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More than just genetics: Lifestyle choices impact GI health

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2006) Lifestyle factors, such as daily breakfast choices and childhood home environments, have a significant impact on the gastrointestinal system, affecting your metabolism, body mass index and the likelihood of developing GI-related conditions, according to new research presented today at Digestive Disease Week 2006 (DDW). DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

"While some lifestyle factors may be difficult for patients to change, other simple adjustments such as eating a healthy breakfast can result in a striking improvement in GI health," said Lee Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School and director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center. "These changes should not be underestimated and doctors and patients should work together to improve health and quality of life."

Effect of Breakfasts with Different Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load on Metabolic and Hormonal Responses to the Breakfast and to the Following Meal [Abstract T2071]

Previous research has shown that breakfast patterns can affect a person's weight and energy level, as those who skip breakfast or eat a breakfast rich in protein and fat may experience weight gain and altered energy balance. Researchers from the Universities of Verona and Parma in Italy further examined the link between breakfast and metabolism and found that patients experienced a different metabolic response depending on what type of breakfast they consumed.

A total of 16 healthy volunteers were followed over a three-day period, receiving each of three types of breakfasts: one high in both glycemic index and glycemic load (HGI-HGL); one high in glycemic index and low in glycemic load (HGI-LGL); and one low in both glycemic index and glycemic load (LGI-LGL). Glycemic index refers to how quickly a carbohydrat
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Contact: Aimee Frank
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301-941-2620
American Gastroenterological Association
22-May-2006


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