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Chemical exposure may increase type 2 diabetes and obesity risk
Researchers are increasingly coming to the conclusion that environmental chemicals to which nearly everyone is exposed may have a role in increasing the odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Several recent studies have shown that environmental toxins may be a major risk factor for the condition.
Excess fat may cause genetic alterations that increase type 2 diabetes risk
High levels of body fat may cause chemical changes in DNA, according to a new study from Medical College of Georgia researchers. The findings could help explain the high prevalence of chronic disease among obese individuals, including type 2 diabetes.
Obesity may cluster among social groups
Obesity has become a nationwide epidemic. This has had a destructive impact on the rate of type 2 diabetes. A new study from a team of Miriam Hospital researchers has shown that a person’s social network may play a large role in whether or not they are obese or able to lose weight.
Genetic variations may hinder weight loss efforts
While losing weight may significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some individuals may have a harder time than others accomplishing this. According to a new study from Finnish researchers, certain genetic variations may make it difficult to burn fat and achieve healthy blood sugar levels.
Researchers find cause of body fat-related diabetes risk
A team of researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School may have found an explanation for why high levels of body fat tend to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes more than subcutaneous fat.
Father’s diet may influence child’s metabolic function and diabetes risk
A father’s diet may have a significant impact on their child’s ability to metabolize fats, and therefore their risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers.
Type 2 diabetes becoming more common in adolescents
Children and adolescents are among the groups most affected by the growing obesity epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 17 percent of Americans between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese. This significantly increases their risk of a range of health problems, including type 2 diabetes.
International research partnership may speed the development of new diabetes drugs
While the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes have increased dramatically over the last two decades, the pace of research aimed at solving these public health crises has been relatively slow. In an effort to address this situation, an international group of researchers recently announced an agreement to share resources to begin working towards a cure.
Higher soda tax may reduce obesity, diabetes risk
In recent years, some researchers have connected increasing consumption of soda to the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Currently, some lawmakers are looking at raising taxes on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages as a way to curb consumption. A new study has found that there may be some benefit to this.
Fatty acid in dairy products may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
Given the high fat content of dairy products, many obese individuals and those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes tend to stay away from these foods. However, a team of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that some dairy fat make actually reduce diabetes risk.
Genes that dictate fat storage may increase the risk of diabetes
One reason for the high rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes may be the fact that the human genome has yet to catch up with modern lifestyles, according to a new study from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Group calls for greater physician involvement in fight against childhood obesity
The prevalence of childhood obesity is growing at a rapid rate. This is leading to a sharp increase in type 2 diabetes cases among adolescents, as well as in the general public. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that half of all U.S. adults will have diabetes by the year 2020.
Risk of death from obesity identified
Obesity is becoming one of the largest public health concerns in today's society. While the condition has generally been linked to an increased risk of a number of health problems, including heart disease, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes, studies have been unable to determine the specific level of obesity at which risk is the greatest, until now.
Videogames may help youths make better lifestyle decisions
The obesity epidemic has spread to preteens and young adults in recent years. Some adolescents have even been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However, a team of researchers is reporting that videogames may help combat this development.
Air pollution may increase risk of type 2 diabetes
Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of developing obesity-related insulin resistance, which often develops into type 2 diabetes, according to new researchers from Ohio State University.
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