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More Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Fight Type 2 Diabetes

September 3, 2015

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Prior research has suggested that weight-loss surgery might help people rid themselves of type 2 diabetes, and a new study finds that the effect might be long-lasting.
“This is a very important study because it’s the first randomized trial comparing bariatric surgery to medical treatment of diabetes with five […]


Obesity May Be Linked to Greater Risk of Stillbirth

August 28, 2015

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obese pregnant women may have a nearly twofold increased risk of stillbirth, a new study says.
The leading reasons for that higher risk appear to be high blood pressure and placental disorders, the researchers suggested.
“We’ve known for some time that obese women are more likely to have stillbirths, but […]


Oldest Sister at Greater Risk of Obesity, Study Contends

August 26, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Firstborn girls are more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood than their younger sisters, results of a new study suggest.
Firstborns had 29 percent greater odds of being overweight and 40 percent greater odds of being obese than sisters born second, the researchers said. […]


American Kids Growing Fatter Than Their Canadian Cousins

August 25, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — American kids have a harder time controlling their weight than their counterparts to the north, a new U.S. study indicates.
About 17.5 percent of U.S. kids aged 3 to 19 are obese, compared with 13 percent of Canadian children the same age, according to statistics from […]


Many Parents Put ‘Food Pressure’ on Their Kids, Study Finds

August 25, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research finds that parents of overweight kids are more likely to restrict their children’s food intake — a potentially bad idea — if they themselves are carrying extra pounds.
By contrast, mothers and fathers are more likely to pressure their kids to eat more when […]


Exercise May Be Good Medicine for Irregular Heartbeat

August 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exercise appears to help control an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation in obese people, a new study finds.
Australian researchers found that “cardiorespiratory fitness” reduced the risk that this potentially dangerous heartbeat will return by as much as 84 percent — even more than […]


Weight Loss Fights Liver Condition, No Matter How It’s Done

August 21, 2015

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Weight loss can improve liver health of obese or overweight people, whether excess pounds are shed through lifestyle changes or weight-loss surgery, a pair of studies finds.
Both studies involved people with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an aggressive disease characterized by fat in the liver. It affects 2 percent […]


Doctor’s Support Boosts Weight Loss, Study Shows

August 21, 2015

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors play an important role in helping people lose weight, a new study finds.
Weight loss was double on average for obese patients who felt they had the most helpful doctors compared to those who felt their doctors were less helpful, researchers said.
The study involved 347 obese people who […]


Weight Loss While You Relax? Mouse Study Hints It Could Happen

August 19, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fat-burning that leads to weight loss while you sleep or relax sounds like a promise from a quack fad diet, but new genetic research into the causes of obesity suggests it might be possible.
Researchers have found a genetic “switch” inside fat cells that can speed […]


Scientists Probe Obesity’s Ties to Breast Cancer Risk

August 19, 2015

By Emily WillinghamHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obesity is a well-known risk factor for breast cancer, but researchers haven’t figured out what connects the two. A new study suggests the link may be due to a change in breast tissue structure, which might promote breast cells to progress to cancer.
The findings, based […]



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