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While men lose more weight on low-carb diets, women show improved artery flexibility ... read more
July 17, 2018
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 out of 3 American adults live with higher than normal blood sugar levels known as prediabetes. Researchers recently found that while men may lose more weight on low-carb diets, women actually see better improvements in artery flexibility. It's a finding that may help pre-diabetic women reduce their risk for heart disease through a low-carb diet.

Anti-obesity drug derived from chili peppers shows promise in animal trials ... read more
July 17, 2018
A novel drug based on capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn, caused long term weight loss and improved metabolic health in mice eating a high fat diet. The drug, Metabocin, was designed to slowly release capsaicin throughout the day so it can exert its anti-obesity effect without producing inflammation or adverse side effects.

Researchers identify brain area linked to motivational disruptions in binge eating ... read more
July 17, 2018
Scientists have discovered that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called 'orexin' neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells, have previously been shown to be important for addiction to several drugs, including cocaine.

Mindset during meal planning changes food choices and brain responses to food ... read more
July 17, 2018
A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research. By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning their meal, the experimenters saw portion sizes shift. Adopting a health-focused mindset produced better outcomes than focusing on pleasure or the desire to fill up.

Self-control and obesity: Gender matters in children ... read more
July 16, 2018
A toddler's self-regulation -- the ability to change behavior in different social situations -- may predict whether he or she will be obese come kindergarten, but the connection appears to be much different for girls than for boys.

Obesity alone does not increase risk of death ... read more
July 12, 2018
Researchers have found that patients who have metabolic healthy obesity, but no other metabolic risk factors, do not have an increased rate of mortality. The results of this study could impact how we think about obesity and health.

New research could banish guilty feeling for consuming whole dairy products ... read more
July 11, 2018
Enjoying full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and butter is unlikely to send people to an early grave, according to new research.

Most black adults have high blood pressure before age 55 ... read more
July 11, 2018
Approximately 75 percent of black men and women develop high blood pressure by age 55 compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women of the same age. Both black and white study participants who ate a DASH-style diet had a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure.

Teenagers can thank their parents' positive attitude for avoiding obesity ... read more
July 9, 2018
Teenagers are less likely to be overweight if their mum or dad had a positive attitude during pregnancy, a new study finds.

Gene therapy shown to cure type 2 diabetes and obesity in mice, researchers report ... read more
July 9, 2018
A single administration of a therapeutic vector in mouse models cures type 2 diabetes and obesity in the absence of long-term side effects, researchers report. In healthy mice, the therapy prevents age-associated weight gain and insulin resistance and promotes healthy aging.

National school food policies have potential to improve health now and later ... read more
July 9, 2018
Providing free fruits and vegetables and limiting sugary drinks in schools could have positive health effects in both the short- and long-term, finds a new Food-PRICE study.

Savory foods may promote healthy eating through effects on the brain ... read more
July 6, 2018
Researchers have found that consuming a broth rich in umami -- or savory taste -- can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviors and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity.

Obesity and overweight linked to long-term health problems after traumatic brain injury ... read more
July 6, 2018
Especially at longer follow-up times, overweight and obesity are associated with chronic disease risks for survivors of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a new study.

Healthy diet may lower eye disease risk ... read more
July 5, 2018
An analysis of recent high-quality research reveals that diet may affect individuals' risks related to the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Obesity affects prostate cancer test results ... read more
July 5, 2018
New research shows that the results of the most widely used test for prostate cancer may be affected by obesity.

'Skinny fat' in older adults may predict dementia, Alzheimer's risk ... read more
July 5, 2018
A first-of-its-kind study has found that 'skinny fat' -- the combination of low muscle mass and strength in the context of high fat mass -- may be an important predictor of cognitive performance in older adults. Using data from a series of community-based aging and memory studies, researchers assessed the relationship of sarcopenic obesity or 'skinny fat' with performance on various cognition tests. Results show that sarcopenic obesity was associated with the lowest performance on global cognition.

