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Are You Serious About Losing Weight in 2018?

Then you better start preparing. Read this.

“Hmmm…What’s the best way to lose weight?”


Remember the Reason for the Season

Stained glass window created by F. Zettler (1878-1911) at the German Church (St. Gertrude’s church) in Gamla Stan in Stockholm, depicting a Nativity Scene.

My Wife Unboxes an Anova Precision Cooker

My wife got interested in the sous vide cooking method last year. She gave her original Anova cooker away to someone and replaced it with another brand that broke and shocked her, literally. We just got our new Anova and made this unboxing video.

We’ve noticed in our corner of the universe that steaks are getting more expensive. Sous vide cooking allows us to use cheaper and tougher cuts of meat and it comes out very tender. The method often yields foods that are also more flavorful and juicier compared to other cooking styles.

Las Vegas Shooting: Does This Make Me a Conspiracy Theorist?

I heard about the shooting on TV around two hours after it started at 2210 hrs Oct 1. By three hours after start there were already eye-witness videos posted on Twitter. I listened to several of them and posted this at 1 AM Oct 2:


12 Years Later: Does Gastric Bypass Still Work?

Type 2 diabetes remission persisted in half the surgical patients. Rates of high blood pressure and bad lipid numbers were also better in the surgical patients.

“The follow-up rate exceeded 90% at 12 years. The adjusted mean change from baseline in body weight in the surgery group was −45.0 kg (95% confidence interval [CI], −47.2 to −42.9; mean percent change, −35.0) at 2 years, −36.3 kg (95% CI, −39.0 to −33.5; mean percent change, −28.0) at 6 years, and −35.0 kg (95% CI, −38.4 to −31.7; mean percent change, −26.9) at 12 years; the mean change at 12 years in nonsurgery group 1 was −2.9 kg (95% CI, −6.9 to 1.0; mean percent change, −2.0), and the mean change at 12 years in nonsurgery group 2 was 0 kg (95% CI, −3.5 to 3.5; mean percent change, −0.9). Among the patients in the surgery group who had type 2 diabetes at baseline, type 2 diabetes remitted in 66 of 88 patients (75%) at 2 years, in 54 of 87 patients (62%) at 6 years, and in 43 of 84 patients (51%) at 12 years. The odds ratio for the incidence of type 2 diabetes at 12 years was 0.08 (95% CI, 0.03 to 0.24) for the surgery group versus nonsurgery group 1 and 0.09 (95% CI, 0.03 to 0.29) for the surgery group versus nonsurgery group 2 (P<0.001 for both comparisons). The surgery group had higher remission rates and lower incidence rates of hypertension and dyslipidemia than did nonsurgery group 1 (P<0.05 for all comparisons).

CONCLUSIONSThis study showed long-term durability of weight loss and effective remission and prevention of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. (Funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and others.)”

Source: Weight and Metabolic Outcomes 12 Years after Gastric Bypass — NEJM

Before resorting to surgery, try the Advanced Mediterranean Diet (2nd Ed.).

Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk for gallbladder removal surgery

“A high score of the Mediterranean diet was associated with 11% reduced risk of cholecystectomy,” the researchers wrote.“Women at risk of gallbladder disease should follow simple preventive measures to reduce the high costs and morbidity associated with complications of gallbladder disease,” Barré said.

Source: Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk for gallbladder removal surgery

Higher Blood Magnesium Levels Linked to Lower Incidence of Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease, and Type 2 Diabetes

From the abstract of a recent meta-analysis:

“Magnesium (Mg) is the second most predominant intracellular electrolyte, following after potassium. Mg serves as an important cofactor in many essential enzymatic reactions involved in glucose metabolism and several essential physiological processes, including modulating vascular smooth muscle tone and endothelial cell function. The role of Mg in the development and progress of T2DM and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) has drawn researchers’ attention in the recent decades. Several large prospective cohort studies have shown that low Mg intake is associated with incidence of T2DM and CVD. Notably, because Mg intake was usually assessed based on self-administered food frequency questionnaires, misclassification is inevitable. In addition, dietary Mg could not represent the accurate amount of Mg intake without considering the substantial loss during food processing and cooking. Moreover, the health impact of Mg is difficult to be distinguished from intake of other nutrients such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and fiber.”

Source: Circulating magnesium levels and incidence of coronary heart diseases, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies | Nutrition Journal | Full Text