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A Hotter World Can Worsen Heart Failure

Climate change could spell trouble for those with heart failure, a new study suggests.

When the temperatures soared in France during the summer of 2019, the heat wave appears to have worsened the conditions of heart failure patients, researchers report.

"The finding is timely, given the heat waves again this year," said study a...

Are Big Breakfasts Really the Key to ​Weight Loss?

Dieters who believe that eating a big breakfast followed by a small dinner is the surest way to lose weight will likely be very disappointed by the findings of a new, small study.

What did the researchers discover? Eating the largest meal early in the day is unlikely to make any difference.

“The notion of timing of eating to influence health has been around for a long time,” sai...

Are You Among the 'Diet-Resistant'? Workouts May Be Key to Weight Loss

"You can't run from the fork."

It's an old weight-loss saying, reminding folks that diet is more important than exercise when it comes to shedding excess pounds.

But is that true for everyone?

New research suggests there's a category of "diet-resistant" people who need to work out and watch what they eat if they want to shed pounds.

In fact, these folks should ...

Spouse Getting Weight-Loss Surgery? Your Marriage Might Be in Trouble

People who have weight loss surgery often see improvements in type 2 diabetes and other diseases, but these surgeries and the lifestyle changes they require can also have spillover effects on other aspects of life, including relationships.

Compared to the general U.S. population, folks who have weight loss s...

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...

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...

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 ...

Intermittent Fasting: Is It Better Than Typical Weight-Loss Diets?

"Time-restricted" eating has become a popular weight-loss tactic, but a new clinical trial finds no benefits in adding it to old-fashioned calorie-cutting.

Time-restricted eating is a form of intermittent fasting, in which people limit themselves to eating within a certai...

Got A-Fib? Shed Pounds Before Treatment to Stop Its Return

If you're one of the millions of people with a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), losing weight before treatment may increase the odds that your a-fib doesn't come back.

In a new study, patients with a-fib who were overweight or obese when they underwent ablation to correct their abnormal heart rhythm were more likely to experience a return of a-fib than folk...

Excess Weight in Midlife Means a Sicker Old Age: Study

Here's a compelling reason to shed those extra pounds: A new study finds that middle-aged people who are obese, or even simply overweight, may face more health problems down the road.

The study, of nearly 30,000 men and women, found that the more people weighed around age 40, the greater their odds of chronic health conditions after age 65. And

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  • How Calling a Food 'Light' in Calories Can Backfire

    If the label says your food is "light," will you eat more to fill up?

    Quite possibly, a new study suggests.

    Researchers invited 37 men and women to a simple lunch of penne pasta, snack tomatoes, pesto, oregano and basil.

    One time, the meal was described as "light" and not designed...

    Shedding Pounds Might Help Stop Pre-Cancerous Colon Polyps

    Colon cancer rates are increasing for younger Americans, along with rates of obesity. Could slimming down reduce young people's risk for malignancy?

    A new study suggests that even a small amount of weight loss may cut your odds for benign growths in the colon known as adenomas, or polyps. Left unchecked, these growths can lead to

    Kardashian's Figure a Tough Ideal for Women at Risk of Eating Disorders

    The images are never-ending: Celebrities like Kim Kardashian posting one sultry shot after another on social media. But new research warns this constant barrage of "perfect" bodies can undermine the self-esteem of young women.

    They're apt to feel their own figures come up short by comparison --- whether th...

    Weight Loss May Not Affect Fertility Treatment Success

    Losing weight before beginning fertility treatment doesn't boost the odds that a woman who is obese will have a successful pregnancy, a new study shows.

    Obesity has been linked with difficulty conceiving, as well as pregnancy complications and loss. Many women who are obese and want to get pregnant...

    Did Adding Calorie Counts to Restaurant Menus Make Meals Healthier?

    Was your New Year's resolution to eat healthier? Try ordering a recently added menu item at your favorite chain restaurant, instead of a long-time favorite.

    That's because newer dishes served by large restaurant chains tend to contain fewer calories now that menus must list the calorie content of all items.

    New research finds that menu items introduced after calorie labeling went in...

    Big Weight Loss May Help Prevent Severe COVID-19

    By now, most folks know obesity is a leading risk factor for severe COVID-19, but a new study suggests that losing a significant amount of weight can reduce that risk.

    "The research findings show that patients with obesity who achieved substantial and sustained weight loss with bar...

    Big Review Confirms Power of Fasting Diets for Weight Loss

    Intermittent fasting is all the rage due to its potential health benefits, and now a new review shows this style of eating really does produce weight loss and may even improve certain markers of heart health.

    Intermittent fasting is an umbrella ...

    Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

    A new study is highlighting yet another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: It has likely made it even harder for kids with obesity to manage their weight.

    The findings, researchers said, are no surprise. Many adults, faced with normal life being upended during the pandemic, have seen changes on the bath...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Slashes Risk of Severe Liver Disease in the Obese: Study

    Weight-loss surgery sliced the risk of severe liver disease or liver cancer in obese people with fatty liver disease, a new study finds.

    It included more than 1,100 patients with an aggressive type of fatty liver disease. Patients who had weight-loss (bariatric) surgery had a nearly 90% lower risk of advanced liver disease, liver cancer or related death over the next decade, The New Y...

    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...

    Weight Loss Surgery a Good Option for Severely Obese Kids: Study

    Severely obese children who are unable to slim down should be eligible for weight loss surgery, a new study suggests.

    The gastric sleeve procedure is safe and effective long-term, said a research team that followed participants as young as 5 for a decade.

    "Lack of long-term data and some pediatricians' fears that bariatric [weight loss] surgery might affect children's linear g...

    Strength Training Is No Slouch for Shedding Pounds

    Strength training can help you lose weight, Australian researchers report.

    Their new study reports you can lose a percentage of body fat through strength training alone that is similar to weight loss through cardio or aerobics.

    "A lot of people think that if you want to lose weight, you need to go out and run," said researcher Mandy Hagstrom, an exercise physiologist and senior lect...

    Obesity a Threat to Adults With Autism, But There May Be Help

    Eating well and exercising regularly can be a challenge for anyone. But for those with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities, that challenge is exponentially greater.

    Many young men and women with autism and intellectual disabilities face a significantly higher risk for obesity, and all the health complications that follow.

    Yet, a small, new pilot study suggests...

    Weight Loss in Childhood May Protect Boys Against Future Infertility

    Obese boys who lose weight may avoid fertility problems in adulthood, a preliminary study suggests.

    Even short-term weight loss might partially reverse weight-related alterations in reproductive function, the researchers said.

    Childhood obesity can have serious effects on adulthood health, including a risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Obesity has also been linked to...

    What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

    Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle, new research suggests.

    It's not that gaining muscle while young proved to be a cardiovascular problem. It's just that losing fat offered bigger heart benefits.

    "We absolutely still encourage exercise," said study lead author Joshua Bell, a senior research associate in epidemiol...

    Weight Loss Can Help Cut Lung Risks in 9/11 First Responders

    Twenty years on from the terrible event itself, weight loss may reduce the risk of lung disease among 9/11 first responders, a new study suggests.

    "Our findings should reassure World Trade Center first responders that there are steps they can take to protect their lungs even decades after exposure," said co-lead author Dr. Sophia Kwon. She's a fellow in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical...

    Just 250 Fewer Calories Per Day Brings Big Health Rewards for Obese Seniors

    Seniors, it may be easier than you think to undo the damage of decades of bad eating and precious little exercise.

    New research shows that cutting just 250 calories a day and exercising moderately could lead to not only weight loss but improved vascular health in older obese adults.

    These lifestyle changes may help offset age-related increases in aortic stiffness, which is a measure...

    Mom's Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Many Pregnancy Complications, Raises Others

    Weight-loss surgery can be a double-edged sword for obese women who want to shed pounds before becoming pregnant: New research shows it lowers the risk of some complications, but it may increase the risk of others.

    Investigators followed more than 20,000 women in California who became pregnant between 2007 and 2018. Of those, 9.3% had weight-loss (bariatric) surgery before their pregnanc...

    Some COVID Survivors Can't Regain Weight Lost During Illness

    Some people severely ill with COVID-19 may struggle to regain lost weight for months afterward, a new study shows.

    While COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, it's become clear that the infection can wreak havoc on the body in many ways. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms -- like nausea, diarrhea and even bleeding in the digestive tract -- are among the manifestations.

    In some ca...

    Weekly Injected Drug Could Boost Outcomes for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

    People with type 2 diabetes face heightened risks for heart attack and stroke, as well as progressive kidney disease. But a new once-a-week injected drug called efpeglenatide could greatly reduce their odds for those outcomes, new research shows.

    The clinical trial was conducted in over 28 nations and involved more than 4,000 patients with type 2 diabetes.

    Over two years, patients ...

    No Good Evidence Weight Loss Supplements Work: Study

    Losing weight is hard, but many weight loss supplements promise to make the journey easy. Unfortunately, there's little high-quality research to back these claims, a new study shows.

    Hundreds of weight loss supplements like green tea extract, chitosan, guar gum and conjugated linoleic acid are being hawked by aggressive marketers. And an estimated 34% of Americans who want to lose weight ...

    Weight-Loss Surgeries Used Least in U.S. States That Need Them Most

    The American South and Midwest are home to the highest obesity rates in the nation, but a new study reveals that severely obese residents of those regions are the least likely to choose lifesaving weight-loss surgery.

    "Bariatric surgery has been shown to provide long-term weight loss, sustained improvements in cardiovascular and metabolic health, and even prolonged longevity," noted ...

    Tai Chi Equal to 'Regular' Exercise in Trimming Your Tummy

    Could exercise that uses slow movements and breathing, like tai chi, do as much for trimming belly fat in older adults as aerobic exercise?

    It might. A new study found that individuals aged 50 and up who practiced tai chi for 12 weeks lost about as much waist circumference as older adults who did conventional exercise (such as aerobics and strength training).

    Though tai chi is consi...

    Losing Weight Can Beat Diabetes and Also Help the Heart

    An aggressive weight-loss program not only achieves remission of type 2 diabetes, but may also end the need for blood pressure medications, new research shows.

    "Our study shows that, in addition to possible remission from type 2 diabetes, there are other very important health benefits, as weight loss is a very effective treatment for hypertension [high blood pressure] and its associated s...

    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 ...

    'Yo-Yo' Dieting May Mean Sleepless Nights for Women

    So-called yo-yo dieting may increase a woman's risk of insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep problems, a new study suggests.

    Yo-yo dieting -- formally called weight cycling -- is defined as losing and regaining 10 pounds or more when not pregnant.

    The study included more than 500 women in every stage of adult life, including childbearing, premenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Might Also Help Prevent Cataracts

    Weight-loss surgery can trim waistlines, and new research suggests it could also protect aging eyes.

    The study found that after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, a person's odds for cataracts can drop significantly, especially among younger patients.

    Why might that be so? According to Swiss researchers, weight loss in obese patients may lower oxidative stress on cells, cellular ...

    Reviews Find No Evidence Weight-Loss Supplements Work

    You're getting no real benefit from taking weight-loss supplements like garcinia cambogia, green tea extract, glucomannan, conjugated linoleic acid or chitosan, two new reviews show.

    Most of the clinical trials studied didn't show these supplements producing any weight loss among users, the researchers said. In the rare cases where people did lose weight, they didn't drop enough pounds to...

    Pregnancy Within 1 Year of Weight-Loss Surgery Carries Added Risks

    Women who get pregnant within a year of having weight-loss surgery are more likely to have preterm and smaller-than-normal babies, a new study suggests.

    Dutch researchers said their findings support current recommendations to avoid pregnancy for 12 to 24 months after weight-loss (bariatric) surgery.

    "We should encourage women who wish to conceive after bariatric surgery to avoid pre...

    Drug Saxenda Aids Weight Loss -- But You Should Exercise, Too

    The weight-loss drug Saxenda can keep extra pounds off -- but combining it with exercise brings a bigger payoff, a new clinical trial finds.

