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Newswise: Pecans give obesity and diabetes a slim chance
Released: 1-Aug-2023 2:20 PM EDT
Pecans give obesity and diabetes a slim chance
Texas A&M AgriLife

Daily consumption of pecans have been shown to prevent obesity and a host of related health issues like fatty liver disease and diabetes, according to a collaborative study by Texas A&M AgriLife scientists.

Newswise: Higher Doses of Oral Semaglutide Improves Blood Sugar Control and Weight Loss
Released: 26-Jun-2023 5:05 PM EDT
Higher Doses of Oral Semaglutide Improves Blood Sugar Control and Weight Loss
University of North Carolina Health Care System

John Buse, MD, PhD, the Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and an international team of researchers have presented new findings about new higher-dose formulations of oral semaglutide. Their study found that once-daily oral semaglutide taken at 25 mg and 50 mg did a better job in lowering blood sugar levels and promoting weight loss than the lowest dose of 14 mg.

Released: 18-Apr-2023 3:00 PM EDT
People with severe obesity and a genetic pathway variant have increased risk of hypertension, Mayo Clinic research finds
Mayo Clinic

Obesity and its associated cardiometabolic issues are a major health concern in the U.S. and internationally. According to a study published in 2017, 12% of the world's adult population was affected by obesity in 2016, double the percentage from 30 years earlier.

Released: 20-Mar-2023 10:50 AM EDT
Excess Calories During Development Alters the Brain and Spurs Adult Overeating
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers research could help develop treatments to reduce cravings for unhealthy food.

15-Feb-2023 9:40 AM EST
Genes that may predict complications from obesity differ between the sexes
University of Chicago Medical Center

In a new study published February 16, 2023, in Nature Genetics, researchers from the University of Chicago characterized the impact of a genetic variant associated with higher cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels in women, suggesting that similar genes might lead to different patterns of fat distribution and obesity-related disease risk for women.

Newswise: Patient's satisfaction with doctor could influence decision to have bariatric surgery
Released: 7-Feb-2023 1:05 PM EST
Patient's satisfaction with doctor could influence decision to have bariatric surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Patients’ satisfaction with their physicians may influence their decisions to undergo bariatric surgery, according to a multicenter study involving UT Southwestern and the UTHealth School of Public Health published in JAMA Network Open.

27-Jan-2023 9:45 AM EST
Clemson scientists identify enzyme that reduces diet-induced obesity in humans
Clemson University

Clemson University researchers have identified an enzyme and its products in humans that reduce diet-induced obesity.

Newswise: Understanding the “eating just one potato chip is impossible” gene
Released: 27-Dec-2022 11:05 AM EST
Understanding the “eating just one potato chip is impossible” gene
Osaka Metropolitan University

High-calorie foods—high in fat, oil, and sugar—can taste good but often cause overeating, leading to obesity and major health problems. But what stimulates the brain to cause overeating?

Released: 6-Dec-2022 11:05 AM EST
Twin study links exercise to beneficial epigenetic changes
Washington State University

Consistent exercise can change not just waistlines but the very molecules in the human body that influence how genes behave, a new study of twins indicates.

Newswise: Believe it or ‘nut’, almonds can help you cut calories
Released: 20-Nov-2022 9:05 PM EST
Believe it or ‘nut’, almonds can help you cut calories
University of South Australia

Weight loss is never an easy nut to crack, but a handful of almonds could keep extra kilos at bay according to new research from the University of South Australia.

Released: 9-Nov-2022 10:55 AM EST
Severe obesity in youth a risk factor for early atrial fibrillation
University of Gothenburg

Severe or morbid obesity at age 18 may be linked to an elevated risk of atrial fibrillation in younger middle age. This is shown by a University of Gothenburg study comprising data on roughly 1.7 million men in Sweden.

Newswise: Can Obesity and Stress Influence Appetite? New Johns Hopkins Study Shows It’s All In Your Head
Released: 19-Oct-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Can Obesity and Stress Influence Appetite? New Johns Hopkins Study Shows It’s All In Your Head
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a series of experiments using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain activity across networks in the brain, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers looked at how stress might increase appetite in obese and lean adults.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Tackling childhood obesity without the stigma
Released: 7-Sep-2022 5:05 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Tackling childhood obesity without the stigma
Penn State Health

Obesity affects one in five children in the U.S., and it can take serious tolls on physical and mental health. A Penn State Health expert talks about how to help your child without feeding negative perceptions.

