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Call for tighter rules on advertising food to kids – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 9th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Auckland say New Zealand should adopt stricter criteria to stop the advertising of unhealthy foods to children. Writing in the New Zealand Medical Journal, published today, the Auckland researchers compared three accepted nutrient profiling systems and found the World Health Organization Europe’s model was the most effective at protecting children […]

Obesity link significant find – Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 28th, 2016.

Writing in the Otago Daily Times, University of Otago Professors Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan discuss the significance of new researching finding the strongest genetic link with obesity to date. An excerpt (read in full here). Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan: Significant to have found gene with link to obesity If we want to solve the obesity […]

Gene linked to obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

Research published this week has found one of the strongest genetic links to obesity, with carriers having a 35 per cent increased risk of developing obesity.  The US-based researchers found the genetic variant in Samoan populations, where they have been studying the high rate of obesity. About 45 per cent of the Samoan groups examined […]

Diabetes goes under the knife – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 25th, 2016.

New guidelines recommend surgical treatment for obese patients with type 2 diabetes, but researchers say New Zealand lacks the resources and capacity to offer surgery as a standard treatment. A joint statement by international diabetes organisations endorses gastric and bariatric surgery as a standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes for patients with very severe obesity […]

Low-carb, high fat diet advice questioned – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 25th, 2016.

 Experts are questioning the findings of a new report from UK health charities that has called for an overhaul of dietary guidelines. The report, titled Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, was published by the Public Health Collaboration and the National Obesity Foundation, two UK based […]

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 […]

Does watching TV increase diabetes risk? – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 2nd, 2015.

Slumping in front of the box can bump up a person’s risk of diabetes, according to a new study published today. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, looked at how long people spent sitting each day – including at the office as well as at home – and suggests that for every hour spent watching TV, […]

Artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on September 18th, 2014.

A new study published in Nature suggests that consuming commonly used artificial sweeteners may actually increase the body’s post-meal uptake of sugars and the risk of developing glucose intolerance. The Israeli researchers tested a range of non-caloric artificial sweeteners including saccharin, aspartame and sucralose, often used in diet soft drinks and sugar-free desserts, on mice and and collected data from […]

Concern over increasing diabetes rates

John Kerr posted in on March 4th, 2013.

New research, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, has highlighted the increasing prevalence of diabetes in New Zealand, and found that the numbers are likely to rise further in the future. The University of Otago study, based on survey and blood sample data from the 2008/2009 NZ Adult Nutrition Survey, estimated that 7% of […]

Birth order linked to diabetes risk factors

John Kerr posted in on February 14th, 2013.

First-born children have greater difficulty absorbing sugars into the body and have higher daytime blood pressure than children who have older siblings, according to new research. The study, conducted by the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, was published this week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers led by Prof Wayne […]

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