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Increasing dietary fibre could lower diabetes risk – Expert Reaction

Amy Guest posted in on May 27th, 2015.

New evidence indicates that increasing dietary fibre intake, especially grains, could lower the risk of developing diabetes. The research has shown that consuming more than 26 grams of dietary fibre a day could decrease your risk of developing diabetes by 18 per cent compared with having less than 19 grams a day. Dietary fibre could primarily help people […]

Sleep a weighty issue for boys

John Kerr posted in on September 20th, 2013.

Poor sleep habits have been linked with teen weight gain in a new study, but the findings only seem to apply to boys. Researchers from the University of Otago examined the sleeping habits and physical measurements of almost 700 secondary school students, identifying a link between less sleep and higher body fat, but only in […]

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Are regular chocolate eaters really thinner?

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2012.

Recent research showing a link between moderate chocolate consumption and body mass index has received wide spread coverage in the news (see New Zealand examples here, here and here). But will eating chocolate actually lead to weight loss? The science isn’t that simple writes Justin Norrie, editor of the science news and analysis site The […]

Lack of sleep in childhood linked to risk of adult obesity

Amanda Johnson posted in on November 4th, 2008.

New research from the University of Otago, published in the journal Pediatrics yesterday, has found that a lack of sleep during childhood may be contributing to the increasing rates of adult obesity. The study followed more than 1000 children born in Dunedin, New Zealand, between 1972 and 1973 until they were 32 years of age. […]

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