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07 Sep

U.S. Heart Disease Deaths Related to Obesity Have Tripled Over the Last 20 Years, New Study Finds

Obesity-related deaths from heart disease tripled between 1999 and 2020, according to new research. Black women had the highest rates than all others in the study.

10 Jul

Popular Weight Loss Drug Helps Reverse Obesity in Teens, New Study Finds

Nearly half of teens with obesity no longer had the disease after taking once-weekly semaglutide (Wegovy) as part of an overall weight loss program, researchers say.

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Taking a cutting-edge weight-loss drug could help extremely obese patients drop enough pounds to be eligible for bariatric surgery, a new study shows.

Patients with extreme obesity -- a BMI of 70 or more -- are at higher risk of complications from surgery compared to people who weigh less.

Weight loss prior to surgery can lower that risk, but up to now nothing’s been able to help ...

Folks trying to control their blood sugar levels might do best to work out in the evening, a new study suggests.

Exercise performed between 6 p.m. and midnight appeared to be better at controlling blood sugar levels all day long, according to results published June 10 in the journal Obesity.

This was partic...

It's tempting to binge-watch TV, but yet another study finds that when it comes to healthy aging, the less time on your sofa, the better.

The study looked at 20 years of data on more than 45,000 people taking part in the Nurses' Health Study. All were at least age 50 in 1992 and free of chronic disease when they entered the study.

Researchers tracked lifestyle habits like time sitti...

An experimental 'supercharged' form of popular GLP-1 weight-loss meds could help ease fatty liver disease, a new trial suggests.

The drug under development, survodutide, helped up to 83% of patients gain real improvements in markers of fatty liver disease, a widespread and potentially lethal condition often linked to obesity.

Right now, there's only one drug,

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  • June 10, 2024
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  • Despite recent concerns that taking Ozempic, Wegovy or other GLP-1 medications might be unsafe before a surgery, a new review has uncovered no such danger.

    The issue arose because weight-loss drugs slow gastric emptying. The thought was that food might linger in the stomach so patients might be at higher risk of aspirating food particles and choking while under anesthesia.

    But a ne...

    Ozempic and Wegovy appear to improve people's sensitivity to tastes, potentially lowering their desire for sweets, a new study suggests.

    The active ingredient in the weight-loss medications, semaglutide, also appears to affect the way that the tongue and brain respond to sweet tastes, researchers ...

    Ozempic provides a wide variety of health benefits for people with kidney disease and type 2 diabetes, a major clinical trial has found.

    The drug significantly reduces the risk of severe kidney events, heart problems and death from any cause in patients who have both conditions, researchers found....

    Three months after starting one of the new GLP-1 weight-loss drugs, more than a quarter of patients have already quit the medications, and by a year from first use more than a third have stopped, new research shows.

    Reasons for quitting Wegovy, Ozempic or similar drugs may include cost or gastrointestinal side effects, said a team led by U...

    The number of American teens and young adults who've been prescribed one of the new GLP-1 weight-loss drugs soared nearly seven-fold between 2020 and 2023, a new report finds.

    That's compared to an overall decline of about 3% in young Americans' use of other types of prescription meds.

    But how safe are drugs like Ozempic,

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 22, 2024
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  • You've watched others shed pounds in a matter of weeks after taking one of the new blockbuster weight-loss drugs, so you decide to try one of the medications yourself, only to discover the needle on your bathroom scale barely budges.

    Why? New research presented Monday at the Digestive Disease Week conference in Washington, D.C., suggests genes might be at play.

    Some patients will l...

    The smell of food is appetizing when you're hungry. At the same time, it can be a turnoff if you're full.

    That's due to the interaction between two different parts of the brain involving sense of smell and behavior motivation, a new study finds.

    And it could be why some people can't easily stop eating wh...

    A competitive game with a potential cash reward appeared to help overweight British men lose weight, researchers report.

    The incentive was winning the "Game of Stones" -- a stone is a British measurement of body weight equal to 14 pounds -- and pocketing the equivalent of just over $500 in American dollars if the man achieved weight-loss goals.

    Weight loss was more successful among ...

    Women who smoke during pregnancy run a higher risk of their kids becoming overweight or obese, and researchers now think they know one reason why.

    Children born of moms who smoked while expecting tend to have gut bacteria that is significantly different from that of kids whose moms didn't light up, scientists reported recently in the journal

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  • May 14, 2024
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  • “Skinny” fat cells might actually make it harder to lose weight and easier to pack on extra pounds, a new study says.

    Researchers say it's possible to predict if someone's going to gain weight based solely on the size of their fat cells.

    People with large fat cells tend to lose weight over time, and those with small fat cells tend to gain weight, according to a Swedish study sch...

