22 Feb

Don’t skip breakfast!

This just in: Don’t skip breakfast!

Despite what parents and doctors have long recommended, many Americans begin their days with little more than a cup of tea or coffee, and in some cases with nothing at all.

That may seem like a good way to save time or money, but a morning without breakfast will probably cost you in other ways.

Over the years, a number of studies have examined the subject, and most have reached the same conclusion: starting a day without a solid meal tends to have slight but detectable effects on mood, memory and energy level.

I find it interesting that coffee drinkers still didn’t do as well on mental skills tests as those who eat breakfast. So the best way to be alert and awake through the work day is to have a good breakfast and drink a cup of coffee!

21 Feb

Yet another magic pill….

And here’s an announcement of yet another magic pill, this one supposedly could eliminate insomnia, improve memory, beat addiction and help a person lose weight.

With only 10% of the 20-30% of the population who suffer with insomnia taking medication, pharmaceutical companies have been searching for the perfect sleeping pill. And one company at least has developed a completely new type of drug that not only induces sleep, but also increases the dream phase, consolidating memory and improving one’s sense of wellbeing.

The drug targets the orexin system, which is also associated with feeding and addiction. Because of this, experts think a drug that effectively targets the system could also find application in treatments for obesity and addiction.

If it sounds to good to be true…

16 Feb

Another weight-loss drug

Looks like there’s another “promising” drug to help people lose weight:

The study involved over 3,000 patients. According to the report, Acomplia, combined with diet and exercise promotes modest but sustained reductions in weight and waist circumference. It also brings about improvements in cholesterol and triglyceride levels – apparently, twice that expected from weight loss alone.

After one year, 48% of the participants experienced a minimum weight loss of 5%. The amount of weight lost correlated with the dosage of the drug.

Acomplia (rimonabant) blocks canabinoid receptors which stimulate eating. That is why many people are hungry after consuming marijuana. The canabinoid receptors can be found in the brain and other body tissues.

There was a higher incidence of psychiatric disorders among the rimonabant users when compared to those who were on placebos.

If I sound skeptical, it’s because I am. I am not a fan of diet drugs, whether the manufacturers are respected pharmaceutical companies or quack scammers. They all amount to about the same thing (anyone remember phen/phen?). Until I actually see it in action, I will not believe that there’s a magic pill that can undo bad eating and exercise choices.