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As US obesity epidemic grows, new study shows who is gaining weight over the last decade ... read more
June 23, 2022
Research looked at the long-term weight gain of more than 13,800 U.S. adults -- a rare data point unearthed in obesity research. The study shows more than half of American adults gained 5% or more body weight over a 10-year period and more than a third of American adults gained 10% or more body weight. Just under a fifth gained 20% or more body weight.

The benefits of exercise in a pill? Science is closer to that goal ... read more
June 15, 2022
Researchers have identified a molecule in the blood that is produced during exercise and can effectively reduce food intake and obesity in mice.

Blood fat levels predict diabetes remission following gastric bypass surgery ... read more
June 15, 2022
A newly developed test could help doctors more accurately predict whether individuals who undergo gastric bypass surgery will experience a remission of type 2 diabetes within two years of the procedure.

Women burn fat even after menopause ... read more
June 14, 2022
The estrogen deficiency following menopause is thought to impair women's ability to use fat as an energy source. A study shows that menopausal state or blood estrogen levels do not clearly determine the rate middle-aged women are able to use fat at rest or during exercise. Higher fat utilization did not indicate better glucose tolerance.

Most people think their diet is healthier than it is ... read more
June 14, 2022
How healthy is your diet? It seems like a simple question, but according to a new study, it's one that most Americans struggle to get right.

Study shows people 'right size' portions of high-calorie foods ... read more
June 13, 2022
New research has revealed that humans moderate the size of energy-rich meals they eat, suggesting people are smarter eaters than previously thought.

Weight loss with bariatric surgery cuts the risk of developing cancer and death from cancer ... read more
June 3, 2022
A new study shows that among adults with obesity, weight loss achieved with bariatric surgery was associated with a 32% lower risk of developing cancer and a 48% lower risk of cancer-related death compared with adults who did not have the surgery.

High fat diet, unregulated athletic exercise endurance enhancers linked to risk of pancreatic cancer ... read more
June 1, 2022
A study suggests that substances touted to improve athletic performance can activate a receptor that accelerates the progression of pre-cancerous lesions to pancreatic cancer in mice.

What will it take to transform obesity care for all? ... read more
May 31, 2022
A new framework for managing obesity care in primary care settings, and efforts to educate clinicians about the appropriate use of obesity medications, aim to improve care for this chronic disease.

Scientists discover a potential new marker to personalized therapy for breast cancer ... read more
May 24, 2022
A new study has discovered that 'crown-like structures' surrounding breast tumors in overweight and obese patients could hinder their response to therapy. The findings of this study could potentially be used to improve personalized treatment for patients with HER2+ overexpressed breast cancer.

Men with obesity can double their sperm count ... read more
May 23, 2022
Men with obesity can double their sperm count if they lose weight and maintain the weight loss.

Dietary cholesterol worsens inflammation, sickness in mice with influenza ... read more
May 19, 2022
New research suggests high levels of dietary cholesterol make mice sicker when infected with influenza. This study links cholesterol in the diet with exacerbation of a viral infection.

Everyone eats three extra cheeseburgers a day than they admit, study shows ... read more
May 19, 2022
Everyone eats the equivalent of three extra cheeseburgers a day than they admit -- regardless of their waistline, researchers have revealed. The study shows obese and thin people all fib about food to the same amount regardless of the number on the bathroom scale and this could be undermining national health advice.

New weight-loss intervention targets instinctive desire to eat ... read more
May 18, 2022
People who are highly responsive to food lost more weight and kept it off using a new weight loss program that targets internal hunger cues and the ability to resist food.

Weights can be weapons in battle against obesity ... read more
May 16, 2022
Despite the commonly held belief aerobic exercise is essential for weight loss, a new study has found resistance training can have equally positive results -- in conjunction with reducing calorie intake.

Microbes help orchestrate how the gut uses its genes ... read more
May 13, 2022
The microbes that help break down food actually tell the gut how to do its job better, according to a new study in mice. The researchers said it appears that the microbes are able to influence which of the gut's genes are being called into action, and in turn, that interaction might lead to a remodeling of the epithelial cells lining the gut so that they match the diet.

A single hormone directs body's responses to low-protein diet ... read more
May 13, 2022
A single hormone appears to coordinate the lifespan extension produced by a low-protein diet. Low-protein diets produce beneficial metabolic effects in aged mice, improving metabolic health, reducing frailty, and extending lifespan. These beneficial effects were also apparent when protein intake was reduced in middle-aged mice, even protecting against the detriments of obesity. Importantly, these beneficial effects were lost in mice that lacked FGF21, suggesting that its action in the brain is critical for the increase in health and lifespan.

