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This Diet Is Bad for Bones

From eNewsletter 2/17/2020

DID YOU KNOW that according to a new study in Frontiers in Endocrinology, athletes who went on a four week ketogenic diet showed impaired markers of bone modeling/remodeling? Only after the athletes stopped the ketogenic diet and went back to a normal diet did their markers recover.


Please do not try the keto diet, and if you are currently on it, please go back to a normal eating style. Your bones will thank you. NOTE: If you've had a great start to the new year, be mindful that research says good intentions start to wane in February. Don't let doubt creep in. Stick to your positive wellness goals!


CURBING OBESITY: ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK

Bonnie and Steve: A new snapshot of obesity in America paints an alarming picture. According to "Trust for America's Health: State of Obesity," in 2018, for the first time, more than 35% of adults in nine mostly southern states were obese. As recently as 2012, no state had an adult obesity rate above 35%. Almost 40% of US adults and nearly 20% of kids are obese.


This is startling given that a new report on obesity from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development details that even just being overweight will slash almost 3 years from life expectancy, on average.


Another study from PLOS Medicine concludes that a suboptimal diet costs approximately $300 per person, or $50 billion nationally, accounting for 18 percent of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes costs in the country. Three dietary factors contributed most to these costs: consumption of processed meats, low consumption of nuts/seeds, and low consumption of omega-3 fats.


High-sugar diets in childhood have long-lasting effects, and the changes we see now in adult obesity rates started with diets decades ago, when those adults were children. According to a study in Economics & Human Biology, since the 1970s, many available infant foods have been extremely high in sugar. Other independent studies in medicine and nutrition have suggested that sugar consumption during pregnancy cause an increase in fat cells in children as well.


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