    About 1 in 8 U.S. adults (12%) have tried a weight-loss drug like Wegovy, Ozempic, Zepbound or Mounjaro, a new KFF Health Tracking Poll says.

    About 6% are taking one right now, the poll found.

    Most patients say they use the drugs (61%) to treat a chronic condition like diabetes or heart disease, ...

    Colon cancer steadily increased among young people in the United States over the past two decades, with tweens enduring the most dramatic leap in cancer rates, a new study says.

    The rate of colon cancer grew 500% among kids 10 to 14 between 1999 and 2020, researchers will report...

    An experimental procedure could reduce levels of a hunger-triggering hormone by burning part of a person's stomach lining, a new study reports.

    In the procedure, doctors snake a tube down the patient's throat with a tiny device that singes the lining of the upper portion of the stomach, also called the gastric fundus.

    That's the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the primary...

    Nine of 10 American adults are in the early, middle or late stages of a syndrome that leads to heart disease, a new report finds, and almost 10% have the disease already.

    "Poor cardiovascular, kidney, and metabolic health is widespread among the U.S. population," concludes a team led by

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  • May 8, 2024
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  • School lunches will soon contain less added sugars and salt under new nutrition standards announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

    “We all share the goal of helping children reach their full potential,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release announcing the changes. “Like teachers, cl...

    A head-to-head trial of obese, pre-diabetic people who ate the same amount of daily calories -- with one group following a fasting schedule and the other eating freely -- found no difference in weight loss or other health indicators.

    So, despite the fact that fasting diets are all the rage, if you simply cut your daily caloric intake,

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  • April 19, 2024
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  • Wegovy, Ozempic and other drugs known as GLP-1 analogues have become wildly popular for controlling diabetes and helping folks lose weight.

    There were concerns that longer term use of the drugs might raise users' odds for thyroid cancer, but a Swedish study of more than 435,000 people finds no evidence to support that notion.

    “Many people take these medicines, so it is important...

    Obese folks are less likely to benefit from a nerve-stimulation treatment for sleep apnea that's recently been made available to them, a new study reports.

    The treatment is likely to be 75% less effective among obese people with BMIs of 32 to 35, compa...

    Two newly discovered genetic variations can have a powerful effect on a person's risk for obesity, a new report says.

    Variants in the gene BSN, also known as Bassoon, can increase risk of obesity as much as sixfold, researchers report April 4 in the journal Nature Genetics.

    These variants affect about 1 in every 6,500...

    Research into germs that travel through the human digestive tract shows that some may promote obesity while others might help prevent it.

    Not only that, but those microbes may act differently in men versus women, the same study found.

    “Our findings reveal how an imbalance in distinct bacterial groups are likely to play an important role in the onset and development of

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  • The seeds of high blood pressure in adulthood might be sown in youth, a new study suggests.

    Children and teenagers with excess weight were more likely to have high blood pressure in middle age, researchers report.

    In fact, there's a linear r...

    People taking weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy need to drop them in the days or weeks prior to surgery, a new study warns.

    Folks on one of these drugs -- known as GLP-1 receptor agonists -- have a 33% higher risk of developing pneumonia by breathing in their own vomit during surgery, researche...

    Children who are obese face double the odds of developing multiple sclerosis later in life, a new study warns.

    The overall odds for any one child to develop the neurodegenerative illness remains very low. However, the Swedish researchers believe the link could help explain rising rates of MS.

    "There are several studies showing that MS has increased over several decades and obesity ...

    Some folks struggling with obesity appear to be hampered by their own genes when it comes to working off those extra pounds, a new study finds.

    People with a higher genetic risk of obesity have to exercise more to avoid becoming unhealthily heavy, researchers discovered.

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    WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2024 -- Boys who drink lots of sugary soda and fruit juice could be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found.

    Each daily 8-ounce serving of sugary drinks during a boy's childhood is associated with a 34% increase ...

    The blockbuster weight-loss medication Zepbound (tirzepatide) appears to help folks quickly shed pounds regardless of how overweight they are, or how long they've lived being overweight or obese.

    Those are the findings of two separate analyses of a major trial of the injected drug that was funded by maker Eli Lilly.

    “Regardless of...

    Wegovy (semaglutide), the weight-loss version of blockbuster diabetes drug Ozempic, was approved on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help prevent heart attack, stroke and heart death.

    “Wegovy is now the first weight-loss medication to also be approved to help prevent life-threatening cardiovascular events in adults with cardiovascular disease and either obesity or over...

    Folks worried about becoming flabby in middle age should check out what their parents looked like when they were that age, a new study says.

    People are six times more likely to become obese in middle age if both their parents were chubby during that time of their lives, according to research to be present...

    Children with “lazy eye” are more likely to become adults facing an array of serious health problems, a new study warns.

    Kids diagnosed with amblyopia are more likely to develop high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes as adults, researc...