Released: 25-Aug-2022 1:55 PM EDT
Tufts University Scientists Identify Brain Pathway Connected to Hunger and Overeating
Tufts University

Scientists at Tufts University have discovered a pathway through which communications are regulated in the brain, and a misfire in the messaging can result in overeating, slower burning of calories, and other metabolic problems linked to obesity.

Newswise: UTSW researchers show effectiveness of migraine drug in weight loss
Released: 11-Jul-2022 3:05 PM EDT
UTSW researchers show effectiveness of migraine drug in weight loss
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Triptans, a commonly prescribed class of migraine drugs, may also be useful in treating obesity, a new study by scientists at UT Southwestern suggests. In studies on obese mice, a daily dose of a triptan led animals to eat less food and lose weight over the course of a month, the team reported in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Newswise: Long Term High-Fat Diet Expands Waistline and Shrinks Brain
Released: 7-Jul-2022 8:05 PM EDT
Long Term High-Fat Diet Expands Waistline and Shrinks Brain
University of South Australia

New research led by the University of South Australia shows that fatty foods may not only be adding to your waistline but also aggravating Alzheimer's disease, and causing depression and anxiety.

Released: 5-Jul-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Study Finds Higher Protein Intake Improves Diet Quality When Trying to Lose Weight
Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences

New study concludes that boosting protein intake while dieting improves the quality of what we eat and may slow loss of lean body mass.

Released: 23-May-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Men with Obesity Can Double Their Sperm Count
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Men all over the world are suffering from deteriorating semen quality – often referred to as an outright fertility crisis.

Released: 16-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Weights can be weapons in battle against obesity
Edith Cowan University

People battling with their weight who are unable to do aerobic exercise can hit the gym instead and still see positive results.

Released: 28-Apr-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Childhood Obesity Increases Risk of Type 1 Diabetes
University of Bristol

Being overweight in childhood increases the risk of developing type 1 diabetes in later life, according to the findings of a new study that analysed genetic data on over 400,000 individuals. The study, co-led by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Oxford and published today in Nature Communications, also provides evidence that being overweight over many years from childhood influences the risk of other diseases including asthma, eczema and hypothyroidism.

Released: 11-Apr-2022 12:15 AM EDT
Multidisciplinary Approach to Weight Management – Including Bariatric Surgery – Is a Viable Option for Adolescents with Obesity
NYU Langone Health

Increased access to an adolescent-centered healthy weight management program, including bariatric or weight loss surgery, is paramount to achieving the best long-term outcomes as adolescents with obesity grow to adulthood

Released: 4-Apr-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Teens with Severe Obesity Forego Weight Loss Surgery due to Stigma, Lack of Information and Costs
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Adolescents with severe obesity may not pursue metabolic bariatric surgery for weight loss due to lack of information, difficulties with access to care, and because of social stigma, according to a newly published study.

Newswise: Use of a Smartphone App Versus Motivational Interviewing to Increase Walking Distance and Weight Loss in Overweight/Obese Adults With Peripheral Artery Disease
Released: 24-Mar-2022 4:10 PM EDT
Use of a Smartphone App Versus Motivational Interviewing to Increase Walking Distance and Weight Loss in Overweight/Obese Adults With Peripheral Artery Disease
JMIR Publications

The researchers, who hope to continue developing the app, were undaunted by its lackluster performance. “That just means we need to work more on the app and try to improve it,” Collins says. “We’re working on another app that will be more sophisticated and will be compatible with Android and Mac iOS.”

Released: 17-Feb-2022 10:00 AM EST
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Releases Position Paper: “Registered Dietitian Nutrtionists Play Vital Role in Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Children”
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Registered dietitian nutritionists can help decrease the number of children diagnosed with overweight or obesity by collaborating with caregivers, educators, health care providers and legislators to provide children with nutritious foods and opportunities for physical activity, according to a new position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

3-Feb-2022 4:05 PM EST
Getting more sleep reduces caloric intake, a game changer for weight loss programs
University of Chicago Medical Center

In a randomized clinical trial, overweight adults who increased their nightly sleep duration by about an hour reduced their daily caloric intake by an average of 270 kcal, which would lead to weight loss over time.

