November 4, 2014

Visceral Fat and Hypertension

When we talk about obesity, we often speak of it in terms of body mass index – or BMI – which is a measure of “body fatness” that is calculated using height and weight. BMI is inexpensive to obtain and relatively simple to use, so it’s easy to see why it has become our main […]

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November 1, 2014

Obesity May Affect Breast Cancer Treatment for Some

We know that obesity increases the risk of getting some types of cancers. But it isn’t just your chance of getting cancer that obesity can affect, there are other factors involved. For example, obesity may interfere with the effectiveness of a common drug that is used to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women, accoridng to […]

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November 1, 2014

Could Bariatric Surgery Cure Food Addiction?

Have you heard of food addiction? It’s a topic that comes up in the news from time to time, with some people strongly supporting the concept that we can be addicted to food, and others believing that food cannot have the same attachment or need as a drug like cocaine. Is there such thing as […]

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October 20, 2014

New Weight Loss Drug: Contrave

For the third time in less than three years, the FDA has approved a new weight loss drug. Contrave, which is a combination of antidepressant and alcohol dependence medications, is intended to be used along with a low-calorie diet and exercise regimen. The drug is approved for use in obese adults or overweight adults (BMI […]

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October 15, 2014

Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery Linked to Brain Benefits

Obesity can have a harmful effect on many important systems of the body, and research has suggested that it has a negative impact on the brain, as well. However, losing weight with bariatric surgery may lessen the harmful effects: According to a study published in in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, brain activity […]

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August 13, 2014

Weight Loss Improves Heart Risk in Patients with Obesity and Sleep Apnea

The dangers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been a focus of research lately, with recent studies emphasizing the cardiovascular risks associated with the condition, among other risks. Now, a new study found that weight loss is the single most important factor for improving cardiovascular health in obese OSA patients. Obesity and OSA seem to […]

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August 13, 2014

More Risks of a High Sugar Diet

When it comes to sugar in your diet, many of us feel we know all the facts – even if we eat more sugar than we know we ‘should’. We’ve all heard that excess amounts of sugar in our diets can lead to cavities, weight gain, and type 2 diabetes. However, there are other potentially serious […]

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August 13, 2014

Metabolically Healthy Obesity?

Every so often we hear a story in the news about ‘healthy obesity,’ but what does that mean? On one hand, it is well-established that obesity is a primary risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes. However, there are some obese people who show none of the typical diabetes danger signs and seem to be healthy, despite […]

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June 25, 2014

Overeating: How it Affects Brown Fat Cells

When we hear about fat inside our bodies, we usually think about something unwanted. But generally the type of harmful fat fat we’re thinking of is “white fat”.  White fat stores calories. However, there’s another type of fat: brown fat. Brown fat is a “good” fat found in the bodies of mammals, which has a large […]

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June 25, 2014

Benefits of the Sleeve Linked with Changes in Bile Acid

When you hear that a procedure removes 80% of a person’s stomach, it makes sense to think their weight loss is because the size of their stomach forces them to eat smaller meals. But that may be an serious oversimplification. New research has debunked a common misunderstanding of how vertical sleeve gastrectomy (the sleeve) helps patients […]

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