    Nearly a quarter of Labrador retrievers are more likely to be obese due to a genetic “double-whammy,” a new study finds.

    This gene mutation causes Labradors to both feel hungry all the time and also burn fewer calories, British researchers report.

    The mutation involves a gene called POMC, which plays a critical role in hunger and energy use among Labs.

    About 25% of Labrado...

    FRIDAY, March 1, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- More than 1 billion adults and children around the world are now obese, a new global analysis estimates.

    Nearly 880 million adults now are living with obesity, as well as 159 million children, according to the report published Feb. 29 in The Lancet journal.

    Obesity rates for kids and teenagers quadrupled worldwide between 1990 and 2...

    Ultra-processed foods can cause dozens of terrible health problems among people who eat them too often, a new review warns.

    Researchers linked diets high in ultra-processed foods to an increased risk of 32 separate illnesses. In particular, these foods are strongly tied to risk with early death, heart disease, cancer, mental health disorders, overweight and obesity, and type 2 diabetes, r...

    Living close to a pub, bar or fast-food restaurant doesn't do your heart any favors, a new study finds.

    Folks who live in close proximity to such establishments have a higher risk of heart failure, compared to those who live farther away, researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure

    These findings weren't a complete surprise, said...

    Regular standing and walking activities in the classroom can aid in the fight against childhood obesity, a new study shows.

    Children who took part in the Active Movement program experienced an 8% reduction in their waist-to-height ratio, according to results from British primary schools.

    Participation in sports also increased by 10...

    Folks can lose weight even if they pack all their weekly exercise into one or two days, a new study finds.

    Guidelines recommend that people get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise.

    “Weekend warriors” who condense all that exercise into one or two days each week can lose about the same amount of weight as people who ...

    Don't expect to sweat away the heart risks posed by sugary sodas and drinks, a new study warns.

    Canadian researchers found that even if the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity protects against cardiovascular disease, it's not enough to counter the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

    “Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease associated ...

    Weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Zepbound can lead to better heart health for people struggling with excess weight or diabetes, a University of Michigan cardiologist says.

    However, these medications help the heart best when combined with lifestyle changes like more exercise and a healthy diet, according to

    FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2024 (healthDay News) -- Super Bowl party spreads famously include nachos, wings, burgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy fare, but one expert offers some advice on how to make watching the game a healthy affair.

    “Think about what food you anticipate will be there,” said Dr. Bethany Agusala, director of UT Southw...

    Ohio resident Erica Hutson was in her 20s when she found out she had high cholesterol through a health check required by insurance.

    Because she was young and fit, Hutson shrugged off the test result.

    But Hutson changed her mind about it a decade later, when her father died of coronary artery disease in his 60s and she discovered it ran in her family.

    “His death really made m...

    The weight-loss drug Zepbound provides more health benefits than dropping pounds and controlling diabetes, a new study shows.

    It also appears to help people with obesity manage their high blood pressure, results show.

    Patients taking Zepbound (tirzepatide) experienced a significant reduction in their systolic blood pressure, the top number in a blood pressure reading, according to a...

    Loneliness can be a killer, but it can be particularly deadly for obese people, who are markedly more likely to experience social isolation.

    Luckily, a new study shows that addressing it may lower the risk of health complications and an early death for these folks.

    “To date, dietary and lifestyle factors are the major focus in preventing obesity-related illness,” study author

    Tending a garden can help young kids develop healthy attitudes about food that will influence their health years later, a new study says.

    Kids who participated in a gardening and food education program during elementary school were more likely to eat healthier as they grew up, researchers found.

    “Kids who grow vegetables in a school garden and learn how to prepare meals seem to sh...

    A bout of depression can trigger a bump in body weight among people struggling with obesity, a new study has found.

    People who had an increase in symptoms related to depression experienced an increase in their weight a month later, researchers report in the journal PLOS One.

    “Overall, this suggests that individuals with overweight o...

    Weight gain has long been an unwanted side effect of medicines commonly used to treat psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

    Some patients may quit their meds to avoid piling on pounds. Or if they stick to their meds and weight gain continues, they face higher risks for diabetes and liver disease.

    However, research in mice is pinpointing how this drug-link...

    So, the new year has begun and everyone is trying to losing weight, but what is the best way to determine how many pounds you need to shed -- BMI or body fat?

    “Both body fat percentage and BMI are important to monitor. They give you a good starting point, but you don't want to use BMI alone to make a health diagnosis or define body fat,” said

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  • January 6, 2024
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  • Teenagers who've packed on extra pounds have a significantly increased risk of developing kidney disease as a young adult, a new study finds.

    Obesity increased risk of later kidney disease as much as ninefold in boys and fourfold in girls, according to results published recently in the journal JAMA Pedi...

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