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06 Jul

Only 7% of Americans in Good Cardiometabolic Health, Study Finds

Surges in obesity, diabetes and other key cardiometabolic factors may be leading the U.S. into a health crisis, researchers say .

15 Jun

HealthDay Now: The ‘Path Towards a Cure’ for Diabetes at ADA 2022

As the American Diabetes Association concluded its 82nd Scientific Sessions, HealthDay’s Mabel Jong was joined by Dr. Robert Gabbay, the ADA’s chief scientific and medical officer. Dr. Gabbay discussed highlights from the conference, including new drugs and devices, the relationship between diabetes and COVID-19, and how much progress has been made in the path towards a cure.

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About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages.

In 1998, just under 73% of children entering kindergarten in 1998 had a normal body mass index (BMI), while 15.1% were overweight, and 12% were obese.

However, fast forward 12 years and just 69% of kids started kindergarten at a normal BMI, a new study finds.

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COVID Vaccine Saves Lives Regardless of Body Weight

COVID vaccination is highly protective against severe disease in people of all body weights, new British research finds.

The study of over 9 million adults found that those who'd received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were strongly protected against hospitalization or death from the disease. And the effectiveness was just as great for obese people as those with a healthy weight.

T...

Biggest Weight Gain Now Comes Early in Adulthood

The obesity epidemic isn't slowing down anytime soon, and new research delivers even worse news: Most American adults have not only gained more weight, but they gained most of it earlier in life.

The statistics were grim: More than half of Americans in the representative sample had gained 5% or more body weight during a 10-year period. More than one-third of Americans had gained 10% or mo...

Only 7% of American Adults in Good Cardiometabolic Health

Less than 7% of U.S. adults are in good cardiometabolic shape, and new research warns the trend is only getting worse.

Cardiometabolic health is an umbrella term that includes blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and/or the presence of heart disease.

"While w...

Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their scores got lower with age. Just 14% of 12- to 19-year-olds had high scores, compared to 33% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 56%...

Light in Your Bedroom Is No Good for Your Health

Keeping your bedroom dark not only helps you get a good night's sleep, but may significantly lower your odds of developing three major health problems, a new study suggests.

Older men and women who used night lights, or left their TV, smartphone or tablet on in the room were more likely to be obese, and have high blood pressure and diabetes, compared with adults who were not exposed to an...

U.S. Death Rate From Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis Triples Over Two Decades

Americans may have a collective drinking problem, made worse by the obesity epidemic, new research suggests. The new study found that deaths from alcoholic cirrhosis have more than tripled in 20 years.

In 1999, alcoholic cirrhosis -- an advanced form of alcohol-related...

Want Reliable Diet Advice? Don't Head to TikTok

A new study warns that the social media giant TikTok is filled with confusing and wrong information about the heart-healthy, plant-based approach to eating dubbed the Mediterranean diet.

For the study, researchers analyzed 200 videos posted to the platform last August. They were the first to pop up on a search for content tagged #mediterraneandiet. By definition, that tag, or label, sugge...

Bitter or Savory, Taste Genes Could Influence Your Diet

People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests.

The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people's preferences for particular

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  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Greatly Lower Odds for Many Cancers

    Dropping a load of pounds through weight-loss surgery can significantly decrease your risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to three new studies.

    Obese folks who underwent bariatric surgery were at least two times less likely to develop certain types of cancer and more than three times less likely to die of cancer than heavy people who didn't get the procedure, according to a...

    Obesity in Teen Years Might Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

    Obesity is a well-known risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Now, a large new study adds to evidence that it also contributes to the much less common type 1 diabetes.

    The study, of nearly 1.5 million Israeli teenagers, found that those who were obese were twice as likely to develop type 1 diabetes by young adulthood...

    New Weight-Loss Drug Looks Good in Trial

    A newly approved drug for type 2 diabetes may be a game-changer for treating obesity, too.

    Given as a shot once a week, tirzepatide works on two naturally occurring hormones that help tell the brain that you are full. It may be as effective as weight-loss surgery.

    "About nine of 10 people in the study lost weight, and the average weight loss for the highest dose was 22.5%, which is ...

    Surprising Factors That Raise (or Lower) Your Odds for COVID-19

    A new study offers some unexpected conclusions about what factors might influence your chances of getting COVID-19.

    What did it find? People with food allergies have a lower risk of infection than those without them do, while asthma does...

    Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight Could Affect Odds for Child's Asthma, Allergies

    Can your weight before pregnancy determine your baby's chances of developing asthma or allergies?

