Monthly Archives: January 2009

Microbe Composition In Gut May Hold Key To One Cause Of Obesity

Microbe Composition In Gut May Hold Key To One Cause Of Obesity

Microbe Composition In Gut May Hold Key To One Cause Of Obesity ScienceDaily (Jan. 20, 2009) — Biodesign Institute in collaboration with colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, Arizona, and the University of Arizona, reveal a tantalizing link between differing microbial populations in the human gut and body weight among three distinct groups: normal weight individuals, those who have undergone gastric bypass surgery, and patients suffering the condition of morbid obesity—a serious, often life-threatening condition associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and psychosocial disorders. Obesity affects around 4 million Americans and, each year, some 300,000 die from obesity-related illness.

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Non-alcoholic Fatty liver disease: the new epidemic and the need for novel nutritional approaches.

Non-alcoholic Fatty liver disease: the new epidemic and the need for novel nutritional approaches.

J Med Food, Vol. 10, No. 4. (December 2007), pp. 563-565.

The epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in the United States is staggering, and there is an enormous void in our understanding of the clinical epidemiology other than the common themes of obesity and insulin resistance. There is also a public health need to better define effective treatments of NAFLD, including dietary interventions and appropriate nutritional supplements. There is, however, a wealth of basic science that helps to set the stage for defining the mechanisms leading to liver pathology. In this article we will attempt to put these concepts in perspective to highlight the need for future research including the use of medicinal food.
C Selmi, CL Bowlus, CL Keen, ME Gershwin

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