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Mice stay lean with high-carb diet
Researchers at the
University of California, Berkeley, have identified a gene that plays a
critical regulatory role in the process of converting dietary
carbohydrates to fat. In a new study, they disabled this gene in mice,
which consequently had lower levels of body fat than their normal
counterparts, despite being fed the equivalent of an all-you-can-eat
Mar 19, 2009 - 9:34:11 AM
A diet rich in calcium aids weight loss
Boosting calcium consumption spurs weight loss, according to a study
published in the most recent issue of the British Journal of Nutrition,
but only in people whose diets are calcium deficient.
Mar 16, 2009 - 9:43:11 AM
Weight Loss Improves Fatty Liver Disease, SLU Researchers Find
In a recent study, Saint Louis University
researchers found that weight loss of at least 9 percent helped
patients reverse a type of liver disease known as nonalcoholic
steatohepatitis (NASH), a finding that will allow doctors to give
patients specific weight-loss goals that are likely to improve their
livers. The finding comes from a study of the diet drug orlistat (also
known as Xenical and Alli), which did not itself improve liver disease.
Feb 17, 2009 - 8:16:43 AM
It's no fish tale: Omega-3 fatty acids prevent medical complications of obesity
New article in the FASEB Journal shows how omega-3 fatty acids protect against liver damage and insulin resistance.
Feb 12, 2009 - 12:03:30 PM
Obesity during pregnancy associated with increased risk of birth defects
women who are obese during pregnancy there is an associated increased
risk of certain birth defects, such as spina bifida and neural tube
defects, although the absolute increase in risk is likely to be small,
according to an analysis of previous studies, reported in the February
11 issue of JAMA
Feb 11, 2009 - 9:57:17 AM
Losing weight can cure obstructive sleep apnea in overweight patients
For sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a new study shows that
losing weight is perhaps the single most effective way to reduce OSA
symptoms and associated disorders, according to a new study in the
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, one of the American Thoracic Society's three peer-reviewed journals.
Feb 7, 2009 - 9:29:49 AM
Georgia State researchers shed light on fat burning
Researchers at Georgia
State University have found that fat cells give feedback to the brain
in order to regulate fat burning much the same way a thermostat
regulates temperature inside a house.
Feb 5, 2009 - 9:37:25 AM
Weight loss in overweight and obese women reduces urinary incontinence
Reducing urinary incontinence can now be added to the extensive list of
health benefits of weight loss, according to a clinical trial funded by
the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK) and the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), both part
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The paper reporting the
results of the trial will be published in the January 29 issue of the
New England Journal of Medicine.
Jan 28, 2009 - 2:29:47 PM
Caution: Lose more than weight with imported diet pills
Americans who use illegal
diet pills from South America are taking amphetamines without knowing
it and seriously risking both their health and their jobs.
Jan 26, 2009 - 1:06:32 PM
Researchers Discover Weight-Loss Peptide
The search for weight loss
therapies is as old as medicine itself. Small molecule treatments are
marginally effective or cause undesirable side effects, some of which
may be serious. Unigene Laboratories, a Boonton, New Jersey-based
biopharmaceutical company, has reported on a novel approach to hunger
suppression based on naturally occurring peptides.
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:23:08 AM
Low-carbohydrate diet burns more excess liver fat than low-calorie diet, study finds
People on low-carbohydrate diets are more dependent on the oxidation of
fat in the liver for energy than those on a low-calorie diet,
UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in a small clinical study.
Jan 21, 2009 - 3:19:46 PM
Low-carbohydrate diet burns more excess liver fat than low-calorie diet, UT Southwestern study finds
People on low-carbohydrate diets are more
dependent on the oxidation of fat in the liver for energy than those on
a low-calorie diet, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have
found in a small clinical study.
Jan 19, 2009 - 9:41:39 PM
Health Experts Urge President-elect Obama to Take Bold Action to Reverse Obesity Epidemic
Bold action is needed to stem
the obesity epidemic, or else today’s children might be the first generation
of Americans ever to lead shorter life spans than their parents.
Jan 9, 2009 - 8:52:25 AM
Study links obesity to elevated risk of ovarian cancer
A new epidemiological study has found
that among women who have never used menopausal hormone therapy, obese
women are at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer compared
with women of normal weight.