Mothers who follow five healthy habits may reduce risk of obesity in children ... read more
July 4, 2018
Children and adolescents whose mothers follow five healthy habits -- eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, drinking alcohol in moderation, and not smoking -- are 75 percent less likely to become obese when compared with children of mothers who did not follow any such habits, according to a new study.

Obesity + aging linked to Alzheimer's markers in the brain ... read more
June 28, 2018
A new study suggests that when a high-fat, high-sugar diet that leads to obesity is paired with normal aging, it may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, researchers discovered that certain areas of the brain respond differently to risk factors associated with Alzheimer's.

Gut bacteria markers could be a 'smoking gun' for liver disease ... read more
June 25, 2018
Chemical compounds produced by the bacteria in our gut could be used to spot the early stages of liver disease, according to new research.

Normalization of 'plus-size' risks hidden danger of obesity ... read more
June 22, 2018
New research warns that the normalization of 'plus-size' body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight - undermining efforts to tackle England's ever-growing obesity problem. Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight.

Our intestinal microbiome influences metabolism -- through the immune system ... read more
June 21, 2018
The innate immune system, our first line of defense against bacterial infection, has a side job that's equally important: fine-tuning our metabolism.

Higher body fat linked to lower breast cancer risk in younger women ... read more
June 21, 2018
An analysis has linked higher body mass index, or BMI, to lower breast cancer risk for younger women, even for women within a normal weight range.

The cells that control the formation of fat ... read more
June 20, 2018
A study has revealed a new cell type that resides in the body's fat depots where it can actively suppress fat cell formation. This discovery was made using single-cell transcriptomics and opens entirely new avenues to combat obesity and related diseases such as diabetes.

Atrial fibrillation: Weight loss reverses heart condition in obesity sufferers ... read more
June 20, 2018
Australian research shows for the first time that obese people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight.

Lonely and prolonged struggle for people with severe obesity ... read more
June 20, 2018
The majority of people with severe obesity have a lonely and prolonged struggle with their weight. In one study spanning more than 10 years, 83 percent report that they constantly strive to lose weight or prevent weight gain.

Exercise makes the blood of obese people healthier ... read more
June 19, 2018
Exercise can reduce inflammation in obese people by changing the characteristics of their blood, according to new research.

Are you sticking to your diet? Scientists may be able to tell from a blood sample ... read more
June 19, 2018
An analysis of small molecules called 'metabolites' in a blood sample may be used to determine whether a person is following a prescribed diet, scientists show in a new study.

Daily fasting works for weight loss, finds report on 16:8 diet ... read more
June 18, 2018
Daily fasting is an effective tool to reduce weight and lower blood pressure, according to a new study that examines the effect of time-restricted eating on weight loss in obese individuals.

When it comes to weight loss in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, more is better ... read more
June 18, 2018
Overweight and obese individuals with knee osteoarthritis can reduce pain and significantly improve function and mobility with weight loss. New research reveals that a 20% or more weight loss has the added benefit of continued improvement in physical health-related quality of life along with an additional 25% reduction in pain and improvement in function.

Valuing gluten-free foods relates to health behaviors in young adults ... read more
June 18, 2018
Researchers found that among young adults valuing gluten-free foods could be indicative of an overall interest in health or nutrition. These young adults were more likely to engage in healthier behaviors including better dietary intake and also valued food production practices (e.g., organic, non-GMO, locally sourced). Of concern, they were also more likely to engage in unhealthy weight control behaviors and over-concern about weight.

Gut microbes may contribute to depression and anxiety in obesity ... read more
June 17, 2018
Like everyone, people with type 2 diabetes and obesity suffer from depression and anxiety, but even more so. Researchers now have demonstrated a surprising potential contributor to these negative feelings -- and that is the bacteria in the gut or gut microbiome, as it is known.

Obesity in childhood and adulthood shown to increase risk of knee and hip osteoarthritis ... read more
June 15, 2018
A new study suggests that childhood and adult obesity increase the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis (OA) and knee OA but not hand OA.

