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Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to less stress, study finds ... read more
May 13, 2021
Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is associated with less stress, according to new research. The findings revealed people who ate at least 470 grams of fruit and vegetables daily had 10 per cent lower stress levels than those who consumed less than 230 grams.

Obesity slows progress against cancer deaths, study suggests ... read more
May 13, 2021
A new study suggests that heart disease and obesity-associated cancer mortality rates have continued to improve, but at a slowing pace.

Obesity during adolescence linked to increased risk of stroke as an adult, study finds ... read more
May 13, 2021
Higher body mass index (BMI) -- an indicator of obesity -- in late adolescence is associated with a significantly higher risk of first ischemic stroke in men and women under age 50, regardless of whether they had Type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. Even BMIs in the high-normal range are associated with increased stroke risk in both men and women.

Genetic risk of heart disease may be due to low Omega 3-linked biomarker ... read more
May 12, 2021
People who are genetically more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases may benefit from boosting a biomarker found in fish oils, a new study suggests.

10 years after obesity surgery: How did life turn out? ... read more
May 12, 2021
In a new study, patients were interviewed about their experiences ten years after undergoing obesity surgery. The results show that the effect on eating and weight regulation persisted, whereas other problems, such as feelings of guilt about still not being healthy enough, remained.

Boosting body heat production: A new approach for treating obesity ... read more
May 11, 2021
Targeting a heat production 'brake' on fat tissues may be a safer way to treat obesity than current medication.

Prenatal exposure to famine heightens risk for later being overweight ... read more
May 10, 2021
An analysis of historical medical records found that men who were prenatally exposed during early gestation to the Dutch famine of 1944-1945 were 30 percent more likely to be overweight with a Body Mass Index of 25 or over at age 19, compared to a similar group not exposed to the famine.

Managing children's weight, blood pressure and cholesterol protects brain function mid-life ... read more
May 10, 2021
Having high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or obesity from childhood through middle age were linked to poorer brain function by middle age. These cardiovascular risk factors were linked with low memory, learning, visual processing, attention span, and reaction and movement time. Strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke should begin in childhood to promote better brain health by middle age.

Vegetarians have healthier levels of disease markers than meat-eaters ... read more
May 9, 2021
Vegetarians appear to have a healthier biomarker profile than meat-eaters, and this applies to adults of any age and weight, and is also unaffected by smoking and alcohol consumption, according to a new study in over 166,000 UK adults.

How bullying and obesity can affect girls' and boys' mental health ... read more
May 7, 2021
Depressive symptoms are more common in teenage girls than in their male peers. However, boys' mental health appears to be affected more if they suffer from obesity. Irrespective of gender, bullying is a considerably greater risk factor than overweight for developing depressive symptoms.

Secret behind maintaining a healthy weight loss ... read more
May 6, 2021
Almost one in six people worldwide live with obesity, which may have serious health consequences. Researchers now document how to effectively achieve and maintain a healthy weight loss.

Your stomach may be the secret to fighting obesity ... read more
May 4, 2021
Scientists believe a stomach-specific protein plays a major role in the progression of obesity, according to new research. The study could help with development of therapeutics that would help individuals struggling with achieving and maintaining weight loss.

The enzyme that could help curb chronic kidney disease ... read more
May 4, 2021
Researchers have identified an enzyme that may help to curb chronic kidney disease, which affects approximately 700 million people worldwide.

Processed diets might promote chronic infections that can lead to disorders such as diabetes ... read more
April 28, 2021
Processed diets, which are low in fiber, may initially reduce the incidence of foodborne infectious diseases such as E. coli infections, but might also increase the incidence of diseases characterized by low-grade chronic infection and inflammation such as diabetes, according to researchers.

More belly weight increases danger of heart disease even if BMI does not indicate obesity ... read more
April 22, 2021
Research on how obesity impacts the diagnosis, management and outcomes of heart and blood vessel disease, heart failure and arrhythmias is summarized in a new statement. Waist circumference, an indicator of abdominal obesity, should be regularly measured as it is a potential warning sign of increased cardiovascular disease risk. Interventions that lead to weight loss improve risk factors yet may not always lead to improvement in coronary artery disease outcomes.

