Tag Archives: Obesity

Antidepressant use: risk of gestational diabetes?

Taking antidepressants while expecting a baby is linked to a heightened risk of developing gestational diabetes, a condition specifically related to pregnancy, say Canadian researchers. Gestational diabetes affects up to one in five pregnant women worldwide, typically leading to pregnancies prone to complications, including overweight babies and prolonged labour due …

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Potential treatment uncovered for chronic disease

A recent study published in Nature has revealed that a protein compound called IC7Fc has the potential to improve glucose metabolism, prevent weight gain and loss of muscle mass. The study suggests that this compound could therefore become an effective treatment for chronic conditions, including diabetes, obesity and loss of …

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Obesity link to disease: strongest evidence yet

A new study led by Professor Elina Hyppönen from UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health is claimed to present the strongest evidence yet of a causal relationship between obesity and a wide range of serious conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and neurological, musculoskeletal and respiratory afflictions. The study, published …

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Apple shaped women at greater risk

Recent results from an observational study – ‘Risk of Death Among Postmenopausal Women With Normal Weight and High Abdominal Fat’ – have found that post-menopausal healthy-weight women (Body Mass Index (BMI) 18.5-24.9) with central obesity (waist circumference greater than 88cm) are at a higher risk of death from chronic disease …

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Health group’s action call

“Whoever is elected to the next parliament, whether to government, opposition or crossbenches, please consider health in any decisions that you make,” says Alison Verhoeven, CEO of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). In a media statement released this week, Ms Verhoeven outlines how a person’s health and wellbeing …

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Healthcare professionals unaware of weight-loss efforts

An international study reveals a disconnect between the perceptions of healthcare providers and people with obesity. The disconnect is revealed in a new international study (the Action IO study) presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, UK, and published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Among …

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AF leading cause of CV hospitalisation

Atrial fibrillation (AF), the irregular, rapid heart rate that can cause heart palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath and death, has overtaken heart failure and heart attacks as the leading cause of cardiovascular (CV) hospitalisation, a South Australian study has found. Researchers analysed data collected over two decades by the Australian …

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Alcohol and fat link to breast cancer

Body fatness and alcohol consumption are the leading preventable causes of breast cancer in Australian women, a new study in 200,000 women has found. Maintaining a healthy weight and not consuming alcohol regularly could help prevent thousands of breast cancer cases, and the finding from the big data study by …

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TGA approves new weight loss medication

Contrave, a dual acting oral weight loss medication which helps control hunger and cravings has been approved by the TGA. It is the first combination of naltrexone – an opioid antagonist, and bupropion – a dopamine and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, both of which are approved and have been in use …

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