Dr. Ann

Knowing that herbs and spices are teeming with potent antioxidant compounds, researchers from Penn State set out to determine if adding a blend of herbs and spices to a high fat meal could mitigate its adverse effects. For this study, they fed 6 overweight, but healthy men two separate test meals on two separate days. […]

Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners may actually work against our efforts to lose weight. Now, Harvard researchers may have uncovered why. In a series of laboratory experiments, the researchers found that aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) actually blocked an enzyme called intestinal AP that plays an important role in maintaining normal metabolic function. When this […]

The perils of sugary beverages strike again. In a new evaluation from the famed Framingham Heart Study, scientist found that even modest consumption of sugary beverages was tied to a significant risk of developing prediabetes. For this study scientists followed the diets and health status of 1,685 adults over a 14-year period. Study subjects consuming […]

Nut’s stellar reputation as a workhorse for fighting disease just scored a huge scientific victory. In one of the largest studies to date, scientist found that simply consuming a daily, modest handful (20 grams) of nuts (any variety to include peanuts) was linked to the following health benefits: A 30 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease […]

  If you are using artificial sweeteners to control your weight, take heed. While past studies in both animals and humans have suggested they can lead to weight gain, scientists have identified for the very first time just how this can happen. In a series of sophisticated lab experiments, scientists found that lab animals regularly […]

In a jolting new study that really grabbed my attention, scientist found that a single night of sleep loss impaired metabolism on par with eating a high-fat diet for six months! We know from past studies that both poor sleep and high-fat diets can impair the action of the all-important metabolic hormone insulin, which can […]

Sugary beverages can wreck your health. According to the most comprehensive and authoritative review of published science to date, Harvard scientists determined that drinking as little as one to two servings a day of a sugary beverage was tied to significant health risks. Among the most compelling were a 35 percent greater risk of heart […]

If you think it’s safe to drink just one soda a day, think again. In a powerful new analysis published in theBritish Medical Journal, scientist noted that even a single daily serving of a sugary beverage was tied to a significant boost in type 2 diabetes risk, even in lean and skinny folks. For this evaluation, the […]

Fiber’s credentials as a health hero just received yet another notable accolade– this time for cutting the risk of type 2 diabetes. In a study that followed the diets of over 29,000 Europeans for an average of 11 years, those consuming the most fiber were almost 20 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes vs. […]

If you want an easy way to cut your risk of type 2 diabetes, go for more orange and green veggies! In a study that followed the dietary habits of over 37,000 Europeans for a ten-year period, those consuming the most carotenoids, specifically alpha and beta-carotene, cut their risk of type 2 diabetes up to 22 […]

Losing as little 30 minutes of sleep during the weekdays can have major consequences for body weight and metabolic function. That was the upshot of a new study recently presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.For this evaluation, 522 patients recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes completed seven-day sleep diaries, and their weekday sleep debt […]

Even a few nights of poor sleep in healthy individuals results in a transient state of pre-diabetes. That is the eye-opening conclusion of a new study that underscores how vital sleep is for metabolic function. For this new study, researchers subjected 19 healthy, young men to four consecutive nights of sleep deprivation (just 4.3 hours […]