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More Americans Are Going for a Walk

The proportion of adults who said they went on a 10-minute walk at least once a week increased to 62 percent in 2010, from 56 percent in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported. Federal guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (like brisk walking) or […]

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Avoiding Sugared Drinks Limits Weight Gain

Amid fervid criticism that New York City risks becoming a nanny state, city health officials this month banned the sale of supersize sugar-laden drinks in restaurants and movie theaters. Now scientists have handed the ban’s advocates a potent weapon: strong evidence that replacing sugared drinks with sugar-free substitutes or water really can slow weight gain

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Food for Your Heart

To really create a life that’s heart healthy, you have to take the broad view of what it means to “nourish” your heart. Good food is important, but it’s equally important to nurture the emotional and spiritual hearts. If you “feed” your emotional heart first, you’ll be less likely to look for physical ways (i.e.,

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iNKT cells ‘protect’ against obesity

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have found that Invariant natural killer T-cells (iNKT) play a protective role in guarding against obesity and metabolic syndrome. NKT cells are a unique subset of immune cells that are known to influence inflammatory responses. They had been thought to be rare in humans. However, Dr Lydia

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Setting the Mood for Smaller Meals

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

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Weight Loss Surgery Cuts Diabetes Risk

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

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Weight Loss Surgery Cuts Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by up to 80 Percent

Swedish researchers have suggested that weight loss surgery reduced obese patients’ 10-year risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 80 percent. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers followed, for 15 years, over 3,400 obese men and women who had surgery and those who did not. None of the patients

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Study: Obesity surgery can help prevent diabetes

Doctors are reporting a new benefit from weight-loss surgery — preventing diabetes. Far fewer obese people developed that disease if they had stomach-shrinking operations rather than usual care to try to slim down, a large study in Sweden found. The results, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, are provoking fresh debate about when

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Health, Social Life Improve After Weight-Loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery to treat obesity not only improves people’s health, but also benefits their relationships and social lives, a new study finds. Researchers from Arizona State University questioned more than 200 adults who underwent weight-loss surgery about their surgical results as well as why they wanted the operation in the first place. The patients, who

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The Doctor Is In: Weight-loss Surgery Sheds Pounds, Improves Health

Many of us have been on some type of diet in our lives. Some of us have spent our entire lives trying the latest fad diet, each time ending up right back where we started. And 90 percent of diets fail in the long run. More than 72 million Americans are obese or severely overweight.

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