Obesity News and Research

Current testing measures may miss many children at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/01/2011 - 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
04/26/2011 - 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
04/26/2011 - 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
04/25/2011 - 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
04/19/2011 - 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
04/17/2011 - 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
04/14/2011 - 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
04/12/2011 - 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
04/11/2011 - 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
04/10/2011 - 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
04/07/2011 - 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
04/06/2011 - 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
04/05/2011 - 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
04/04/2011 - 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
04/03/2011 - 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.
NIH plans to push obesity research forward
03/31/2011 - Moving research aimed at fighting obesity from the laboratory into clinical settings is the main focus of the new Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research, a program of the National Institutes of Health. Officials said that the plan would help cut back on many of the diseases associated with excessive weight, including type 2 diabetes.
New report recommends bariatric surgery for people with risk factors for type 2 diabetes
03/28/2011 - Bariatric weight loss surgery should be considered earlier in the treatment process for obese individuals who are risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new policy statement from the International Diabetes Federation.
Omega-3s may help obese individuals ward off type 2 diabetes
03/24/2011 - Eating more omega-3 fatty acids could help individuals avoid many of the chronic diseases that accompany obesity, including type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Drug shown to prevent type 2 diabetes in those with risk factors
03/23/2011 - A medication currently used to treat high blood sugar may help most individuals who are obese and have other metabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes completely avoid developing the condition. The findings could have implications for millions of Americans.
Obese teens show risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes
03/22/2011 - Childhood obesity is becoming increasingly common in the U.S. Now, a new study has found that the condition may be putting millions of teenagers at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and that a poor diet is largely to blame.
Researchers discover protein that determines body types associated with type 2 diabetes
03/10/2011 - A single protein may be responsible for determining whether a person is pear-shaped or apple-shaped, according to a new study from a team of British researchers. The finding could also help doctors understand why some people are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than others.
Overweight teens may experience precursor to osteoporosis
03/07/2011 - Excess body weight can increase the risk of a number of health issues, including osteoporosis. A team of pediatricians from the Medical College of Georgia recently reported that bone loss, which is a risk factor for osteoporosis, can start as early as adolescence among overweight teens with health risk factors.
Researchers think type 2 diabetes risk may be in the air
03/07/2011 - Endocrinologists are increasingly coming to the belief that pollutants in the air may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Research has suggested that there may be a correlation. Now, a new study will try to confirm the link.
Researchers discover cellular mechanism that may increase obesity and type 2 diabetes risk
03/04/2011 - A team of researchers has discovered a signaling pathway in the brain that may play an important role in telling the body that the stomach is full and that it is time to stop eating. The findings could have major implications for the prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Evolutionary factors may have led to increased diabetes susceptibility in humans
03/01/2011 - An evolutionary "wrong turn" may be responsible for humans' propensity to become obese and develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
 
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