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Overweight Young Adults Risk Early Death

A study published in Aug 2011 in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that being overweight at 25 years old increased the risk of early death by 21%. That risk went up to 28% if a young adult with a higher BMI (body mass index) also smoked, drank alcohol, or did little exercise. The risk […]

Obesity Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

Dr Hany Abed doing research at the University of Adelaide has shown that obesity directly causes electrical abnormalities in the heart. Evidence shows that obesity can increase blood pressure, change the structure and size of the heart muscle, the way the heart works, contracts, and its electrical function. Electrical dysfunction of the heart leads to […]

Developing Diabetes Strongly Associated with a Fatty Liver

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that a patient diagnosed with fatty liver found on an ultrasound exam strongly predicts the likelihood of developing diabetes type 2 in 5 years . Over 11,000 patients were followed for 5 years . They compared patients with high insulin resistance with […]

Less Colon Polyps with Moderate Exercise

A study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that physical activity can reduce the risk of developing polyps by 16%, and developing large or advance polyps by 30%, and the risk of colon cancer by 25%. An analysis of studies involving over 250,000 patients, found less precancerous colon polyps in those individuals who […]

Weight Reduction May Improve Outcomes with Cirrhotic Liver

Findings published in the August 2011 issue of Hepatology, revealed that obesity may be a frequent cause of chronic liver disease progression. Liver cirrhosis, according to one study, in over 15% of cases, is caused by being overweight. Other studies showed that those suffering from liver disease due to obesity had a lower survival rate […]

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

According to data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 2005, less than 50 percent of the population participates in “recommended” levels of physical activity. You may be wondering what exactly the “recommended” levels of physical activity are. The recommended levels of physical activity (including both the amount and intensity) differ per person’s individual […]

Gastric Banding Pays for Itself…

A new study published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases concluded that the cost of Gastric Banding weight loss surgery was cost effective in roughly two years post-op by reductions in obesity-related medical costs in those with a history of Diabetes and in roughly four years post-op in those patients without Diabetes. […]

Migraines May Lead to Stroke

Migraine could be a risk factor for stroke. The probability of stroke increases if the patient also has hypertension. Those 40-49 years old who suffered from migraines and hypertension had a 5% more chance of getting a stroke than those with hypertension alone. This study was done in Italy and included almost 3,000 subjects. The […]

Whey Protein May Affect Weight

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition June 2011 showed that whey protein may be helpful in weight loss. They assigned 90 overweight and obese men and women with an average weight for men of 218 pounds and 190 pounds for the women to 1 of 3 groups. All the groups had an average […]

PCOS and Infertility Resolved After Weight-Loss Surgery

A study analyzed medical records of women who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery between 2000 and 2009. Of the 566 women, 31 (5.5%) had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) prior to their surgery. The women had a mean age of 32 and had suffered from PCOS for roughly 8 years. Improvement in PCOS symptoms (including infertility, […]

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