Obesity in pregnancy increases risk of lifelong cardiovascular disease in offspring ... read more
May 12, 2022
Maternal obesity impairs heart health and function of the fetus according to a new study in mice. The study found that maternal obesity causes molecular changes in the heart of the fetus and alters expression of genes related to nutrient metabolism, which greatly increases offspring's risk of cardiac problems in later life.

Scientists study links between obesity, age and body chemistry ... read more
May 11, 2022
A team of scientists is making inroads in understanding the relationship between certain enzymes that are normally produced in the body and their role in regulating obesity and controlling liver diseases. Researchers studied male mice that lacked the Cyp2b enzyme and how the lack of the enzyme affected the mice's metabolism.

Diets high in fiber associated with less antibiotic resistance in gut bacteria ... read more
May 10, 2022
Healthy adults who eat a diverse diet with at least 8-10 grams of soluble fiber a day have fewer antibiotic-resistant microbes in their guts, according to a new study. The results lead directly to the idea that modifying the diet has the potential to be a new weapon in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. And this does not require eating some exotic diet, but eating a diverse diet, adequate in fiber, a diet that some Americans already eat.

'New and improved' supermarkets trim childhood obesity in NYC ... read more
May 9, 2022
Access to newer supermarkets that offer fresh foods in some of New York City's poorest neighborhoods was linked to a 1% decline in obesity rates among public school students living nearby, a new study shows. The modernized markets were also tied to reductions of between 4% and 10% in the average student BMI-z score, a measure of body weight based on height for each age group by gender.

Obesity threatens U.S. military readiness, experts say ... read more
May 6, 2022
A new article outlines the research and practices needed to combat the US obesity epidemic and its impact on military readiness.

Vegan diets boost weight loss, lower blood sugar in adults with overweight or type 2 diabetes ... read more
May 5, 2022
An analysis of 11 randomized trials finds that adhering to vegan diets for at least 12 weeks may boost weight loss and glucose control in adults with overweight or type 2 diabetes.

Cutting calories and eating at the right time of day leads to longer life in mice ... read more
May 5, 2022
In a study that followed hundreds of mice over their lifespans, calorie restriction combined with time-restricted eating boosted longevity.

Active brown adipose tissue protects against 'pre-prediabetes' ... read more
May 5, 2022
In a prospective study of young, lean adults, PET/CT imaging revealed that higher levels of active brown adipose tissue (also known as 'brown fat') are more prevalent in individuals who exhibit very early indications of metabolic disorders. The study suggests that active brown fat is recruited to counteract 'pre-prediabetic' states, potentially serving as a first-line protective mechanism against very early metabolic or hormonal abnormalities.

Diet type can increase potentially harmful gas in the gut ... read more
May 3, 2022
Scientists looked at colonic hydrogen sulfide -- a toxic gas in the body that smells like rotten eggs -- production in people in response to animal- and plant-based diet interventions.

Brain networks can play role in weight-loss success ... read more
May 3, 2022
When it comes to weight loss, the old adage it's all in your head may be true. Scientists have shown that two specific networks in the brain can strongly influence how successful a person will be when trying to lose weight.

Combination of drugs for obesity and Type 2 diabetes may be more effective than a single therapy ... read more
May 3, 2022
Researchers have identified new drug combinations to treat people with obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The goal is to develop personalized prescriptions that are more effective than single drugs and that can potentially replace more invasive treatments such as bariatric surgery, especially for children.

Study finds children with vegetarian diet have similar growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat ... read more
May 2, 2022
A study of nearly 9,000 children found those who eat a vegetarian diet had similar measures of growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat. The study also found that children with a vegetarian diet had higher odds of underweight weight status, emphasizing the need for special care when planning the diets of vegetarian kids.

A novel therapy ameliorates obesity and Type 2 diabetes in mice fed a high-fat diet ... read more
April 29, 2022
A novel therapy ameliorates obesity and Type 2 diabetes in mice fed a high-fat diet. The therapy acts through sustained release of nitric oxide, a gaseous signaling chemical whose most important function in the body is relaxing the inner muscles of blood vessels.

