Obesity News and Research

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.
 

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