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Obesity Blamed for 12,000 Cancer Cases Annually in UK

January 22, 2015

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Most of us are aware that carrying excess weight can have serious consequences, such as increasing our risk of type 2 diabetes or heart disease. However, it is not as widely known that being overweight or obese has also been shown to increase the risk of several cancers. Now, the largest study of its kind […]

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Study Points to Low-Carb as Best Choice – or Does It?

November 11, 2014

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For losing weight and lowering heart disease risk, a low-carbohydrate diet may work better than low-fat, a new study found. In this study, people on a low-carb diet reduced certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease and lost nearly three times as much weight as those on a low-fat diet. The people in the low-carb group were […]

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Visceral Fat and Hypertension

November 4, 2014

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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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Obesity May Affect Breast Cancer Treatment for Some

November 1, 2014

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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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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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More Risks of a High Sugar Diet

September 23, 2014

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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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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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