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Experts See Place for Weight-Loss Drugs in Obesity Treatment

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 – A healthy diet and exercise should be the main tools obese people use to lose weight, but prescription weight-loss drugs may have a place, too, according to new guidelines from the Endocrine Society. "Lifestyle changes should always be a central part of any weight loss strategy," Dr. Caroline Apovian, chair of the guidelines task force, said in a society news release. She is director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. The guidelines say that other methods, such as weight-loss drugs and weight-loss surgery, can be combined with lifestyle changes. "Medications do not work by themselves, but they can help people maintain a healthy diet by reducing the appetite. Adding a medication to a lifestyle modification program is likely to result in greater weight loss," said Apovian, who is also professor of medicine and pediatrics at ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Obesity Affects Sleep

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Obesity can affect the quality of your sleep and contribute to disorders such as sleep apnea. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions for losing weight and sleeping better: Avoid fast food, high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods, and eat more vegetables, fruit and fish. Stick to a consistent exercise routine, and avoid exercise within three hours of bed. Take a look at your sleep schedule, evaluating how much sleep you're getting each night and how you feel when you wake up each morning. Read more

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Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 – Smoking and obesity are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report. Annual health-care expenses are substantially higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a recent report in the journal Public Health. In fact, obesity is actually more expensive to treat than smoking on an annual basis, the study concluded. And the cost of treating both problems is eventually borne by U.S. society as a whole, experts said. Obese people run up an average $1,360 in additional health-care expenses each year compared with the non-obese. The individual obese patient is also on the hook for $143 in extra out-of-pocket expenses, according to the report. By comparison, smokers require an average $1,046 in additional health-care expenses compared with nonsmokers, and pay ... Read more

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Lack of Exercise More Deadly Than Obesity, Study Suggests

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 – Being sedentary may be twice as deadly as being obese, a new study suggests. However, even a little exercise – a brisk 20-minute walk each day, for example – is enough to reduce the risk of an early death by as much as 30 percent, the British researchers added. "Efforts to encourage small increases in physical activity in inactive individuals likely have significant health benefits," said lead author Ulf Ekelund, a senior investigator scientist in the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. The risk reduction was seen in normal weight, overweight and obese people, Ekelund said. "We estimated that eradicating physical inactivity in the population would reduce the number of deaths twice as much as if obesity was eradicated," he said. From a public health perspective, it is as important to increase levels of physical activity ... Read more

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FDA Approves Maestro Rechargeable System Device to Treat Obesity

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

January 14, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Maestro Rechargeable System for certain obese adults, the first weight loss treatment device that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach that controls feelings of hunger and fullness. The Maestro Rechargeable System, the first FDA-approved obesity device since 2007, is approved to treat patients aged 18 and older who have not been able to lose weight with a weight loss program, and who have a body mass index of 35 to 45 with at least one other obesity-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes. BMI, which measures body fat based on an individual’s weight and height, is used to define the obesity categories. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of all U.S. adults are obese, and people with obesity are at increased risk of heart disease, stroke, t ... Read more

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Head Start Program Might Help Fight Childhood Obesity: Study

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 – School readiness isn't the only benefit young children can gain from Head Start. A new study finds that kids in the U.S. preschool program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program. In their first year in Head Start, obese and overweight kids lost weight faster than two comparison groups of children who weren't in the program, researchers found. Similarly, underweight kids bulked up faster. "Participating in Head Start may be an effective and broad-reaching strategy for preventing and treating obesity in United States preschoolers," said lead researcher Dr. Julie Lumeng, an associate professor at the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development. Federally funded Head Start, which is free for 3- to 5-year-olds living in poverty, helps children prepare for kindergarten. The program is designed to ... Read more

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Drug for Bladder Problems May Help Control Weight, Too

Posted 7 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 – A drug already used to treat overactive bladder may also someday help control weight by boosting the metabolic powers of brown fat, a small study suggests. While white fat stores energy, brown fat burns energy to generate body heat. In the process, it can help maintain body weight and prevent obesity, at least in animals, previous studies have shown. In the new study, researchers gave 12 healthy, lean young men a high dose of the drug mirabegron (Myrbetriq), and found that it boosted their metabolic rate. The drug "activates the brown fat cells to burn calories and generate heat," said study researcher Dr. Aaron Cypess. He is section head of translational physiology at the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. When the activity of the drug peaked, "the metabolic rate went up by 13 percent on average," Cypess said. That translates ... Read more

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Overweight Teens Who Lose Weight for Health More Likely to Succeed: Study

Posted 7 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 – Overweight teens trying to lose weight for their own well-being are more likely to succeed than those who do it to impress or please others, according to a new study. Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) said parents should help their children focus on their health, rather than social pressures to shed unwanted pounds. "Most parents have the view that their teen is largely influenced by other people's perceptions of them," the study's lead author, Chad Jensen, a psychologist at BYU, said in a university news release. "Our findings suggest that teens have motivations that are more intrinsic. One implication is that parents should help to focus their teen on healthy behaviors for the sake of being healthy more than for social acceptance," he added. The study, published in Childhood Obesity, included 40 formerly overweight or obese teens. On average, the ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Extend Lives, Study Finds

