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Category Archives: Obesity

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 […]

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 […]

Protein for Breakfast Decreases Hunger Later

Three groups of teenagers were studied at the University of Missouri for 3 weeks. They either skipped breakfast, 60% actually do skip, ate a normal amount of protein, a 500-calorie meal consisting of cereal and milk, or a high-protein breakfast. At the end of each week they filled out a form rating appetite and satiety […]

Low Testosterone in Men Reversed with Bariatric Surgery

Low testosterone and sexual dysfunction is common in morbidly obese males. A new study out of the University of Louvain in Brussels showed that these problems may be reversed with weight loss after bariatric surgery. They found low testosterone in 27 out of 75 obese men in an obesity clinic. Signs of androgen, or male […]

Decreased Migraines with Bariatric Surgery

A small observational study out of Rhode Island showed that weight loss was associated with less frequency and intensity of migraine headaches in obese subjects. 24 severely obese women, who suffered from migraines, were assessed before and 6 months after undergoing bariatric surgery. Their mean body mass index (BMI) before and 6 months after surgery […]

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