Foods combining fats and carbohydrates more rewarding than foods with just fats or carbs ... read more
June 14, 2018
Researchers show that the reward center of the brain values foods high in both fat and carbohydrates -- i.e., many processed foods -- more than foods containing only fat or only carbs. A study of 206 adults supports the idea that these kinds of foods hijack our body's inborn signals governing food consumption.

Adolescents who consume diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress skills ... read more
June 13, 2018
Adolescents who consume a diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress coping skills, signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.

Researchers discover new type of stem cell state ... read more
June 11, 2018
Biologists have discovered a new type of cell state that could help ensure one always has the ability to generate healthy fat cells.

Carbon dioxide reduces belly fat ... read more
June 8, 2018
The first randomized, controlled trial testing carbon dioxide gas injections (carboxytherapy) to reduce belly fat found the new technique eliminates fat around the stomach. However, the changes were modest and did not result in long-term fat reduction.

Maternal fatty acid balance affects offspring obesity thorough gut microbial population ... read more
June 5, 2018
A new study finds that the balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the tissues of female mammals, which previous research has suggested can impact the incidence of obesity in their offspring, may to do so through its effect on the microbial population of the infant's gastrointestinal tract.

Exercise mitigates genetic effects of obesity later in life ... read more
June 4, 2018
A new study suggests, for the first time in women over age 70, that working up a sweat can reduce the influence one's genes have on obesity.

Inefficient fat metabolism a possible cause of overweight ... read more
June 1, 2018
Protracted weight gain can, in some cases, be attributed to a reduced ability to metabolize fat, a new study shows. Sensitive individuals might need more intensive lifestyle changes if they are to avoid becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes, claim the researchers, who are now developing means of measuring the ability to break down fat.

New hope for fight against genetically determined obesity ... read more
June 1, 2018
A large group of people with obesity have a genetic mutation that is causing their obesity. Common treatments for obesity only benefit these people to a limited extent, but now a new study conducted at the University of Copenhagen reveals that they can be treated effectively with the medicine liraglutide, which is a GLP-1 receptor agonist.

A power failure in your fat cells could short-circuit your health ... read more
June 1, 2018
The energy metabolism of the body's so-called brown fat cells is controlled by the fat molecule cardiolipin, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have discovered in a new study. The research reveals that absence of cardiolipin in fat cells is causally linked to pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Abnormal lipid metabolism in fat cells predicts future weight gain and diabetes in women ... read more
May 31, 2018
The inefficient breakdown of fats predicts later weight gain and metabolic complications such as type 2 diabetes in women, researchers report. Low levels of hormone-stimulated lipolysis -- a biochemical process by which triglycerides are broken down into energy-rich fatty acids -- were associated with weight gain and metabolic problems 13 years later. The researchers also developed an algorithm to detect impairments in hormone-stimulated lipolysis using clinical and blood measures.

Gut-inhabiting enterobacter increases subcutaneous fat mass ... read more
May 31, 2018
A research project performed at the universities of Jyväskylä and Turku studied the effects of a specific gut enterobacterium on body fat mass.

Metabolically 'healthy' obesity still linked to higher risk of cardiovascular disease ... read more
May 30, 2018
Women who are obese face an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, even if they have maintained good metabolic health for decades, according to a new study.

High protein diet associated with small increased heart failure risk in middle-aged men ... read more
May 29, 2018
For middle-aged men, eating higher amounts of protein was associated with a slightly elevated risk for heart failure than those who ate less protein. Proteins from fish and eggs were not associated with heart failure risk in this study.

Processes in the gut that drive fat build-up around the waist ... read more
May 28, 2018
Research into the role the gut plays in processing and distributing fat could pave the way for the development of personalized treatments for obesity and other chronic diseases within the next decade.

By 2035 over 4 million adults will be morbidly obese across England, Wales, and Scotland ... read more
May 27, 2018
Across England, Wales, and Scotland, morbid obesity (BMI of 40kg/m² or over) rates in adults are expected to soar over the next 17 years, with the number of morbidly obese adults likely to exceed 4 million by 2035 -- more than double the 1.9 million in 2015, according to new research.

