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Pinpointing genes that protect against frailty

Pinpointing genes that protect against frailty

Frailty is a common condition associated with old age, characterized by weight loss, weakness, decreased activity level and reduced mobility, which together increase the risk of injury and death. Continue reading

Eating more dietary pulses can increase fullness, may help manage weight

Eating more dietary pulses can increase fullness, may help manage weight

Eating about one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can increase fullness, which may lead to better weight management and weight loss, a new study has found. Continue reading

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