Scientists have linked inadequate or disturbed sleep to the development of metabolic disorders, including diabetes and type 2 diabetes, in a review that highlights the significance of addressing sleep issues. Addressing poor quality sleep should be a target for prevention and treatment of these disorders, said authors of the review published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal. …
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Adolescent girls who suffer from depression are at a greater risk for developing obesity as they grow older, a research said. 'Adolescence is a key developmental period for both obesity and depression, so we thought it significant to look at the onset of these disorders at an early age,' said Naomi Marmorstein, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers University-Camden in US. By assessing …
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A new sweetener made from the tequila plant could help reduce blood glucose levels in diabetics and contribute to weight loss in obese people. A researcher has outlined the potential benefits of agavins, the natural sugar found in the agave plant, which is non-digestible and may act as a dietary fibre rather than a sugar that raises blood glucose. The findings were presented at the 247th …
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You have heard about obesity or accumulation of fat but do you know that nutrition is not the only factor driving obesity in our kids? According to researchers, the mechanics of 'cellular expansion' plays a pivotal role in fat production. To understand how obesity develops, a team from Tel Aviv University in Israel used state-of-the-art technology to analyse the accumulation of fat in the body at …
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Eating fried food more than four times a week may have twice as big an effect on body mass index (BMI) for those with the highest genetic risk of developing obesity, research indicates. In other words, genetic makeup can inflate the effects of bad diet. In a first such study, a team of US researchers analysed interactions between fried food consumption and genetic risk associated with obesity in …
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A new study has revealed that people exposed to takeaway food outlets around them are more to be obese, as they are more likely to consume more of these foods. The study conducted by University of Cambridge found that individuals were exposed to 48 percent more takeaway outlets at work than at home and the average exposure combining home, work neighborhoods and commuting routes was 32 outlets. …
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Researchers have found that a gene known to be associated with breast cancer susceptibility, BRCA 1, plays a critical role in fat storage, insulin response and mitochondrial function in skeletal muscle cells. Dr. Espen Spangenburg, associate professor of kinesiology, and his laboratory team are the first to identify that the BRCA1 protein is expressed in the skeletal muscle of both mice and …
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Researchers have discovered that the obesity-associated elements within the gene FTO interact with IRX3, a distant gene on the genome that appears to be the functional obesity gene. Senior study author Marcelo Nobrega, PhD, associate professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago, said that their data strongly suggest that IRX3 controls body mass and regulates body composition, …
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Can not squeeze yourself into trousers owing to a bulging belly? It is detrimental to your health even if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), a study found. Men and women with large waists were more likely to die younger. They are likely to die from illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer after accounting for body mass index, smoking, alcohol use and physical …
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Feelings of sadness may dull your craving to eat junk food, according to a new study which suggests that comfort-eating may just be a myth. Researchers found that when people who are sad are exposed to pictures of indulgent food or indulgent words, their sadness highlights the negative consequences of indulging and encourages them to indulge less. The study debunks the idea that people …
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A new study has shown that obesity in adolescent girls is linked to lower academic attainment levels throughout their teenage years. The research conducted by the Universities of Strathclyde, Dundee, Georgia and Bristol is the most comprehensive study yet carried out into the association between obesity and academic attainment in adolescence. The results showed that girls who were obese, as …
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Does anaemia cause obesity and memory loss? Anaemia is caused by deficiency of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, etc. It is not uncommon for obese people to have anaemia. Though anaemia as such may not cause obesity, it may be linked to it. Too many calories cause obesity. But too few nutrients could also play a role. Some research suggests that not just excess calories but absent nutrients also …
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A natural compound hidden away in spinach has been shown to reduce food cravings between meals and could help prevent obesity, a Swedish scientist said on Monday. Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, a professor of appetite regulation at Lund University, found the compound, known as thylakoid, while looking for ways to slow digestion and alleviate hunger pangs. The compound functions differently to …
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Researchers have conducted studies to find the link between bedroom TVs, active gaming and weight issues in children. In the first study, Diane Gilbert-Diamond, Sc.D., of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, N.H., and colleagues, conducted a telephone survey in 2003 of 6,522 boys and girls (ages 10 to 14 years) to ask about bedroom televisions. Body mass index (BMI) at two and …
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