Obesity News and Research

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.
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.
 

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