Designing healthy diets with computer analysis ... read more
April 20, 2021
A new mathematical model for the interaction of bacteria in the gut could help design new probiotics and specially tailored diets to prevent diseases.

Patients who are overweight or obese at risk of more severe COVID-19, study finds ... read more
April 15, 2021
Patients who are overweight or obese have more severe COVID-19 and are highly likely to require invasive respiratory support, according to a new international study.

Long-term weight retention and associated health risks identified in obese adults ... read more
April 14, 2021
UK adults who are overweight or obese retain their weight over time, which is associated with an increased risk of health complications and death, according to a new study.

Dietary cocoa improves health of obese mice; likely has implications for humans ... read more
April 14, 2021
Supplementation of cocoa powder in the diet of high-fat-fed mice with liver disease markedly reduced the severity of their condition, according to a new study. The researchers suggest the results have implications for people.

Mediterranean diet with lean beef may lower risk factors for heart disease ... read more
April 14, 2021
In a randomized controlled study, researchers found that a Mediterranean diet combined with small portions of lean beef helped lower risk factors for developing heart disease, such as LDL cholesterol.

A mother's fat intake can impact infant infectious disease outcomes ... read more
April 14, 2021
A team of researchers has determined that the type of fats a mother consumes while breastfeeding can have long-term implications on her infant's gut health. Their study suggests that the type of fat consumed during breastfeeding could differentially impact an infant's intestinal microbial communities, immune development and disease risk.

Pain receptors linked to the generation of energy-burning brown fat cells ... read more
April 12, 2021
A new source of energy expending brown fat cells has been uncovered by researchers, which they say points towards potential new therapeutic options for obesity.

Why some of us are hungry all the time ... read more
April 12, 2021
New research shows that people who experience big dips in blood sugar levels, several hours after eating, end up feeling hungrier and consuming hundreds more calories during the day than others.

Exercise promotes healthy living and a healthy liver ... read more
April 12, 2021
Researchers have shown that an exercise regimen reduces liver steatosis and stiffness in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These gains in hepatic health are mediated through modification of inter-organ cross-talk, circulatory organokine alterations and reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress. Because these benefits are unrelated to weight loss, all therapeutic regimens should integrate regular exercise and patients should remain diligent and compliant regardless of bodyweight changes.

Prehistoric Pacific Coast diets had salmon limits ... read more
April 12, 2021
Humans cannot live on protein alone - even for the ancient indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest whose diet was once thought to be almost all salmon. Anthropologists argue such a protein-heavy diet would be unsustainable and document the many dietary solutions ancient Pacific Coast people in North America likely employed to avoid 'salmon starvation,' a toxic and potentially fatal condition brought on by eating too much lean protein.

Metabolic changes in fat tissue in obesity associated with adverse health effects ... read more
April 9, 2021
A twin study indicates that the machinery responsible for energy handling in fat tissue is working poorly in obesity. In the study, a clear reduction was seen in the activity of mitochondrial genes in obesity in fat tissue, while similar genome-level change in muscle mitochondria was minor. A link with adverse health effects was identified in the mitochondria of fat tissue only.

Childhood diet and exercise creates healthier, less anxious adults ... read more
April 9, 2021
Exercise and a healthy diet in childhood leads to adults with bigger brains and lower levels of anxiety, according to new research.

Health benefits of breastfeeding, for mother: Lactation and visceral, pericardial fat ... read more
April 9, 2021
As demonstrated by multiple studies, women who breastfeed have a lower risk for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, though the mechanisms by which these risks are reduced for lactating women are still not fully understood. Scientists recently completed a study to see if the presence of excess fat, specifically visceral and pericardial fat, could help explain this finding.

Leptin puts the brakes on eating via novel neurocircuit ... read more
April 6, 2021
A new study in mice describes novel neurocircuitry between midbrain structures that control feeding behaviors that are under modulatory control by leptin, a hormone made by body fat. Since the discovery of leptin in the 1990s, researchers have wondered how leptin can suppress appetite.

Weight loss changes people's responsiveness to food marketing ... read more
April 1, 2021
A new study reveals that people with obesity tend to be more responsive to food marketing -- but when their weight drops significantly, so does their responsiveness to marketing.

