Study underscores link between diabetes and managing weight

It’s been well established that the benefits of weight loss go beyond the numbers shown on a scale. Lowered risks of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are just a few of the advantages that weight loss can bring, while the exhilaration of having more energy when the extra pounds melt away can make… Read more »

Vitamin D deficiency linked to obesity in children

According to a study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, overweight and obese children and teens are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than youngsters who maintain a normal weight, Medscape reported. The research was conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas by Christy Boling Turer, M.D., M.H.S.,… Read more »

Losing weight in New Year boils down to lifestyle changes

The new year is just around the corner, and for many individuals, the start of 2013 heralds the beginning of an intensive weight loss regimen. As countless people across the country resolve to shed those extra pounds in the upcoming year, actually getting the desired results may come down to one crucial factor: lifestyle changes…. Read more »

Obesity rates may be declining in low-income children

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that the rates of obesity may be declining among preschool-aged children who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. “Obesity and extreme obesity in childhood, which are more prevalent among minority and low-income families, have been associated with other cardiovascular risk factors,… Read more »

Overeating during the holidays can be harmful to long-term health

Overloading on food during the holidays can upset the body’s natural food clock, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF). The body’s food clock is a collection of genes that work to keep metabolic function balanced. The research, which was published in the Proceedings of… Read more »

Muscle loss study finds potential key to prevent diabetes and obesity

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have discovered that blocking a protein molecule known as myostatin can prevent age-induced muscle loss. The study’s findings, which were published in the journal Cell Metabolism, have implications for preventing chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, and may help bedridden patients. The NTU researchers discovered that myostatin binds… Read more »

Obese women may benefit from fewer, larger meals

Researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have discovered that eating fewer, larger meals a day may be beneficial for weight loss, which is contrary to the popular belief that several, small meals are conducive to a healthy metabolism. “Our data suggests that, for obese women, eating fewer, bigger meals may be more advantageous metabolically… Read more »

New study confirms reduced-fat diet can help create thin appearance

According to a recent report issued by the World Health Organization, people who reduce the amount of fat in their diets will lose weight as well as experience a decrease in cholesterol levels. The research analyzed 33 different trials, which were conducted throughout North America, New Zealand and Europe, which looked at 73,589 people from… Read more »

Effectiveness of blood pressure medication based on BMI

Researchers from the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center found that blood pressure medications’ effectiveness may be partially based on patients’ body mass indexes (BMI), according to Medical News Today. The study, which was led by Michael Weber, analyzed data from 11,482 patients who were part of a previous trial known as ACCOMPLISH,… Read more »

How much time do your children spend watching television?

Have you ever sat down and asked yourself how much time your kids devote to watching television? This is a simple question that too many parents these days seem to forget. After all, it seems only normal for a child to watch a little TV when he comes home for school while he eats an… Read more »