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U.S. Heart Disease Deaths Related to Obesity Have Tripled Over the Last 20 Years, New Study Finds

Obesity-related deaths from heart disease tripled between 1999 and 2020, according to new research. Black women had the highest rates than all others in the study.

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Fat Cats Purrfect for Studying Obesity in Humans

Pudgy with a purpose: Fat cats could help humans better understand the way gut bacteria influences conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, a new study claims.

Food-related changes in obese cats’ gut microbiome have striking similarities to the way diet affects the gut of humans, researchers reported recently in the journal

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  • July 19, 2024
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  • Wegovy, Ozempic Lower Risk of Many Obesity-Related Cancers

    In yet another finding that touts the health benefits of wildly popular weight-loss medications like Wegovy and Ozempic, scientists report that taking the drugs may help reduce the risk of some cancers.

    In a study published July 5 in JAMA Network Open, researchers found people with type 2...

    Researchers have identified a gene that can trigger obesity, behavior problems and postpartum depression when missing or damaged.

    The finding could lead to new treatments for postpartum depression and overeating: The study in mice suggests the so-called "love hormone" -- oxytocin -- may ease ...

    Scientists Spot Which Gut Germs Trigger Compulsive Eating

    Specific types of gut bacteria appear to be linked to compulsive eating, a new study reports.

    Researchers found that one type of gut bacteria -- the Proteobacteria family -- is abundant in people and mice with an addiction to food.

    Other types of gut bacteria are decreased in food-addicted people and mice, including Blautia bacteria and bacteria belonging to the

    Obesity May Be Even Less Healthy If Child Was Born Underweight

    Low-birth-weight newborns have a higher risk of health complications if they become obese as children, a new study has found.

    Obese children who were low-birth-weight babies have a higher risk of insulin resistance, fatty liver and other health problems, researchers found.

    The study "supports the theory that individuals who were born low birth weight, or who are genetically predispo...

    Healthy Weight Loss Could Lower Your Odds for Cancer

    Losing weight can protect you against cancers related to obesity, a new study finds.

    Obesity has been linked to higher risk of at least 13 types of cancer, researchers said. This is largely due to excess levels of hormones like estrogen and insulin.

    But study results show that dropping pounds can improve a person's odds against developing these cancers, including

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  • June 25, 2024
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  • Average American's Diet Improved Only Slightly Over Past 20 Years

     The average American diet has only improved modestly over the past two decades, despite tons of research tying unhealthy food to obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds.

    The percentage of U.S. adults with a poor diet decreased from 49% to 37% between 1999 and 2020, based on data fro...

    GLP-1 Meds May Help Extremely Obese Qualify for Weight-Loss Surgery

    Taking a cutting-edge weight-loss drug could help extremely obese patients drop enough pounds to be eligible for bariatric surgery, a new study shows.

    Patients with extreme obesity -- a BMI of 70 or more -- are at higher risk of complications from surgery compared to people who weigh less.

    Weight loss prior to surgery can lower that risk, but up to now nothing's been able to help pa...

    Exercise at One Time of Day Might Be Best for Blood Sugar Control

    Folks trying to control their blood sugar levels might do best to work out in the evening, a new study suggests.

    Exercise performed between 6 p.m. and midnight appeared to be better at controlling blood sugar levels all day long, according to results published June 10 in the journal Obesity.

    This was partic...

    Moving Off the Couch Brings Healthy Aging: Study Finds Benefit

    It's tempting to binge-watch TV, but yet another study finds that when it comes to healthy aging, the less time on your sofa, the better.

    The study looked at 20 years of data on more than 45,000 people taking part in the Nurses' Health Study. All were at least age 50 in 1992 and free of chronic disease when they entered the study.

    Researchers tracked lifestyle habits like time sitti...

    Experimental GLP-1 Med Might Be Breakthrough Against Fatty Liver Disease

    An experimental 'supercharged' form of popular GLP-1 weight-loss meds could help ease fatty liver disease, a new trial suggests.

    The drug under development, survodutide, helped up to 83% of patients gain real improvements in markers of fatty liver disease, a widespread and potentially lethal condition often linked to obesity.

    Right now, there's only one drug,

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  • June 10, 2024
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  • It's Safe to Take GLP-1 Weight Loss Meds Before Surgery: Study

    Despite recent concerns that taking Ozempic, Wegovy or other GLP-1 medications might be unsafe before a surgery, a new review has uncovered no such danger.

    The issue arose because weight-loss drugs slow gastric emptying. The thought was that food might linger in the stomach so patients might be at higher risk of aspirating food particles and choking while under anesthesia.

    But a ne...

    Could New Weight-Loss Drugs Be Changing Women's Taste for Sweets?

    Ozempic and Wegovy appear to improve people's sensitivity to tastes, potentially lowering their desire for sweets, a new study suggests.

    The active ingredient in the weight-loss medications, semaglutide, also appears to affect the way that the tongue and brain respond to sweet tastes, researchers ...

    Ozempic Lowers Odds for Death, Illness in People With Kidney Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

    Ozempic provides a wide variety of health benefits for people with kidney disease and type 2 diabetes, a major clinical trial has found.

    The drug significantly reduces the risk of severe kidney events, heart problems and death from any cause in patients who have both conditions, researchers found....

    Costs, Side Effects Drive Folks to Quit New Weight-Loss Meds

    Three months after starting one of the new GLP-1 weight-loss drugs, more than a quarter of patients have already quit the medications, and by a year from first use more than a third have stopped, new research shows.

    Reasons for quitting Wegovy, Ozempic or similar drugs may include cost or gastrointestinal side effects, said a team led by U...

    Use of GLP-1 Meds Have Risen 7-Fold Among Young Americans

    The number of American teens and young adults who've been prescribed one of the new GLP-1 weight-loss drugs soared nearly seven-fold between 2020 and 2023, a new report finds.

    That's compared to an overall decline of about 3% in young Americans' use of other types of prescription meds.

    But how safe are drugs like Ozempic,

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  • May 22, 2024
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  • 'Hungry Gut' Gene Test Shows Who'll Benefit Most From Wegovy

    You've watched others shed pounds in a matter of weeks after taking one of the new blockbuster weight-loss drugs, so you decide to try one of the medications yourself, only to discover the needle on your bathroom scale barely budges.

    Why? New research presented Monday at the Digestive Disease Week conference in Washington, D.C., suggests genes might be at play.

    Some patients will l...

    Brain's 'Food Smell' Circuitry Might Drive Overeating

    The smell of food is appetizing when you're hungry. At the same time, it can be a turnoff if you're full.

    That's due to the interaction between two different parts of the brain involving sense of smell and behavior motivation, a new study finds.

    And it could be why some people can't easily stop eating wh...

    One Key to Weight Loss for Men: Competing for Cash

    A competitive game with a potential cash reward appeared to help overweight British men lose weight, researchers report.

    The incentive was winning the "Game of Stones" -- a stone is a British measurement of body weight equal to 14 pounds -- and pocketing the equivalent of just over $500 in American dollars if the man achieved weight-loss goals.

    Weight loss was more successful among ...

    Smoking During Pregnancy Could Raise Baby's Odds for Obesity Later

    Women who smoke during pregnancy run a higher risk of their kids becoming overweight or obese, and researchers now think they know one reason why.

    Children born of moms who smoked while expecting tend to have gut bacteria that is significantly different from that of kids whose moms didn't light up, scientists reported recently in the journal

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  • Could Having 'Skinny' Fat Cells Encourage Weight Gain?

    "Skinny"fat cells might actually make it harder to lose weight and easier to pack on extra pounds, a new study says.

    Researchers say it's possible to predict if someone's going to gain weight based solely on the size of their fat cells.

    People with large fat cells tend to lose weight over time, and those with small fat cells tend to gain weight, according to a Swedish study schedule...

    One in 8 U.S. Adults Have Now Used Blockbuster Meds Like Ozempic

    About 1 in 8 U.S. adults (12%) have tried a weight-loss drug like Wegovy, Ozempic, Zepbound or Mounjaro, a new KFF Health Tracking Poll says.

    About 6% are taking one right now, the poll found.

    Most patients say they use the drugs (61%) to treat a chronic condition like diabetes or heart disease, ...

    Colon Cancer Cases Rising Sharply Among Children, Teens

    Colon cancer steadily increased among young people in the United States over the past two decades, with tweens enduring the most dramatic leap in cancer rates, a new study says.

    The rate of colon cancer grew 500% among kids 10 to 14 between 1999 and 2020, researchers will report...

    Stomach-Zapping Procedure Lowers Appetite to Help With Weight Loss

    An experimental procedure could reduce levels of a hunger-triggering hormone by burning part of a person's stomach lining, a new study reports.

    In the procedure, doctors snake a tube down the patient's throat with a tiny device that singes the lining of the upper portion of the stomach, also called the gastric fundus.

    That's the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the primary...

    About 90% of U.S. Adults Are On the Way to Heart Disease

    Nine of 10 American adults are in the early, middle or late stages of a syndrome that leads to heart disease, a new report finds, and almost 10% have the disease already.

    "Poor cardiovascular, kidney, and metabolic health is widespread among the U.S. population," concludes a team led by

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  • New School Lunch Rules Target Added Sugars, Salt

    School lunches will soon contain less added sugars and salt under new nutrition standards announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

    "We all share the goal of helping children reach their full potential,"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release announcing the changes. "Like teachers, classroom...

    Calories, Not Meal Timing, Key to Weight Loss: Study

    A head-to-head trial of obese, pre-diabetic people who ate the same amount of daily calories -- with one group following a fasting schedule and the other eating freely -- found no difference in weight loss or other health indicators.

    So, despite the fact that fasting diets are all the rage, if you simply cut your daily caloric intake,

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  • Ozempic, Wegovy Won't Boost Thyroid Cancer Risk: Study

    Wegovy, Ozempic and other drugs known as GLP-1 analogues have become wildly popular for controlling diabetes and helping folks lose weight.

    There were concerns that longer term use of the drugs might raise users' odds for thyroid cancer, but a Swedish study of more than 435,000 people finds no evidence to support that notion.

    "Many people take these medicines, so it is important t...

    Nerve Zap Treatment for Sleep Apnea Less Effective in Obese People

    Obese folks are less likely to benefit from a nerve-stimulation treatment for sleep apnea that's recently been made available to them, a new study reports.

    The treatment is likely to be 75% less effective among obese people with BMIs of 32 to 35, compa...

    Rare Genes Can Raise Odds for Obesity 6-Fold

    Two newly discovered genetic variations can have a powerful effect on a person's risk for obesity, a new report says.

    Variants in the gene BSN, also known as Bassoon, can increase risk of obesity as much as sixfold, researchers report April 4 in the journal Nature Genetics.

    These variants affect about 1 in every 6,500...

    Germs in Your Gut Could Sway Your Odds for Obesity

    Research into germs that travel through the human digestive tract shows that some may promote obesity while others might help prevent it.

    Not only that, but those microbes may act differently in men versus women, the same study found.

    "Our findings reveal how an imbalance in distinct bacterial groups are likely to play an important role in the onset and development of

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  • Adult High Blood Pressure Could Begin in Childhood

    The seeds of high blood pressure in adulthood might be sown in youth, a new study suggests.

    Children and teenagers with excess weight were more likely to have high blood pressure in middle age, researchers report.

    In fact, there's a linear r...

    Another Study Warns of Surgery Risks for Folks Taking Ozempic, Wegovy

    People taking weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy need to drop them in the days or weeks prior to surgery, a new study warns.

    Folks on one of these drugs -- known as GLP-1 receptor agonists -- have a 33% higher risk of developing pneumonia by breathing in their own vomit during surgery, researche...

    Obesity in Childhood Doubles Odds for MS in Young Adulthood

    Children who are obese face double the odds of developing multiple sclerosis later in life, a new study warns.

    The overall odds for any one child to develop the neurodegenerative illness remains very low. However, the Swedish researchers believe the link could help explain rising rates of MS.

    "There are several studies showing that MS has increased over several decades and obesity ...

    Obesity Genes Mean Some Folks Must Exercise More for Same Results

    Some folks struggling with obesity appear to be hampered by their own genes when it comes to working off those extra pounds, a new study finds.

    People with a higher genetic risk of obesity have to exercise more to avoid becoming unhealthily heavy, researchers discovered.

    "G...

    Sodas, Fruit Juices Raise Boys' Odds for Type 2 Diabetes

    WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2024 -- Boys who drink lots of sugary soda and fruit juice could be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found.

    Each daily 8-ounce serving of sugary drinks during a boy's childhood is associated with a 34% increase ...

    Zepbound Helps Obese People Shed Pounds, Regardless of Starting Weight

    The blockbuster weight-loss medication Zepbound (tirzepatide) appears to help folks quickly shed pounds regardless of how overweight they are, or how long they've lived being overweight or obese.

    Those are the findings of two separate analyses of a major trial of the injected drug that was funded by maker Eli Lilly.

    "Regardless of b...

    FDA Approves Wegovy to Help Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke

    Wegovy (semaglutide), the weight-loss version of blockbuster diabetes drug Ozempic, was approved on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help prevent heart attack, stroke and heart death.

    "Wegovy is now the first weight-loss medication to also be approved to help prevent life-threatening cardiovascular events in adults with cardiovascular disease and either obesity or overwe...

    Look to Your Parents for Your Odds of Obesity: Study

    Folks worried about becoming flabby in middle age should check out what their parents looked like when they were that age, a new study says.

    People are six times more likely to become obese in middle age if both their parents were chubby during that time of their lives, according to research to be present...

    Could 'Lazy Eye' in Childhood Raise Risks for Adult Disease?

    Children with "lazy eye"are more likely to become adults facing an array of serious health problems, a new study warns.

    Kids diagnosed with amblyopia are more likely to develop high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes as adults, researchers ...

    Many Labradors Become Obese and Research Shows Why

    Nearly a quarter of Labrador retrievers are more likely to be obese due to a genetic "double-whammy,"a new study finds.

    This gene mutation causes Labradors to both feel hungry all the time and also burn fewer calories, British researchers report.

    The mutation involves a gene called POMC, which plays a critical role in hunger and energy use among Labs.

    About 25% of Labradors an...

    Over 1 Billion People Are Now Obese Worldwide

    FRIDAY, March 1, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- More than 1 billion adults and children around the world are now obese, a new global analysis estimates.

    Nearly 880 million adults now are living with obesity, as well as 159 million children, according to the report published Feb. 29 in The Lancet journal.

    Obesity rates for kids and teenagers quadrupled worldwide between 1990 and 2...

    'Ultra-Processed' Foods Harm Your Health in More Than 30 Different Ways

    Ultra-processed foods can cause dozens of terrible health problems among people who eat them too often, a new review warns.

    Researchers linked diets high in ultra-processed foods to an increased risk of 32 separate illnesses. In particular, these foods are strongly tied to risk with early death, heart disease, cancer, mental health disorders, overweight and obesity, and type 2 diabetes, r...

    Fast-Food Outlets, Bars Aren't Great Neighbors for Your Heart

    Living close to a pub, bar or fast-food restaurant doesn't do your heart any favors, a new study finds.

    Folks who live in close proximity to such establishments have a higher risk of heart failure, compared to those who live farther away, researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure

    These findings weren't a complete surprise, said...

    One Way to Reduce Child Obesity: Get Kids Moving More in Class

    Regular standing and walking activities in the classroom can aid in the fight against childhood obesity, a new study shows.

    Children who took part in the Active Movement program experienced an 8% reduction in their waist-to-height ratio, according to results from British primary schools.

    Participation in sports also increased by 10...

    Can't Exercise Every Day? Weight Loss Is Still Possible

    Folks can lose weight even if they pack all their weekly exercise into one or two days, a new study finds.

    Guidelines recommend that people get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise.

    "Weekend warriors"who condense all that exercise into one or two days each week can lose about the same amount of weight as people who perfo...

    You Probably Can't 'Exercise Away' the Calories in Sodas: Study

    Don't expect to sweat away the heart risks posed by sugary sodas and drinks, a new study warns.

    Canadian researchers found that even if the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity protects against cardiovascular disease, it's not enough to counter the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

    "Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease associated wi...

    A Cardiologist Answers Your Questions on New Weight-Loss Meds

    Weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Zepbound can lead to better heart health for people struggling with excess weight or diabetes, a University of Michigan cardiologist says.

    However, these medications help the heart best when combined with lifestyle changes like more exercise and a healthy diet, according to

    Score Big With a Healthy, Tasty Super Bowl Feast

    FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2024 (healthDay News) -- Super Bowl party spreads famously include nachos, wings, burgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy fare, but one expert offers some advice on how to make watching the game a healthy affair.

    "Think about what food you anticipate will be there,"said Dr. Bethany Agusala, director of UT Southwester...

    Most Americans Don't Know Their Lifesaving 'Heart Numbers': Survey

    Ohio resident Erica Hutson was in her 20s when she found out she had high cholesterol through a health check required by insurance.

    Because she was young and fit, Hutson shrugged off the test result.

    But Hutson changed her mind about it a decade later, when her father died of coronary artery disease in his 60s and she discovered it ran in her family.

    "His death really made me ...

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