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Early Growth and Later Obesity Risk

Already in the 1950s, McCance and Widdowson showed that alterations in early growth by manipulating the feeding conditions of piglets during sensitive pre- and postnatal periods predetermined their ultimate weight in adulthood 16 . In humans high birth weight has been proposed as a risk factor for later overweight 17, 18 , which could reflect both the roles of genetics and early priming by intrauterine environment. Additionally recent studies pointed to further priming of childhood overweight in the first 2 years of life by a high postnatal weight gain 19-22 . In order to assess the best anthropometric predictor from birth to 2 years for later overweight, we performed a cohort study in Bavaria, southern Germany, on 4,235 German children aged 5-6 years participating in the obligatory school entry health examination in 1999 2000 23 . Overweight at school entry was assessed according to sex- and age-specific body mass index (BMI) cutoff points. Data collected during the preventive...

Childhood Obesity Project

In addition to prospective epidemiological and experimental studies, human intervention trials are needed to test this 'early protein hypothesis'. Therefore, we have set up the European Childhood Obesity Project (www. funded by the European Commission's 5th Framework Research Programme to test, in a randomized double-blind intervention trial, whether variation in protein intakes during the first year of life affects growth kinetics and later obesity risk. This trial is being conducted in 5 European countries which differ substantially in their prevalence of adult obesity and also in the nutritional characteristics of the habitual diet of infants and children, in particular in protein supply with complementary feeding, i.e. Germany (project and center coordinator Prof. Berthold Koletzko, Munich), Belgium (center coordinator Prof. Philippe Goyens, Brussels), Italy (center coordinator Prof. Marcello Giovannini, Milan), Poland (center coordinator Prof. Jerzy Socha,...

Increased Coronary Heart Disease Risk by Dietary Recommendations That Were Made Based on the Cholesterol Hypothesis

Subjects were male (35-57 years old) with high risk for CHD. Special intervention consisted of stepped-care treatment for hypertension, counseling for cigarette smoking, and dietary advice for lowering TC shown in table 2 . Follow-up was for 7 years on average. Our comments Nutritional recommendations that were made based on the Cholesterol Hypothesis were found to be essentially ineffective in lowering TC and mortalities from CHD and all causes. In a subgroup with anomaly in ECG (electrocardiogram) and hypertension, the CHD and all-cause mortality rates were greater in the intervention group than in the control group. Hypotensive drugs were suspected as a cause for increased CHD events in this subgroup. However, CHD events among drug-treated patients were only 12 higher than average, which appears to be too small to account for the observed overall increase in CHD and all-cause mortalities following the multiple interventions. Perhaps imbalanced intakes of 6 and 3 played a role in...

Obesity And Carcinogenesis

The American Cancer Society followed more than 750 000 individuals for 12 years and showed that obese men and women have an increased risk of certain types of cancer (Table 19.2). For obese women, there was an increase in cancer of the endometrium, cervix, ovary and breast. In obese men, there was an increased prevalence of prostate and colorectal cancer.14 The development of cancer is influenced by three main mechanisms (1) exposure to exogenous factors damaging genes that regulate cell proliferation and migration (2) selective enhancement of ambient tumor cells and their precursors and (3) loss of natural inhibition of cell growth exemplified by dysregulation of programmed cell death (apoptosis).15 How many cancer cases would be expected to occur in a healthy population without exposure to dietary or environmental carcinogens It is theorized that perhaps 25 of tumors arise through natural biological variability in the body's normal accumulation of 'mistakes'.15 Aging plays a role by...

Dietary Promoters Of Cancer

Diet is thought to be responsible for approximately 35 of all cancer deaths in the USA, with a range varing from as little as 10 to a surprising 70 .33 Dietary causes of cancer are not only based on the content of the diet, but also on its deficiencies. The publication 'Diet, nutrition, and cancer' in 1982 from the National Research Council was the first US government publication that suggested that cancer risk might be reduced by diet restrictions and decreases in obesity.34 However, in examining the relationship of dietary fat intake and cancer in humans, many of the studies have been based on inadequate dietary methodology and, therefore, there are many inconsistencies among the findings.35-38 The cancer-promoting property of dietary fat may be twofold a general effect from excess calories and a specific carcinogenic effect of lipids, such as the essential fatty acid, linoleic acid. Linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fat, comprises about 40 of the fatty acids of corn oil.39 It...

Dietary Promoters In Urologic Cancer

Andersson etal. reported that total caloric intake was a risk factor for prostate cancer in a population-based case-control study in Sweden.42 Another study examining 414 cases reported a 75 increase in prostate cancer risk in the uppermost quartile level of energy intake with no clear association between total fat and monounsaturated fat and prostate cancer, although there was an inverse relationship association with saturated fat intake.43 Giovannucci et al. reported that animal fat is the cause of the increased incidence of prostate cancer rather than other fats, such as vegetable or fish oils.44,45 Gann et al., in a prospective clinical study, reported that dietary increase of linoleic acid was not associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer,46 as was previously hypothesized because of findings in breast, pancreas and colon cancer mentioned above.39,40 Investigators have shown an increase in renal cell cancer (RCC) among men consuming high-fat diets.47-49 Wolk etal....

Lowfat diets and dietary factors

Just as high-fat and high-caloric diets seem to be promoters of some cancers, low-fat diets are protective. This has been demonstrated for prostate cancer in the laboratory. Wang et al. reported that there was less growth of prostate cancer cells implanted in nude mice fed low-fat diets.64 A recent clinical report described that dietary modification of fat intake could lower prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels without affecting overall testosterone levels, although it is not clear whether this influenced the prognosis.65 Increased consumption of dietary fiber is considered to have salutory effects, particularly with respect to preventing colon cancer and possibly breast cancer.70 Interestingly, some foods behave differently depending on subtle differences in preparation. For example, if potatoes are eaten hot the starch is totally digested in the small bowel, but behaves as fiber if the potatoes are eaten cold.70,71 However, there is no evidence for a protective effect of dietary...

Obesity and Spontaneous Preterm Birth

Even though obesity is detrimental for numerous aspects of human health and disease, high BMIs are associated with better outcomes of both congestive heart failure and atherosclerotic heart disease among people with chronic renal disease (Beddhu, 2004 Kalantar-Zadeh et al., 2004). It has been hypothesized that these epidemiological paradoxes may be the result of obesity-related changes in systemic inflammation (Beddhu, 2004 Kalantar-Zadeh et al., 2004).

Conceptual Basis of Dietary Reference Intakes

Past uses of recommended dietary allowances e.g., MyPyramid ( Food Guide to Healthy Eating (Health Canada) Basis for planning meals for groups e.g., nursing homes, correctional facilities Reference point for evaluating adequacy of the dietary intake of population subgroups e.g., Daily Values in Nutrition Facts Panel and Dietary Supplement Facts Panel in the US (adopted via regulations established by the US Food and Drug Administration, January 6, 1993, Fed. Register 58 FR 2079-2205) Maximum nutrient levels for fortification dietary supplement formulation e.g., proposed by country representatives in the revision of the Nutrient Reference Values (NRV) of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses ( A comprehensive list of uses of dietary reference standards is included in the DRI report on assessing adequacy 7 and on planning 16 . Table 2. Dietary reference intakes definitions and uses Category of dietary reference...

Radiographic Evaluation in Obesity

Special challenges face the radiologist studying the morbidly obese patient. Patients may be too large to fit between the table and the fluoroscopic tower, may not fit in the CT gantry, and may be above the weight limits for the fluoroscopic table and CT scanner. Technical factors may prevent adequate exposure technique for plain films and fluoroscopy. Portable technique is generally useless owing to the limited power of the portable generator. The CT image may be degraded by artifacts secondary to beam hardening.

Intima Media Thickness Relates to Dietary Fatty Acids and 5Lipoxygenase Genotype

Major CHD risk factors according to 5-lipoxygenase promoter genotype, and correlations between IMT and dietary FAs Our Comment The variant lipoxygenase alleles appear to increase the severity of inflammatory eicosanoid-mediated events, allowing a dietary imbalance of 6 over 3 fats to increase the severity and extent of IMT that develops from such inflammatory events. The effect of dietary habits on atherosclerosis was investigated in a fishing village (n 261) and a farming village (n 209) in Mie Prefecture (central Japan). Life style, PWV of the aorta, IMT of the carotid artery, and atherosclerotic plaques (PL) were measured by ultrasonography. Our comments Among the objective measures used in this paper, only the number of atherosclerotic plaques was strikingly different between the fishing and farming villages. The proportions of AA (w6), EPA (w3) and DHA (w3) in serum lipids were significantly greater in the fishing village but the plaque number, the incidence of cerebral...

Requirement Estimates for Dietary Indispensable Amino Acids

For infants < 6 months of age estimates of dietary indispensable amino acids have been based on the average intake from mother's milk (table 1). These were calculated based on the average amino acid content of human milk protein 5, 18 multiplied by the average protein intake from mother's milk 5, 18 . The protein deposition estimates used are shown in table 2. Since there were only small differences due to gender, it was decided to use an average of the results for the two genders 18 . Details are given in the footnote to table 3 as to how amino acid requirements were calculated. Briefly, the maintenance pattern derived from adult requirement estimates were multiplied by the maintenance protein requirement (0.686 g protein kg day) to calculate the maintenance need for each amino acid, to which was added the growth component. The growth component is calculated from tissue protein composition multiplied by the amino acid content of that tissue protein (table 3). Finally a correction...

High Protein Intakes High PER and Obesity

Rolland-Cachera et al. 18 were the first to propose an early adiposity rebound as a first predictor of later obesity in infants. They speculated that the age at body mass index rebound may be influenced by the amount of protein supplied in the 10- to 24-month period 19 . They investigated 112 French children who were measured for weight and length and skin-fold thickness (two sites) at 10 months, 2, 4, 6 and 8 years of age. At 2 years of age, protein intake as percent of energy was < 14.8 (PER 3.7) in the lowest quartile, 14.8-18 (3.7-4.5 PER) in the next two quartiles and more than 18 (4.5 PER) in the highest quartile. Significant correlations were found between the percentage of protein and both body mass index and subscapu-lar skin-fold thickness at 8 years after adjusting for energy intake at 2 years and parental body mass index. The percentage of protein at 2 years was also negatively associated with the age at adiposity rebound. Similar results were reported in 150 Italian...

Resistance of Insects to Dietary PIs

Insects have evolved at least two strategies to deal with dietary PIs. One strategy involves the secretion of enzymes that hydrolyze and thus inactivate the inhibitors.60-63 The other strategy involves the secretion ofproteinases that are not susceptible to inhibition by those PIs.37,62,64-66 This second strategy may involve a number ofphysiological conditions, including the secretion of more than one protein with prote(in)ase activity, differential susceptibility of these proteinases to dietary PIs, and enhanced secretion of inhibitor-resistant enzymes following ingestion of PI. The susceptibility of an insect to a given PI appears to be directly related to the proportion of proteolytic enzyme activity in the midgut that can be suppressed by that inhibitor, and conversely resistance of insects to PIs is based, at least in part, on their ability to enhance the proportion of inhibitor-resistant enzymes in the midgut. It is possible that PIs limit the range of hosts that are suitable...

Dietary Supplement Health And Education Act Of 1994

As the American public turned their attention to natural products, the political and legal environment also began to change. One key event was the passage by Congress of a major new law governing the marketing and sale of these products. This law, called the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (Public Law No 103-417)10 (full text of legislation can be found at http, represents the result of a debate dating back to the early 1960s, between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and parties seeking to provide Americans with less restricted access to supplements. 1. 'There is a link between the ingestion of certain nutrients or dietary supplements and the prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis'. 5. 'Consumers should be empowered to make choices about preventative health care programs based on data from scientific studies on health benefits related to particular dietary supplements'. 7. 'Dietary supplements are safe...

Radiology of the Stomach After Surgery for Obesity

Morbid obesity is a common problem associated with serious medical complications. Various operative procedures have evolved due to poor success in achieving permanent weight loss in these patients with dietary and behavioral therapy. The number and variety of procedures that have been used reflect the creativity and ingenuity of their developers and attest to the variety of problems and complications associated with each of type of operation. The rationale behind the surgical approach to obesity (bariatric) surgery is to reduce calories available for fat deposition, either through inducing malabsorption by creating a small-bowel shunt (i.e., jejun-oileal bypass) or by calorie deprivation by means of gastric restrictive surgery (i.e., gastric bypass, gastroplasty, bands). The first surgical therapy for morbid obesity was in the early 1950s when Henriksson treated three patients with resection of a large portion of small bowel, as reported by Linner 64 . Although success was achieved...

Two Dietary Imbalances Cause Diet Induced Dyslipidemias That Associate with Impaired Human Health

Many disorders in human health associate with diet-induced dyslipidemias that come from two readily prevented dietary imbalances imbalanced intake and expenditure of food energy and imbalanced intake of 6 and 3 fats. Results Measurements of EDD in the fasting state revealed the recently appreciated diurnal variation with higher values in noon and afternoon hours compared with morning values (2.5 8 1.6 at 08 00 h, 7.5 8 2.7 at 12 00 h, and 7.0 8 2.1 at 16 00 h, p < 0.001 by analysis of variance). Postprandial EDD values measured at 12 00 h were, at the average, lower than fasting EDD values measured at 12 00 h and correlated inversely with the magnitude of postprandial triglyceridemia (r -0.81, p < 0.001). In multivariate analysis, higher postprandial lipemia was associated with impaired postprandial EDD (p < 0.001) independent of fasting TG, LDL-C and HDL-C, insulin, age and body mass index.

Complications of Obesity Surgery

Slipped Gastric Band Upper

Leakage may occur from any stapled or sutured anastomosis, partition site, or area of channel reinforcement. The overall risk of leakage is higher in the morbidly obese than in the nonobese population 78 . Leaks are serious complications usually requiring urgent surgery. The incidence of leakage increases with gastric transections as opposed to stapling. Leaks usually occur at the anterior aspect of the staple or suture line and may be difficult to demonstrate with the patient in the supine position 74 . Abscesses may develop as a consequence of leakage. It may be impossible to perform CT because of weight limitations of the equipment, and ultrasonography has limitations in severe obesity. Nuclear scintigraphy may be used to identify abscesses in obese patients in the early postoperative period, however, normal postsurgical sites will demonstrate increased uptake. To obtain an accurate assessment it is necessary to have a one-week interval from the time of surgery for leukocytes...

Investigating Food Habits of Terrestrial Vertebrates

Why study food habits Probably one of the most fundamental questions that ecologists attempt to answer is, What resources does a particular species require to exist Indeed, the first principle among wildlife ecologists is to have a thorough understanding of the food, cover, and water requirements of an animal before initiating any effort to alter the factors that may be limiting it. Information on food habits is therefore an important introduction to the natural history of any species. This has been a justification for many studies of food habits of vertebrates (Martin et al. 1961) and is still a valid reason to investigate the diet of any species when little information is available (Salas and Fuller 1996). Food habits have been investigated for a variety of other reasons. Such information is essential in understanding the potential competitive interactions among sympatric species (Jaksic et al. 1992 Wiens 1993) or in determining how the foraging patterns of individuals affect...

Selenium Supplements And Dietary Sources

Lower serum levels of the mineral selenium have been linked to numerous cancers over the past few decades.2 In fact, it was this and other findings that were the impetus for the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Study.3,4 This was a double-blind trial of dietary selenium supplementation whose primary goal was to establish whether or not selenium supplements have any role in reducing the recurrence of skin cancer in individuals at high risk for this disease. The primary end-points for this trial were the incidence of basal and squamous cell carcinoma. The first patients in this trial were randomized in 1983. In 1990, after the start of this trial, other secondary end-points were added, such as mortality from all causes and cancer, and the incidence of lung, colon and prostate cancers. Patients either received 200 g of selenium daily or a placebo. When the trial was completed, patients randomized to the selenium group had a statistically significant lower incidence (63 ) of prostate...

Dietary and luminal factors

Much of dietary iron is non-haem iron derived from cereals Dietary factors Increased haem iron Increased animal foods Ferrous iron salts the formation of insoluble ferric hydroxide complexes. Luminal factors enhancing or inhibiting absorption are listed in Table 3.3. Therapeutic ferrous iron salts are well absorbed on an empty stomach, but when taken with a meal, absorption is reduced as a result of the same ligand-binding processes that affect dietary non-haem iron.

Insect Responses to Dietary Serine PIs

Serine Proteinase

Of genomic DNA, and by direct sequencing of cDNA clones at least 28 genes encoding trypsin- and chymotrypsin-like proteins were identified. Differences in sequences were observed when different trypsins and chymot-rypsins were compared. Whereas the catalyti-cally active residues were conserved, as were residues in the substrate binding pocket which determined the specificity of cleavage, residues in the areas of contact between the proteinases and protein PIs were found to be variable. This variability was suggested to lead to differing interactions between different trypsins or chymotrypsins and PIs. The expression of different genes was differentially affected by exposure of the insects to SKTI. Chymotrypsin-encoding mRNAs generally increased in level whereas some trypsin-encoding mRNAs decreased, while others increased or showed little change. We suggested that the presence of families of trypsin and chymotrypsin genes encoding proteinases with different sensitivities to PIs allows...

Potential Causes for the Protective Effects of Breastfeeding on Later Obesity

A number of hypotheses can be raised on the potential causes of a protective effect of breastfeeding. Even though the inverse relationship of both breastfeeding and breastfeeding duration with later obesity persists after adjustment for measurable confounding variables, residual confounding cannot be fully excluded. Since one cannot randomize healthy babies to either breast milk or formula feeding for ethical and practical reasons, undisputable proof for a protective effect of breastfeeding can hardly be obtained. However, the consistent results of many studies and the dose-response effect between the duration of breastfeeding and the later reduction of obesity risk observed in a number of studies make an effect of breastfeeding highly likely. In contrast to infant formula, breast milk shows marked variation in its taste and smell from day to day, and even from meal to meal, depending on maternal dietary habits and other metabolic factors. Since early taste experience in infancy has...

Programming of Later Obesity Risk

Childhood obesity is now considered a global epidemic in view of the alarming increase in its prevalence and severity, not only in affluent but also in less privileged childhood populations worldwide 11-13 . Serious short -and long-term consequences of childhood obesity arise in terms of damage to quality of life, performance, health and life expectancy. In addition, the size of the obesity epidemic is estimated to create huge costs for society due to loss of productivity and ensuing costs for health care and social security. Faced with the size of the problem, widely available and effective medical management of children who are already obese is needed, but at present the results of available treatment concepts are far less than satisfactory, and costs are high 14 . A recent Cochrane review on interventions for treating obesity in children found that no conclusions on the effects of treatment strategies and their components can be drawn with confidence 15 . Thus, in the present...

Protective Effects of Breastfeeding against Later Obesity

It has long been known that populations of infants fed breast milk or formula differ in their growth kinetics, with formula-fed infants showing higher weight and length gains 26 . Based on a systematic review of 19 studies in affluent populations, Dewey 27 concluded that by the age of 12 months, the cumulative difference in body weight amounts to approximately 400 g in infants breast fed for 9 months and as much as 600-650 g in infants who are breast fed for 12 months. Given this very large effect of the mode of feeding on early weight gain, we attempted to study whether breastfeeding might also confer protection against later obesity risk. In a cross-sectional survey in Bavaria, Germany, we assessed the impact of breastfeeding on the risk of obesity and the risk of being overweight in children at the time of school entry 28 . Routine data were collected on the height and weight of 134,577 children participating in the obligatory health examination at the time of school entry in...

Impact of Obesity

It is generally recognized that obesity, although not a defining feature of the syndrome, is highly prevalent in PCOS. Most studies in the United States report higher incidences of obesity (upward of 50 ) than those of other countries. There is variable ethnic distribution of obesity in PCOS as well. Obesity is overall highly prevalent in most developed countries, and the rate of obesity is growing rapidly. Insulin resistance, a feature seen independently of body weight in PCOS, is almost universally noted with obesity. As noted previously, insulin resistance, in association with obesity, will worsen the clinical presentation of PCOS. Numerous studies demonstrate worse androgen profile and more severe menstrual disturbances in obese subjects with PCOS compared to their lean counterparts. Response to treatment may also be adversely impacted by obesity.

Dietary factors

Diet, in particular dietary fibre, could play a significant role in the absorption of drugs from the colon. Individuals ingesting a vegetarian diet or taking stool bulking agents may possibly show a difference in colonic drug absorption when compared with individuals ingesting a relatively low fibre diet. However, increased dietary fibre leads to decreased gastrointestinal transit times, which may offset any absorptive benefit gained by increasing the mucosal surface area in the colon81. Since fibre alters the transit through the colon it would be expected to have the greatest influence on the absorption of drugs from sustained release preparations. In young vegetarians the mouth to anus transit of a single unit can be less than 6 hours, indeed, for one normal subject, the total transit time was 2 hours (Washington et al, unpublished observation).


Obesity is often associated with other conditions that predispose to pre-eclampsia including type II (non-insulin-dependent, maturity onset) diabetes, gestational diabetes and hypertension (see below). Few studies have been performed to clarify whether obesity acts as an independent risk factor for pre-eclampsia when it coexists with these medical conditions. High body mass index and obesity is one of the few modifiable risk factors for pre-eclampsia. Using the Swedish Medical Birth Register, an analysis of 10,666 nulliparous women aged under 35 years revealed an incidence of pre-eclampsia of 5.2 (Ros et al., 1998). The risk of pre-eclampsia was significantly increased in obese women with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 29 compared to underweight women (BMI less than 19.8) odds ratio 5.19 (95 CI, 2.35-11.48) and compared to those with a normal BMI (19-26) RR 2.84 (95 CI, 1.75-4.59) . The relative risk was lower, but still significant, for overweight women (pre-pregnancy BMI...

Treatment Of Obesity

Although it is conceptually easy to treat obesity exhort the patient to 'push away from the table' decreasing calorie intake and to adopt a healthy program of physical activity increasing energy expenditure, it is notoriously difficult to achieve sustained medically significant weight loss. Without extraordinary measures such as prison-like conditions or surgical methods, the failure rate is in excess of 90 after 1 year. Diets, exercise and behavior modification, all 'difficult methods', fail miserably over the long term.88 In the food industry, it is cheaper to use low-cost fillers such as fats and oils in food processing, than reducing fat content, which could affect profits. Furthermore, fat is palatable, which is exploited by restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food establishments. The image of 'healthy' food being unpleasant, bad tasting or no fun to eat is deeply rooted in the American psyche.89'90 It is of interest that snack foods with reduced calories and or saturated fat are...

Primary Prevention Of Genetic Disorders And Place Of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

The available data suggest that the cause of neural tube defects is not a primary lack of folate in the diet but an inborn error of vitamin B11 and or homocysteine metabolism. An interaction between genetic predisposition and nutrition, therefore, may have a causal role in the development of neural tube defects, i.e., a dietary deficiency may trigger the genetic predisposition. The genetic-nutrient interaction through genetic predisposition and low folate status is associated Over 90 of pregnancies where the fetus has a neural tube defect occur among women without any previous indication of increased risk. Identifiable risk groups include women with a prior affected pregnancy, who have a 3-4 recurrence risk, and women who are heterozygous for the MTHFR mutation. However, these groups account for only a small proportion of affected pregnancies. Trials of the effect offolic acid supplementation on the prevalence of neural tube defects provide conclusive scientific evidence for its...

Dominique Michaud 11 Introduction

The metabolism of any living cell depends on proteolysis. Proteases, which form a diverse group of enzymes capable of cleaving peptide bonds, are implicated in various essential processes ranging from the fine control of protein catabolism and the selective degradation of damaged proteins to the bulk hydrolysis of dietary proteins. Considering the recent developments in the broad research field of proteolysis, it now appears obvious that proteases are essential not only in providing cells with simple metabolites essential for growth and development, but also in mediating a variety of key processes like the cleavage of specific peptide bonds in immature proteins or the removal of targeting signals in preproteins after their translocation to the appropriate cell compartment. Whereas proteolytic enzymes were previously seen as 'destroying catalysts' mostly involved in the bulk hydrolysis of dietary proteins, they are now considered as central control elements in the development of most...

Situational similarity

Psychologists who study animals can be roughly categorized into three groups. Biopsychologists, or physiological psychologists, study the genetic, neural, and hormonal controls of behavior, for example, eating behavior, sleep, sexual behavior, perception, emotion, memory, and the effects of drugs. Learning theorists study the learned and environmental controls of behavior, for example, stress, stimulus-response patterns, motivation, and the effects of reward and punishment. Ethologists and sociobiologists concentrate on animal behavior in nature, for example, predator-prey interac

Sammy SaabSteven Huy Han and Paul Martin

Greater than 78 mEq L of urinary sodium in a 24-hour period suggests dietary noncompliance. Repeat paracentesis may be performed every 2 or 3 weeks, though it is time-consuming, cumbersome, and may lead to excessive protein loss. The need for more frequent paracentesis suggests medical and or dietary noncompliance. A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) may result in a significant decrease in ascites. However, TIPS may lead to compromised hepatic perfusion, with an increased risk of ischemic hepatocellular failure and intractable encephalopathy. Thus, TIPS is relatively contraindicated in Child-Pugh-Turcotte (CPT) Class C cirrhotic patients due to increased morbidity and mortality. Absolute and relative contraindications are listed in Table 3.1. Following TIPS regular surveillance for shunt stenosis with Doppler ultrasound is recommended. Most shunt occlusions can be revised radiographically.

Selfefficacy and health

In a 2002 article, Bandura explained the benefits for health promotion and disease prevention By managing their health habits, people can live longer, healthier, and slow the process of aging. To stay healthy, people should exercise, refrain from smoking, reduce the amount of dietary fat, keep blood pressure down, and develop effective ways of coping with stressors. Of course, most people know about the benefits of healthy lifestyle habits. Turning that knowledge into action is not always easy, though. High perceived self-efficacy helps people have the confidence to make needed changes and the determination to stick with them.

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The isotopic substitution of 56Fe (I 0) by 57Fe (I 1 2) in the drinking water caused line broadening in the DNIC spectra of tissues 122,127 . The experiments proved that a significant fraction of DNIC contained iron from the dietary intake. After prolonged dietary intake, the signal was compatible with complete replacement of 56Fe by 57Fe in the complexes (Fig. 28). The yields in liver tissue reached the same maximal amount of 30 M kg of wet liver tissue 122 observed before with unlabeled iron. Interestingly, subsequent exposure of the liver tissue to gaseous NO further increased the DNIC yield threefold 122 . At the same time, the linewidth decreased significantly and showed unequivocally that endogenous stores of 56Fe iron contribute to the formation of the DNIC complexes (Fig. 28).

Oxidation products of nitric oxide nitrite and nitrate

Metabolites are sensitive to dietary nitrogen intake. Not surprisingly, studies of normotensive pregnant women on uncontrolled nitrogen diets have shown either increased (Seligman et al., 1994) or unchanged (Curtis et al., 1995 Smarason et al., 1997) plasma NO metabolites in comparison with non-pregnant women. In one study, plasma NOx levels were measured after a 12-15 h fast, and found to be significantly elevated in normotensive pregnancy (from before 12 weeks gestation until term) compared with non-pregnant women (Nobunaga et al., 1996). In another carefully controlled study, guanidino N15 l-arginine was infused into five healthy pregnant volunteers after being on a nitrate-free diet for the preceding week and a 12 h fast pre-infusion. Arginine flux and nitrite nitrate pool turnover were higher in early compared with late pregnancy, suggesting NO production is higher in early pregnancy (Goodrum etal., 1996).

Patient Related Factors

Most of the patient-related factors cannot be influenced by the surgeon. Due to the anatomically larger extension of the small pelvis in female patients, surgery is in most cases a little easier to perform and therefore results are better 3-6 . As colorectal cancer is a disease of elderly patients, we can count on a substantial number of patients who are unfit for surgery due to age and comorbidities. Although anaesthesia is rarely a contraindication for surgery, a sense of responsibility of the surgeon will sometimes limit a possible curative resection to a palliative procedure (e.g. local excision, stent). Obesity of the patient may influence the choice between conventional or laparo-scopic assisted technique 12 . But the latter, if performed, still has a tough learning curve.

Cyclic GMP and NO metabolites

Measurement of NO metabolites in urine and plasma is fraught with methodological limitations and therefore, not surprisingly, studies in pre-eclamptic women have shown no change (Cameron et al., 1993 Curtis et al., 1995), an increase (Nobunaga et al., 1996 Smarason et al., 1997), or a fall in circulating or urinary NO metabolites, compared with normotensive controls (Seligman et al., 1994). Such differences are also likely to reflect variations of nitrogen in the diet. In a study in which volunteers were starved for 12-15 h in an attempt to control for dietary nitrogen there was a correlation between systolic blood pressure and increasing plasma concentrations of NOx (Nobunaga et al., 1996).

Spontaneously Arising Phenotypic Models

Mutations which cause disease can arise spontaneously. Genetic mapping methods utilizing positional cloning can help identify disease-causative genes and their proteins in animals which have spontaneously developed diseases similar to those of humans. An example of this type of technology is the ob ob genetic mouse, which is obese, and has mutations in a gene for a peptide hormone known as leptin. This mouse, and its counterpart the db db mouse, which has mutations in the leptin receptor, can be used as animal models for obesity. A similar mouse, the Agouti strain, is also obese and has defects in melanocortin receptors, which regulate hair color as well as appetite, and the expression or release of leptin by adipose tissue. The Agouti mouse develops type II diabetes, and therefore can be used as an animal model of that disease in humans. Of course, human disease is rarely as simple as a single genetic misread, so these models must be used with some caution when testing drugs or when...

Metabolic Complications

Many women with PCOS develop impaired glucose tolerance or frank diabetes. In studies of obese women with PCOS 30-40 will have previously undiagnosed impaired glucose tolerance and as many as 10 will have frank type 2 diabetes. This increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes is also seen in young adolescent women with PCOS who are obese. Therefore assessment of women with diagnosis of PCOS should include an assessment of glucose tolerance. This is best accomplished through the use of an oral glucose tolerance test.

Family History And The Risk Of Prostate Cancer

In a recent study by Kalish and associates using data from the Massachusetts Male Aging Study (MMAS), covering 1149 men with an average of 8.7 person-years of follow-up, the age-adjusted relative risk of prostate cancer incidence associated with prostate cancer family history was 3.78 95 confidence interval (CI) 1.96-7.28 . This association was independent of environmental factors, such as smoking, alcohol use, body mass index, physical activity, education, sexually transmitted diseases, diet and hormone levels.17 In addition, several case-control studies identified a familial pattern of prostate cancer. For example, men with one first-degree relative with prostate cancer have a 2.1-2.8-fold greater risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer compared to men in the same age without a family history. As mentioned before, approximately 9-10 of all diagnosed cases are attributed to familial genetics.10

Implications for the Production of Insect Resistant Transgenic Plants

The responses of insects to dietary PIs pose significant obstacles to be overcome if genes encoding serine PIs are to be used for the protection of transgenic plants against polyphagous lepidopteran insect pests. A major problem is the removal of a logical link between the effectiveness of an inhibitor Fig. 2.5. Response of genes encoding serine proteases to dietary PI in larvae of the lepidopteran, Helicoverpa armigera (Bown et al, unpublished). mRNA levels for four different serine protease genes were assessed as a proportion of total RNA by Northern blotting of total RNA isolated from larval guts, followed by densitometry of the autoradiographs. Larvae were taken at the start of the fourth instar, and exposed to diet containing soybean Kunitz trypsin inhibitor (SKTI) at 2 of total protein, or control diet, for the stated times before RNA extraction. The differential expression of different protease mRNAs is shown by the strong up-regulation of sequences detected by cDNAs SR28...

Indications and Testing

The evaluation of candidates follows a similar pattern to that of the kidney patient, with emphasis in the diabetic complications that can threaten successful transplantation. Consequently, great emphasis is placed on the cardiac and peripheral vascular workup. Cardiologic workup and clearance usually entails a peripheral vascular evaluation, chest X-rays, an EKG, a dobutamine stress echocardio-gram, and frequently a coronary angiogram. Other common tests with other transplant recipients include serologic testing (i.e., CMV, HIV, HCV, etc.), HLA, blood group testing, complete blood count (CBC), and coagulation studies, to mention a few. Ophthalmologic, neurologic, and urologic workups are performed on a case-by-case basis (Table 4.2). Absolute contraindications include active infection, recent or current history of malignancy, positive crossmatch, and HIV infection. Relative contraindications include advanced age, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Many centers consider that, in...

Causes of folate deficiency Table 58 Nutritional

Indeed, in most patients with folate deficiency a nutritional element is present. Certain individuals are particularly prone to have diets containing inadequate amounts of folate, including the old, edentulous, poor, alcoholic and psychiatrically disturbed, and patients after gastric operations. In relation to the size of the total body folate stores, which are in the order of 15-25 mg, the daily requirement of 100-200 mg is large. Consequently, with total cessation of intake or absorption, depletion of stores will occur in 3-6 months. In the Dietary Note In severely folate-deficient patients with causes other than those listed under Dietary, poor dietary intake is often present.

Lifestyle Modification

Weight reduction, of as little as 3-5 , has been associated with improvements in ovulation rates in PCOS women who are overweight or obese. Although studies are consistent in this regard, no large scale controlled trials are available to assess improvements in pregnancy rates. There are no specific dietary regimens that target PCOS and effective weight reduction has been demonstrated with a wide variety of approaches. Achieving and maintaining permanent weight reduction is a challenge that is often met with repeated failures and relapse. Severely restrictive diets have not been shown to improve outcomes over modest changes in diet that result in slow weight reduction. Metabolic parameters are also consistently improved with lifestyle modification that includes weight reduction. Exercise, although not a significant tool in initial weight reduction, is associated with better maintenance of weight reduction over time and should be encouraged. Significant support is needed to encourage...

Psychosocial Treatments

Some consumers object to taking medications because of concern about the long-term use of psychotropic medication, or because they are opposed to the ingestion of chemical substances for philosophical or religious reasons. Such individuals may explore alternative treatments. Nutritional supplements and special dietary regimens have been used since the 1950s, but thus far there is no solid scientific support for this approach (Torrey, 2001). Others try homeopathic remedies, or relaxation techniques. Patricia Deegan, a consumer advocate, has written a manual on nonmedical strategies for reducing and coping with symptoms called Coping with Voices Self Help Strategies for People Who Hear Voices That Are Distressing (1995). For example, when experiencing aversive auditory hallucinations, some consumers may obtain relief by listening to soothing music with headphones. (For more information on Dr. Deegan, see the biography in Chapter 12.) The exploration and use of alternative treatments for...

Treatment of cobalamin deficiency

The indications for starting cobalamin therapy are a well-documented megaloblastic anaemia or neuropathy due to the deficiency. It is also necessary to treat any patients with haema-tological abnormalities due to cobalamin deficiency, even in the absence of anaemia (e.g. hypersegmented neutrophils or megaloblastic erythropoiesis). Patients with borderline serum cobal-amin levels but no haematological or other abnormality should be followed, for example, at yearly intervals to make sure that the cobalamin deficiency does not progress. If malabsorption of cobalamin or rises in serum MMA levels have also been demonstrated, they should also be given regular maintenance cobalamin therapy. Cobalamin should be given routinely to all patients who have had a total gastrectomy or ileal resection. Patients who have undergone gastric reduction for control of obesity or who are receiving long-term treatment with proton pump inhibitors should be screened and, as necessary, given cobalamin...

Maternal predisposing factors

Some medical conditions are well known to predispose to pre-eclampsia, including obesity (Ros et al., 1998), diabetes (Garner et al., 1990) and chronic hypertension (Sibai etal., 1995). Low grade systemic inflammation is a feature of all these conditions in men or non-pregnant women. It also is evident in chronic arterial disease such as ischemic heart disease (Hansson et al., 2002). For example, elevated circulating C-reactive protein is as important a risk factor for chronic arterial disease as circulating cholesterol (Ridker, 2001). Arterial disease and chronic hypertension are closely associated, and the latter is also associated with a systemic inflammatory response. Angiotensin II and endothelin-I, both potent vasoconstrictors, are pro-inflammatory (Luft, 2002), and chronic hypertension is also a state of systemic inflammation (Dalekos etal., 1996). Hyperglycemia stimulates a systemic inflammatory response (Esposito et al., 2002) as does both type 1 (Lechleitner et al., 2000)...

Homozygous or Double Heterozygous Recessive Conditions

PGD is of special value for dominant conditions and those couples with one homozygous or double heterozygous affected partner, when only a 50 chance of having an unaffected child may be expected. This was first applied for a couple with compound heterozygous male partner affected by phenylketonuria (PKU) and female partner carrying the third PKU mutation 30 . One in every 10,000 infants in the United States is born with PKU, an inherited metabolic disorder that causes mental retardation if untreated. When infants are fed a strict diet from birth, they have normal development and a normal lifespan. However, a strictly controlled diet must be maintained, especially during pregnancy in female patients to avoid potential detrimental effects on the fetus. Because of considerable progress in screening newborns for PKU and dietary modification treatment, PKU has not often been included in prenatal diagnosis. With the introduction of PGD, which enables couples to have a healthy pregnancy,...

Radiographic Technique

The radiographic assessment of the postoperative stomach requires attention to detail and modification of the routine standard technique. Initially a small amount of contrast should be given slowly (especially if the type of surgery performed is not known). This avoids flooding the pouch (if a gastric resection has been performed) and the small bowel with contrast. Glucagon is generally but not universally advocated with double-contrast technique to relieve spasm, permit bowel distention, decrease postoperative artifacts, and provide a longer period of time for the performance of the study. In patients with antecolic Billroth II anastomoses and or gastric stasis, upright and or prone films may be necessary because gastric outlet obstruction may be simulated in the supine position as barium pools in the dependent fundus. It may be difficult to fill the afferent limb (A limb) prone, right-side-down films and or compression of the efferent loop may help direct barium into the A limb....

Interaction Between Neighborhood and Individual Level Characteristics

Furthermore, the social characteristics of neighborhoods, perhaps through shared cultural norms and values, may well influence health behaviors that are linked to reproductive outcomes. For example, individual-level smoking patterns (Cubbin et al., 2000 Diez-Roux et al., 1997), alcohol consumption, and dietary practices (Macintyre et al., 2002 Shepard, 1994 Taylor and Repetti, 1997 Yen and Kaplan, 1999 Yen and Syme, 1999), which seem particularly relevant to this discussion, have been significantly associated with area-level deprivation when individual attributes are controlled for. In addition to health behaviors, adverse conditions such as high crime rates, housing abandonment, and even noise pollution may act as either acute or chronic stressors that exert their influences through stress physiology and are thus potential intervening

Technical Factors Influencing Outcome

Fig. 19.3. (a) There were greater positive margins on the pathology specimens, as well as a greater microvessel density (MVD), as demonstrated by the darker stained endothelial cells, (b) in prostate cancer tissue from more obese patients than more lean patients. These were stratified for PSA and Gleason score. Fig. 19.3. (a) There were greater positive margins on the pathology specimens, as well as a greater microvessel density (MVD), as demonstrated by the darker stained endothelial cells, (b) in prostate cancer tissue from more obese patients than more lean patients. These were stratified for PSA and Gleason score.

Aging And Tumor Initiation And Progression

Technical factors may influence tumor recurrence and progression. Several studies have shown the presence of thousands of circulating tumors cells in the peripheral vasculature after surgery for organ-confined disease, especially in channel TURPs and radical prostatectomies.31,32 It is reasonable to expect that such 'shedding' of tumor cells may have a greater impact in patients with a compromised immune system, but this does not yet seem to have been studied. Other factors that may contribute to the 'spillage' of tumor cells might include tumor size, compromise in technique because of obesity and proximity to vessels. This may account for the differences seen in tumor recurrences among patients with similar grades and stages of tumors31'32 and may be one explanation for poorer outcomes in obese patients.

Public Health Message

The goals are to prevent and to improve the management of patients with urologic diseases including cancers. Steps to educate the public about the risks of a high-fat diet and obesity are crucial.99-101 Examples of dietary modification recommendations are as follows. 4. Limit the use of dietary supplements, since the majority of 'normal' diets are complete. Many of the products sold in health food stores impart a false sense of security and many people 'overdose' in the belief that, if something is good, more is better. Taking a supplement but not reducing fat may negate any benefit from the former. Furthermore, the combination of vitamins in fruits and vegetables may account for activity differences due to interaction, compared to taking single, isolated supplements. Thus, fruits and vegetables may offer more benefits than isolated compounds. 2. Improving the database and the methodology for assessing human exposure to foods and dietary supplements that may alter the risk of cancer....

Other Medications and Herbal Supplements

Many agents have as an unintended side effect weight loss. These include metformin, a biguanide used to treat type 2 diabetes, acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor also used to treat type 2 diabetes, and topiramate an anti-epileptic drug. It should be noted that these agents do not have an FDA indication for the treatment of obesity and trials, including those specifically in some cases designed as weight loss trials have shown a lack of efficacy or an unfavorable risk benefit ratio. Therefore their use can not be routinely recommended. Dietary supplements and herbal preparations are not prospectively reviewed by the FDA for safety or efficacy. These agents are only reviewed if they are shown to present a significant or unreasonable risk, as has been the case with ephedra supplements. Herbals and supplements include chitosan, chromium picolinate, conjugated linoleic acid, ephedra alkaloids (ma huang) and garcinia cambogia. There is insufficient data on these agents except for...

Energy intake and fat

The risk of prostate cancer was found to be about 70 greater in men in the upper quartile of energy intake than those in the lower quartile.8 The results of a number of dietary intake surveys support the concept that a high-fat diet, especially of animal fat, may increase the risk of clinically significant prostate cancer. Animal dietary fat presumably is converted to androgens with resultant increased androgenic stimulation of the prostate.

Infections Caused By Nonphaemolytic Streptococci

Since many of these streptococci are present in the mouth, upper respiratory tract, genitourinary tract and, to a lesser extent, gastrointestinal tract, they are sometimes involved in pathological processes at these sites, possibly following some local or systemic change in host susceptibility or an alteration in local environmental conditions. A classic example is the manifestation of dental caries that arises following excessive consumption of dietary sugars, particularly sucrose. Alternatively, the streptococci at a mucosal site may gain access to the blood stream because of some local traumatic event and set up an infection at a distant location, such as the heart valve in endocarditis or in the brain or liver, giving rise to an abscess. The key event for infections at distant body sites is bacteraemia.

Retinoids retinol or vitamin A

Cohort and case-control studies have shown differences in risk estimates between younger and older men based on dietary retinoid levels with association in some reports and protective role in others. The major setbacks to the use of these agents in clinical trials reside in their dose-related side effects including hepatotoxicity, central nervous system changes and mucocutaneous dryness.21

Vitamin E atocopherol

In 1986, 47780 US male health professionals, free from diagnosed cancer, completed a dietary and lifestyle questionnaire, and supplemental vitamin E and prostate cancer incidence were updated through 1996.24 Supplemental vitamin E was not associated with prostate cancer risk generally, but a suggestive inverse association between supplemental vitamin E and the risk of metastatic or fatal prostate cancer among current smokers and recent quitters was consistent with the Finnish trial among smokers.

