Obesity News and Research

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.
Is Weight Loss Surgery the Answer for Diabetes?
07/07/2015 - Is weight-loss surgery better than nutrition and physical activity alone for reversing Type 2 diabetes? That controversial question has occupied researchers, doctors, insurers and people with diabetes for more than a decade. Now, a small yet well-designed study seems to have the answer.
Gut Bug Slims Waistlines, Improves Blood Sugar
07/01/2015 - A common gut microbe with a tongue-twisting name — Akkermansia muciniphila —helped overweight and obese people lose more belly fat and gain better blood-sugar control in a recent study from the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris.
Could Staph Bacteria on the Skin Trigger Type 2 Diabetes?
06/23/2015 - A bug that thrives on the surface of the skin — Staphylococcus aureus (staph) — may trigger blood-sugar problems and diabetes, according to new research from the University of Iowa.
FDA Targets Trans Fats and Officially Bans PHOs from Foods
06/15/2015 - In a move that many health care practitioners consider long overdue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) pose too much of a health risk to be used as an ingredient in foods. Consumption of PHOs is linked to coronary heart disease and thousands of fatal heart attacks each year, according to the FDA.
Does Extra Weight Really Extend Your Life if You Have Type 2 Diabetes?
06/10/2015 - People with type 2 diabetes who carried extra pounds had a survival advantage over those at a normal weight in a recent, controversial study from the University of Hull in the UK. But does extra weight really help to extend your life?
Weight Loss Surgery Before Pregnancy Lowers Risk for Gestational Diabetes
05/05/2015 - Women who undergo weight loss surgery (or bariatric surgery) before becoming pregnant have a lower chance of developing gestational diabetes and giving birth to large babies, according to a recent study. Learn more about the study and the results.
Depression Is Common in Children with Obesity
04/23/2015 - More than one-quarter to one-third of children who have obesity and enter weight management programs, also have depression, according to 2 recent studies.
Adult Obesity Treated Using New FDA-approved Device
03/18/2015 - VBLOC vagal blocking therapy delivered via the Maestro System (EnteroMedics Inc., Minneapolis, MN) is now approved to treat adults with obesity. Learn about the device, how it works, side effects, and study results.
Saxenda FDA-approved for Chronic Weight Management
03/18/2015 - Saxenda (liraglutide injection) is now approved for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity in adults who are obese or who are overweight and have at least 1 weight-related condition.
Vyvanse® Approved for Binge-Eating Disorder in Adults
02/25/2015 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently expanded the approved uses of Vyvanse® (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) to include treatment of moderate-to-severe binge-eating disorder (BED) in adults.
Moving to better neighborhoods may help individuals lower their type 2 diabetes risk
10/19/2011 - Simply moving to a more prosperous community may help individuals significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to a new study out of the University of Chicago.
Researchers find cellular abnormalities cause some people's bodies to store more fat, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
09/27/2011 - Dysfunctions in the fat cells of some individuals may predispose them to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, according to a new study from a team of Swedish researchers. They said they hope their findings could lead to the development of new therapies that target these irregularities.
Researchers discover new protein that plays a key role in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
09/18/2011 - In a finding that could have important implications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a team of researchers has discovered a protein that plays a key role in the ability of cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream.
Amount and length of time a person has been obese impact type 2 diabetes risk
09/12/2011 - A person's "lifetime dose" of obesity may be a better predictor of their risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a single reading of their body mass index, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan.
Low socioeconomic status is associated with higher bone turnover, osteoporosis risk
09/11/2011 - Many physiological factors affect the rate at which bones break down and reform their mineral content, but new research conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) suggested that socioeconomic status (SES) may also have some bearing on bone turnover and the risk of osteoporosis.
New study suggests inflammation may not be cause of obesity-type 2 diabetes link
09/07/2011 - For years, it has been assumed that obesity led to type 2 diabetes by causing inflammation, which was thought to change the way the body reacts to the effects of insulin. However, a new study suggests that this hypothesis may need an update.
 
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