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Among weight loss methods, surgery and drugs achieve highest patient satisfaction

Among weight loss methods, surgery and drugs achieve highest patient satisfaction

Obese and overweight Americans who have tried losing weight report far greater overall satisfaction with weight loss surgery and prescription weight loss medications than with diet, exercise and other self-modification methods, an Internet survey finds. The results were presented Saturday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago Continue reading

Improving diet quality reduces risk for type 2 diabetes

Improving diet quality reduces risk for type 2 diabetes

Improving the overall quality of one’s diet helps to prevent type 2 diabetes, independent of other lifestyle changes, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions®. The study, by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that those who improved their diet quality index scores by 10 percent over four years — by eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and less sweetened beverages and saturated fats, for example — reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by about 20 percent, compared to those who made no changes to their diets Continue reading

Fasting reduces cholesterol levels in prediabetic people over extended period of time, new research finds

Fasting reduces cholesterol levels in prediabetic people over extended period of time, new research finds

For prediabetics, many interventions focus on lifestyle changes and weight loss, but new research on periodic fasting has identified a biological process in the body that converts bad cholesterol in fat cells to energy, thus combating diabetes risk factors. Researchers at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, noticed that after 10 to 12 hours of time fasting, the body starts scavenging for other sources of energy throughout the body to sustain itself. The body pulls LDL (bad) cholesterol from the fat cells and uses it as energy Continue reading

Accuracy of fitness bands tested; reserachers find way to correct self-report errors

Accuracy of fitness bands tested; reserachers find way to correct self-report errors

Fitness bands make it easy for anyone with weight loss or other health goals to track their physical activity and calories burned. Continue reading

Eating prunes can help weight loss, study shows

Eating prunes can help weight loss, study shows

Research by the University of Liverpool has found that eating prunes as part of a weight control diet can improve weight loss. Consumption of dried fruit is not readily recommended during weight loss despite evidence it enhances feelings of fullness Continue reading

‘Lose a little’ advice on obesity

‘Lose a little’ advice on obesity

unable to retrieve full-text contentNew weight loss guidelines for the NHS in England will advise people to “lose a little and keep it off” for life. Continue reading

Lifestyle changes improve biomarkers for breast cancer recurrence, mortality

Lifestyle changes improve biomarkers for breast cancer recurrence, mortality

A pair of Yale Cancer Center interventional studies involving breast cancer survivors found that lifestyle changes in the form of healthy eating and regular exercise can decrease biomarkers related to breast cancer recurrence and mortality. The abstracts are scheduled to be presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago May 30-June 3 rd . “The findings of both studies support a growing body of research that suggests lifestyle interventions lower biomarkers associated with breast cancer recurrence and mortality, and improve quality of life,” said Melinda Irwin, PhD, co-program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center, associate professor of Epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, and principal investigator on both studies Continue reading

Adults who lose weight at any age could enjoy improved cardiovascular health

Adults who lose weight at any age could enjoy improved cardiovascular health

Weight loss at any age in adulthood is worthwhile because it could yield long-term heart and vascular benefits, suggests new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology . Continue reading

Information technology can simplify weight-loss efforts; social support still important for success

Information technology can simplify weight-loss efforts; social support still important for success

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69 percent of adults in the United States are currently overweight or obese, which puts these individuals at increased risk for chronic health problems. Although weight loss decreases this risk, statistics show that dieters often fail multiple times before meeting their goals. Now, MU researchers have found that information technology, such as smartphone applications, can help dieters integrate healthy behavior changes into their daily lives Continue reading

Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to U. S. obesity epidemic, particularly among children

Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to U. S. obesity epidemic, particularly among children

In response to the ongoing policy discussions on the role of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on weight and health, The Obesity Society (TOS) concludes that SSBs contribute to the United States’ obesity epidemic, particularly among children. Based on an in-depth analysis of the current research, TOS’s position statement unveiled today provides several recommendations for improving health, including that children minimize their consumption of SSBs. “There’s no arguing with the fact that the high rates of obesity in the U.S Continue reading