Michigan insurers seek premium hikes as demand for diet drugs soars

Ozempic was originally approved by the FDA to treat people with type 2 diabetes who are at risk of serious health consequences without medication.  In recent months, there has been a spike in demand for Ozempic, or semaglutide, due to its weight-loss benefits, which has led to shortages.  Some doctors prescribe Ozempic off-label to treat obesity.

Michigan health insurers are looking to raise premiums again next year, with rising demand for expensive diabetes and weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy contributing to what they see as needed rate hikes. A report from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, which reviews and approves insurer rates, shows health insurance companies are … Read more

Stop sabotaging your diet! Here’s the ultimate guide to healthy evening snacks

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It’s rightly said that “morning shows the day” and when it comes to losing weight, it’s important to give your morning a healthy start. But what you often fail to realize is that you have to keep the spirit going all the time. Many times we have seen people lose energy and enthusiasm with each … Read more

New study: vegetarian diets vs. non-vegetarians in the battle against cardiometabolic diseases

Study: A Comprehensive Review of the Health Effects of Vegetarian Diets.  Image Credit: Elena.Katkova/Shutterstock.com

In a recent study published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases Journal, researchers conducted a comprehensive review to compare the impacts of vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets on the outcomes of major cardiometabolic and other noncommunicable diseases. Study: A comprehensive review of the health effects of vegetarian diets. Image Credit: Elena.Katkova/Shutterstock.com Background Opinions on the association … Read more

Experimental probiotic could detoxify mercury from diet

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Share on PinterestAn experimental probiotic could help detoxify mercury, which often contaminates fish, in the gut. Image credit: Courtney Rust/Stocksy. Mercury from the environment can enter the food chain and cause health problems for humans, especially for developing fetuses and children. Mercury is more absorbable in the intestine in some forms than others. Recently researchers … Read more

It’s official: Ingredient in diet cola is linked to cancer, according to the World Health Organization

It's official: Ingredient in diet cola is linked to cancer, according to the World Health Organization

Written by Finlay Mead People have been saying for years that Diet Coke causes cancer, but a recent decision by the world’s top global health body has finally confirmed what we’ve all suspected for some time. Health is a total minefield. From the counterintuitive and little-known risks of intermittent fasting to the terrifying repercussions of … Read more

Uncovering the truth: Tropical hunter-gatherer diets contradict the assumptions of the Paleo diet

Study: Comparison of dietary variation measured within and between groups of tropical hunter-gatherers on the paleo diet.  Image Credit: VitaliiVodolazskyi/Shutterstock.com

In a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers evaluated the dietary variations of tropical hunters and gatherers and the impact of the foraging approach on implied macronutrient proportions. Study: Comparison of dietary variation measured within and between tropical hunter-gatherer groups on the paleo diet. Image Credit: VitaliiVodolazskyi/Shutterstock.com Background Human nutrition … Read more

Five healthy foods to add to your summer diet

Five healthy foods to add to your summer diet

Open this photo in the gallery: A worker picks raspberries at Masse, a berry farm in Saint Paul d’Abbotsford near Granby, Quebec, Canada, Aug. 11, 2022.CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/Reuters There are many reasons to love summer. Warm weather, longer days, swimming and barbecues are on my list. So too is the summer abundance of fruits and vegetables, … Read more

21 Mediterranean diet lunches suitable for diabetes for the summer

21 Mediterranean diet lunches suitable for diabetes for the summer

Reviewed by Dietitian Jessica Ball, MS, RD The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest ways to eat, with research showing it can help prevent cancer, obesity and heart disease. These lunch recipes not only follow the principles of the Mediterranean diet, but also focus on complex carbohydrates and lower amounts of saturated fat and … Read more