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Alli (orlistat) is one of the world’s most popular slimming drugs—but just 3 per cent of its adverse reactions were published when it was going through its safety tests. Without these results ever coming to light, orlistat was approved as a safe and effective therapy in 1998.
Losing weight comes with an added bonus: you’re also less likely to develop cancer. When you drop the pounds, you also reduce the levels of proteins that help feed some cancers, researchers have discovered.
There’s a joke that used to do the rounds of newspaper offices: don’t let the facts spoil the story. Medicine seems to have its equivalent version, with inconvenient truths being buried to safeguard a cherished theory.
Are you malnourished? If you’re not starving, you’d probably say you’re fine. Yet one in three people in the West are malnourished, because the food they’re eating has almost no nutritional value. In fact, being malnourished is the “new normal”, say researchers.
Official health advice to follow a low-fat diet is one of the biggest mistakes in modern medical history, partly fuelled by commercial interests, a major charity group has claimed. The diet, based on flawed science, has escalated the epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, the very things it was designed to prevent.
Eating flavonoid-rich fruits—such as apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries—could help keep the pounds off, especially when you start to succumb to ‘middle-age spread’. Just a daily 80g serving helps maintain a healthy weight, and you could also shed a few pounds into the bargain, say researchers.
A major study—strangely ignored by most of the mainstream media—has discovered that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs nearly double the risk for diabetes. The drugs also increase the chances of the patient becoming obese and having diabetes-associated complications.
Diet drinks and colas could be better for us than water, claims a new study funded by the sugar industry. The researchers—six of whom have had direct funding from the sugar industry or are employed by sugar manufacturers—claim that the drinks, which use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, reduce energy intake and body weight, and may do so better even than water.