Posted 6 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 – Weight-loss surgery appears to prolong life for severely obese adults, a new study of U.S. veterans finds. Among 2,500 obese adults who underwent so-called bariatric surgery, the death rate was about 14 percent after 10 years compared with almost 24 percent for obese patients who didn't have weight-loss surgery, researchers found. "Patients with severe obesity can have greater confidence that bariatric surgical procedures are associated with better long-term survival than not having surgery," said lead researcher Dr. David Arterburn, an associate investigator with the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. Earlier studies have shown better survival among younger obese women who had weight-loss surgery, but this study confirms this finding in older men and women who suffer from other health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, he said. The ... Read more

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Study Debunks Notion of 'Healthy Obesity'

Posted 5 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 – The notion of potentially healthy obesity is a myth, with most obese people slipping into poor health and chronic illness over time, a new British study claims. The "obesity paradox" is a theory that argues obesity might improve some people's chances of survival over illnesses such as heart failure, said lead researcher Joshua Bell, a doctoral student in University College London's department of epidemiology and public health. But research tracking the health of more than 2,500 British men and women for two decades found that half the people initially considered "healthy obese" wound up sliding into poor health as years passed. "Healthy obesity is something that's a phase rather than something that's enduring over time," Bell said. "It's important to have a long-term view of healthy obesity, and to bear in mind the long-term tendencies. As long as obesity ... Read more

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Defective Hormone Linked to Chronic Obesity in Baby

Posted 5 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 – A small number of extremely obese people may be fat because their bodies produce a malfunctioning form of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin. That's the conclusion of a case study that appears in the Jan. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers base this new theory on a 2-year-old boy of Turkish descent with an insatiable appetite. He was chronically obese for much of his short life. At first doctors were puzzled by the case, since the boy appeared to have high blood levels of leptin, the hormone the body releases when a person has eaten enough, said Dr. Martin Wabitsch, a researcher in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Ulm in Germany. A genetic sequencing test revealed that the boy produces a mutated form of leptin that can't effectively signal to the central nervous system that no more ... Read more

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Many Consumers Misled About Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements, Survey Says

Posted 5 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 – Think a pill you saw advertised on the Internet can miraculously help you shed unwanted pounds? You're not alone: A new Consumer Reports survey finds many Americans are misinformed about the quality and effectiveness of these supplements. "The barrage of advertising leads us to think there's a magic way to melt away 10 pounds – even when we have no evidence that supplements work," Dr. Pieter Cohen, a physician at Harvard Medical School who studies supplements, said in a Consumer Reports news release. "The labels on weight loss supplements look like those on over-the-counter medications, and the supplement facts are organized like nutrition facts labels," he added. "There's no way for consumers to tell the difference." So it's perhaps not surprising that the new survey of nearly 3,000 Americans found that about 20 percent of respondents were misinformed, ... Read more

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Many Consumers Misled About Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements, Survey Says

Posted 30 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 – Think a pill you saw advertised on the Internet can miraculously help you shed unwanted pounds? You're not alone: A new Consumer Reports survey finds many Americans are misinformed about the quality and effectiveness of these supplements. "The barrage of advertising leads us to think there's a magic way to melt away 10 pounds – even when we have no evidence that supplements work," Dr. Pieter Cohen, a physician at Harvard Medical School who studies supplements, said in a Consumer Reports news release. "The labels on weight loss supplements look like those on over-the-counter medications, and the supplement facts are organized like nutrition facts labels," he added. "There's no way for consumers to tell the difference." So it's perhaps not surprising that the new survey of nearly 3,000 Americans found that about 20 percent of respondents were misinformed, ... Read more

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FDA Approves New Weight-Loss Drug

Posted 29 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 – A new, injectable weight-loss drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency on Tuesday approved Saxenda (liraglutide) for adults who are obese or for those who are overweight and have at least one weight-related health condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. Patients taking the drug, made by Novo Nordisk, should still follow a low-calorie diet and exercise regularly, the FDA noted. "Obesity is a public health concern and threatens the overall well-being of patients," Dr. James Smith, acting deputy director of the division of metabolism and endocrinology products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "Saxenda, used responsibly in combination with a healthy lifestyle that includes a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, provides an additional ... Read more

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Saxenda Approved for Weight Loss

Posted 29 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 – Saxenda (liraglutide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic obesity. The injected drug is approved for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or for those with a BMI of 27 or greater who have at least one other weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. BMI is a standard measure of weight-vs-height, with statistical "obesity" beginning at a BMI of 30. This drug, from a class called "glucagon-peptide receptor agonists," shouldn't be used in combination with other drugs in that class. This includes the diabetes treatment Victoza, which has the same active ingredient at a different dose, the FDA warned in a news release. Saxenda has not been evaluated to treat diabetes and should not be used for this purpose, the agency added. The drug's safety and effectiveness ... Read more

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