• Body fat location may determine type 2 diabetes risk for obese patients

    September 21, 2012

    Obese individuals with excess visceral fat (abdominal fat that surrounds the body’s internal organs) have an increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. By contrast, persons with excess abdominal subcutaneous fat (fat underneath the skin) were not at higher risk for ...

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  • Adult Obesity Rate in Texas Could Reach 57.2 Percent by 2030, According to New Study

    September 20, 2012

    Related Health Care Costs Could Climb by 17.1 Percent Washington, D.C., September 18, 2012 – The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, is on course to increase dramatically in Texas over the next 20 years, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012, a report ...

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  • Eating Right Between Meetings

    September 18, 2012

    The stereotype of business trip dining consisted of an artery-clogging succession of meeting-room pastries, oversize restaurant portions and fast food snagged at the airport. Anyone on a vegetarian or gluten-free diet had an especially hard time. But mobile applications and Web sites can now help travelers eat more healthfully on the road. David Gartside, managing director for ...

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  • Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce

    September 17, 2012

    Does an organic strawberry contain more vitamin C than a conventional one? Maybe — or maybe not. Stanford University scientists have weighed in on the “maybe not” side of the debate after an extensive examination of four decades of research comparing organic and conventional foods. They concluded that fruits and vegetables labeled organic were, on average, no more ...

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  • Setting the Mood for Smaller Meals

    September 16, 2012

    A change in fast-food restaurant ambience can affect the amount of food consumed by customers, an unusual study has found. Researchers decorated a section of a Hardee’s restaurant in Champaign, Ill., with indirect lighting, soft music, white tablecloths, even candles on the tables. The room was soundproofed, isolated from the loud music and bright lights of ...

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  • The do's and don'ts of running

    September 15, 2012

    NEW YORK — Are modern men and women born to run, or must our 21st century bodies be carefully cross-trained to stay fit and healthy? When it comes to care and training of the modern distance runner, expert opinions are mixed. Jay Dicharry, author of the new book “Anatomy for Runners,” believes that to be a better ...

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  • Weight Loss Surgery Cuts Diabetes Risk

    September 13, 2012

    Weight loss surgery is twice as effective as lifestyle changes at preventing type 2 diabetes in people who are obese, a new study found. The Swedish study followed more than 3,400 obese men and women, roughly half of whom had bariatric surgery, for up to 15 years. It found that bariatric surgery reduced the risk of ...

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  • Eat Your Fruits and Veggies … Safely!

    September 12, 2012

    Fruits and vegetables are packed with important nutrients needed for good overall health and should be a vital part of your diet. To prevent foodborne illness with your produce, consider taking these few basic steps. Wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling produce. Wash produce thoroughly with water before eating, ...

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  • Bariatric Surgery Benefits Not Just Patients, But Their Family Members Too

    September 11, 2012

    Obese family members of an obese patient who underwent bariatric surgery lose an average of 22 pounds (10 kgs) within a year of the operation, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine reported in Archives of Surgery this week. The authors explained that bariatric surgery encouraged family members, and not just the patient, to adopt ...

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  • Bariatric Surgery Benefits May Outweigh Risks

    September 10, 2012

    Severely obese adults may reap significant health benefits from bariatric surgery, including reduced heart risks. And rewards of the weight loss procedure may outweigh risks, according to a new scientific statement. The scientific statement from the American Heart Association is the first to focus solely on bariatric surgery and cardiac risk factors, says lead author Paul ...

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