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Obese Hispanic Children at Very High Risk for Pre-Diabetes
Posted: Friday, August 15, 2008
Hispanics are one of the highest risk ethnic groups for developing type 2 diabetes, and a large proportion of overweight children might be a main reason why. A recent study has shown that overweight Hispanic children are at an extremely high risk for having pre-diabetes, which leads to increased risk of adult-onset diabetes.

Prompt Weight Loss Better Controls Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Keeping body weight down is known to help manage and prevent diabetes, but a recent study has shown that losing weight soon after diabetes diagnosis greatly helps limit the progression of the disease. This positive effect was seen even if weight was regained later on.

Exercise Pill Offers Fitness Without Effort
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
Is this the magic pill we have all been waiting for? Can you enjoy the benefits of exercise without the pain of exertion? Forget treadmills and spin classes? The answer may one day be yes just take a pill that tricks the muscles into thinking they have been working out furiously.

Exercise Needed to Maintain Weight Loss in Overweight Women
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
In addition to limiting energy intake, overweight and obese women may need to exercise 55 minutes a day, 5 days per week, to sustain a weight loss of 10% during 2 years, according to the results of a study.

Protein In Liver Might Link Obesity to Diabetes
Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2008
Substances known as endocannabinoids have been shown to trigger a specific protein that has been linked to various prediabetic conditions. The specific part of the body where this protein, known as CB1, is activated, has been unknown until now.

Two Studies Shows Lifestyle Can Alter Gene Activity and Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Researchers found that lifestyle factors, such as lack of exercise, can change the activity of genes involved in insulin resistance. And also that environment contributes more than heredity to the development of insulin resistance.

New AHA Statement Touts Benefits of Resistance Training for Cardiovascular Health
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
There are "singular" benefits to improving muscular strength in addition to regular aerobic exercise.

Bariatric Surgery Found Superior to Drugs in Controlling Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery led to more improvement in A1c than standard treatment, a retrospective analysis showed. HbA1c levels decreased from a mean of 7.5% pre-surgery to 5.8% after one year.

Endos Issue Consensus Statement on Pre-Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It is good to see that there is more concern for those at risk for diabetes. The treatment of pre-diabetes requires intensive lifestyle modification and the use of metformin and acarbose for controlling glycemia for high-risk patients, declared a consensus statement issued by the American College of Endocrinology task force.

Elderly Obesity Costly for Everyone
Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2008
Obese elderly individuals are not only doing harm to their own health, but to the financial health of every tax paying American citizen. According to a recent study, the health care costs for obese elderly individuals are substantially higher than those of normal weight, accounting for a disproportionate amount of the tax funded medicare program.

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