A number of previous studies suggest that higher calcium and/or vitamin D intake may associate with lower body weight and better metabolic health. Wei Zhu, from the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences (China), and colleagues enrolled 53 overweight and obese men and women with very low calcium consumption in a twelve-week long study. All subjects followed an energy-restricted diet (~500 kcal/d); half the participants were given supplemental calcium (600 mg elemental calcium ) and vitamin D (125 IU D3). The researchers observed a significantly greater decrease in fat mass loss in the calcium + D group, as compared to the S- control group. Further, the calcium + D group exhibited greater decrease in visceral fat mass and visceral fat area. The study authors conclude that: “Calcium plus vitamin D3 supplementation for 12 weeks augmented body fat and visceral fat loss in very-low calcium consumers during energy restriction.”
Wei Zhu, Donglian Cai, Ying Wang, Ning Lin, Qingqing Hu, Yang Qi, Shuangshuang Ma, Sidath Amarasekara. “Calcium plus vitamin D3 supplementation facilitated Fat loss in overweight and obese college students with very-low calcium consumption: a randomized controlled trial.” Nutrition Journal 2013, 12:8.
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#108 - Men Be Wary of Plastics
Low levels of a chemical found in plastic containers and tin cans increases the risk for prostate abnormalities, reports a 2005 study conducted at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine (USA). While the study was conducted on mice, researchers warn the same findings could hold true for men, because exposure levels by the lab animals in the study were far lower than that of a human baby. Blood levels of the compound Bisphenol A, BPA, at levels well below thresholds deemed safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency area were found to cause malformations of the prostates of developing animals, and these malformations were suspected to predispose these animals to prostate cancer as adults. The study also found that male mouse fetuses exposed to Bisphenol A developed abnormally enlarged prostate ducts, putting them at risk for a condition similar to benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH).