Obesity News and Research

Investigators warn about the dangers of added sugars
11/29/2010 - High fructose corn syrup and other added sugars are increasingly becoming a part of many American's everyday lives. However, scientists are beginning to warn consumers that excessive intake of these sugars may lead to many health complications, including type 2 diabetes.
Pressure may hinder the production of new fat
11/24/2010 - In a finding that could have major implications for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel have shown that mechanical loads may prevent fat cells from producing new fat in the body.
Study uncovers high price of childhood obesity
11/22/2010 - Children across the country are experiencing higher rates of obesity. This is having a damaging effect on their heart health and increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Fat outside the veins may contribute to poor heart health in diabetics
11/19/2010 - Fat outside the arteries may be one of the single most prominent factors that contribute to the development of heart disease in individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati.
BMI may be a poor measure of body fat
11/19/2010 - Body mass index - or BMI - is one of the most common measurements used by physicians to assess a patient's risk for developing type 2 diabetes. BMIs in the obese range have traditionally put an individual at significantly higher risk for developing the disease.
Researchers uncover enzyme that increases risk of type 2 diabetes
11/17/2010 - A team of researchers from the University of California have found an enzyme that plays a major role in processing fat. They believe that their findings could lead to the development of new drugs capable of significantly reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.
Obesity may cause dangerous changes in the way the body stores fat
11/10/2010 - A team of European investigators has found that fat cells and surrounding tissue may have certain limitations when it comes to storing excess fat. When these limits are exceeded, a chain of reactions begins to take place which may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Study uncovers the reason for the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes
11/09/2010 - It has long been known that obese individuals are significantly more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. However, until recently the exact reason for this association was not known precisely.
Explosion of type 2 diabetes put strain on local health resources
11/01/2010 - Type 2 diabetes can be an extremely expensive and time consuming disease to manage, and helping individuals control their symptoms is starting to become a major burden for local health departments.
Sugar-sweetened drinks increase type 2 diabetes risk
10/27/2010 - In recent years, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages - including sodas and sports drinks - has risen sharply. Meanwhile, the increases in obesity and type 2 diabetes rates have followed a similar curve.
Diabetes rates set to rise sharply
10/24/2010 - Unless new strategies are implemented to help reduce the number of obese individuals, the rate of type 2 diabetes is going to skyrocket in the coming years, according to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.
Communities launch diabetes prevention programs
10/17/2010 - Children who are obese are significantly more likely to carry extra weight with them into adulthood. This dramatically increases their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Hospitalizations increase among females with type 2 diabetes
10/12/2010 - As obesity rates continue to rise, the number of women who are hospitalized for type 2 diabetes-related problems is also increasing.
Bariatric surgery may be cost-effective weight loss strategy for individuals with type 2 diabetes
10/11/2010 - Obesity is one of the most common contributing factors to type 2 diabetes, a condition that can result in tremendous healthcare costs for those who have it. However, a new study has found that obese individuals who have developed diabetes may be able to reduce the costs associated with the condition by pursuing bariatric weight loss surgery.
Intensive weight loss programs may benefit obese individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes
10/10/2010 - Losing weight and improving fitness may be among the most important things that overweight individuals can do to avoid developing type 2 diabetes, which is a potentially devastating condition.
Prevalence of type 2 diabetes and obesity rising in California
09/20/2010 - According to a recent study, the majority of adults in California classify as obese or overweight and more than 2 million individuals have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Bariatric surgery before pregnancy may increase risk for gestational diabetes
09/16/2010 - A recent study published in the August issue of The Journal of the American College of Surgeons reveals that obese women who undergo bariatric surgery before pregnancy have three times the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Study links obesity and type 2 diabetes to infertility in women
09/13/2010 - Insulin resistance - defined by persistently elevated levels of insulin and the abnormal regulation of blood sugar - is a common characteristic of type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study, it is also a feature of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is the most common cause of infertility and affects up to one in 10 women.
Cinnamon may protect prediabetics from developing type 2 diabetes
09/13/2010 - A study conducted by chemists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that cinnamon - which is known to contain powerful antioxidative compounds - could potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Obesity may lead to insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes
09/07/2010 - Research conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has revealed that insulin may reduce the inflammation that is caused by obesity, thereby lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Study: "Sprouty" protein may cause osteoporosis
08/31/2010 - In the latest edition of The FASEB Journal, researchers from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute record their discovery of a new protein that is responsible for regulating body fat and bone mass, which they named Sprouty.
New study suggests link between childhood obesity and poor bone health
08/19/2010 - Research has shown that overweight children who do not receive enough exercise may be at high risk for type 2 diabetes. However, a study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that these children may also be at risk for osteoporosis.
Prevalence of type 2 diabetes increases in First Nations population
08/03/2010 - A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has revealed that the incidence of type 2 diabetes in First Nations people - those of Aboriginal descent - is greatly increasing. Men and women from this background were 2.5 and 4 times more likely to have diabetes than people in other regions.
Obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes exhibit poorer cognitive performance
08/02/2010 - Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered that obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have cognitive impairments. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has also revealed that these individuals possess subtle neurological abnormalities.
 
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