Selenium supplementation protects against obesity and may extend lifespan ... read more
March 30, 2021
Adding the nutrient selenium to diets protects against obesity and provides metabolic benefits to mice, according to a new study.

Kids' metabolic health can be improved with exercise during pregnancy: here's why ... read more
March 30, 2021
Many previous studies have linked increased maternal body weight and unhealthy diets to poorer metabolic outcomes in offspring, often many years later. Understanding the mechanisms of how maternal exercise can reverse these effects might lead to interventions that prevent these diseases transmitting across generations.

Fasting can be an effective way to start a diet ... read more
March 30, 2021
Those who need to change their eating habits to normalize their blood pressure should start with a fast. Scientists explain why patients can use it as a tool to improve their health in the long term.

Correcting altered brain circuit could tackle coinciding obesity and depression ... read more
March 26, 2021
Researchers have identified and characterized a novel neural circuit that mediates the reciprocal control of obesity and depression in mouse models, and a potential therapy.

More protein doesn't mean more strength in resistance-trained middle-aged adults ... read more
March 25, 2021
A 10-week muscle-building and dietary program involving 50 middle-aged adults found no evidence that eating a high-protein diet increased strength or muscle mass more than consuming a moderate amount of protein while training. The intervention involved a standard strength-training protocol with sessions three times per week. None of the participants had previous weightlifting experience.

Physical activity helps curb low-grade inflammation in children ... read more
March 23, 2021
According to a recent study, accumulating more brisk and vigorous physical activity can curb adiposity-induced low-grade inflammation. The study also reported that diet quality had no independent association with low-grade inflammation.

Total knee replacement a cost-effective treatment for patients with knee osteoarthritis ... read more
March 23, 2021
Taking into consideration costs of forgoing versus pursuing total knee replacement, researchers found that across older and younger age groups, TKR is a cost-effective treatment for these patients.

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with obesity are significantly more likely to need ICU care ... read more
March 21, 2021
People with obesity who are hospitalized with COVID-19 have a significantly higher rate of ICU admissions and longer duration of ICU stay compared to people with a normal body mass index (BMI), according to a new study.

Dieting suppresses 'cellular engines', weight loss surgery gives boost to mitochondria ... read more
March 18, 2021
Dieting impairs the energy-producing machinery of fat tissue, potentially resulting in weight regain. In contrast, as indicated by a recent study, weight loss surgery gives a boost to mitochondria, improving the gene expression of these cellular engines.

In women, higher body fat may protect against heart disease death, study shows ... read more
March 16, 2021
A new study shows that while men and women who have high muscle mass are less likely to die from heart disease, it also appears that women who have higher levels of body fat -- regardless of their muscle mass -- have a greater degree of protection than women with less fat.

The fitter you are the better you burn fat ... read more
March 16, 2021
Physiologists find that the biggest predictors of people's ability to burn fat are their biological sex and their fitness levels.

Consumption of added sugar doubles fat production ... read more
March 16, 2021
Too much sugar is unhealthy - that we know, but it's not just down to the many calories. Even moderate amounts of added fructose and sucrose double the body's own fat production in the liver, researchers have shown. In the long term, this contributes to the development of diabetes or a fatty liver.

Pick up the pace! Slow walkers four times more likely to die from COVID-19, study finds ... read more
March 16, 2021
Slow walkers are almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19, and have over twice the risk of contracting a severe version of the virus, according to researchers in a new study.

Exercise during pregnancy may save kids from health problems as adults ... read more
March 15, 2021
One day soon, a woman's first trip to the doctor after conceiving may include a prescription for an exercise program.

Insulin rises before cells develop resistance, new diabetes research implies ... read more
March 15, 2021
Researchers have now presented results that may change our basic view of how type 2 diabetes occurs. Their study indicates that free fatty acids (FFAs) in the blood trigger insulin release even at a normal blood-sugar level, without an overt uncompensated insulin resistance in fat cells.

Stress reduction as a path to eating less fast food ... read more
March 11, 2021
Overweight low-income mothers of young kids ate fewer fast-food meals and high-fat snacks after participating in a study - not because researchers told them what not to eat, but because the lifestyle intervention being evaluated helped lower the moms' stress, research suggests.