New article outlines the characteristics of a 'longevity diet' ... read more
April 28, 2022
In a new article, researchers describe the 'longevity diet,' a multi-pillar approach based on studies of various aspects of diet, from food composition and calorie intake to the length and frequency of fasting periods.

'Keto' molecule may be useful in preventing and treating colorectal cancer, study suggests ... read more
April 27, 2022
Beta-hydroxybutyrate, an alternative-energy molecule produced by the body in response to starvation or low-carb diets, strongly suppresses the growth of colorectal tumors in lab experiments, according to a new study.

Poor diet associated with increased diabetes risk across all gradients of genetic risk ... read more
April 26, 2022
Genetic risk factors and diet quality are independently associated with type 2 diabetes; a healthy diet is linked to lower diabetes risk across all levels of genetic risk. That's the conclusion of a study of more than 35,000 U.S. adults.

Living near fast food restaurants in South Asia may increase risk of Type 2 diabetes ... read more
April 26, 2022
Globally, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is increasing. A new study suggests that living near fast food restaurants increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Lipidomics provides new biomarkers for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes ... read more
April 26, 2022
Using lipidomics, a modern analytical method, researchers identified those lipids that are statistically associated with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In addition, the scientists found that a diet with an increased proportion of unsaturated fatty acids leads to a reduction in risk-associated lipids and an increase in low-risk lipids.

Boys are more demanding than girls before they are born, according to scientists ... read more
April 26, 2022
Finding out the sex of a baby during pregnancy could lead to better life chances, a new study has discovered. Male baby pregnancies are more likely to result in complications, possibly because they grow faster in the womb and require more nutrients and oxygen than supplied by the mother through the placenta -- the temporary organ that attaches to the wall of the uterus during pregnancy to help the fetus grow and develop.

Automated nutrition app can help people follow healthier diet ... read more
April 25, 2022
People could benefit from fully automated personal nutritional advice, as a new research paper shows that an app improved healthy diet in clinical trials.

Intense exercise while dieting may reduce cravings for fatty food ... read more
April 21, 2022
In a study that offers hope for human dieters, rats on a 30-day diet who exercised intensely resisted cues for favored, high-fat food pellets. The experiment was designed to test resistance to the phenomenon known as 'incubation of craving,' meaning the longer a desired substance is denied, the harder it is to ignore signals for it. The findings suggest that exercise modulated how hard the rats were willing to work for cues associated with the pellets, reflecting how much they craved them.

Following a Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy may reduce the risk of preeclampsia ... read more
April 20, 2022
An analysis of health and dietary data for more than 8,500 pregnant women found that greater adherence to a Mediterranean-style eating plan was associated with a lower risk of preeclampsia, which is a pregnancy complication characterized by severe high blood pressure that can be serious or even fatal for both mother and child. The reduction in risk of preeclampsia was greatest among Black women -- a population at high risk for preeclampsia.

Bioengineers visualize fat storage in fruit flies ... read more
April 19, 2022
A new visualization technique is being used to untangle often discussed, yet mysterious, links between diet and things like obesity, diabetes and aging.

Biologists find new protective factor against excessive lipid accumulation in liver of obese mouse ... read more
April 19, 2022
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), commonly known as fatty liver disease, is a prevalent disease frequently seen in obese people. Having high fat content in the liver is detrimental as it is strongly associated with severe health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and liver cancer. A research team uncovers a new protective mechanism against this disorder.

Genes can affect our nutrient tolerance ... read more
April 19, 2022
A new study finds that minor genetic differences can affect the ability to utilize the energy of various nutrients. This work shows how nutritional planning based on genetic data could promote the development of personalized nutrition for health.

Energy-burning brown fat less active in boys with obesity ... read more
April 14, 2022
Researchers performed MRI scans to measure BAT activity in 26 boys between the ages of eight and 10. They studied the BAT tissue in the neck before and after one hour of exposure to a cold suit set at a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. The patient sample included 13 boys with a normal BMI and the same number again with obesity, in the first study of its kind in children.

Exercise during pregnancy reduces the risk of Type-2 Diabetes in offspring ... read more
April 14, 2022
Exercising during pregnancy bestows a wealth of benefits upon a child. New research suggests that exercise may also help reduce the offspring's chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Researchers uncovered how SOD3, a key protein released by the placenta after exercise, improves the metabolic health of offspring and negates the impacts of maternal obesity and poor diets.