Growth from Birth to 4 Months

Differences in growth between breast- and formula-fed infants are evident already during the first week of life. Breast-fed infants typically have not quite regained birth weight by 8 days of age 10 , whereas formula-fed infants by 8 days of age exceed birth weight on average by 50-100g 11 . This difference is largely explained by the fact that breast-fed infants receive only small amounts of colostrum during the first 2 days of life, a time during which formula-fed infants already have free access to formula. The difference in early weight change is potentially significant in view of the findings by Stettler et al. 12 who reported that, among formula-fed infants, the risk of overweight and obesity in early adulthood was increased in proportion to weight changes during the first week of life.

Insulin and Amino Acids

It is well established that insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) plasma concentrations reflect the intake of dietary protein 17, 18 . In a study comparing growth of infants fed formulas with different protein concentrations 19 , determinations of plasma concentrations of IGF-1 were obtained 20 . One formula contained protein at a concentration of 2.39g 100kcal and the other at 1.90g 100kcal. Similar determinations were made in a group of exclusively breast-fed infants participating in another study (unpublished). The results summarized in table 2 show that plasma IGF-1 concentrations were similar in the 2 groups of formula-fed infants and in the breast-fed infants at 1 month of age. However, by 4 months of age, the IGF-1 concentrations of breast-fed infants and infants fed the lower protein formula had declined significantly, whereas they remained unchanged in infants fed the higher protein formula. At 4 months of age, the IGF-1 levels of breast-fed infants were significantly lower...

Selenium And Vitamin E Supplements Analyzing The Sum Of The Clinical Data

This review of past selenium and vitamin E dietary studies There are also some clinical data to suggest that dietary selenium may also prevent and or slow the progression of prostate cancer. There are some data to suggest that men with low baseline levels of selenium are the ones who could benefit most from selenium supplements or higher intakes of dietary selenium. Higher dietary intakes appear to be safe and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, while selenium supplements in individuals with normal to high selenium levels may have an adverse effect. This has been observed in other trials of different dietary supplements, such as P-carotene. There is some recent evidence to suggest that dietary vitamin E (y-tocopherol) may reduce the risk of prostate cancer and high levels of supplemental vitamin E may reduce serum levels of y-tocopherol. Prospective studies of vitamin E have not been impressive when dealing with the issue of cardiovascular risk reduction. However, low-dose aspirin...

Changes in circulating lipids with preeclampsia

Case-control differences in circulating levels of the major fatty acids are unlikely to be solely attributable to differences in dietary fat intake even if dietary histories were to be dissimilar. Nevertheless, diet may impart certain differences. For example, women with low concentrations of erythrocyte membrane omega-3 (marine oil)

Prevalence of Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa is the rarest of the eating disorders, affecting fewer than 1 percent of adolescent and young women (that is, women ages thirteen to twenty-five) and a tiny proportion of young men. Bulimia nervosa, on the other hand, affects up to 3 percent of teenage and young adult women and about 0.2 percent of men. Even more of this age group, probably 5 percent, suffer from binge-eating disorder. In obese patients, fully one-third meet the criteria for this disorder. Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in men, although more women actually have this disorder. Eating Disorders, Not Otherwise Specified, are even more common.

Alcohol Consumption And Prostate Cancer

Six cohort studies have examined alcohol use and prostate cancer. All but one study demonstrated no association. In the recent study by Putnam, consumers of > 22 g of alcohol per week were at elevated prostate cancer risk. Users of over 96g per week had more than a threefold increase. In the Putnam study, type of alcohol was not associated with risk and appropriate confounders were measured and adjusted for aside from dietary fat.

Prevention of Eating Disorders

Preventive measures should include education about normal body weight for height and techniques used in advertising and the media to promote an unrealistic body image. Parents, teachers, coaches, and health care providers all play a role in prevention. Parents, coaches, and teachers need to be educated about the messages they give to growing children about bodies, body development, and weight. In addition, they need to be aware of early signs of risk. Health care providers need to include screening for eating disorders as a routine part of care. Specific indicators include dieting for weight loss associated with unrealistic weight goals, criticism of the body, social isolation, cessation of menses, and evidence of vomiting or laxative or diuretic use.

Exercise And Prostate Cancer

Table 22.6 outlines the major published studies that have assessed the association of exercise and prostate cancer risk.68-76 It is somewhat intuitive and important to realize that exercise is highly correlated with dietary consumption and smoking. Therefore, well-conducted studies will have statistically adjusted for these covariates. It is also important to emphasize that measurement of physical activity can be disparate. In some studies, the level of work-associated physical activity was used as surrogate measure and, in others, the number of times per week sweat-induced activity was reached was used. The ideal way to measure physical activity has yet to be developed and could lead to misclassification error. Misclassification error has the potential to bias study outcome quite significantly.

Oral Rehydration Therapy and Feeding

Early refeeding is recommended in children with diarrhea. In adults, dietary adjustment is often not necessary because diarrhea abates so quickly with modern therapy. When symptoms linger despite treatment, common sense suggests that milk, fruits, vegetables, red meat, caffeine and alcohol should be added to the diet only when diarrhea has abated. Persisting or recurring symptoms should prompt consideration of parasitic disease.

Priorities For The Food Sector

In contrast to that in the developing world, the incidence of known nutritional deficiency disorders in the developed world is low. Even in the case of vegetarians, there appears to be no appreciable problem. Classical nutritional deficiency diseases have been avoided through the widespread fortification of food when it was realized that many staple crops contained insufficient concentrations of many essential vitamins and minerals. Fortification is also utilized to replace nutrients lost in the heat processing of staple foods and through oxidation. In addition, the consumption of nutritional supplements is becoming more widespread. Nonetheless, there is good evidence, as shown in Fig. 2, that even in a country such as the United States, where most nutritionally related disorders probably stem from over-nutrition, there is inadequate intake of micronutrients compared with what would be found in the plasma if recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) were consumed.

Clinical risk factors

Several large-scale prospective prophylactic studies of pre-eclampsia have now been completed and despite being disappointing in regard to successful prophylaxis, have yielded useful data in relation to the clinical epidemiology of pre-eclampsia. The low-dose aspirin study of 1995 (Sibai et al., 1995) revealed that systolic blood pressure at entry, prepregnancy obesity, the number of previous abortions or miscarriage and smoking history were risk factors for development of pre-eclampsia. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy was associated with a reduced incidence of pre-eclampsia. However, race was not a risk factor for pre-eclampsia in this study. A multivariate logistic regression equation based on these four factors could define a tenth of the population at very high risk and another tenth of the population at very low risk. In the subsequent CPEP study (Sibai et al., 1997) risk factors for pre-eclampsia were found to be body mass index, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood...

Disturbances of Regulation of Temperature Appetite and Sleep

Lesions of the posterior part of the hypothalamus result in hypothermia or poikilothermia and those of the anterior hypothalamus, in severe hyperthermia. The hypothalamus also plays an important role in the regulation of appetite. However, only seldom can hyperphagia and extreme obesity be related to lesions of satiety centers in the medial part of the hypothalamus or aphagia and inanition to lesions in the lateral hypothalamus.

Insulin resistanceglucose intolerance

Increased insulin resistance is seen in pregnancy and is greatest in the third trimester when hypertension typically presents. Obesity, which is a risk factor for hypertension in pregnancy (Eskenazi et al., 1991) is associated with decreased insulin sensitivity. Gestational diabetics also have an increased risk of hypertension in pregnancy (Suhonen and Teramo, 1993). A strong association has been shown between glucose intolerance and subsequent development of hypertension in pregnancy (Solomon et al., 1994). No absolute glucose level can distinguish between women who will remain normotensive and those who will develop new onset hypertension in pregnancy. However, only 9 of normotensives had glucose loading tests of 7.8 mmol or greater compared to 27 of women who develop hypertension. Fasting plasma insulin at 20 weeks gestation in African-American women who became pre-eclamptic was significantly greater than those who remain normotensive (Sowers et al., 1995). Using discriminant...

Postingestion Samples

The most common technique for analyzing food habits of terrestrial vertebrates involves sampling either during or after the digestive process. Samples may be collected from various stages of digestion for use in identifying food habits of herbivores and carnivores. All postmastication sampling requires identification of materials that may not be easily recognized.

Nitric oxide in preeclampsia

The nitric oxide radical is a potent vasodilator synthesized by endothelial cells. Measurement of nitrate, a breakdown product of nitric oxide, in urine shows that whole body production increases during pregnancy (Myatt etal., 1992). However, the many papers on cross-sectional data on plasma or urine nitrate in pre-eclampsia are somewhat conflicting, being increased, reduced or unaltered. This may reflect alterations in both renal excretion as well as synthesis. A major influence on plasma and urinary nitrite concentrations is dietary intake of nitrite nitrate which may confound measurements of endogenous synthesis and probably renders this unsuitable as a predictive marker unless patients are subject to dietary control.