Belly fat resistant to every-other-day fasting ... read more
March 3, 2021
Scientists have mapped out what happens to fat deposits during intermittent fasting (every second day), with an unexpected discovery that some types of fat are more resistant to weight loss.

Accelerating gains in abdominal fat during menopause tied to heart disease risk ... read more
March 3, 2021
Women who experience an accelerated accumulation of abdominal fat during menopause are at greater risk of heart disease, even if their weight stays steady, according to a new analysis. The study -- based on a quarter century of data collected on hundreds of women -- indicates that measuring waist circumference during preventive health care appointments for midlife women could be a better early indicator of heart disease risk than weight or BMI.

Weight loss drug hope for patients with type 2 diabetes ... read more
March 2, 2021
Patients with type 2 diabetes that were treated with a weekly injection of the breakthrough drug Semaglutide were able to achieve an average weight loss of nearly 10kg, according to a new study.

High fat diets may over-activate destructive heart disease protein ... read more
March 2, 2021
Consumption of a high fat diet may be activating a response in the heart that is causing destructive growth and lead to greater risk of heart attacks, according to new research.

Deciphering the genetics behind eating disorders ... read more
March 1, 2021
By analysing the genome of tens of thousand people, a team has discovering similarities between the genetic bases of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder, and those of psychiatric disorders. Eating disorders differ in their genetic association with anthropometric traits. Thus, genetic predisposition to certain weight traits may be a distinctive feature of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder.

Genes identified that increase the risk of obesity but also protect against disease ... read more
February 26, 2021
Scientists have identified 62 genes that lead to both higher levels of body fat but a lower risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. These genes may help to keep body fat healthy, and open a new avenue for developing drugs that lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Anti-obesity medication shows promise in new study ... read more
February 24, 2021
Patients on a low-calorie diet along with intensive behavioral therapy lost nearly three times as much weight when taking a new anti-obesity medication, semaglutide, than when taking placebo, a new study has found.

Hormone helps prevent muscle loss in mice on high fat diets ... read more
February 23, 2021
A new study suggests that a hormone known to prevent weight gain and normalize metabolism can also help maintain healthy muscles in mice. The findings present new possibilities for treating muscle-wasting conditions associated with age, obesity or cancer, according to scientists.

Toddler sleep patterns matter ... read more
February 22, 2021
Researchers found that children with inconsistent sleep schedules have higher body mass index (BMI) percentiles. Her research also found that children from households with greater poverty had more overall inconsistent sleep onset times. But for families living in poverty, consistent bedtime scheduling may not be easily done, especially if a caregiver is the only parent, juggling multiple jobs, parenting multiple children or dealing with a tenuous housing situation.

Diets high in fructose could cause immune system damage, study suggests ... read more
February 22, 2021
People who consume a diet high in fructose could risk damaging their immune systems, a new study suggests.

3D microscopy clarifies understanding of body's immune response to obesity ... read more
February 17, 2021
Researchers who focus on fat know that some adipose tissue is more prone to inflammation-related comorbidities than others, but the reasons why are not well understood. Thanks to a new analytical technique, scientists are getting a clearer view of the microenvironments found within adipose tissue associated with obesity. This advance may illuminate why some adipose tissues are more prone to inflammation - leading to diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disorders - and help direct future drug therapies to treat obesity.

Study links prolonged sedentary time to distractibility in adults with obesity, overweight ... read more
February 17, 2021
Scientists used accelerometers to track daily activity levels for a week in 89 adults with obesity or overweight and, in a series of tests, measured their ability to multitask and maintain their attention despite distractions. The study revealed that individuals who spent more sedentary time in bouts lasting 20 minutes or more were less able to overcome distractions.

The body produces new satiety factor during prolonged exercise ... read more
February 16, 2021
Researchers confirm that the hormone GDF15 is released in response to vigorous exercise, but likely not in sufficient quantity to affect behavior or appetite. These findings add nuance to a hormone that is currently under scrutiny for its potential as an anti-obesity medication.

Muscle factor that controls fat metabolism identified ... read more
February 16, 2021
Researchers have found that skeletal muscle significantly affects how the body stores and metabolizes fat.


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