Fitness, Metabolism, Obesity, Weight Loss

BMI alone will no longer be treated as the go-to measure for weight management – an UW obesity expert explains

Ultimately, BMI cannot provide doctors with precise information about the portion of body weight composed of body fat, nor can it tell us how that fat is distributed in the body. But this distribution is important because research has shown that fat stored around the internal organs has significantly higher health risks than that distributed in the extremities

Dialysis, Metabolism, Minorities

Why South Asians are at increased risk for diabetes: A complex interplay of genetics, diet and history

South Asians are particularly insulin resistant. Compared to Caucasians, South Asians had higher insulin concentrations in their blood after ingesting sugar. This means that South Asian individuals require more insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels, a characteristic of Type 2 diabetes. There are numerous possible explanations for this, but genetic variants could be one culprit.

Diet, Fitness, Metabolism, Nutrition, Weight Loss

Why snacking could be damaging your health

But these days, people are eating more frequently than they ever have before – and often outside of meal times. New smartphone app data shows that we now have erratic eating patterns. Many of us are continually snacking rather than eating at defined times – which means we spend up to 16 hours a day in a “fed” state.