Jan 5, 2009 - 9:56:27 AM
The best way to control your body weight
No matter what diet you use to lose weight or maintain
normal body weight, you need to control what you eat.
Dec 18, 2008 - 12:40:13 PM
Lack of vitamin D causes weight gain, stunts growth in girls
A new study
in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that girls who
had insufficient vitamin D were more likely to be heavier and shorter than those who
had normal levels of the vitamin.
Dec 10, 2008 - 10:01:28 AM
Not all fats have the same effect on obesity
mono-unsaturated fat found in Mediterranean diet are less likely to be
obese or overweight than those consuming saturated fats from butter,
cream and meat, as well as trans fats found in hydrogenated oils,
according to a new study.
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:19:33 PM
Liver fat, not body shape indicative of heart risk
For a long time, the body
shape has been believed to be a good indicator of heart risk.
Pear-shaped people who have more fat below the waist are said to have a
lower risk than the apple-shaped who have more fat above the waist.
But a new study suggests what is better indicative of heart risk is
probably the liver fat.
Dec 4, 2008 - 12:37:39 PM
Eating high protein meals helps burn fat - study
It may be easier for those
who have excessive body weight to burn some fat if they use meals with
higher protein, according to a new study.
Dec 2, 2008 - 7:21:47 AM
Persistent pollutant may promote obesity
a ubiquitous pollutant that has a potent effect on gene activity, could
be promoting obesity, according to an article in the December issue of
The chemical is used in antifouling paints for boats, as a wood and
textile preservative, and as a pesticide on high-value food crops,
among many other applications.
Nov 30, 2008 - 11:10:03 PM
Avoiding bad cholesterol may help burn fatty deposits
Want to burn
Cut your intake of bad
A new study published in
the open-access journal PLoS ONE suggests that the so-called bad cholesterol or
low density lipoprotein inhibits the breakdown of fat in cells of peripheral
Nov 20, 2008 - 10:58:22 AM
Belly fat ups early death risk
Having too much belly fat or abdominal obesity may put
you at a higher risk of premature death from all causes, a new study suggests.
Nov 17, 2008 - 8:43:55 AM
Study explains why eating red meat raises cancer risk
media outlets opt to avoid reporting this study.
We feel this is very important study and many
consumers may find it useful.
epidemiologic studies have associated consumption of meat and milk with
increased risk of cancer, but few provided any explanation why.
We have published part of the report, below
is the complete report on the study.
Nov 16, 2008 - 7:32:50 AM
Obesity, diabetes linked to higher risk of arterial hypertension
A new study found that obesity, overweight and diabetes is
linked to increased risk of arterial hypertension, particularly in women and
individuals age 30 or older.
Nov 16, 2008 - 7:12:38 AM
Belly fat linked to higher risk of premature death
fat is a factor not only for increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, but
also for premature death, according to a new study of about 360,000 Europeans.
Nov 15, 2008 - 10:37:28 AM
Pregnancy weight gain linked to heavy babies
study found that women gaining too much body weight during pregnancy had higher
risk of having a heavy baby and had more birth complications. Heavy babies have
higher odds of becoming overweight or obese children and adults.
Nov 1, 2008 - 4:26:16 PM
Gene-linked overeating not the only risk for obesity
A new study suggests that people become obese because
they eat too much and they eat too much because they have weakened reward
circuitry in their brains, which forces them to eat more to get satisfied with
the foods they eat. The theory is plain and simple, but more work is needed.
Oct 19, 2008 - 11:40:56 AM
Got obesity gene? Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet!
study published in the Oct 17, 2008 issue of the journal Science suggests that
a gene variant has something to do with the obesity epidemic.
But a health observer quickly warned that the
genetic effect on the risk of obesity if there is any should be small and
people can adjust their lifestyle including their diet to get their weight
Oct 18, 2008 - 9:03:58 AM
Obese people have heart attack much earlier than those with normal weight
Of those who
had heart attacks, obese people suffered the cardiovascular event much earlier
than those with normal body weight, according to a new study published in the
Sep 16, 2008 issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Oct 14, 2008 - 9:14:00 PM
Gaining weight? Read a healthy lifestyle book!
Worried about your kids gaining excess weight?
Ask them to read a book about healthy lifestyle! A new study found
children who were asked to read a healthy lifestyle book did lose
some weight although not as much as desired.
Oct 5, 2008 - 6:24:01 PM