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Could Bariatric Surgery Cure Food Addiction?

November 1, 2014

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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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New Weight Loss Drug: Contrave

October 20, 2014

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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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Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery Linked to Brain Benefits

October 15, 2014

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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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Metabolically Healthy Obesity?

October 8, 2014

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

September 11, 2014

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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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Benefits of the Sleeve Linked with Changes in Bile Acid

June 25, 2014

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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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Obesity Raises Risk of Death from Breast Cancer

June 24, 2014

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According to new research using data from more than 80,000 breast cancer patients, younger women who are obese have a 34% increased risk of dying from their cancer. It’s been established that carrying excess weight increases the risk of getting breast cancer, but it hasn’t been clear just how harmful it is, and whether a […]

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Are the Mortality Risks of Excess Weight Underestimated?

May 12, 2014

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How dangerous is obesity? For years we’ve seen studies & headlines attaching risk to excess weight, but even those may have been too much of an underestimation of the danger in terms of mortality. According to new research by Andrew Stokes, a doctoral student in demography and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, the obesity-related mortality risks […]

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Evidence of Sleep Apnea Risk Grows – 3 Studies

May 12, 2014

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Most of us are aware that one of the reasons obesity is so harmful is that it contributes to  other serious illnesses. One of these illnesses is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that involves repetitive episodes of upper airway obstruction occurring during sleep. People with OSA usually are chronic snorers, and many be […]

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Bariatric Surgery Helps Control Diabetes for Years

April 15, 2014

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You may remember that “bariatric surgery for diabetes” was named the 2013 top medical innovation by Cleveland Clinic. Now, even more evidence points to the benefits. Encouraging new findings show that bariatric surgery is effective at controlling type 2 diabetes long after surgery.  The landmark STAMPEDE trial (Surgical Treatment And Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently) […]

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