author Professor Jeffery Tessem from Brigham Young University (BYU), said 'You probably have to eat a lot of cocoa, and you probably don't want it to have a lot of sugar in it. It's the compound in cocoa you're after.'
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