Wal-Mart expansion may play role in America’s obesity epidemic

Not only can Wal-Mart take some blame for the loss of many locally-owned businesses, the chain’s Supercenters could also be responsible for the nation’s expanding waistlines. According to researchers, the nation’s obesity problem directly corresponds to the rise of Wal-Mart, which has made junk food more accessible to residents than ever before. “We live in an environment with increasingly cheap and readily available junk food,”

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Obese Moms Who Receive Lifestyle Counseling Less Likely To Give Birth To Heavy Babies

Obese pregnant women who undergo counseling in order to give their lifestyle a healthier boost could reduce their risk of delivering a heavier baby. Babies born at a high birth weight are at risk of broken bones, brain damage and abnormally thick heart muscles. And because of exposure to high blood glucose while in utero, they are also prone to hypoglycemia after birth. Heavier babies

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No Such Thing as ‘Healthy’ Obesity, Study Says

While the last few years have sparked debate over whether those who are overweight or obese can still be classified as healthy, a new study seems to put the issue to rest. Researchers in Korea found that even if blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels are normal, those who are obese are still at a greater risk of arterial plaque buildup than those who are slimmer.

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Postpartum Weight Gain Boosts Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease

Moms who fail to lose the pounds they gain during pregnancy – or those who gain a few extra pounds in the year that follows birth – may boost the risk of developing both type 2 diabetes and heart disease later on, according to the results of a new study. Researchers at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital found that weight patterns after pregnancy played a big

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Obesity & Insulin Resistance

A University of Sao Paulo study of 135 individuals, half with normal weight and the other half obese, suggests there is a link between obesity and the body’s inability to use insulin-insulin resistance. Completed this year, the study measured midkine, a basic protein in the body, and revealed obese and diabetic children have higher levels of it than children of normal weight. Researchers believe the

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Lifestyle Change Can Lessen Sexual Dysfunction in Type 2 Women

While erectile dysfunction gets much of the attention, sexual problems as a side effect of type 2 diabetes are not limited to men. Any woman who has struggled with her weight knows that a few extra pounds can kill those loving feelings, and for women with type 2 diabetes, that extra weight can have much more severe consequences. Not only can being obese put an

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Type 2: Diabetes Recurrence After Bariatric Surgery May Depend on Diabetes Duration

Bariatric surgery, which alters or blocks portions of the digestive system, has produced long-term remission of diabetes symptoms in many type 2 patients. However, a small study of obese type 2 patients who underwent bariatric surgery shows that the longer they had diabetes, the greater the chances that their disease recurred after surgery. The retrospective study, conducted by Yessica Ramos, MD, at the Mayo Clinic

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Even 1% Weight Loss Improves Mobility in Older Type 2s

Just a 1 percent weight loss in older people with type 2 diabetes can improve their physical mobility by up to 7 percent, according to a new study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, created a four-year study that enrolled 5,000 volunteers. The volunteers, ages 45 to 74, were all overweight or obese.

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