Rationale For An Expectant Approach

Since the advent of PSA in 1989, substantial resources have been directed towards the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Mortality rates have fallen about 20 during that period. Whether this improvement in mortality is due to these efforts, or to other causes, is the subject of intense controversy. Other factors, including dietary and lifestyle modification, and a trend towards earlier initiation of androgen ablation for recurrent disease, may explain some or all of the fall in mortality. Indeed, Albertsen has demonstrated that the fall in mortality in Connecticut, where screening is uncommon, is equivalent to the reduction in Oregon, a highly screened population.17 Thus it remains uncertain whether our efforts at early diagnosis and local treatment have resulted in a decline in prostate cancer mortality.

Genetic Association Studies

Disorders found to be associated with changes in the sequence of a single gene have been associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, often as a result of a predisposition to polyhydramnios in pregnancies with fetuses with changes in the sequence of that single gene. Among these conditions are myotonic dystrophy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, and neurofibromatosis. However, like many other complex human diseases, such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and asthma, preterm birth is a complex trait and possesses the following features non-Mendelian transmission, the involvement of multiple genes, and gene-gene and gene-environment interactions. Research on the genetics of preterm birth thus faces significant challenges. The approaches available for the identification of genes that may be associated with a particular trait include positional cloning, the identification of positional candidate genes, whole-genome association analysis, and functional candidate...

Positioning injuries as seen by the neurologist

The risk of position-induced nerve injuries increases with the length of the operation. But positioning injuries can also not be ruled out during short operations. For example, Mitterschiffthaler et al. 48 described severe paralysis of the arm plexus after an operation lasting only 20 min. Position-induced nerve injuries occur preferably at anatomically predisposed places. Thin patients are at greater risk from pressure injuries than obese patients. The risk during the anaesthetic is related to the reduction in muscular tone (particularly when using muscle relaxants) and to eliminating the physiological protection reflexes. If a patient were awake he would automatically correct his position after a few minutes because of paraesthesia and pain. A special predisposition can result from anatomic anomalies (for example lower arm plexus paralysis in cases of cervical rib). The tolerance of peripheral nerves to pressure or tension is reduced in cases of latent or manifest polyneuropathies...

Energy and Physical Activity

The DRI process also recommended levels of activity to both decrease the risk of chronic disease and maintain body weight below a body mass index of 25 11 . The level of total activity recommended is > 1.6 physical activity level (PAL, the ratio of total energy expenditure to basal energy expenditure), and is the equivalent of 60 min of moderate intensity activity on a daily basis above sedentary levels (moderate activity equivalent to walking at 4.8-6.4 km h).

Role of Transporters in Drug Interactions

The growing use of herbal and other dietary supplements by the lay population suggests that an increase in dietary supplement-drug interactions may occur. For example, St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) was shown to decrease the digoxin AUC by 25 after 10 days of treatment (118). The effect appears to reflect induction of P-gp expression. Whether the active component leading to induction is the same or different from hypericin (one of the putative active antidepres-sant components of St. John's wort) is not known. A significant number of other herbal supplement-drug interactions are known, including interactions with HIV protease inhibitors and with anticoagulants (119). It is not clear whether the effects are on metabolism or transport.

Benign Intracranial Hypertension Pseudotumor Cerebri

Sure can be reduced by lumbar punctures repeated every few days. Gradually the pressure may stabilize at a lower safe level (200 to 250 mmH2O). Weight reduction may also be helpful but is difficult to accomplish. Prednisone (40 to 60 mg day) or oral hyperosmotic agents such as glycerol (15 to 60 mg qid) or acetazolamide (500 mg bid) may be of value in some cases. Patients who do not respond to any of these measures and are threatened with visual loss sometimes respond to lumbar thecoperitoneal shunting, but this procedure is not without risk (mainly infection) and has a high rate of failure due to closure or dis-lodgement of the shunt. Fenestration of the sheath of one optic nerve is now the favored surgical procedure in most centers.

Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and venous thromboembolism in later life

Risk for venous thromboembolism of 1.6 for women with a history of pre-eclampsia (Hannaford et al., 1997). When stratified by chronic hypertension, the relationship appeared stronger among women who were normotensive. A more recent analysis of almost 300,000 pregnancies from Canada demonstrated a twofold risk of venous thromboembolism among women with a pregnancy diagnosis of pre-eclampsia (van Walraven et al., 2003). Both studies included both first and subsequent pregnancies, employed register bases definitions of pre-eclampsia and could not adjust for important potential confounders, such as obesity. While these data suggest a possible association between pre-eclampsia and venous thromboembolism, further studies are clearly required.

Sources for Further Study

The Hunger Diseases. Northvale, N.J. Jason Aronson, 1997. Addresses the emotional hunger that, the author contends, underlies all eating disorders, from anorexia to obesity. Hirschmann, Jane R., and Carol H. Munter. When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsessions. New York Fawcett, 1997. A follow-up to the authors' Overcoming Overeating (1988). Reviews the psychological bases for compulsive eating and provides alternative strategies to persons who have an addictive relationship with food. Presents arguments against dieting and proposes that self-acceptance, physical activity, and health are more appropriate long-term solutions to the problem of overeating. Nisbett, Richard E. Hunger, Obesity, and the Ventromedial Hypothalamus. Psychological Review 79, no. 6 (1972) 433-453. Based on research which differentiated the two areas of the hypothalamus that involve hunger the start eating and stop eating mechanisms. Explains the idea of...

Sample Resolution And Information Obtained

As we have seen, the many methods used to investigate vertebrate food habits do not provide comparable information. The approaches summarized in table 5.1 differ according to the sample unit and resolution of information obtained. On one hand, exclosures provide information on relative use only by the population that is restricted by the fencing. On the other hand, samples obtained from gastrointestinal tracts can provide information on the actual biomass consumed by a specific individual of known sex and age (figure 5.5). Studies using the latter approach are therefore much more revealing to biologists concerned with the effects of foraging patterns. Figure 5.5 Information content (ranging from relative use to estimated biomass consumed) and sample resolution (individual animal or population) of common methods used to investigate vertebrate food habits. Figure 5.5 Information content (ranging from relative use to estimated biomass consumed) and sample resolution (individual animal or...

Improving Sample Resolution And Information Content

There may be ways to enhance the information obtained from conventional approaches to examining food habits. Fecal samples are still the most convenient, nonintrusive method to examine food habits of vertebrates. Methods are currently available and others are being developed that may increase the infor Recent advances in molecular biology will enable vertebrate ecologists to generate a more complete picture of food use patterns by specific segments of a population. Such detailed information will enhance our ability to understand community relationships and spatialemporal patterns of vertebrate abundance. Rather than addressing general questions on the natural history of a specific species or population, clearly defined investigations of animal food habits may enhance our ability to answer the important how and why questions of vertebrate ecology. Ackerman, B. B., F. G. Lindzey, and T. P. Hemker. 1984. Cougar food habits in southern

Interaction with food

The presence of food may influence the absorption of drugs and can either enhance, delay or reduce absorption77. The most serious problem with such studies is that variations in drug absorption may be due to several different effects. Primarily, the effect of food on gastric emptying is considerable, and variations in the rate at which food is presented to the small intestine will change the drug pharmacokinetics. Secondly, the drug can interact with the food in the intestinal lumen, adsorb to food or be or absorbed by it. Metal ions present in food such as milk can chelate drug, or the drug can bind to dietary proteins thus changing its bioavailability. The presence of viscous chyme can act as a physical barrier reducing drug access to the absorbing surface. Finally, food may influence the absorption process by direct interference with the epithelial biochemistry for example the absorption of a drug that was taken up actively by a carbohydrate transport system would be slowed in the...

Reduced Genome Maintenance

Gene expression profiles from the liver of these mice showed that the severe genotoxic stress caused by XPF deficiency increased the expression of genes that provide antioxidant defenses and decreased the expression of genes important for insulin insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) signaling (156). The insulin IGF-1 signaling pathway is now known to be an evolutionarily conserved pathway that regulates aging modest decreases in the output of this pathway have been shown to increase the life span of nematodes, fruit flies, and mice (11,158). Notably, this pattern of gene expression was also seen in control mice subjected to chronic low-level genotoxic stress, calorie restriction, and normal aging (156). These findings suggest that damage and aging elicit a similar set of conserved metabolic responses an increase in antioxidant protection and a decrease in insulin IGF-1 signaling. These responses are similar to the effects of caloric restriction and presumably act to preserve, or...

