Obesity News and Research

Weight gain between pregnancies shown to increase risk of gestational diabetes
05/24/2011 - In women who experience two pregnancies, too much weight gain in the interim may predict an increased risk of gestational diabetes during the second pregnancy, according to a new study from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.
Low-fat diet may be more important for lowering type 2 diabetes risk than losing weight
05/24/2011 - Doctors commonly advise overweight individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes to lose weight. However, a new study out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that this may not be the most important recommendation.
Morbid obesity reduces the effectiveness of levothyroxine for patients with hypothyroidism
05/19/2011 - Due to the dampening effect that a higher body mass index (BMI) can have on the body's absorption of a thyroid hormone replacement called levothyroxine (LT4), a group of Greek researchers recently investigated how morbid obesity might change the uptake of this drug in patients with hypothyroidism.
Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is tied to increased risk of metabolic problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes
05/18/2011 - Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can dramatically increase a woman's odds of becoming obese later in life and developing associated health problems, which often include type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of British researchers.
Researchers identify single gene that controls many risk factors for type 2 diabetes
05/16/2011 - A team of British researchers has found that the KLF14 gene, which was already known to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels, may serve a much broader purpose in the body, regulating many metabolic functions.
Researchers identify genetic pathway involved in fat storage that may predispose individuals to type 2 diabetes
05/12/2011 - The discovery of a new genetic pathway that controls the storage of energy as fat and its subsequent expenditure could lead to the development of new medications aimed at treating metabolic conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, says a group of researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
New study links reliance on car to obesity, with implications for type 2 diabetes
05/11/2011 - The surging obesity rates and the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes may be closely associated with Americans' growing reliance on automobiles, suggests a new study out of the University of Illinois.
Silencing a protein could turn fat cells into energy burners in individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/05/2011 - Silencing the neuropeptide Y (NPY) protein in the brain may turn adipose tissue into a type of fat that burns excess energy rather than storing it, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers. The findings could have major implications for obese individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Late sleepers eat more calories and have higher BMIs, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/05/2011 - Individuals who regularly stay up late may be more likely to eat excess calories and have a higher body mass index (BMI), putting themselves at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research out of Northwestern University.
Researchers discover why some type 2 diabetes medications cause weight gain
05/03/2011 - Thiazolidinedione (TZD) medications may be effective at lowering blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, but they have also been shown to cause significant weight gain. This can be a major health risk for individuals who are already more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
Current testing measures may miss many children at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/02/2011 - An early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can play an important role in successfully treating the condition, but researchers from Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics have found that standard testing measures may be insufficient for diagnosing the condition in obese children.
Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to type 2 diabetes risk in Caucasians, study finds
04/27/2011 - Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to racial differences in the way fat is stored in the body and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes among obese Caucasian children, according to a new study from a team of University of Pittsburgh researchers.
Researchers identify amino acids that may explain the benefits of gastric bypass surgery for type 2 diabetics
04/27/2011 - Lower levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) may explain why obese individuals with type 2 diabetes who opt for gastric bypass weight loss surgery are often able to improve their blood sugar control even before they lose any weight, according to a new study out of Duke University.
Nutrient in tangerines shown to limit type 2 diabetes risk
04/26/2011 - The antioxidant nobiletin, which occurs naturally in high levels in tangerines, may help individuals avoid the symptoms of metabolic syndrome and prevent them from developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a group of University of Western Ontario researchers.
High levels of certain protein may throw off metabolic processes and increase risk of type 2 diabetes
04/20/2011 - An overabundance of the thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP) in the brain could throw off a metabolic regulatory mechanism and increase an individual's risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Yeshiva University researchers.
Mother's diet during pregnancy can affect her child's obesity and type 2 diabetes risk
04/18/2011 - A woman's diet during pregnancy can cause changes to her unborn child's DNA that may significantly increase its risk of obesity and make it more likely to developing type 2 diabetes during its lifetime, according to new research from the University of Southampton.
Researchers seek to explain mechanism behind the type 2 diabetes benefits of weight loss surgery
04/15/2011 - It's a mystery that has vexed type 2 diabetes researchers and doctors for years: why are obese patients who undergo weight loss surgery able to resolve their diabetes so quickly, often before they have even lost any weight? A team of researchers from the Lund University Diabetes Center plan to answer this question.
Regular exercise improves liver function and cuts type 2 diabetes risk in obese individuals
04/13/2011 - Obese individuals with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) who are also at risk of developing type 2 diabetes may be able to improve the condition of their livers and boost their metabolic health through moderate amounts of aerobic activity, according to a new study from researchers at the Cleveland Clinic.
New medication may help obese people at risk for type 2 diabetes lose weight
04/12/2011 - An experimental combination of drugs may result in unprecedented weight loss and dramatic improvements in metabolic risk factors among obese individuals who are in jeopardy of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of Duke University researchers.
Researchers come to new understanding of process that contributes to type 2 diabetes
04/11/2011 - A new study conducted by a group of researchers from the University of North Carolina may help clarify the connection between high levels of body fat, inflammation and insulin resistance, three factors that are known to increase type 2 diabetes risk but are still poorly understood by science.
Teenagers' BMI may predict their future type 2 diabetes risk
04/08/2011 - Increases in body mass index, or BMI, during the late teen years and early adulthood may predict an individual's chances of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life, according to a new study from a team of Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers.
New study explains factors that contribute to childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes
04/07/2011 - Some aspects of modern lifestyle may be encouraging childhood obesity and putting young people at a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life, according to new research out of Binghamton University.
Premature babies may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
04/06/2011 - Individuals who were born preterm face a greater lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of Stanford University researchers. While the increase in risk is moderate, it underscores the need for these people to avoid other risk factors for the condition.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes also linked to liver cancer
04/05/2011 - Individuals who have metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes, may also be more likely to develop liver cancer, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute.
Type 2 diabetes and obesity epidemic cause increase in NAFLD rates
04/04/2011 - Unless efforts are made to reduce the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and obesity, the rates of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, will soon reach epidemic proportions, according to a new study recently presented at the International Liver Conference.
 

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