“Based on the aggregation of billions of search queries people typed into Google this year, Zeitgeist captures the spirit of 2010,” announced Google last week.
At DietsInReview, we make it our business to keep our readers up-to-date with the latest diet, nutrition and health trends. Here’s our rundown on 2010 in health searches.
1. HGC Diet
HCG is a pregnancy hormone that recently has been incorporated into one of the hottest fad diets of the year. Our review of the dangerous and controversial diet has remained one of the most popular articles on our site for many months.
Related Article: HCG: Look Elsewhere for Weight Loss
2. Dr. Oz
Once a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz has become a celebrity in his own right, with The Dr. Oz Show. He is also the author of many books, including YOU: On a Diet, YOU: Being Beautiful and You: The Smart Patient.
Related Articles: Dr. Oz Fights Teen Obesity, The Skinny on Cellulite from Dr. Oz
Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that does not typically affect linguistic and cognitive abilities, but rather inhibits normal social interaction.
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There are several reasons why overweight and obese women may not want to take a hormonal birth-control. It may be for health reasons, like furthering the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, or blood clots. Many decline to take birth control for religious reasons. Natural Family Planning, or NFP, has recently gained momentum, particularly among Catholics. NFP is the only form of birth control condoned by the Roman Catholic Church other than abstinence.
Further, the birth control pill is much less effective at preventing pregnancies in overweight and obese women. A study conducted in Washington state found that the risk of unwanted pregnancy among women taking the pill to be 60 percent higher among overweight women, and 70 percent higher among obese women. Other studies suggested that the same thing may also be true of hormone-based birth control, such as implants or the patch.
Religious reasons aside, some women who cannot take the pill for weight-related health reasons may consider turning to Natural Family Planning, also known as the rhythm method and fertility awareness. NFP includes knowledge of one’s menstrual cycle(calendar method), tracking one’s basal body temperature (BBT), and observing cervical mucus (Billings method). These are all indicators of when one is ovulating. However, the rhythm method is only about 75 to 87 percent effective (WebMD). That means there’s a one-in-four chance of pregnancy every time you have sex without another form of birth control.
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One in five couples who are trying to conceive are affected by fertility issues. Luckily, modern medicine has come a long way in helping couples who want to bear children increase their chances of becoming parents through a variety of medical interventions.
In addition to Western science and technologies, many couples compliment clinical therapies with alternative health practices. The ancient discipline of yoga is one of the most commonly turned to holistic practices that attracts potential parents-to-be who are looking for non-medical ways to enhance the chances of conceiving.
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A new study shows that heavier women run a higher risk of preterm birth, reports WebMD. The study adds to a growing understanding of the pregnancy risks associated with being overweight, which also affects fertility and the probability of miscarriage.
The latest meta-study, which pooled data from 84 other studies, concluded that the greater the mother’s weight, the more likely she is to deliver before 32 weeks of gestation. “Thirty-two weeks is a really important benchmark in pregnancy,” study researcher Sarah D. McDonald, MD. “Babies born this early are much more likely to be sick and they tend to spend a much longer time in the nursery.”
Compared to normal-weight women, overweight women are 15 percent more likely to give birth prematurely, obese women are 50 percent more likely and very obese women are 80 percent more likely. In response to the new body of research and rise of obesity among women of childbearing age, the Institute of Medicine has for the first time put an upper limit on recommended weight gain during pregnancy.
The Green Pregnancy
Miscarriages More Likely in Overweight Women
Obesity is a major cause of infertility, but new research uncovers another reason why being overweight makes it more difficult to have a baby. Extra pounds put women at a higher risk of miscarriage after in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The AP reports on a study conducted at a clinic in London that tracked 318 women who successfully began a pregnancy by IVF. Researchers classified the women as either normal weight or obese according to their BMI. Women with normal weight miscarried at a rate of 22 percent, while 33 percent of obese women miscarried. For women who conceive naturally, miscarriage in the first trimester is between 4 and 23 percent, depending on medical history.
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