About 1 in 4 adults has an often-missed liver disorder linked to higher heart disease risk ... read more
April 14, 2022
It is estimated that about one in four adults worldwide has an abnormal build-up of fat in the liver, called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD can lead to permanent liver damage, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in people with fatty liver disease. Because NAFLD is often missed in routine medical screening, the new scientific statement raises awareness and understanding about its link to heart disease and to outline how to prevent and diagnose the condition.

High cardiovascular risk is associated with symptoms of depression ... read more
April 13, 2022
Cardiovascular risk factors are associated with an increased risk of depression in older adults, according to a new study.

Obesity significantly increased heart failure risk among women with late menopause ... read more
April 13, 2022
While women who enter menopause before age 45 are known to be at higher risk of heart failure, obesity significantly increased heart failure risk among women who experienced late menopause -- at age 55 or older, according to a new study. The findings indicate that maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding abdominal obesity may protect against developing heart failure, especially among women who experience late menopause.

Researchers identify potential new treatment for metabolic syndrome ... read more
April 11, 2022
Metabolic syndrome increases a person's risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, and includes conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. In a recent mouse-model study, researchers have furthered their progress to develop a drug to treat metabolic syndrome by identifying a receptor that controls appetite and body weight.

New study reveals that healthy plant-based diets are associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes ... read more
April 10, 2022
New research finds that the consumption of healthy plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, and legumes, is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) in generally healthy people and support their role in diabetes prevention.

Kisspeptin: A new drug to treat liver disease? ... read more
April 7, 2022
A hormone that triggers puberty and controls fertility in humans might be developed as a treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to new research.

Chemical compound promotes healthy aging, study finds ... read more
April 7, 2022
A recently discovered chemical compound helped elderly mice with obesity lose fat and weight, add muscle and strength, reduce age-related inflammation and increase physical activity, a new study shows.

Laser light, a dye and a nonsurgical implant could help overcome obesity ... read more
April 6, 2022
When dieting and exercise aren't enough, weight-loss surgery can be an effective obesity treatment. But people who don't want surgery have other options, including insertion of an appetite-suppressing balloon or other implant in the stomach. Now, researchers report that they have augmented that procedure in laboratory animals by coating an implant with a laser-activated dye that kills cells producing ghrelin, the 'hunger hormone.'

Boosting liver mRNAs curbs appetite, body weight in obese mice ... read more
April 5, 2022
Inhibiting a liver enzyme in obese mice showed promising results including reduced appetite and weight loss after 12 weeks of therapy, scientists have reported. The study points to a potential new avenue to intervene in metabolic diseases.

What's the skinny on those pandemic pounds? ... read more
April 4, 2022
More Americans weighed in as obese during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic than in the previous year. A new study presents evidence from a large, nationally representative survey that documents this trend and helps to explain behavior changes that led to widespread weight gain in 2020.

Can weekly prednisone treat obesity? ... read more
April 1, 2022
Obese mice that were fed a high-fat diet and that received prednisone one time per week had improved exercise endurance, got stronger, increased their lean body mass and lost weight, reports a new study. The mice also had increased muscle metabolism. The once-weekly prednisone promoted nutrient uptake into the muscles.

Higher blood fats more harmful than first thought ... read more
April 1, 2022
The increased levels of blood fats in people with type 2 diabetes and obesity are more harmful than previously thought, a new study has found. The research shows they can kill cells, make symptoms more severe, and worsen the illness. Increased fat in the blood has long been known to damage tissues and organs, contributing to the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes.

Babies exposed to cannabis in the womb may be at risk for obesity, high blood sugar ... read more
March 31, 2022
Cannabis use among pregnant women is on the rise and may be associated with negative health outcomes in children, according to a new study.

Subsidy would improve fruit and veggie intake by as much as 15%, say economists ... read more
March 30, 2022
High fixed costs for retailing fresh fruit and vegetables means that they cost 40% more than would be efficient, unlike unhealthy alternatives, which trade close to marginal cost, a new study demonstrates.

Lack of sleep increases unhealthy abdominal fat, study finds ... read more
March 28, 2022
New research shows that lack of sufficient sleep combined with free access to food increases calorie consumption and consequently fat accumulation, especially unhealthy fat inside the belly.

Origins of diabetes may be different in men and women ... read more
March 23, 2022
Researchers look at how fat tissue from different parts of the body may lead to diabetes onset in men and women. They reviewed almost 200 hundred scientific papers looking for a deeper understanding of how fat operates at the surface and tissue level, and the mechanisms by which that tissue contributes to diabetes onset.


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