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Blog of Weight Loss, Dieting & Obesity Research - Archive #0149.
Reduced diet thwarts aging, disease in monkeys
The bottom-line message from a decades-long study of monkeys on a restricted diet is simple: Consuming fewer calories leads to a longer, healthier life
Forsyth scientists suggest linkages between obesity and oral bacterial infection
A scientific team has discovered new links between certain oral bacteria and obesity. In a recent study, the researchers demonstrated that the salivary bacterial composition of overweight women differs from non-overweight women. This preliminary work may provide clues to interactions between oral bacteria and the pathology of obesity. This research may help investigators learn new avenues for fighting the obesity epidemic.
Link between obesity and diabetes discovered
A study has proven a critical link between obesity and the onset of Type 2 diabetes, a discovery which could lead to the design of a drug to prevent the disease
Worries about paying bills can cause people to pack on pounds
Stressing out can cause people to gain weight. This new study is believed to be one of the first of its kind to look at the relationship between weight gain and multiple types of stress -- job-related demands, difficulty paying bills, strained family relationships, depression or anxiety disorder -- in the US population
New culprit behind obesity's ill metabolic consequences
Obesity very often leads to insulin resistance, and now researchers have uncovered another factor behind that ill consequence. The newly discovered culprit is a protein, called PEDF for short, that is secreted by fat cells. They also report evidence to suggest that specifically blocking PEDF action may reverse some of the health complications that come with obesity
Overweight kids experience more loneliness, anxiety
As childhood obesity rates continue to increase, experts agree that more information is needed about the implications of being overweight as a step toward reversing current trends. Now, a new study has found that overweight children, especially girls, show signs of the negative consequences of being overweight as early as kindergarten
Lap-band weight-loss surgery can reverse metabolic syndrome in obese teens
A new study of obese adolescents has shown that laparoscopic gastric banding surgery -- the "Lap-Band" procedure -- not only helps them achieve significant weight loss but can also improve and even reverse metabolic syndrome, reducing their risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes
ADA releases updated position paper on vegetarian diets
The American Dietetic Association has released an updated position paper on vegetarian diets that concludes such diets, if well-planned, are healthful and nutritious for adults, infants, children and adolescents and can help prevent and treat chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes
Key to evolutionary fitness: Cut the calories
Charles Darwin postulated that animals eat as much as possible while food is plentiful, and produce as many offspring as this would allow. However, new research shows that, even when food is abundant, intake reaches a limit. The theory is that animals actively limit their energy turnover to maintain a higher level of reproductive success over their lifetime
Super-sleepers could help super-sizers!
Burrowing frogs can survive buried for several years without food or water. Scientists have discovered that the metabolism of their cells changes radically during the dormancy period allowing the frogs to maximize the use of their limited energy resources. This discovery could prove to have important applications in the long term for treating energy-related disorders such as obesity
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