    Yes, claims a study that looked at that question, as well as whether weight gain during pregnancy might have an impact.

    "We did find that there was a link between the mother's weight before pregnancy, entering pregnancy, with the development of certain allergic diseases among c...

    Demand for Liver Transplant Rises Sharply Among Older Americans

    More older folks are winding up on liver transplant waiting lists than ever before, as obesity and alcoholism supersede hepatitis C as the main cause of liver failure in the United States.

    The percentage of liver transplant candidates aged 65 or older rose from 9% in the early 2000s to 23% by 2020, researchers found. Most seniors' liver failure is due to fatty liver disease, in which exce...

    Americans Are Eating More Ultra-Processed Foods

    Americans' increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods is putting their health at risk, researchers warn.

    Ultra-processed foods are ready-to-eat or heat, include additives, and contain little, if any, whole foods. They include frozen pizza, soda, fast food, sweets, salty snacks, canned soup and most breakfast cereals.

    Previous research has shown that eating ultra-processed foods...

    Obese? Lose Lots of Weight, Watch Your Heart Risks Drop

    It's no secret that excess weight is bad for the heart. But a new study suggests that obese people who lose a substantial amount of weight may reverse the related cardiovascular risks.

    Researchers found the odds for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol were similar in formerly obese Americans who were now at a healthy weight and people who had always had a healthy weight.

    Di...

    Is Your Kid a Fast or Slow Eater? Personality Might Tell

    Could your children's eating habits be a reflection of their personalities?

    A new study finds a link between the two, but researchers say it's not clear exactly how they influence each other.

    They found that slow eaters are less likely to be extroverted and impulsive, and that youngsters who are highly responsive to external food cues -- the urge to eat when food is seen, smell...

    Obesity in Teens Raises Adult Diabetes Risk, Even After Weight Loss

    In a finding that confirms what many suspect, a new study shows that teens who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or have a heart attack in their 30s and 40s.

    These teens are also more likely to have other health issues down the road, regardless of whether they shed any excess weight during adulthood.

    "Adolescence is an important time period to pr...

    Teasing People About Weight Can Help Bring on Eating Disorders

    What can make a young person vulnerable to eating disorders? Teasing them about any extra pounds they may carry, researchers say.

    "Our findings add to the growing evidence that weight-based mistreatment is not helpful and is often harmful to the health of young people," said study leader Laura Hooper, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, in Minneapolis.<...

    Lost Weight? One Factor Can Keep It From Returning

    Losing weight is hard, and keeping it off can be even harder. Now, a new study suggests that sitting less might make all the difference.

    People who maintained their weight loss spent about three hours less each day sitting than did folks who were obese and stayed that way.

    "That's a quite a difference," said study author Suzanne Phelan, a professor of kinesiology and public health ...

    Obesity May Help Trigger Heavier Periods: Study

    Obese women can be more likely to have heavy monthly periods, and now new research hints at why.

    In addition to stirring up inflammation, excess weight may slow down the uterine repair process, U.K. researchers reported. Menstruation occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrium) sheds each month, but the healing process stops the bleeding so the lining can build back up.

    Heavy...

    Obesity Helps Drive Half of New Diabetes Cases Among Americans

    Obesity is the culprit in up to half of new diabetes cases among Americans each year, a new study estimates.

    Researchers found that over nearly two decades, obesity contributed to anywhere from 30% to 53% of new type 2 diabetes diagnoses among middle-aged and older Americans. That higher percentage was seen in recent years, as the prevalence of obesity rose nationally.

    "It very clea...

    Plant-Based Diet Brings Better 'Microbiome,' Healthier Life

    A plant-based diet is linked to healthy gut microbes that could lower your risk for conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds.

    "This study demonstrates a clear association between specific microbial species in the gut, certain foods, and risk of some common diseases," said Dr. Andrew Chan, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston...

    Obesity's Influence on Colon Cancer Risk May Vary by Gender: Study

    Obesity affects colon cancer risk differently in women and men, new research reveals.

    British researchers analyzed data from more than 58,000 people with colon cancer and nearly 68,000 without.

    The takeaway: A higher body mass index (BMI, an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) is more dangerous for men, while a higher waist-to-hip ratio (a measure of abdominal fat) is m...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Long-Term Heart Risks for Diabetic Teens

    Weight-loss surgery significantly reduces the risk of heart problems in obese teens with type 2 diabetes, a new study finds.

