Obesity News and Research

Sugar Guidelines Have Flimsy Evidence, Reports New Study
12/19/2016 - 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
12/05/2016 - 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
10/27/2016 - 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?
10/03/2016 - 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
08/18/2016 - 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?
06/15/2016 - 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
05/16/2016 - 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. 
Weight Loss Drug Slashes Prediabetes Risk
04/24/2016 - A higher-dose version of a diabetes medication liraglutide improves weight loss and reverses prediabetes in a new study. 
Excess Leptin in Obese Pregnant Women May Cause Type 2 Diabetes in Children
03/28/2016 - Having an excess of the hormone leptin while pregnant could be one of the reasons why children born to obese women are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, cites a new study in the journal Cell Reports.
Being Obese Can Lead to Weak Bones
03/13/2016 - A new study published in the journal Metabolism found that obesity and type 2 diabetes led to weakened bones. 
Blood Pressure Medicine May Treat Diabetes, Too
02/18/2016 - The blood pressure-lowering medicine verapamil may also help lower blood sugar levels in those with diabetes, cites new research published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 
Women's Sleep Problems Up Diabetes Risk
02/05/2016 - Women who have sleep problems such as insomnia have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, finds research in the journal Diabetologia.
Diabetes, Obesity During Pregnancy May Up Autism Risk
02/02/2016 - The risk of autism may increase substantially for children born to mothers with diabetes who are also obese, says new research published in the journal Pediatrics. 
Catch-Up Sleep May Help Keep Diabetes at Bay
01/19/2016 - After sleep deprivation, sleeping in can help normalize body's use of insulin, reduce diabetes risk, experts found.
Bariatric Surgery Complications: A Survey Follow Up
01/11/2016 - Gastric bypass surgery for obese individuals can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life and reduce type 2 diabetes symptoms, but the surgery also comes with risks of complications and symptoms.
Bariatric Surgery After 60 is Safe, Says Study
12/03/2015 - Weight loss surgery in patients age 60 and over is safe and effective, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity Surgery. 
Endoscopic Surgery Shows Promise in Lowering Glucose Levels
10/06/2015 - A new experimental endoscopic procedure significantly improved blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The results of the pilot study were presented at the 3rd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes.
Marijuana Use Linked to Prediabetes
09/24/2015 - A recent University of Minnesota study has uncovered 49-65% higher odds for prediabetes in current marijuana smokers and former “heavy” users. The study was published in the September issue of the journal Diabetologia.
Partial Fasting a Treatment for Diabetes?
09/17/2015 - New research has found that following a diet that mimics fasting, but is less difficult, may slow aging and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases including diabetes.
Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Boost Diabetes Risk
09/16/2015 - Smokers and anyone exposed regularly to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who have never smoked, new research has confirmed.
Could This Mini-Pump Control Your Type 2 Diabetes?
09/08/2015 - A matchstick-sized pump that releases a constant trickle of the blood-sugar-lowering drug exenatide helped people with type 2 diabetes reduce their A1c levels further and lose more weight than those who took the blockbuster drug sitagliptin (Januvia) in a year-long study, according to a recent announcement from pump developer Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc.
Diabetes Drug Liraglutide Shows Promising Weight Loss Benefit
08/30/2015 - The drug liraglutide, taken at high doses, can help people with type 2 diabetes shed pounds, new research has found.
Higher Insulin Resistance Causes Language Problems—If You’re a Woman
08/23/2015 - Insulin resistance is a somewhat silent condition in that you can have it for years with no noticeable symptoms. Now a Finnish study has identified a significant symptom—but only for women. And it may signal a greater risk for Alzheimer’s.
The Coke Controversy: The Marketing Message That Could Spell Trouble for People Dealing with Diabetes and Obesity
08/10/2015 - Can people who are overweight or at risk for diabetes drop pounds and get healthy via exercise alone, without thinking about calories or what they eat? In the wake of a report in The New York Times about the Coca-Cola Company’s $1.5-million funding of the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) and its researchers, experts say the group’s focus on burning calories through activity— and downplaying of the role food intake plays—could spell trouble for people with blood-sugar or weight concerns.  
Can Chemicals in Plastics Boost Teens' Risk of Diabetes?
07/19/2015 - Teens who eat food that's been packaged in plastic wrap or stored in plastic food containers may be at higher risk of getting diabetes, according to new research published in the July 2015 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
 
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