By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 2 Comments
    Saxenda Injections Help People Achieve Weight Lo…

    A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a diabetes drug called liraglutide can be used to help people lose weight. Originally developed to control blood sugar under the name Victo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 6 Comments
    Experts Say Forget About Fat to Help Americans S…

    Noted nutrition experts are urging the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to forget about fat in the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines will be issued later thi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 1 Comments
    Measuring Weight Loss Helps Men Manage It

    Watching your weight...literally...can help with weight loss. A new study published in the Journal of Obesity shows that people who are trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss do better if they …

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 11, 2015 4 Comments
    Is Belviq a Magic Wand for Weight Loss?

    Many of us are on a constant quest for an easy way to lose weight. Hope springs eternal, and in the spring plenty of us realize, as we contemplate donning shorts or even bathing suits, that winter has…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 30, 2015 4 Comments
    Listening to Stories Prepares Young ChildrenR…

    Two studies reported at a recent meeting suggest what many parents already suspect: reading stories together is better for kids than watching television. Watching TV Children who watch television for …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 3 Comments
    Limited Evidence for Popular Weight Loss Program…

    A comparison of popular commercial weight loss programs finds that many do not have a great deal of evidence supporting them. A systematic review in the Annals of Internal Medicine analyzed 45 studies…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 4 Comments
    Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals May Add to Inflam…

    Some pesticides and chemicals from plastics persist for a very long time in the environment. Many persist in our body fat as well and have estrogen-like activity. Fatty Tissue Harbors Endocrine Disrup…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 19, 2015 2 Comments
    Does Diet Soda Add to Abdominal Fat?

    Many people drink diet soda with the intention of staying slim and healthy--or at least not getting any fatter. But a new study suggests that this strategy could backfire. SALSA Study in San Antonio I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 12, 2015 0 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Can Be Modified and Still Mai…

    A Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, nuts and seafood and low in red meat and dairy products has been shown to provide several health benefits. A controlled trial conducted in Spain a few years ag…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Tracking Activity with a Phone App

    Exercise has so many health benefits they might be difficult to count: weight control, mood improvement, blood pressure regulation and others. But the proliferation of devices to help you keep track o…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 3 Comments
    Green Coffee Bean Ads Are Judged Misleading

    The Federal Trade Commission has barred misleading advertisements for green coffee bean extract as a weight loss product. As part of the FTC settlement, the companies that were selling the supplements…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 22, 2015 2 Comments
    The Problem with Pizza

    Is pizza making our children fat? Most youngsters and a lot of adults are enthusiastic about pizza pie, with about one fifth of school-age kids consuming at least one slice on any given day. When they…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 22, 2015 0 Comments
    Healthy Habits Love Company

    Exercise is better when you have a buddy. That's the finding from a British study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The investigators queried over 3,500 couples in 2000 and have followed up with th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 1, 2015 0 Comments
    Getting a Fitness Tracker to Work with You

    Thomas Jefferson was probably the first American to use a pedometer. The new generations of fitness trackers that have followed that first mechanical instrument are far more sophisticated. In addition…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 26, 2014 1 Comments
    Calorie Counts to Appear on Many Menus

    Most of us have no idea how many calories there are in the meals and snacks we eat, but that could soon change. Calorie Counts The FDA will require restaurants, pizza places and even movie theaters to…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Action-Packed Viewing and Mindless Munching

    Television viewing may lead to overeating. This has been variously attributed to commercials for appealing, fattening foods or to the sedentary nature of watching TV. Now a small study of 94 college s…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2014 8 Comments
    Is White Bread Making You Fat?

    Scientists have a new scapegoat in the search for the drivers of the obesity epidemic. A study conducted among more than 9,000 Spanish university students for five years found a link between eating wh…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2014 3 Comments
    Added Sugar Makes the Standard American Diet Dan…

    Sugar may be an unexpected contributor to death from heart disease. For decades, Americans were told to reduce the amount of fat in their diets. Food companies compensated for the loss of flavor in lo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2014 2 Comments
    Drinking Diet Soda Is Not an Easy Way to Lose We…

    For millions of Americans diet soft drinks have seemed like the solution to obesity. The implied promise: Have your cake and eat it too...or more specifically, drink your favorite soda without gaining…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2014 2 Comments
    Beware Bogus Weight Loss Products, Says Federal …

    While people are still struggling to keep their New Year's resolutions to lose weight, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is trying to make sure supplement companies don't take unfair advantage of the…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2014 4 Comments
    New Nordic Diet Offers Another Path to Weight Co…

