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Pizza Pressure? it’s our co-workers who determine our food tastes ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”โ˜น๏ธ

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The findings of a new large study on hospital employees suggest that people in our social networks influence the food we eat, both healthy and unhealthy. These findings may help guide efforts to improve population health. Co-workers have much unrecognised influence in determining office food tastes. The findings of the research were published in the journal titled ‘Nature Human Behaviour’. The foods people buy at a workplace cafeteria may not always be chosen to satisfy an individual craving or taste for a particular food. When co-workers are eating together, individuals are more likely to select foods that are as healthy–or unhealthy–as the food selections on their fellow employees’ trays. “We found that individuals tend to mirror the food choices of others in their social circles, which may explain one-way obesity spreads through social networks,” said Douglas Levy, PhD, an investigator …

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Dear 20-somethings in IT: Heavy energy drink consumption won’t be good for you๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿ˜ต

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In the journal BMJ Case Reports, researchers have warned that heavy energy drink consumption may be linked to heart failure, the doctors suggested so after treating a 21-year-old, who had regularly drunk 4 such cans every day for around 2 years. This report adds to the growing body of published evidence on, and mounting concerns about, the potential heart harms of these drinks, say the authors. The young man in question ended up in intensive care after experiencing 4 months of progressive shortness of breath on exertion, breathlessness while lying down (orthopnoea), and weight loss. Are energy drinks harmful? He habitually drank an average of four 500 ml cans of energy drink every day: each can contains 160 mg of caffeine plus taurine (a protein) and various other ingredients. He said he had been doing this for around 2 years. …

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Too much sugar early in life can cause memory health issues later

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A new research has shown how drinking sugary beverages early in life may lead to impaired memory in adulthood.The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Translational Psychiatry’. The study is the first to show how a specific change to the gut microbiome — the bacteria and other microorganisms growing in the stomach and intestines — can alter the function of a particular region of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar-sweetened beverages are a leading source of decreased sugar health in Americans’ diets. Nearly two-thirds of young people in the United States consume at least one sugary drink each day. Neuroscientist Scott Kanoski, associate professor of biological sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has studied the link between diet and brain function for years. His research has …

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Study links birth weight to type 2 diabetes risk in adulthood

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A birth weight of 2.5 kg or more is strongly linked to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood, says a study. The findings were published in the online journal ‘BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care’. The birth weight is associated with lower circulating levels of insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1 for short, a hormone similar to insulin that affects childhood growth and energy metabolism in adults. Compelling evidence indicated that susceptibility to type 2 diabetes over the life course is determined jointly by risk factors in both early life and adulthood, said the researchers. To find out if there might be any association between adult circulating IGF-1 levels, birth weight, and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the researchers drew on data from 112,736 women and 68,354 men taking part in the UK Biobank study. The …

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