    The study found that some longstanding advice is valid: Prescription weight-loss drugs work best when used along with -- and not in place of -- lifestyle changes.

    Saxenda (liraglutide) is a prescription drug approved in the United States for sp...

    You Don't Have to Be Obese for Belly Fat to Harm You, Heart Experts Warn

    Extra padding around the belly can spell trouble for the heart, even if you're not technically overweight.

    That's among the conclusions of a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA), where experts lay out the heart risks of being "apple-shaped."

    It encourages doctors to dust off those old-fashioned tape measures and make waist circumference part of patients...

    Can Fitbits Be a Dieter's Best Friend?

    Looking to shed some of those pandemic pounds? A new analysis says wearables like Fitbit and Apple Watch can help people slim down.

    The researchers examined studies involving commercial health wearables and adults who were overweight/obese or had a chronic health condition.

    After daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for a period between a month and a year, participants lost ...

    Common Type 2 Diabetes Meds Won't Raise Breast Cancer Risk: Study

    Widely used diabetes and obesity drugs don't increase the risk of breast cancer, a new study indicates.

    The drugs -- called glucagon like peptide-1 receptor agonists or GLP-1 RAs for short -- are effective in treating type 2 diabetes and obesity and in reducing heart disease. But some previous studies have suggested a possible link between them and breast cancer.

    GLP-1RAs include al...

    Injected Drug Delivers Up to 20% Weight Loss in Trial

    A new weight-loss drug is almost twice as effective as current medications, clinical trial results show, and experts say it could revolutionize the treatment of obesity.

    Overweight and obese people lost an average 15% of their body weight using a weekly injectable 2.4 milligram dose of semaglutide (Ozempic), a new report reveals.

    What's more, one-third of all participants lost 20% o...

    For Rising Number of People, Obesity Is a Literal Headache

    As worldwide obesity rates continue to soar, new research shows that growing numbers of people are developing a potentially blinding type of weight-linked headache that was once considered rare.

    Though the study was conducted in Wales, one U.S. expert said the same surge in these headaches is likely happening in this country and elsewhere, but he cautioned that just because someone is obe...

    Exercise Doesn't Boost Health If You Stay Obese, Study Finds

    The harmful effects of obesity on the heart can't be undone by exercise, and it's not possible to be "fat but healthy," Spanish researchers warn.

    "Exercise does not seem to compensate for the negative effects of excess weight," said study author Alejandro Lucia, a professor of exercise physiology at European University in Madrid.

    The study findings "refute the notion that a physical...

    Cold Weather Exercise Could Burn More Fat

    If you want to burn fat this winter, take your exercise outdoors, researchers say.

    A Canadian study suggests that vigorous exercise in cold weather may burn more fat than working out indoors.

    Regular physical activity speeds metabolism and helps regulate fat in the blood ("lipids"), and high-intensity training is better for burning fat than moderate-intensity exercise, the rese...

    5-Step 'Healthy Living' Plan May Ease Chronic Heartburn

    For some people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as chronic heartburn, a switch to a healthier lifestyle could offer real relief from symptoms,.

    New research shows that following a five-step plan -- not smoking, eating well, exercising, limiting coffee, tea and soda, and maintaining a healthy body weight -- may relieve reflux in many patients. Others may have less n...

    Do Genes Doom Some Kids to Obesity? Probably Not, Study Finds

    While childhood obesity is a significant challenge, German researchers have uncovered some hopeful news while investigating the impact of genes.

    Though some "obesity genes" do play a minor role in the success of weight loss interventions, environmental, social and behavioral factors make the biggest difference, according to a new study from the Technical University of Munich.

    Those ...

    Common Weight-Loss Surgery Can Weaken a Teen's Bones

    Sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure used to help obese people lose weight, may damage the bones of teen patients, a new study finds.

    "Childhood obesity is a major public health issue that has increased over the last 10 years," said researcher Dr. Miriam Bredella, a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. "Sleeve gastrectomy is the most common bariatric surgery procedure performed in...