Home cooking: Healthy family meals

Family meals are beneficial for so many reasons. People who prepare meals at home tend to consume significantly more fruits and vegetables, and less sugar and fat. People who enjoy meals at home with others, sitting together and conversing, also have reduced stress and higher life satisfaction. The more frequently families with children have meals together, the more likely the children are to eat a high-quality diet, and the less likely to be overweight or obese. There are also other benefits: these children tend to have higher self-esteem and better academic performance, as well as lower risk of engaging in risky behaviors (like drug use) or developing an eating disorder. Family meals without distraction All those benefits go out the window if dinner is eaten in front of the television or other devices. This makes sense if we think about why the family meal has such powerful positive effects: it’s about closeness and connection. Sitting down to eat together is often the only time families can reconnect and communicate. Given our busy, technology-driven lives, the family meal is a rare (and critical) opportunity to unplug and check in. What’s even better is getting the kids involved in making dinner, which is also significantly associated with their eating a higher-quality diet. One of my favorite family meals: Make-your-own soft tacos The kids can get involved in preparing this simple and healthy meal, which is incredibly rich in protein and fiber, as well as cal...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Adolescent health Children's Health Food as medicine Prevention Source Type: blogs

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Authors: Ezeani M Abstract Diabetes, obesity and increased body mass index are associated with changes in metabolism that lead to an inadequate reservoir or use of ATP in the heart and susceptibility to arrhythmia. Lack of availability of ATP and abnormal levels of metabolic end products can cause gene reprogramming and electrical remodelling that make myfibers susceptible to arrhythmia. Understanding the metabolic aberrations that lead to arrhythmia require better understanding of cardiac metabolism. Here, I discuss metabolic genes, enzymes and reducing equivalents and functional aspects of metabolic-induced arrhy...
Source: Frontiers in Bioscience - Scholar - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: Front Biosci (Schol Ed) Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Medical Economics - Category: Health Management Tags: J Med Econ Source Type: research
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Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Category: Research Tags: Adv Exp Med Biol Source Type: research
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Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
Authors: Pan H, Su Y, Xie Y, Wang W, Qiu W, Chen W, Lu W, Lu Z, Wang W, Shang A Abstract In the present study, a novel single domain antibody (sdAb) fusion protein, named everestmab, composing of a mutated GLP-1(A8G) fused to the tandem bispecific humanized GLP-1R-targeting and albumin-binding nanobodies was designed and characterized for the therapies for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) measurements demonstrated everestmab associates with serum albumins of rat and monkey species with high affinity, and tends to be cross-reactive with rat and monkey species. In vitro GLP-1R binding ...
Source: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine and Biotechnology - Category: Biotechnology Tags: Artif Cells Nanomed Biotechnol Source Type: research
Abstract Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) used in cancer are also being investigated in diabetes. TKIs can improve blood glucose control in diabetic cancer patients, but the specific kinases that alter blood glucose or insulin are not clear. We sought to define the role of Receptor Interacting Serine/Threonine Kinase 2 (RIPK2) in mouse models of insulin resistance. We tested the TKI gefitinib, which inhibits RIPK2 activity, in WT, Nod1-/-, Nod2-/- and Ripk2-/- mice fed an obesogenic high fat diet. Gefitinib lowered blood glucose during a glucose tolerance test (GTT) in a NOD-RIPK2-independent manner in all obese ...
Source: Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: Endocrinology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewThis review summarizes recent animal and human trials examining the potential for kefir to improve obesity, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Evidence for pathways affected and suggestions of possible mechanisms of action are also considered.Recent FindingsHuman trials examining the ability of kefir to recapitulate metabolic health benefits previously observed in rodent models have found mixed results.SummaryKefir has long been associated with improvements in health including obesity, diabetes, NAFLD, and dyslipidemia in preventative animal trials. While ...
Source: Current Nutrition Reports - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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Source: Medscape Today Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Commentary Source Type: news
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