Tag Archives: Obesity

It’s all in the waist

Decreases in waist circumference are a critically important treatment target for reducing potential health risk, says Robert Ross and 16 colleagues from Canada’s Queen’s University, Kingston. Their findings, published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, emphasise that healthcare professionals should routinely measure waist circumference alongside body mass index (BMI) to properly assess …

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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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Obesity plan is nuts

A study across 20 years has revealed substituting half a daily serving of unhealthy foods with nuts may help stave off gradual and age-related weight gain. Increasing nut consumption by just half a serving (14g) a day is linked to less weight gain and a lower risk of obesity, suggests …

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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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