Determination of Amino Acid Requirements

The determination of dietary requirements in infants and children has proven to be a challenging task. Whatever method is used, graded levels of the amino acid under study have to be fed to the subjects, ranging from below to above the requirement level 7-9 , and changes determined in a biological response. The biological responses which have been used include nitrogen balance plasma amino acid level direct amino acid oxidation and balance, and indicator amino acid oxidation and balance 5, 8 . Plasma amino acid levels have not proven to be useful except possibly for tryptophan 8 . Nitrogen balances have been conducted in preterm infants 3, 10, 11 , preschool children 12 , and 6- to 10-year-old children 13-17 to determine dietary indispensable amino acid. As recent extensive review of this work concluded that the data were sufficiently uncertain so that they could not be used as the basis for defining dietary indispensable amino acid requirements in infants and children 5 . Direct...

Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

Both linoleic and a-linolenic acids are essential fatty acids in the human diet because the A12 and n-3 desaturase activities necessary to convert oleic acid to these fatty acids are lacking in most mammalian microsomes. The dietary PUFAs (18 2, 18 3) are used primarily in mammals as precursors for the eicosanoids including prostaglandins and leukotrienes (44). Because of the known beneficial effects associated with the intake of LC-PUFAs in the diet of both infants and adults (44) and the limited natural sources commercially available, there has been much interest lately in the possibility of producing ARA, EPA, and DHA in plant seed oils, where they do not normally occur (4).

Preliminary Tests For Ivf And

A general and pelvic examination is made, including chlamydia screening and updating of cervical cytology. The body mass index of the woman should be calculated (weight divided by height squared) and weight loss advised for any woman with a body mass index of greater than 30. Women are advised to stop cigarette smoking and reduce alcohol intake, not only in pregnancy, but also because they reduce fertility. Folate supplementation is recommended before conception and during the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy (400 g folic acid per day or if there is a history of neural tube defect or the woman is taking medication for epilepsy 4 mg daily).

Requirement Estimates in Disease

The development of the minimally invasive indicator amino acid oxidation model for the first time opened the way to directly determine requirements for inborn errors of amino acid metabolism phenylketonuria 19, 20 and maple syrup urine disease 26 . In addition we have been able to use the indicator oxidation technique to determine essential amino acid requirements during intravenous feeding and compare the results with estimates obtained during enteral feeding. The work was conducted initially in neonatal piglets as a model for human neonates 27, 28 and has been partially confirmed in human neonates 29 . Overall this work has shown that the intestinal mucosa is active in amino acid metabolism. The key findings are that up to 60 of dietary threonine in the neonatal piglet is taken up and used for the synthesis 5Sum of the maintenance protein X the adult maintenance amino acid pattern and growth (tissue deposition adjusted for a 58 dietary efficiency of utilization X tissue amino acid...

Behavioral modification and pelvic floor exercise

Pelvic floor exercise is an integral component of a behavioral modification program (see Table 34.2) and is often utilized to treat PPI in the immediate postoperative period. This program consists of (1) patient education regarding the function of the lower urinary tract (2) fluid and dietary management (3) timed voiding, and bladder training (4) pelvic floor exercises and (5) a voiding log or diary. For the patient with PPI, the aim of behavioral therapy is to help regain bladder control by increasing the effective capacity of the bladder and improving outlet resistance, thereby reducing the symptoms of UI. This type of program can be used for both sphincteric and bladder-related causes of PPI. Keeping a record in the form of a frequency volume chart or voiding log plays a central role. Dietary items, such as coffee, tea and alcohol, may precipitate symptoms, and this will become obvious upon review of the voiding log, if this information has been included. The initiation of pelvic...

Homocysteine and methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase

Plasma homocysteine levels are increased in individuals with reduced levels of folate, cobalamin or pyridoxine due to dietary deficiency, drugs or underlying disease. Hyperhomocysteinemia may also be caused by genetic abnormalities affecting the trans-sulphuration or remethylation pathways of homocysteine metabolism. A common mutation in the gene encoding methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) in which a cytidine residue at position 677 (C677T) in the gene is replaced by thymidine has been described. The resultant variant is thermolabile and, in its homozygous form, is associated with an approximately 50 reduction of the enzyme activity. In the presence of folate deficiency, homozygosity for this mutation results in elevated plasma homocysteine levels and a slightly increased risk of venous thrombosis. Of white populations, 10 15 are homozygous (677TT) for this variant. The mechanisms whereby hyperhomocysteinemia promote thrombosis are not clear but seem to involve endothelial...

Requirement and Recommended Protein Intake of Term Infants

The protein requirement for maintenance is that needed to replace losses through urine, feces and the skin. The factorial method uses many assumptions such as the adequacy of nitrogen balance data for calculating maintenance requirements, the method used for estimation of the needs for growth, the degree of intra-individual variation of growth and the efficiency of converting dietary protein to body protein. According to Dewey et al. 3 the protein requirement has been overestimated using this method. Revised estimates for the mean requirement and safe level of protein intake by Dewey et al. 3 are given in table 1.

Gene Environment Interactions

Studies on ApoE can illustrate such candidate gene-by-environment interactions. We have already seen that the electrophoretic variants at the ApoE locus influence many serum lipid phenotypes. Such phenotypes are also influenced by our diet. A large study was done on young children randomized into control and dietary intervention groups (Rask-Nissila et al. 2002). The intervention group was placed on a low-saturated-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Many lipid phenotypes were then tracked over time in these two groups. This study revealed that children with the genotypes e2le3 or e3le3 were more responsive to this dietary intervention for non-HDL cholesterol levels than children with other genotypes at the ApoE locus. These and many other studies reveal that a single genotype can give rise to a variety of phenotypes depending upon environmental conditions (phenotypic plasticity) and that different genotypes will display different phenotypic responses to the same environmental change (norms of...

Example of metabolic reaction

Increased permeability of the mucosal lining, allowing entry of microbial or dietary antigens, has been proposed as a possible cause in the pathophysiology of chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Interestingly, in Crohn's disease of the colon, there is abnormal permeability in apparently uninvolved proximal small intestine as well as in the colon110. Patients with Crohn's disease are subject to gastrointestinal strictures where a controlled release matrix may lodge and cause epithelial damage due to the release of concentrated drug at one site over a prolonged period of time111.

Endorphins and the Placebo Effect

Endorphins have been shown to play a role in a wide variety of body functions, including memory and learning and the control of sexual impulses. Abnormal activity of endorphins has been shown to play a role in organic psychiatric dysfunctions such as schizophrenia and depression. Deficits in endorphin levels have been observed to correlate with aggressiveness endorphin replacement therapy results in the diminishment of such behavior. Abnormal levels of endorphins in the blood have also been found in individuals suffering from behavioral disorders such as anorexia or obesity.

Vitamin E Absorption and Transport

Major dietary sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, margarine, nuts, seeds, whole grains, soybeans, eggs, and avocados. The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin E is 15 mg day (15 mg 22.5 IU),12 however, In the American diet the level of consumption of 7-tocopherol ranges from two to four times higher than the level of a-tocopherol. Both forms are equally well absorbed by the intestines, bound with chylomicron lipopro-tein, and transported to liver, yet the plasma level of a-tocopherol is five to ten times higher than plasma levels of 7-tocopherol. This is attributed to a-tocopherol's higher affinity to a liver cytosolic tocopherol transfer protein (TTP) compared to 7-tocopherol. Therefore, TTP is a major determinant of plasma tocopherol levels. There have been studies that show that dietary supplementation with a-tocopherol will actually decrease levels of 7-tocopherol in the blood and adipose tissue14'15 due to the limited binding capacity of the hepatic TTP.

Patient selection and preoperative preparation

The body habitus of the patient does usually not significantly influence the degree of difficulty of the surgery. However, in obese patients achieving access may be more difficult. The thickness of the abdominal wall diminishes the available length of the trocars and consequently the ability to reach deeply situated structures with the instruments. Obese patients frequently have a large amount of perivesical fat and the bladder may be difficult to retract during the vesicoureth-ral anastomosis. It often obstructs the view on the bladder neck and urethra when using a 0 laparoscope. The 30 laparo-scope may be a valuable help in these circumstances.

Drug Metabolism Interactions of Particular Importance to Women

Women use herbal and dietary supplements at higher rates than men do. This rise in use of alternative therapies places women at increased risk of significant drug interactions, specifically drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions (83-89). For instance, St. John's wort, a popular antidepressant, contains at least seven groups of chemical compounds. These include naphthodianthrons (hypericin and pseudohy-pericin), flavonoids (quercetin, hyperoside, and rutin),

Extrapyramidal Syndromes

Diagnostic findings in Wilson disease are KF rings sometimes requiring slit-lamp examination, low serum ceruloplasmin and copper, high copper content in urine and liver biopsy, and abnormal CT scan of the basal ganglia. Early diagnosis and control of copper levels (low dietary copper, D-penicillamine, 1 to 2 g day orally, or zinc acetate or trientine) will prevent the development of neurologic symptoms or cause them to regress.

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