24-Jan-2022 9:10 AM EST
Obesity is more prevalent in people with type 1 diabetes than previously thought
Endocrine Society

People with type 1 diabetes should be screened regularly for obesity and chronic kidney disease, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Released: 14-Dec-2021 11:25 AM EST
Overweight children are developing heart complications
University of Georgia

The study measured abdominal visceral fat levels and arterial stiffness in more than 600 children, adolescents and young adults. Visceral fat is the fat found in the abdomen that infiltrates vital organs.

Released: 11-Nov-2021 2:05 PM EST
In Patients with Fatty Liver, Bariatric Surgery Decreases Risk of Progression of Liver Disease, Serious Heart Complications
Cleveland Clinic

A Cleveland Clinic study shows that patients with obesity and advanced fatty liver disease who had bariatric weight loss surgery significantly lowered their future risk of liver disease complications and serious cardiovascular disease compared with patients who did not have surgery.

Newswise: UTSW study finds potential strategy for fighting obesity
Released: 2-Nov-2021 12:20 PM EDT
UTSW study finds potential strategy for fighting obesity
UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern scientists may have identified a method of safely mimicking the weight-loss benefits of a plant compound that – despite its harmful side effects – hold critical answers to developing therapies for obesity.

Released: 1-Nov-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Warning labels on soda bottles, restaurant menus could reduce obesity, save health-care costs
Washington University in St. Louis

Warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and menu labeling requirements for chain restaurants could be a cost-effective policy leverage to prevent weight gain and reduce medical expenses, but their impact is expected to fade over time, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Released: 27-Oct-2021 12:25 PM EDT
Sweet! How Glycogen is Linked to Heat Generation in Fat Cells
UC San Diego Health

University of California San Diego researchers, with international colleagues, describe how energy expenditure and heat production are regulated in obesity through a previously unknown cellular pathway.

22-Oct-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Over 4 million deaths per year worldwide caused by obesity
Endocrine Society

Novel obesity treatments such as modulation of the gut microbiome and gene therapy are underutilized and could help fight the obesity epidemic, according to a new manuscript published in the Endocrine Society’s journal, Endocrine Reviews.

Released: 20-Sep-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Meeting sleep recommendations could lead to smarter snacking
Ohio State University

Missing out on the recommended seven or more hours of sleep per night could lead to more opportunities to make poorer snacking choices than those made by people who meet shut-eye guidelines, a new study suggests.

Newswise: 1 in 5 Parents Say Kids Eat Fast Food More Often Since Pandemic
15-Sep-2021 10:40 AM EDT
1 in 5 Parents Say Kids Eat Fast Food More Often Since Pandemic
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Around 1 in 6 parents say their child eats fast food at least twice a week; families’ views on fast food consumption varied based on parents’ perceptions of their child’s weight.

Released: 7-Sep-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Study identifies potential target for treating systemic inflammation in obesity
University of Chicago Medical Center

Researchers studying the enzyme DHPS have determined that blocking its activity in mouse macrophages leads to a reduction in proteins that drive inflammation during obesity, leading to improved glycemic control.

Released: 17-Aug-2021 1:30 PM EDT
Mice Treated with This Cytokine Lose Weight by ‘Sweating’ Fat
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn researchers have discovered that TSLP stimulates the immune system to release lipids through the skin’s oil-producing sebaceous glands in mice.

Released: 10-Aug-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Frequent Breaks from Sitting May Improve Daily Blood Sugar Fluctuations
American Physiological Society (APS)

Frequent activity breaks from sitting may improve fasting blood sugar (glucose) levels and stabilize daily fluctuations, according to new research. The study, the first of its length to explore the effects of activity breaks in “free-living” conditions, is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism. It was chosen as an APSselect article for August.

