A word from Dr. Kirby

Fast Food Shown to cause weight gain

This recently published article (newtlas.com) makes a clear connection between weight gain and the consumption of “ultra -processed” food which had previously only been considered probable. The new research was published in the journal Cell Metabolism. In a fascinating first-of-its-kind study, researchers have discovered diets composed of ultra-processed foods lead to overeating and weight gain when compared to diets composed of ...

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How our eating choices affect climate change in a big way

This time I am presenting some information, not regarding actions we can take to improve our own personal health, but rather what we might do to contribute to the health of our planet. (But, just as an aside, there is evidence that changing our diets in this way should improve our own health as well.) The following is an except from ...

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Eat Your Veggies: Study Finds Poor Diets Linked to One in Five Deaths

This article for the New York Times reports on the link between healthy diets and longevity. By Andrew Jacobs, April 3, 2019 Mom is right when she says to eat your peas. In one of the largest surveys of data on global dietary habits and longevity, researchers found that consuming vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains was strongly associated with ...

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Weight Loss and Diabetes II Remission

This article describes the findings of a study of the effect of weight loss on type 2 diabetes. This is the common type which often comes on with older age and weight gain. Unfortunately, it is also becoming more common in younger-aged persons because of the obesity epidemic in Canada. In this article remission from diabetes means that the Hemoglobin ...

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A Word from Dr. Kirby – Aerobic Exercise associated with improved Cognitive Performance in Younger and Older Adults

Hi Brenda, Another article. Aerobic Exercise associated with improved Cognitive Performance in Younger and Older Adults This is a brief summary of a very recent article in the journal Neurology regarding the effect of exercise on the brain’s function (cognitive performance) and also weight loss. The comment below the summary is from an editor of Journal Watch which provides these ...

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A Word from Dr. Kirby – Consumption of Saturated Fats Still Not Healthy

I am putting this article forward because of the impression many people now have that research has recently exonerated the consumption of saturated fats as a major factor in the development of heart disease and strokes. By saturated fats I am referring to those present in meats (especially beef and pork), dairy products, and many snack foods. They are also ...

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A Word from Dr. Kirby – The Problem of Soda Pop in the Home

Soda pop (sweetened beverages like coke and ginger ale and Fanta etc.) have been shown to be the biggest overall contributor to the present epidemic of obesity and diabetes. This study considers whether children in homes where soda pop drinks are regularly available actually drink more of these sweetened beverages than children in homes where these beverages are not regularly ...

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A Word from Dr. Kirby – Good Fats and Bad Fats

This week I have an article that disputes the recent proposals that it is now considered okay to consume any amount of saturated fats- ie the fat from animal meat, dairy products, butter, and many baked goods and fried foods. Here is an edited version of the article. The media love contrarian man-bites-dog stories that purport to debunk long-established beliefs ...

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A word from Dr. Kirby – Another Benefit of Moderate Exercise

Jul 9, 2015 @ 12:04 Here is another article from the New York Times reporting on two recent studies investigating the harmful effects of sugar and the way moderate amounts of exercise seem to prevent this damage. From the NY Times Oct 9, 2014. People who consume the sweetener, fructose – which is most people nowadays — risk developing a ...

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A Word from Dr. Kirby – A Big Salad Could Help You Live Longer

May 27, 2014 @ 12:02 This article recently showed up in my email supporting the common belief that fruits and vegetables are necessary components of a healthy diet. There is not a lot of definitive research indicating how many fruits and vegetables are necessary on a daily basis to promote optimum health so this piece of research helps to fill ...

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