Health paradox: New diabetes cases fall while obesity rises

Health 05/28/19, 09:07

The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren't sure why.New federal data released Tuesday found the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009.Earlier research had spotted a ...

Cholesterol improves in US kids despite high obesity rates

Health 05/21/19, 10:09

Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal.Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean 200 ...

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

U.S. 05/16/19, 11:14

Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure go away, a study finds.The results suggest there's a benefit from not waiting to address obesity. Researchers ...

Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk

Health 04/18/19, 10:07

Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to avoid that fate.The test examines more than 2 million spots in a person's genetic code, seeking variants that ...

Study finds diabetes drug may prevent, slow kidney disease

Treatment 04/14/19, 19:11

A drug that's used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive.Doctors say it's hard to overstate the ...

California lawmakers seek tax, other limits on sugary drinks

U.S. 02/20/19, 17:45

State lawmakers are trying again to discourage the consumption of sugary beverages, on Wednesday proposing a tax, warning labels, and a ban on soda displays near checkout lines among other measures. The five bills address what the Democratic lawmakers call a public health crisis leading to an increase in obesity, diabetes, ...

Reports: Limit food industry sway on public health matters

Science 01/29/19, 13:22

With obesity becoming a more pressing global problem, two reports in science journals are calling for policies that limit food company influence in public health efforts.In the medical journal Lancet, a report says skepticism about the motives of ultra-processed food makers is justified. It notes how sugary drink manufacturers have ...

Coke-funded group swayed China’s obesity efforts, papers say

World 01/10/19, 09:32

A group funded by the food industry undermined China's efforts to keep obesity rates in check by overemphasizing the importance of physical activity rather than dietary habits, according to new research.The International Life Sciences Institute, created in 1978 by a former Coke executive, is funded by companies including McDonald's, PepsiCo ...

US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

U.S. 01/08/19, 10:05

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say.But it's not all good news. Obesity-related cancer ...

Children with autism, developmental delays at higher risk for obesity

Pennsylvania 10/24/18, 11:11

By StaffYoung children with developmental disorders, including autism, are at substantially greater risk of being overweight or obese than the general population of children the same ages, according to a new study from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, and five other research centers.The study ...

Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics

Health 10/16/18, 11:09

Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss.The study tracked about 20,000 severely obese patients with Type 2 diabetes. Those who had weight loss surgery had a 40 percent lower chance ...

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