Friday, February 15, 2008

Links Of Interest

Today I want to share with you a few links that I found to be informative.

Avoid Trans Fats
On the Victorville Daily Press website I found an interesting article about how to avoid trans fats. While most of us understand that trans fats are unhealthy, not everyone knows what to look for. I think the author of the piece, Dusting Bogle, does a nice job of summarizing this topic.

Low Carb Diets May Stop Prostate Cancer Growth
A recent study was conducted by Duke Prostate Center researchers to determine if reduction in insulin production possibly caused by fewer carbohydrates may stall tumor growth.

The researchers hypothesized that since serum insulin and a related substance known as insulin-like growth factor (IGF) had been linked with the growth of prostate tumors in earlier research in mice, a reduction in the body’s levels of these substances might slow tumor growth, Freedland said.

The researchers compared tumor growth in 75 mice that were eating either a low-carbohydrate diet, a low-fat but high-carbohydrate diet, or a Western diet, high in fat and carbohydrates.

The mice that ate a low-carbohydrate diet had the longest survival and smallest tumor size, Freedland said.

“Low-fat mice had shorter survival and larger tumors while mice on the Western diet had the worst survival and biggest tumors,” he said. “In addition, though both the low-carb and low-fat mice had lower levels of insulin, only the low-carb mice had lower levels of the form of IGF capable of stimulating tumor growth.”

The low-carbohydrate diet definitely had the most significant effect on tumor growth and survival, he said.

Sounds fantastic! You can read the rest of the article here.

Low-Carb Diets Better Than Low-Fat Diets at Preventing Diabetes
Another study showing the benefits of low-carb dieting, which was lead by Thomas Halton.

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