    The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, but researchers in Denmark say it is not the only way to lose weight and lower blood pressure. In a study of 181 Danes with …

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2013 4 Comments
    Diet Dictocrats May Have to Eat Their Words

    The flip-flop is official. Nuts are no longer bad. Thanks to new research from The New England Journal of Medicine (Nov. 21, 2013), we are now urged to eat nuts daily to reduce our risk of heart disea…

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2013 1 Comments
    Be Wary of Herb Being Promoted for Weight Loss

    Q. Do you have any information about Garcinia cambogia? It is being touted as the next big thing for weight loss. Is there any research to back this up? Any concerns? A. The data to support the effect…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2013 4 Comments
    Exercise Intensity Trumps Duration When It Comes…

    Exercise is a critical part of the weight loss equation. But those who are pressed for time--and who isn't--should be encouraged by the findings of a new study. 2,200 women and 2,300 men participated …

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2013 2 Comments
    Skimping on Sleep Adds Pounds

    Researchers have been warning that skimping on sleep could lead to weight gain over time. Now, investigators at the University of Colorado have found that the metabolic effects of losing just a few ho…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 3 Comments
    Diet Soda and Dessert

    Diet soda seems like a sensible way to cut calories, but it has been controversial. Some scientists feared that the taste of artificially sweetened beverages would lead people to have a greater intere…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2013 5 Comments
    How Dangerous Are Those Extra Pounds?

    Americans are being urged to shed pounds, but a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a little extra weight may offer unexpected health benefits. For the last seve…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2013 6 Comments
    Fructose Flies Under the Brain’s Radar

    High fructose corn syrup is a popular and inexpensive sweetener used in many processed foods such as breakfast bars, yogurts, bread, lunch meat and soup. It is also widely found in beverages such as j…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2012 4 Comments
    Burning Fat with Exercise

    Aerobic exercise trumps resistance training for burning fat. Exercise physiologists have been debating the best type of activity for improving weight loss. Now the experiment has been completed and th…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2012 2 Comments
    Weight Loss Lowers Inflammation

    Losing weight can have unexpected benefits by lowering inflammation throughout the body. There is increasing evidence that belly fat, is metabolically active. By secreting inflammatory compounds this …

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2012 3 Comments
    Lasting Benefits from Weight Loss Surgery

    Gastric bypass surgery can have lasting benefits for weight, metabolism, and overall health, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There were approximately…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2012 0 Comments
    Swedes Did Well with Weight Loss Surgery

    These results are consistent with the results from another long-term study of bariatric surgery, the Swedish Obese Subjects study, or SOS. In this project, approximately 2,000 Swedes received bariatri…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2012 1 Comments
    BPA Higher in Overweight Youngsters

    Bisphenol A, or BPA, is associated with obesity in children. This compound is found widely in the lining of cans for foods and beverages. BPA is suspected of being an endocrine and metabolic disruptor…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2012 3 Comments
    Sweet Drinks Connect with Fat Genes

    Epidemiologists from Harvard report in The New England Journal of Medicine that an interaction between genes and dietary habits may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. Data on weight, height, swe…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2012 6 Comments
    Losing Weight: New Diet Pills or Changing Lifest…

    The FDA made headlines this week by approving not one but two new diet pills. Belviq (lorcaserin) and Qsymia (pronounced kyoo-sim-EE-uh and containing phentermine plus topiramate) are the first new we…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2012 6 Comments
    Calories Are NOT All the Same

    Not all calories are created equal when it comes to weight loss. We have been told for decades that the source of calories doesn't matter. A calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Eat more calories than y…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2012 4 Comments
    Scale May Not Tell the Truth on Obesity

    The obesity epidemic has public health experts wringing their hands. Now, a new study suggests the situation may be even more dire than they thought. A study of 1,393 New Yorkers compared a common mea…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2012 4 Comments
    Chocolate Lovers Weigh Less

    Cocoa flavonoids found in chocolate have documented health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, more flexible blood vessels and more sensitive insulin response. Despite these modest but consistent …

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2012 15 Comments
    Fructose Not to Blame for Obesity

    Fructose has taken a lot of blame for the obesity epidemic. High fructose corn syrup is widespread in soft drinks, baked goods, ketchup and other processed foods. Some experts have postulated that fru…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2012 2 Comments
    Will Your Diet Make You Fat?

    The diet wars are heating up again. This is the time of year that many people want to shed the excess pounds they put on between Thanksgiving and New Years. But should the diet be low or high in prote…