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New Extreme Risk Category for Cardiovascular Disease & New, Lower LDL Target
A new “extreme risk” category for cardiovascular disease—and a new target threshold of less than 55 mg/dL for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) for those in this category — is part of the new 2017 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and American College of Endocrinology practice guidelines for management of dyslipidemia.    
Paleo Diet for Disease Prevention, Weight Loss?
Can the Paleo Diet offer protection to people with type 2 diabetes? A review of research looks at the diet's impact on weight, blood sugar and more.   
Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Weight Loss?
Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) can help to manage cravings and overeating, studies have found. Now, Italian researchers have found that it improves the composition of the gut bacteria, thought to be involved in obesity, and also produces weight loss.
Caloric Restriction: Key to Better Health, Longer Life?
A long-awaited study has found that limiting caloric intake not only preserves health but also increases longevity. The paper, which was published in Nature Communications, involved decades of study of rhesus monkeys, is said to resolve the debate over whether caloric restriction (CR) extends lifespan. 
Fringe Benefit of Weight Loss Surgery: Bye, Bye Incontinence?
Obese women with urinary incontinence often find improvement or relief after bariatric surgery, new research finds.  
Intra-Gastric Balloons: FDA Cites Trouble with Pain, Pancreatitis
The FDA issued a warning about intra-gastric balloon implants citing the risk of balloon overinflation, potentially causing abdominal pain, swelling, breathing difficulties and vomiting. 
Black Tea Improves Glucose Levels, May Help Prevent Diabetes
A new study has found that black tea significantly reduces rises in blood glucose levels among both healthy and pre-diabetic adults, in this case after consuming a sugary drink. 
FDA Approves Jardiance to Treat Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes Patients
The diabetes drug empagliflozin (Jardiance) is now a ''double duty'' drug. It can be prescribed not only to help treat diabetes, but also to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults diagnosed with both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Sugar Guidelines Have Flimsy Evidence, Reports New Study
A review of various dietary sugar guidelines has found that recommendations on how much sugar one should consume in a day vary widely and are based on low to very low quality evidence, according to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  
Pancreatic Fat: Lifestyle Habits Count More Than Genetics
A new study finds that lifestyle habits, not genetics, is the bigger driver affecting how much fat you can accumulate in the pancreas. 
Being Overweight Increases Risk of Liver Cancer
A new study published in the journal Cancer Research found that high body mass index (BMI) and a large waist circumference were associated with an increased risk for liver cancer.
Does Underactive Thyroid Lead To Weight Gain—Or Vice-Versa?
New research shows that excess weight may be slowing down the thyroid, instead of a slow thyroid making it easy to pack on the pounds, says Cari Kitahara, PhD, MHS, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute who presented her findings on obesity, thyroid function and weight at the 86th annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Denver Sept. 24.
Excess Weight May Shrink the Brain's White Matter
Those who are overweight or obese at middle age—roughly, age 40—appear to have much less white matter in their brains than people of the same age who are at a healthy weight, according to a new study. The extra weight appears to age their brain a full decade, the researchers found.
Obesity: A Gut Reaction to High-Calorie Foods?
In a series of experiments carried out in rodents, rearchers at Yale demonstrate that consuming calorically-dense foods spurs changes in the gut’s microbiome that lead to obesity.
Skip the Fake Sugars While Pregnant
A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that babies of women who drank artificially-sweetened beverages while pregnant were 10 percent more likely to be overweight by their first birthday. 
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