SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS

Weight-loss powders, so-called formula diets, help reduce weight quickly. Clinical studies have shown that these can be used successfully with type 2 diabetes and that the symptoms can even disappear permanently. In such cases, the medical profession talks of clinical remission.

The body’s sugar metabolism is impaired in diabetics. Possibly permanently. However, if those affected monitor their blood regularly and adhere strictly to their doctor’s advice, it is usually possible to get the metabolism back to normal.

According to a study of type 2 diabetics, medical telemarketing coupled with a change in eating habits can help them reduce their blood glucose and – a pleasant side-effect – lose weight.

Overweight type 2 diabetics with a high level of insulin resistance can reduce their insulin requirement and their blood glucose (HbA1c), and lose weight, using Almased’s meal replacement product Vitalkost, which is low in calories and rich in protein. That is the result of a preclinical trial carried out by the West-German Centre of Diabetes and Health (WGDZ) of the Association of Catholic Hospitals Dusseldorf (VKKD).

Professor Stephan Martin, Senior Consultant for Diabetology and Director at the West-German Diabetes Clinic and Health Centre (WDGZ), in an interview with My Health broadcast by RTL on 25 April 2016.

PRACTICAL ADVICE

Removing pester-power items from near the till leads to healthier shopping behaviour.
In the retail industry, the term ‘pester-power items’ is used to refer to products placed in the checkout zone of supermarkets, and for good reason. Children waiting at the checkout are often so strongly attracted to the sweets placed there that they pester their unnerved parents until the parents put the desired product in the shopping trolley for the sake of peace. However, it is not only children who find this sales strategy irresistible: many adults also have difficulty ignoring items on display in the checkout zone. The problem is that the majority of the products on offer are extremely unhealthy – not least because they are very high in sugar and calories in many cases.

Light from display screens in particular impairs sleep.
To prevent overweight and obesity, it is not only necessary to have healthy habits such as a balanced diet with enough relevant nutrients and physical activity. Other basic conditions like having the correct lighting in the bedroom must also be right, so that superfluous pounds or kilos do not creep in overnight. A US study has now made this clear. According to the study, artificial light not only disturbs sleep but can even make people fat. This is especially true for women, as scientists from the National Institutes of Health in the US state of North Carolina discovered.

Losing weight also requires a change in diet.
Exercise is healthy and sport makes you slim. Fortunately, many people are now following this advice from doctors and health organisations. Frustration quickly sets in, however, if the pounds do not disappear as had been hoped for or expected despite having a personal fitness plan. A study by US researchers has made it clear once again that to lose weight successfully or maintain a healthy body weight it is necessary not only to exercise but to also have a balanced diet. The scientists concluded that a reduction in body weight cannot be achieved without having a diet to go with it. That is why a combination of physical activity and Almased always achieves the best results when losing weight.

And it lowers the risk of secondary diseases.
Advertising for weight-loss products often promises large reductions in weight within a short period of time. This sometimes leads to overoptimistic expectations and all too quickly to disappointment when they are not fulfilled. Particularly in the case of people who are markedly overweight, this then easily leads to them losing their motivation to persevere with a diet. Losing weight more slowly but continuously is in any case healthier and generally more sustainable than using so-called crash diets. That is why the well thought-out and coherent Almased concept also focuses on an optimised, healthy diet in order to reduce weight and control it lastingly in the best possible way. Such an approach is usually more successful than lifelong dieting with a frustrating yo-yo effect. In addition, studies show that even a small loss in weight can result in significant health benefits. They also show that losing weight by an amount in the single-digit percentage range can already reduce the risk of illnesses associated with overweight.

Bargain hunting for food is unhealthy.
Germans have a reputation for being bargain hunters. But sometimes they seem to save money in the wrong places. For some time now, nutrition experts have been criticising the ‘Geiz-ist-geil’ (being stingy is cool) mentality of Germans when it comes to food. It is at variance with a healthy diet in many cases. A British study has now provided proof for something that scientists worldwide have long since accepted: people who base their food purchases excessively on special offers and low prices run the risk of becoming overweight as a consequence. Consumer protection groups have been warning for a long time that food that is particularly cheap is usually not particularly healthy.

Women should ensure pre-pregnancy weight is normal.
Women who have a normal body weight before pregnancy have a head start on those women who are overweight. Conversely, pre-pregnancy overweight and obesity mean higher health risks for the expectant mother and her unborn child. That is the finding of an international joint study in which the participating scientists evaluated the data of more than 196,000 women from 25 studies in Europe and North America. According to these studies, a healthy body weight before pregnancy is more important for the well-being of mother and child than the mother’s weight gain during pregnancy. This led the scientists to recommend that mothers should ensure their body mass index (BMI) is within the normal range even before they become pregnant.

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