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Gastric Banding Outcomes

In a retrospective study, gastric banding was found to help resolve or improve comorbidities like asthma, HTN, sleep apnea, and GERD; significantly improved glucose metabolism, caused cessation or reduction in oral hypo-glycemics and insulin; and improved glycemic control, insulin sensitivity, and beta-cell function. Gastric banding completely resolved type 2 diabetes ...

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Can Increasing Muscle Mass Improve Glucose Metabolism?

 Researchers studied the growth factor family that negatively regulates skeletal muscle growth and myostatin (MSTN). They found that overexpression of the myostatin (MSTN) gene resulted in elevated insulin resistance and obesity. In contrast, MSTN gene deletion increased the muscle mass in mice models, reduced resistance to diet-induced obesity, and increased ...

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Mexico Replaces U.S. as Most Obese Country

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports that 32.8% of Mexican adults are obese, compared with 31.8% of adults in the U.S. Diabetes kills as many as 70,000 people a year in Mexico — roughly equal to the deaths authorities say are caused by more than six years of the ...

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Video Avatar Aids In Weight Loss

A study found that overweight women who watched a 15-minute DVD once a week that featured an avatar performing healthy weight-loss behaviors lost 3.5 pounds, on average, after four weeks. The results suggest that "virtual reality could be a promising new tool for building healthier habits," said researcher Melissa Napolitano. ...

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Why is Type 2 More Common among Low-income Families?

A new study suggests that inflammation may be the key, and that genetics also plays a role. People who had more disadvantaged lives overall had chronically higher levels of inflammatory proteins in their blood. While obesity, lack of exercise, smoking and poor diet contribute to chronic inflammation, the study points ...

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Skipping Breakfast May Raise Diabetes Risk

Obese women who skipped breakfast showed greater glucose total AUC and had higher levels of pre-lunch free fatty acids compared with those who ate breakfast, according to a study. Insulin resistance from skipping breakfast could increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the lead researcher said. Presented at The ...

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Food-Insecure Diabetes Patients Fare Better after Education

A study found low-income, food-insecure diabetes patients showed higher mean A1c values and had lower fruit and vegetable intake and self-efficacy than their food-secure counterparts. However, researchers noted greater A1c and self-efficacy improvements in food-insecure patients following educational intervention compared with the other group. Diabetes Care, June 2013 

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