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Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 – Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery – good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests. However, the news is not the same for those under 35. The study found no survival benefit for this group, and saw an increase in the number of "externally caused deaths," which included accidental injuries, assaults and suicides. The increase was more significant in women than in men, the researchers said. "Younger patients, especially females, should be counseled on the risk of suicide and accidental death following bariatric surgery," said Dr. Daniel Schauer, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, who reviewed the study findings but was not involved with the research. At least one doctor ... Read more

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Health Tip: If You're Not Hungry

Posted 24 hours ago by

-- Watching your calories is important if you're trying to lose weight. That makes it important to avoid eating when you're not hungry. The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases suggests these alternatives: Go for a quick walk. if you're at work, grab a friend. Distract yourself with some favorite music, a magazine or book. Get your hands busy. Play checkers, knit or play a game of cards. If you can't avoid eating, at least opt for something healthier. Snack on an apple, herbal tea (no sugar) or some water. Read more

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Healthier Diets May Be Cutting Heart, Diabetes Risks in U.S. Teens

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TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – The severity of metabolic syndrome – a cluster of health risk factors such as belly fat and poor cholesterol levels – among U.S. teens has been improving, and researchers believe that healthier diets may be the reason why. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. The study found marked changes in two of the risk factors: a drop in blood fats known as triglycerides, and an increase in HDL ("good") cholesterol. But not all the news from the study was good. Teen obesity levels rose during the 13-year study period. The investigators also found no changes in average physical activity levels. "While we don't know for sure why these improvements occurred, we saw that over time, children have eaten healthier diets, eating fewer calories overall, less carbohydrates and more food with unsaturated fat," said study author Dr. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Eating Red Meat

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-- Too much red meat can be bad for your heart and general health. Red meat tends to be higher in both saturated fat and cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends: In lieu of red meat, opt for skinless chicken or turkey, fish or beans. If you really love red meat, watch how much you eat. Stick to a healthy portion size, which for red meat is about the size of a deck of cards. Look for leaner cuts, possibly labeled as sirloin, round or loin. Before you cook, cut away visible fat. After cooking, pour off the fat from the pan before eating. Healthier ways of preparing meat include stewing, broiling or baking. Read more

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Vacation Weight Gain Can Lead to 'Creeping Obesity,' Study Finds

Posted 2 days 17 hours ago by

SUNDAY, Feb. 7, 2016 – Along with souvenirs, there's a good chance you'll return from your vacation with some extra weight, new research suggests. The study looked at 122 American adults, aged 18 to 65, who went on vacations ranging from one to three weeks between March and August. Sixty-one percent gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds, and that weight tended to stay on after they returned home. Some gained as much as 7 pounds, while others lost weight, the investigators found. One of the main contributors to vacation weight gain was increased intake of calories, especially from alcohol. The average number of drinks went from eight a week before vacation to 16 a week while on vacation, the researchers said. The findings are alarming, according to study author Jamie Cooper, an associate professor in the department of foods and nutrition at the University ... Read more

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Super Bowl Foods Can Be a Win, Win: Healthy and Delicious

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FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – Super Bowl Sunday is as much about eating as it is about whether the Panthers or the Broncos score the first touchdown. Commonly served Super Bowl snacks, however, are often loaded with calories, fat and salt, cautioned Dana Angelo White, a clinical assistant professor of athletic training and sports medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. But there are some easy ways to make game-day foods delicious and healthy, noted White. She offered the following tips: Drink water. If you're drinking alcohol, stay hydrated. Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. Opting for other sugar-free drinks, like seltzer, can also slash calories. Pace yourself. Eat normally before kick-off so you aren't overdoing it even before higher-calorie foods are served. Keep things simple. When choosing a Super Bowl party menu, stick with a few key dishes. ... Read more

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NFL Linemen Keep Growing, Putting Their Health at Risk, Experts Say

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FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers gear up for Sunday's Super Bowl 50 showdown, many may be focused on the potential dangers of concussion, but that's not the only health risk football players face. Concern about the size of players – especially linemen – has been growing along with the players' waistlines. And some researchers are now suggesting that these athletes should be monitored for health problems. Physicians who work with overweight National Football League and college-level football players "should be aware of the potential for elevated blood pressure, diabetes and abnormal cholesterol levels," said Jeffrey Potteiger, co-author of a commentary reviewing the possible risks facing these young men. And the risk is especially high in athletes who pack plenty of fat around the abdomen, he added. Potteiger, a physical education specialist and dean ... Read more

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'Obese' May Not Always Equal Unhealthy: Study

Posted 7 days ago by

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Many overweight and obese Americans might be perfectly healthy when it comes to blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels – while many thin folks may not be the picture of good health, a new study contends. Using a government health survey, researchers found that nearly half of overweight U.S. adults were "metabolically healthy." That meant they had no more than one risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease – including high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol or triglyceride levels, elevated blood sugar, or high concentrations of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation in the blood vessels). Among obese adults, 29 percent were deemed healthy – as were 16 percent of those who were severely obese based on body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height). On the other hand, more than 30 percent of normal-weight Americans were ... Read more

