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Water – the key component in our body

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Water does not only fulfil life-critical functions, it is by far the most frequent link within the human body. Depending on age, gender and physical condition, body weight is made up of roughly 55% to 65% of total body water (TBW). This can then be subdivided into intracellular and extracellular water. Intracellular water (ICW) is the main component of the cell interior or cytoplasm and accounts for around 60% of TBW. The rest of the water fraction comprises extracellular water (ECW). As the basis of all bodily fluids, it is found as intravascular water in the blood and lymphatic vessels. and as interstitial water in intercellular spaces.

Obesity – if only the scalpel could help

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While most people can lose excess weight through dietary changes and exercise, for some it can be an almost impossible task. This is especially true for people with severe obesity and a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40kg/m². When the usual weight reduction methods have reached their limits, bariatric surgery is often the only way out.

Should I skip breakfast or not?

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International nutritional associations continue to stress the importance of a balanced breakfast. However, for many people, the “most important meal of the day“ has not been so important for some time. An estimated third of people in industrialised nations even misses out on breakfast altogether. Particularly in the light of the continually growing obesity epidemic, there are discussions around whether regular breakfast promotes weight gain or works against it.

Surgeons Are Better Golfers

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After work doctors often swap their stethoscopes for irons and drivers, and relax between the fairway and the green of the golf course. Researchers from the University of Boston have tried to find out whether, and to what extent, there is any truth to this cliché.

The different fat tissues and their properties: an overview

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Easter – The beginning of the end for exercise routines

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Fat healthy, slim sick?!

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Arterielle Hypertonie, Diabetes mellitus Typ 2 und Fettstoffwechselstörungen – all diese Erkrankungen werden durch Üb ergewicht und Adipositas begünstigt. Übermäßiges Gewicht gehört damit zu den wichtigsten gesundheitlichen Risikofaktoren. Im Gegensatz dazu gilt Normalgewicht als protektiv und gesundheitsfördernd. Betrachtet man hingegen die Stoffwechselgesundheit, trifft diese einfache Gleichung nicht zu.

When the internal clock gets out of sync

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Der menschliche Körper folgt dem Takt der biologischen Rythmen - allen voran dem zirkadianen Rhythmus. Mit einer Periodenlänge von circa 24 Stunden beeinflusst er die Körperfunktionen, darunter den Schlaf-wach-Rhythmus, die Nahrungsaufnahme sowie tageszeitliche Schwankungen von Körpertemperatur, Herzfrequenz, Blutdruck und der Hormonproduktion. Seine Erforschung brachte einem amerikanischen Forscherteam im Jahr 2017 sogar den Nobelpreis für Medizin ein.

Extra pounds cost extra years of healthy living

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Being overweight or obese represents a serious health risk, and in many countries has replaced smoking as the most common preventable cause of death. Excessive bodyweight contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes, heart and circulatory diseases and encourages the growth of certain types of tumours, contributing to a shorter life expectancy. Investigations have shown that even people who are a little overweight will lose years off their life, compared to people of normal weight. The impact increases with the growth of excess weight and, for seriously obese people, can even lead to a life expectancy that is cut ten years shorter. However, it is not just a person’s lifespan that is shortened, the number of years enjoyed in good health also suffers.