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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Higher Southern Obesity Rate May Be a Myth

It is commonly thought that Southerners are more overweight than their northern counterparts. Not so according to a study conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and published in the journal Obesity. The study found a far higher percentage of obese people in some central and northwest states, including Minnesota, Kansas, and North and South Dakota. When UAB researchers compared what subjects reported

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Mayo Clinic Says Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Forestall Type 2

The Mayo Clinic Health Letter for August 2012 has published three lifestyle changes that could stave off the progression of prediabetes to full-blown type 2 diabetes. The list isn’t new, but its periodic reiteration indicates that healthcare researchers and providers have settled on a simple prescription for staying diabetes-free. The three changes are: Consume fewer calories and cut back on fat Take a brisk 30-minute

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Weight-Loss Surgery Produces Dramatic Results in Type 2s

Bariatric surgery, not medications, may be the key to producing dramatic drops in weight and even the remission of diabetes symptoms among type 2 patients, says a study from the University of Rome. Researchers there report that of morbidly obese patients in a control group who underwent the form of bariatric surgery called sleeve gastrectomy, 80 percent ceased to have any symptoms of diabetes within

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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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MTV’s True Life: I Have Diabetes

With the recent news of Paula Deen’s battle with type 2 diabetes, diabetes has been getting some negative coverage in the media. I’ve even heard comments like ” No wonder Paula Deen has diabetes when she eats so much sugar and butter.” This is frustrating because it perpetuates the false stereotype that all people with diabetes are the same. When I heard that MTV’s television

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As Diabetes Increases Among Hispanics, Prevention Program Shows Promise

An article in an Indiana newspaper documents an alarming rise in diabetes among Arizona’s Hispanics, especially along the US border with Mexico. The Republic, published in Columbus, Indiana, reports that 13.5 percent of residents in Arizona’s Yuma County had diabetes in 2010. Almost 60 percent of the border county’s nearly 200,000 residents are Hispanic. Calling the incidence of diabetes on both sides of the border

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