Sunday, February 20, 2011

Have a Soft Drink! Become a medical subject

That's how it is folks.  We drink and drink all types of soft drinks (need I name names, one of them has red on the can).  We eat chips, hamburgers, lots of white rice, and fries.  Then it happens... As we get older we get fatter and fatter (some don't wait, they get fatter much younger).  The we are around 30 something and surprise, our sugar is high, we have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.  That's when life changes... maybe..  If it doesn't change we wait, in denial limbo, eating the same, not exercising and BOOM!  Its dialysis time.  Our kidneys fail and we are in for the worst roller coaster ride of our lives....

It could happen to you!


February 19, 2011

Today’s Lab Rats of Obesity: Furry Couch Potatoes

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Like many these days, Shiva sits around too much, eating rich, fatty foods and sipping sugary drinks. He has the pot belly to prove it, one that nearly touches the floor — when he’s on all fours, that is.

Shiva belongs to a colony of monkeys who have been fattened up to help scientists study the twin human epidemics of obesity and diabetes. The overweight monkeys also test new drugs aimed at treating those conditions.

“We are trying to induce the couch-potato style,” said Kevin L. Grove, who directs the “obese resource” at the Oregon National Primate Research Center here. “We believe that mimics the health issues we face in the United States today.”        

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