    Teens who have the surgery can see their long-term risk for heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke and coronary death lowered nearly threefold, compared with obese teens whose diabetes is medically managed, researchers say.

    "The mitigation in risk does...

    Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Is Especially Unhealthy: Study

    The earlier in life type 2 diabetes arises, the deadlier it is, a new analysis finds.

    The study, which pooled the results of 26 previous ones, revealed a clear pattern: The younger people were when they developed type 2 diabetes, the greater their risk of complications like heart disease and stroke.

    For each year type 2 diabetes was delayed, the risk of blood vessel diseases fell by...

    Sugary Drinks' Effect on Hormones Could Spur Weight Gain: Study

    It could be more than just added calories: New research gives insight into why sugary drinks are a leading cause of obesity.

    Sugar-sweetened drinks are the largest source of calories from added sugar for U.S. adults, and researchers now report that the drinks also hinder hormones that quell hunger and regulate appetite.

    "Our study found that when young adults consumed drinks contain...

    Obesity Plays Role in Higher Breast Cancer Rates for Black Women

    Obesity may be a major reason Black American women with early breast cancer are 40% more likely to die than white patients, according to a new study.

    Obesity is a known risk factor for several types of cancer, and decades of rising rates of obesity in the United States have contributed to climbing breast cancer rates greater in Black women than white women.

    And even though breast ca...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Often Rids Patients of Type 2 Diabetes

    Weight-loss surgery conquers type 2 diabetes in more than 50% of patients who have the procedure, new research shows.

    So-called bariatric surgery helps severely obese people shed weight and improve their health. Two types of weight-loss surgery are lap band surgery (in which a band around the top of the stomach creates a pouch that can only hold a small amount of food) and gastric bypass....

    Quick Bursts of Exercise Can Help Diabetics' Hearts

    Frequent, short exercise sessions may be better for diabetes patients' blood vessels than longer and fewer workouts, and that may reduce their risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

    People with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for heart disease and reduced vascular (blood vessel) function, the study authors noted. Measuring vascular function is often used to determine heart...

    Lockdowns Made Taming Obesity Even Tougher, Research Shows

    People struggling with obesity fared poorly during the COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year, with their weight-control plans flying off the rails as they coped with the stress of the global pandemic, two new studies report.

    Seven out of 10 people with obesity reported that their weight-loss goals became harder to achieve during the lockdown, according to a survey conducted by UT Southwest...

    Could an Antibody Drug Help You Shed Pounds?

    An experimental antibody drug that targets one of the body's key metabolism regulators may help obese people lose weight -- at least briefly.

    That's one finding from an early study that tested the injection drug, which mimics the effects of a natural hormone called fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21). In the body, FGF21 helps govern metabolism, calorie-burning and food intake.

    Resea...

    Tired, Anxious, Overweight: How Lockdowns May Have Harmed Your Health

    You might be onto something if you suspect your mental and physical health declined during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.

    Stay-at-home orders appear to have had an overall bad effect on people's health around the world, a global survey shows.

    People reported that they gained weight during the lockdown, were less active, suffered from poor sleep, and experienced increased s...

    Lockdowns Can Widen Kids' Waistlines – Here's How to Curb That

    Stuck at home, bored. Fiddling with their phone or playing video games. Munching on snack foods to while away the time.

    School-age children gaining excess pounds could be one lasting health problem caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with pediatricians and public health experts warning about a potentially dramatic increase in childhood obesity.

    "I think it is possible, and pote...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Lengthens Life Span, Study Shows

    Obesity is tied to premature death, but researchers have found that weight-loss surgery can add a few years to your life.

    In a study involving more than 4,000 obese people, those who had obesity, or bariatric, surgery lived three years longer on average than those who didn't. But life expectancy was nearly six years less than for non-obese individuals.

    "Our finding will he...

    Losing Some TV Ads Might Reduce Childhood Obesity

    Limiting TV ads for sugary, salty and high-fat foods and drinks might help reduce childhood obesity, British researchers suggest.

    They looked at advertising of these products between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. If all such ads were withdrawn during those hours, the number of obese kids in the U.K. between the ages of 5 and 17 would drop by 5% and the number of overweight kids would fall...

    Weight-Loss Surgery May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk in People With Diabetes

    Weight-loss surgery significantly reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer in obese people with diabetes, a new study finds.

    For the study, the researchers analyzed 20 years of data from 1.4 million people, including more than 10,000 who'd had weight-loss surgery. About three-quarters of those who had weight-loss surgery were women.