Released: 9-Aug-2021 5:00 PM EDT
Physical Activity Protects Children From the Adverse Effects of Digital Media on Their Weight Later in Adolescence
University of Helsinki

A recently completed study shows that six hours of leisure-time physical activity per week at the age of 11 reduces the risk of being overweight at 14 years of age associated with heavy use of digital media.

Released: 26-Jul-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Patients Report Long-Term Favorable Effects of Weight Loss Surgery in Their Daily Lives
Cleveland Clinic

A new analysis from the STAMPEDE trial shows that over the course of five years, patients who had bariatric and metabolic surgery to treat uncontrolled type 2 diabetes reported greater physical health, more energy, less body pain, and less negative effects of diabetes in their daily lives, compared with patients who had medical therapy alone for their diabetes. Long-term changes in psychosocial and emotional quality of life measures were not significantly different between the surgical and medical groups. The research was published in the Annals of Surgery.

Released: 8-Jun-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Men with sensory loss are more likely to be obese
Anglia Ruskin University

Men who suffer sensory loss, particularly hearing loss, are more likely to be physically inactive and obese than women, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Public Health.

1-Jun-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Smartphone Use Associated with Unhealthy Eating and Overweight in Teens
American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

Even moderate smartphone use may influence teens’ diet and weight, according to a new study of more than 53,000 Korean adolescents. Teens who used a smartphone for more than 2 hours per day were significantly more likely to eat more junk food and fewer fruits and vegetables than those spending less time on their phone. Teens spending more than 3 hours per day on a smartphone were significantly more likely to be overweight or obese.

Released: 3-Jun-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Study Shows Obesity May Increase Risk of Long-Term Complications of COVID-19
Cleveland Clinic

A Cleveland Clinic study shows that survivors of COVID-19 who have moderate or severe obesity may have a greater risk of experiencing long-term consequences of the disease, compared with patients who do not have obesity. The study was recently published online in the journal of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

Released: 24-May-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Fast food, supermarkets, other aspects of built environments don’t play expected role in weight gain
University of Washington

People don’t gain or lose weight because they live near a fast-food restaurant or supermarket, according to a new study led by the University of Washington. And, living in a more “walkable”, dense neighborhood likely only has a small impact on weight.

Released: 18-May-2021 5:45 PM EDT
Study shows Pinterest users pin healthy recipes, are more likely to make unhealthy ones
George Mason University

When it comes sharing recipes on social media, what users post, and what they cook may be two entirely different things.

Released: 12-May-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Scientists Identify Source of Weight Gain From Antipsychotics
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – May 12, 2021 – Scientists with UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have identified the molecular mechanism that can cause weight gain for those using a common antipsychotic medication. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, suggest new ways to counteract the weight gain, including a drug recently approved to treat genetic obesity, according to the study, which involved collaborations with scientists at UT Dallas and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:50 PM EDT
A simple exercise goal protects against unhealthy weight gain
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

New research shows that physical activity equivalent to 100 PAI a week can counteract excessive weight gain.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Kids’ metabolic health can be improved with exercise during pregnancy: here’s why
Joslin Diabetes Center

BOSTON – (March 25, 2021) – A mechanism has been identified that explains how physical exercise in pregnancy confers metabolic health benefits in offspring. According to researchers, the key lies with a protein called SOD3, vitamin D and adequate exercise, with the outcomes possibly forming the first steps to designing rational diet and exercise programs to use during pregnancy and particularly when mothers may also be overweight or obese.

Released: 26-Mar-2021 10:50 AM EDT
Bariatric Surgery Significantly Reduces Cancer Riskin Adults with NAFLD and Severe Obesity, Rutgers Study Finds
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Bariatric surgery can significantly reduce the risk of cancer—and especially obesity-related cancers—by as much as half in certain individuals, according to a study by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Center for Liver Diseases and Liver Masses.

10-Mar-2021 2:05 PM EST
Intensive Lifestyle Intervention Is Beneficial for Most People with Type 2 Diabetes, But Not All
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

For people who are overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, the first line of treatment is usually lifestyle intervention, including weight loss and increased physical activity. While this approach has cardiovascular benefit for many, it can be detrimental for people who have poor blood sugar control, according to a study conducted by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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