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Bear Belly Might Hold Clues to Obesity in Humans

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Changes in their gut microbes help bears prepare for hibernation, according to laboratory research that may hold clues for combating obesity in people. As they prepare to hunker down for the winter, bears eat as much as possible, to boost their body fat. Despite the rapid weight gain, they don't suffer the health problems associated with obesity in people, Swedish researchers noted. The team analyzed fecal samples from wild brown bears and found seasonal changes in gut microbe populations. In the summer, the gut microbe population is more diverse and takes in more energy from food. In winter, during hibernation, the gut microbe population is less diverse, according to the study published Feb 4 in the journal Cell Reports. The researchers transferred the gut microbes from the bears into mice. Those that received the bears' summer gut microbes put on more fat and ... Read more

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ADHD Tied to Obesity Risk for Girls, Study Contends

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Girls with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have their share of challenges. And new research suggests a tendency toward obesity may be one of them. In a 1,000-person study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that girls with ADHD may be twice as likely to be obese in childhood or early adulthood as girls without the disorder. This association was not linked to treatment with stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, the researchers said. "There are a couple of biological mechanisms that underlie both obesity and ADHD," said Dr. Seema Kumar, a pediatrician and researcher at Mayo Clinic Children's Research Center in Rochester, Minn. The abnormalities in the brain that can cause ADHD can also cause eating disorders, Kumar said. "Girls with ADHD may not be able to control their eating and may end up overeating," she explained. "Because kids with ADHD don't ... Read more

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Too Much, Too Little Sleep During Pregnancy May Prompt Weight Gain

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Sleeping too few or too many hours a night may lead to excessive weight gain during pregnancy, a new study suggests. "We know that poor sleep in pregnancy has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes," wrote researcher Dr. Francesca Facco, who's with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "Our findings provide a potential mechanism [weight gain] for poor sleep in pregnancy and adverse outcomes," she said in a news release from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Previous research has suggested that poor sleep is associated with weight gain and obesity in women who are not pregnant. The authors of this new study wanted to examine a possible link between sleep and weight gain during pregnancy. The study included 751 pregnant women whose sleep was monitored for seven straight days. About two-thirds of the women slept between seven ... Read more

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Health Tip: Understanding Metabolism

Posted 7 days ago by

-- It seems some people can eat whatever they want and not gain an ounce, while others have to watch every nibble. Blame differences in metabolism, the process our bodies use to convert food to fuel. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sets the record straight on some popular misconceptions: Your genes have a lot to do with your metabolism, but you can influence the process. One way is to gain lean muscle mass, which requires burning more calories. There's no particular food that is guaranteed to increase metabolism. Spicy foods, green tea and others rumored to do so are not proven. The time of day that you eat does not affect metabolism. What's more important are the actual calories you consume, not eating them late at night. Adapting an extremely low-calorie diet does not kickstart metabolism. This type of diet can actually cause your body to use calories more sparingly, thus ... Read more

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Diabetes Drug May Not Help Obese Women Have Normal-Weight Babies

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – Giving the diabetes drug metformin to obese pregnant women may not help their newborns come into the world at a healthier weight, a new trial finds. The study, reported Feb. 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine, adds to evidence that metformin does not curb obese women's risk of having an abnormally large newborn. On the other hand, the British researchers found the drug did help control a woman's own weight gain during pregnancy. And it may slash the risk of a potentially dangerous complication called preeclampsia. "Those findings bring to light some potential benefits of metformin for these women," said Dr. Jerrie Refuerzo, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health McGovern Medical School, in Houston. For now, diet and exercise will remain the mainstay of managing obesity during pregnancy, according to ... Read more

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'Til Weight Loss Do Us Part?

Posted 13 days ago by

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Married people shed fewer pounds than singles after weight-loss surgery, and some marriages deteriorate after the operation, researchers report. The Ohio State University research team based the findings on a review of 13 studies of weight-loss surgery that were published between 1990 and 2014. "Food is so central to family routines and celebrations, and when you undergo a surgery that so vastly impacts your ability to eat as you did before, family members take notice," review leader Megan Ferriby said in a university news release. Ferriby is a graduate student in human sciences. Four of six studies that focused on marriage found that married weight-loss surgery patients lost less weight than single patients. One study found that married patients were 2.6 times less likely to have reached their target weight a year after surgery. Another study found that single ... Read more

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Study Links Diabetes, Obesity in Moms-to-Be to Higher Autism Risk in Kids

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FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Mothers-to-be who are both obese and diabetic have a higher risk of giving birth to a child with autism than healthy women, a new study suggests. The two conditions in combination nearly quadrupled the risk that a child would receive an autism diagnosis, said researchers who looked at more than 2,700 mother-child pairs. Individually, maternal obesity or diabetes was linked to twice the odds of giving birth to a child with autism compared to mothers of normal weight without diabetes, the study found. "The finding is not a total surprise," said study author Dr. Xiaobin Wang, director of the Center on Early Life Origins of Disease at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "Many studies have shown that maternal obesity and diabetes have an adverse impact on developing fetuses and their long-term metabolic health." "Now we have further evidence that maternal obesity ... Read more

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