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Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

By studying a large cohort of women who had already been through menopause, researchers have found that cardiovascular risk is associated with body shape, which results from how fat is distributed in the body. Existing studies have suggested that a person’s body mass index (BMI), calculated in reference to their total weight and height, is […]

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Unhealthy body fat interlinked to father’s genes

While brown fat cells can protect against obesity by burning excess calories, too many white fat cells can have the opposite effect, leading to excess weight gain and associated health risks. New findings reveal which parent’s genes lead to the development of which type of fat. The study titled ‘LincRNA H19 protects from dietary obesity […]

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Even 1 extra kilo of deep belly fat can increase diabetes risk in women, reveals study

Researchers already know that excess body fat can increase the risk of diabetes, but a new study shows that one form of fat, in particular – the ‘invisible’ one that accumulates around organs and intestines – can heighten this risk more than seven times, at least in women. Now, research from Uppsala University in Sweden […]

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Body fat distribution linked to higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer

Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may lead to a better understanding of the relationship between obesity and prostate cancer and provide new insights for treatment. Previous studies have shown that obesity is associated with an elevated risk of advanced prostate cancer and a poorer prognosis […]

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Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese, study suggests

Based on results from more than 2000 primary-age schoolchildren from across London, the researchers found that walking or cycling to school is a strong predictor of obesity levels, a result which was consistent across neighbourhoods, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. The results are reported in the journal BMC Public Health. The study, led by researchers from […]

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The body adapts to occasional short-term overeating, reveals study

Overeating has been found to impair blood sugar (glucose) control and insulin levels. A new study suggests that the duration of a bout of overeating can affect how the body adapts glucose and insulin processing when calorie intake increases. The article is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and […]

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Obesity linked to a reduction in grey matter, find researchers

The research team analysed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and found that higher levels of body fat were associated with reduced volumes of grey matter and an increased likelihood of changes in the white matter. As reported in the journal Radiology, the study also found that the association was stronger among men, compared with among […]

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Mediterranean diet protects against overeating and obesity, finds study

But in a study published in the April 23 issue of the journal Obesity, scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine found that non-human primates on a Mediterranean diet chose not to eat all the food available to them and maintained a normal weight. “By comparison, the animals on a Western diet ate far more […]

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Lack of sleep in teens interlinked with high blood pressure

“Sleep matters,” said Dr Elsie Taveras of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Sleep quantity and quality are pillars of health alongside diet and physical activity.” Taveras and colleagues asked 829 teens to wear activity trackers on their wrists to log night-time sleep and daytime activity for 7 to 10 days. They also examined risk factors […]

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