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Low-Carb Diets Beat Low-Fat for Weight Loss And Lipid Changes at 2 Years
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Both a low-carbohydrate diet or a Mediterranean-style diet may be "effective alternatives" to a low-fat diet, with more favorable effects on lipids and glycemic control, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Eating Fruit Can Increase Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes?
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008
Researchers found that fruit sugars, known as fructose, are more likely than other types of sugar to cause fat around the middle, which increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Hunger Hormone Linked to Stress and Depression
Posted: Monday, June 16, 2008
Stress and depression might cause an increase of the "hunger hormone," leading to overeating and subsequent weight gain. This finding could scientifically explain the common phenomena of eating to feel better, and the unhealthy weight gain that follows.

Sweetened Beverages Not Linked to Childhood Weight Gain
Posted: Monday, June 16, 2008
There is little or no connection between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and childhood obesity. A recent study indicates that these beverages are not the cause of increased weight gain in children and teenagers.

Fat Gene Variants In Mexican Americans Linked to Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Americans of Mexican decent who possess fat gene variants closely connected to obesity, are at higher risks for certain conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Obesity, Diabetes and Economic Status Increase Risk of Urinary Problems
Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Obesity and unhealthy lifestyle choices greatly increase the risk of urinary problems. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, are also shown to increase risk, and individuals of lower economic standing suffer from urinary problems more often as well.

Inflammatory Markers Predict Congestive Heart Failure
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Inflammatory markers are independent predictors of congestive heart failure (CHF) and likely reflect the link between obesity and CHF, a new study suggests. "The implication may be that greater control of obesity may reduce the risk of heart failure and down the road, maybe targeting inflammatory markers may reduce the risk of heart failure related to obesity.

Study Ties Obesity, Inflammatory Proteins to Heart Failure Risk
Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Heart specialists at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere report what is believed to be the first wide-scale evidence linking severe overweight to prolonged inflammation of heart tissue and the subsequent damage leading to failure of the body's blood-pumping organ.

Deaths On The Rise In Younger Women
Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008
Deaths resulting from coronary heart disease (CHD) are on the rise in younger women, a new study suggests. Rising levels of obesity, smoking and lack of exercise are the likely causes of this troubling trend.

Life Expectancies Declining for Poor, Rising for Rich
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Between 1961 and 1999 life expectancies in the United States increased by between six and seven years for both men and women. A recent Harvard Medical study has found that these are unfortunately just general trends, and in certain parts of the country, most notably poorer areas, life expectancies actually declined or remained constant in these "counties".

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