Study suggests obese children who meet milk guidelines have less risk of metabolic syndrome ... read more
May 25, 2018
Obese children who consume at least two servings of any type of cow's milk daily are more likely to have lower fasting insulin, indicating better blood sugar control, according to researchers.

Gut bacteria play key role in anti-seizure effects of ketogenic diet ... read more
May 24, 2018
Scientists have identified specific gut bacteria that play an essential role in the anti-seizure effects of the ketogenic diet. The study is the first to establish a causal link between seizure susceptibility and the gut microbiota -- the 100-trillion-or-so bacteria and other microbes that reside in our intestines.

Bid to beat obesity focuses on fat that keeps us warm ... read more
May 24, 2018
A new technique to study fat stores in the body could aid efforts to find treatments to tackle obesity, research suggests. The approach focuses on energy-burning tissues found deep inside the body -- called brown fat -- that help to keep us warm when temperatures drop.

You are what your mother eats ... read more
May 24, 2018
Researchers have demonstrated that two neurons key to growth and metabolism -- GHRH and AgRP -- are developmentally interconnected. This finding may help to explain why a mother's nutrition habits and metabolism directly impact the growth of her child.

Early-life obesity impacts children's learning and memory, study suggests ... read more
May 23, 2018
A new study found that children on the threshold of obesity or overweight in the first two years of life had lower perceptual reasoning and working memory scores than lean children when tested at ages five and eight. The study also indicated that IQ scores may be lower for higher-weight children.

Abdominal fat secretes novel adipokine promoting insulin resistance and inflammation ... read more
May 23, 2018
A novel adipokine that favors the development of insulin resistance and systemic inflammation has been identified by an international research team . In cases of severe obesity, this adipokine is secreted by the adipocytes of the abdominal fat tissue and released into the bloodstream. The new findings could contribute to the development of alternative approaches for the treatment of diseases caused by obesity.

Receptor proteins that respond to nicotine may help fat cells burn energy ... read more
May 21, 2018
The same proteins that moderate nicotine dependence in the brain may be involved in regulating metabolism by acting directly on certain types of fat cells, new research shows.

Feel the burn: Biochemical pathway that spurs beige fat cells to burn energy is discovered ... read more
May 21, 2018
Researchers have identified a brain receptor and signaling pathway that spurs beige fat cells to burn energy, revealing a possible target for obesity therapies in humans.

Larger waistlines are linked to higher risk of vitamin D deficiency ... read more
May 21, 2018
Higher levels of belly fat are associated with lower vitamin D levels in obese individuals. The study reports that vitamin D levels are lower in individuals with higher levels of belly fat, and suggests that individuals, particularly the overweight with larger waistlines should have their vitamin D levels checked, to avoid any potentially health damaging effects.

Brain stimulation may reduce food cravings as obesity treatment ... read more
May 21, 2018
Stimulating the brain to alter its intrinsic reward system shows promise in the treatment of obesity, according to new results. The technique has yielded positive results after just a single treatment session, revealing its potential to become a safer alternative to treat obesity, avoiding invasive surgery and drug side effects.

Could intermittent fasting diets increase diabetes risk? ... read more
May 20, 2018
Fasting every other day to lose weight impairs the action of sugar-regulating hormone, insulin, which may increase diabetes risk. These findings suggest that fasting-based diets may be associated with long-term health risks and careful consideration should be made before starting such weight loss programs.

Minimizing exposure to common hormone-disrupting chemicals may reduce obesity rates ... read more
May 20, 2018
Everyday products carry environmental chemicals that may be making us fat by interfering with our hormones, according to new research. Following recommendations on how to avoid these chemicals could help minimize exposure and potentially reduce the risk of obesity and its complications.

Diabetes researchers find switch for fatty liver disease ... read more
May 17, 2018
Researchers have identified a key fork in the road for the way the liver deals with carbohydrates, fats and protein. They say it could be a promising new target for combating the pandemics of fatty liver disease and prediabetes.


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