Obesity and Diabetes

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Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: 10 tips for empathic communication about excess weight

Overweight and obesity have increased significantly in the UK over recent decades, with more than half of all adults and a third of children now affected. The reason this is of such concern and one of the biggest public health issues of modern times,...
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The 3 Most Innovative Government Plans to Tackle Obesity

Today, here in the UK, is a monumental day for public health. April 6th marks the debut of the much deliberated, and heavily debated, implementation of what is now commonly known as the “Sugar Tax.” This means that from today, the UK’s tax on...
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Effect of 7 days of exercise on exogenous carbohydrate oxidation and insulin resistance in children with obesity

It has been shown in adults that the capacity to match carbohydrate (CHO) oxidation with carbohydrate availability, known as metabolic flexibility (MetFlex), may be important for type 2 diabetes prevention. Improved MetFlex is associated with improvements...
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Weight management programme can induce remission in type 2 diabetics

An intensive weight management programme has been shown to induce remission in patients with type 2 diabetes at one year, without the help of medications, according to a new randomised controlled trial. The study has been published in The Lancet and...
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Childhood obesity quadruples risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes

According to a large-scale study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society a child with obesity faces a four-fold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes by the time they are 25 than their normal weight counterparts. The study examined data...
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School based nutrition intervention improves BMI

A California-based programme that aims to improve children’s dietary behaviours and prevent obesity has been shown to be effective. The initiative was called ‘The Shaping Healthy Choices Program’ and involved 409 students aged 9-10, split into a...
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T2DM prevented in 80% of at-risk patients

A team from Imperial College London have repurposed the drug liraglutide and have found that it can help to prevent the progression of ‘prediabetes’ to diabetes. Prediabetes itself is characterised by slightly increased blood sugar levels and can...
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Diabetes treatment occurs 15 times more than obesity management.

New research has shown that clinicians prescribe anti-diabetes medication 15 times more than those for obesity. Obesity itself is a well-known risk factor for developing diabetes, with 90% of T2DM patients being overweight or obese. In the USA there are...
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Obesity and gestational diabetes in mothers linked to early onset of puberty in daughters

According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, daughters of overweight mothers, who develop gestational diabetes, are significantly more likely to experience earlier onset of one or more signs of puberty. The study was based on...
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Long-term diabetes reversal is now an achievable target

People who reverse their diabetes and subsequently keep their weight down can remain diabetes free. This is the conclusion from a study conducted at Newcastle University, which forms part of a large body of evidence detailing that losing weight in T2DM...
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Can maternal obesity increase autism risk in children?

Children of obese women with diabetes are more than 4 times more likely to suffer from an autism spectrum disorder. These are the findings from a study conducted at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA. The researchers analysed...
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Can weight loss surgery be a cure for diabetes?

Gastric bypass surgery can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes. A recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology — Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, aimed to find out why Roux-en-Y bypass surgery improves insulin...
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Exercise-mimic molecule may help treat diabetes and obesity

A new molecule that acts as an exercise mimicker could potentially treat type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to scientists from the University of Southampton. The new molecule, compound 14, was developed by Professor Ali Tavassoli. The molecule blocks...
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