Obesity News and Research

NIH plans to push obesity research forward
04/01/2011 - 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
03/29/2011 - 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
03/25/2011 - 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
03/24/2011 - 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
03/23/2011 - 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.
Fatty liver may predict type 2 diabetes onset
02/24/2011 - Measurements of insulin resistance and blood sugar levels are commonly used to assess patients for diabetes risk. However, a new study out of Stanford University shows that the presence of fat in the liver may be one of the strongest predictors of whether or not a person will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
Gastric bypass shown to provide better results for diabetics than other types of weight loss surgery
02/22/2011 - Gastric bypass surgery may be a better option than sleeve gastrectomy similar lap-band surgeries for individuals who are severely obese and struggle with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Southern and Appalachian states lead CDC's list of least active and have highest rates of type 2 diabetes
02/16/2011 - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that residents of the South and Appalachia have the highest rates of leisure time inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes in the country.
Children at risk for type 2 diabetes may be more likely to develop osteoporosis
02/11/2011 - Children who develop risk factors for type 2 diabetes before hitting puberty may also be more likely to have weak bones in adulthood, according to a new study from Medical College of Georgia researchers.
Obesity increases risk of thyroid cancer for men and women alike, metastudy finds
02/04/2011 - A comprehensive survey of five previous research initiatives found that obesity increases the risk of thyroid cancer for both men and women.
Children who get short sleep are more likely to be obese and develop diabetes
01/25/2011 - Children who have poor sleep habits are more likely to be obese and are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from University of Chicago researchers.
National economies shown to influence obesity, diabetes rates
01/24/2011 - Obesity rates in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions. This is leading to a sharp increase in the number of people who have type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study from Oxford University researchers shows that the country's economic system may be one of the greatest contributing factors.
Excess fat may cause genetic alterations that increase type 2 diabetes risk
01/20/2011 - High levels of body fat may cause chemical changes in DNA, according to a new study from Medical College of Georgia researchers. The findings could help explain the high prevalence of chronic disease among obese individuals, including type 2 diabetes.
Chemical exposure may increase type 2 diabetes and obesity risk
01/18/2011 - Researchers are increasingly coming to the conclusion that environmental chemicals to which nearly everyone is exposed may have a role in increasing the odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Several recent studies have shown that environmental toxins may be a major risk factor for the condition.
Study finds Asian Americans have high rate of type 2 diabetes
01/18/2011 - Despite having a lower prevalence of obesity, Asian Americans are more likely to have type 2 diabetes, and the numbers continue to worsen, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers.
Obesity may cluster among social groups
01/12/2011 - Obesity has become a nationwide epidemic. This has had a destructive impact on the rate of type 2 diabetes. A new study from a team of Miriam Hospital researchers has shown that a person’s social network may play a large role in whether or not they are obese or able to lose weight.
Genetic variations may hinder weight loss efforts
01/10/2011 - While losing weight may significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some individuals may have a harder time than others accomplishing this. According to a new study from Finnish researchers, certain genetic variations may make it difficult to burn fat and achieve healthy blood sugar levels.
Researchers find cause of body fat-related diabetes risk
12/28/2010 - A team of researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School may have found an explanation for why high levels of body fat tend to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes more than subcutaneous fat.
Type 2 diabetes becoming more common in adolescents
12/28/2010 - Children and adolescents are among the groups most affected by the growing obesity epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 17 percent of Americans between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese. This significantly increases their risk of a range of health problems, including type 2 diabetes.
International research partnership may speed the development of new diabetes drugs
12/28/2010 - While the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes have increased dramatically over the last two decades, the pace of research aimed at solving these public health crises has been relatively slow. In an effort to address this situation, an international group of researchers recently announced an agreement to share resources to begin working towards a cure.
 

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