    People who'd had weight-loss surgery were les...

    Do Fasting Diets Really Work? New Study Finds Little Benefit

    More and more people are turning to "intermittent fasting" to lose weight, but the jury is still out on whether the tactic works.

    In a new clinical trial, researchers found that one type of intermittent fasting did help overweight and obese adults drop a couple of pounds over 12 weeks. But they fared no better than a comparison group who ate whenever they wanted.

    The finding...

    Even If Hips, Legs Slim Down, Belly Fat Remains a Health Danger

    Gaining weight around your mid-section may be the makings of much more than a wardrobe crisis: It may also signal the start of a serious health crisis.

    So warns a team of Canadian and Iranian researchers who conducted an extensive review of 72 studies involving more than 2.5 million patients from all over the globe.

    "We found that excess fat in the abdomen -- called central...

    Rising Obesity Levels Put Americans at Risk During Pandemic: CDC

    Adult obesity in the United States continues to rise, and being obese increases the risk of severe illness in people with COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

    Agency data also show that racial and ethnic disparities in obesity rates persist.

    New CDC maps for 2019 put adult obesity rates in 12 states at or above 35%: Alabama, Arkansas, Indi...

    Hearts From Obese Donors Still Safe: Study

    Hearts donated by severely obese donors aren't more risky for recipients than hearts from people who aren't obese, a new study indicates.

    "These findings were somewhat surprising because the severely obese donors did tend to have more medical problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, than the non-obese donors," said study author Dr. Leora Yarboro. She's an associate professo...

    Who's Most Likely to Binge Eat Amid Pandemic?

    A lot has been made of the so-called "quarantine 15." Now, a new study suggests certain people are more likely to binge eat during the coronavirus pandemic than others.

    Most often they are young adults who faced social stigma about being overweight before COVID-19 swept the globe.

    The researchers found this group had higher levels of depressive symptoms, stress, eating as a ...

    'Spare Tire' Might Up a Man's Prostate Cancer Risk

    Men: A bulging belly may be bad for more than your heart. A new study suggests it might also up your risk of dying from prostate cancer.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 218,000 men in Britain who were free of cancer when they enrolled in the U.K. BioBank study between 2006 and 2010.

    Over almost 11 years of follow-up, nearly 600 of the men died of prostate cancer. Th...

    Some Vegetarian Diets Are Much Healthier Than Others

    For a host of reasons, millions worldwide are deciding to give up meat and focus on a plant-based diet.

    But new research out of Greece is a reminder that not all vegetarian diets are healthy -- especially for people who are already obese.

    "The quality of plant-based diets varies," concluded a team led by Matina Kouvari of Harokopio University in Athens.

    Reporting T...

    Obesity in Youth Could Be Big Risk Factor for MS

    High rates of child and teen obesity could play a growing role in people's risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), British researchers say.

    Prior research has suggested that 53% of MS risk is directly attributable to environmental factors. For example, up to 1 in 5 cases could be attributed to smoking, the research team noted.

    Increasingly, obesity is also a big risk factor fo...

    How to Keep Your Kids Trim Through Quarantine

    A lot of kids have been pushing up the scale numbers while home during the pandemic -- and parents need to take steps to prevent the dreaded "quarantine 15," an expert says.

    "During the school year, most parents rely on schools to provide their child with regular exercise," said Dr. Joyce Samuel, an associate professor of pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texa...

    More Evidence That Weight-Loss Surgery Prevents Early Death

    For those who are obese, weight-loss surgery can boost quality of life and quickly improve some chronic health conditions, like type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study confirms that weight-loss procedures probably also add years to your life.

    Canadian researchers found that people who had bariatric surgery reduced their risk of dying from any cause by about one-third over five years. Folks...

    Don't Wait to Lose Weight: Shedding Obesity in Youth Extends Life

    Obesity can kill, contributing to the development of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. But losing weight before middle age arrives can help prevent early death, a new study shows.

    The researchers tracked health data for more than 24,000 people, considering obesity, weight loss and risk of early death. The study found that people who were obese at age 25 but lost weight between earl...

    Fast Food Makes an Unhealthy Comeback Among Kids

    After a period of improvement, U.S. kids are eating as much fast food as they were in the early 2000s, new government figures show.

    Researchers found that between 2003 and 2010, there was a decline in U.S. kids' intake of fast-food calories -- dipping from an average of 14% of daily calories, to just under 11%.

    The positive trend was short-lived, however. By 2018, th...

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