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Older adults preparing a healthy meal

Schooling adults on the best ways to lose weight and stay healthy

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Research

For more than 20 years, a bilingual school health program known as Bienestar, the brainchild of Dr. Roberto Trevino, has been teaching elementary and middle school students throughout San Antonio and South Texas the skills to stay healthy and avoid the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes. University Health System provided some early funding and support for the work. On Valentine’s Day, Dr. Trevino — director of the Social & Health Research Center in San Antonio — held a news conference at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute to discuss a newly published study that took elements of his Bienestar program …Read More >

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A pink sugar packet with a pink bendy straw for sugary drinks

A surge in sweetness?

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

It’s been a bad year for sugary drinks. In February, a federal advisory group recommended that people cut back. Groups like the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization said they should cut back even more — citing a growing body of scientific evidence, and the expanding waistlines of the average American. On Tuesday, a broad-based community partnership called the Bexar Healthy Beverage Coalition launched a new campaign that aims to educate people and families on how much sugar they’re consuming through drinks such as sodas, sweet tea, energy drinks and fruit-flavored beverages, and promote water and other healthy …Read More >

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Bad news for diet soda drinkers

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A campaign by local leaders is hoping to educate the community about how much sugar they’re consuming through beverages. But before you go reaching for that diet drink as a substitute, you might want to think again. The latest study by researchers at the UT Health Science Center, looking at how diet soft drinks influence obesity, is finding a connection — but in the wrong direction. That study, known as the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging, followed nearly 750 people for more than a decade. Over that period, diet soda drinkers grew bigger around the middle than those who didn’t …Read More >

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Swimming in sweetness

Categories: Children's Health  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

So how much sugar is lurking in the things you eat and drink? It adds up. That popular sports drink, for example, has five teaspoons of sugar. That orange soda contains a whopping 13 teaspoons. Last year, the World Health Organization recommended that healthy adults consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day — half the amount of their previous recommendation. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six to nine teaspoons per day. (UPDATE: The federal government’s advisory panel on nutrition released new recommendations Thursday, for the first time advising specific limits on added sugar, saying it should …Read More >

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Picky eaters

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Research

It’s no secret that young pre-schoolers can be picky eaters. But a new study by a San Antonio researcher shed a light on what those picky eaters are picking. The study looked at the eating habits of 135 children 3 and 4 years of age, from low-income families, attending a San Antonio preschool program. Using photographs to determine what exactly the kids actually ate, and software that estimates the nutrients in what they were served, the researchers were able to get a pretty good idea of their eating habits. And in a study published in the journal Health Education & …Read More >

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A South Texas medical mystery

Categories: Cancer  /  Diabetes  /  News  /  Research  /  Surgery

It’s long been a grim medical mystery in this region why rates of liver cancer are high here, particularly among Hispanics. Taking a deeper look at rates of the most common form of liver cancer across the country over a 15-year period, researchers at UT Health Science Center San Antonio found the highest rates in the nation among South Texas Hispanics. The new study, led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the Health Science Center, used data from state and national cancer registries between 1995 and 2010 to look at rates of hepatocelluar …Read More >

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Both forms of diabetes on the rise in children

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News

Both major forms of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2, have increased significantly in children and teenagers in recent years, a new study finds. And while the increase in Type 2 diabetes may not be too surprising, given all the attention to the rise in childhood obesity, a similar increase in Type 1 — once known as juvenile diabetes — is a little more puzzling, especially among minority populations. The two forms of diabetes are quite different. In Type 1, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin — a hormone needed to move glucose into cells so it can produce …Read More >

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Can that extra cup cut diabetes risk?

Categories: Diabetes  /  News

Is an extra cup of coffee enough to cut your risk of diabetes? A new study by Harvard researchers suggests that those who increased their coffee consumption by one and a half cups each day over a four-year period reduced their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 11 percent. Conversely, those who reduced their coffee consumption by more than a cup per day had a 17 percent higher risk of developing diabetes. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, looked back at the results of three large population studies that when examined together included almost 100,000 women and 28,000 men over …Read More >

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New food labels will make healthy eating easier

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

When I was in college, studying to become a dietitian, I attended a nutrition seminar where breakfast was served. I grabbed Cheerios, skim milk, a banana and a blueberry muffin. The muffin came packaged with a label, which I read, as always — 250 calories, 10 grams of fat. After breakfast, I looked at that label again — this time checking the fine print. I was shocked! That 250 calories was for a serving size of half a muffin. WHO EATS HALF A MUFFIN? My sensible breakfast had become more than half the calories I should eat in a day! …Read More >

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