Indians with diabetes have a threefold rise in mortality rates

Morality rate 3 times higher in Indians with diabetes compared to Indians without diabetes state researchers. People who are underweight were at a significantly higher risk of all-cause mortality. Increase in mortality due to diabetes was accounted for by renal disease and cardiovascular disease

Indians with diabetes have a threefold rise in mortality ratesMadras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) has published yet another breakthrough study report focusing solely on the morality rates among Indians with and without diabetes. A brainchild of Dr R M Anjana,  and her team, the study – Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (CURES), reports on the mortality rates based on a representative sample of 26,001 […]

Eating savoury foods can help promote healthy eating behaviours

Consuming savoury foods can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviours and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity, a study has found

Eating savoury foods can help promote healthy eating behavioursResearchers have found that consuming a broth rich in umami – or savoury taste – can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviours and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity. Umami is a Japanese word to express a delicious, savoury meal, and it represents one of the five […]

Exercise can play a role in improving asthma for obese adults

Patients who exercised had improvements in physical activity, asthma-symptom-free days, depression symptoms and sleep apnoea, researchers found

Exercise can play a role in improving asthma for obese adultsExercise training helps improve daily life for obese adults with asthma, a new study found. The three-month program targeted both weight loss and exercise through aerobic and resistance training, the study authors wrote in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. “In the past, exercise was seen as harmful to asthmatic patients because […]

Mothers who have a healthy lifestyle can lower obesity risk in kids

A mother’s example could be instrumental in a child maintaining a healthy weight, suggests new research published in The BMJ

Mothers who have a healthy lifestyle can lower obesity risk in kids“Living a healthy lifestyle can not only help adults to improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, but also can exert health benefits to their offspring,”said Dr Qi Sun from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston. Mothers have a powerful influence over their children’s lifestyle choices, but it’s […]

16:8 diet helps aid weight loss and lower blood pressure

In daily fasting, or the 16:8 diet, people can eat whatever they like for 8 hours and fast for the remaining 16. A new study evaluates the benefits of this 16:8 pattern for obese individuals and finds that not only does the diet work, but also that it helps to lower blood pressure

16:8 diet helps aid weight loss and lower blood pressureMore and more people now turn to intermittent fasting as a fast and effective way to lose weight.  There are different form of this diet, depending on the time intervals of ‘fasting’ and ‘feasting.’ The so-called 5:2 diet, for instance, consists of eating normally for 5 days every week and fasting for 2 days. In […]

IMA to set-up national level task force to deal with obesity crisis

In its meeting which was held on Friday, June 15 has decided to form a task force which will aim at curbing obesity in the country. The task force will be formed under the leadership of Dr Shashank Shah, a senior bariatric surgeon from Pune

IMA to set-up national level task force to deal with obesity crisisAs obesity in India is on the rise, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has announced to form a national level task force with an objective to curb obesity in India. A recently conducted study concludes that obesity in adults as well as children is becoming acute, which also highlighted obesity is more common among women […]

Diabetes and obesity prime reason behind rise in cancer cases

According to reports published last year in The Lancet, around 422 million adults worldwide live with diabetes, and 2.01 billion adults are overweight or obese. The findings are important for India as, with an estimated 62 million diabetics, it is widely considered the diabetes capital of the world

Diabetes and obesity prime reason behind rise in cancer casesResearchers at several institutions worldwide — including Imperial College London in the United Kingdom and the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Lyon, France — have recently established that cancers related to metabolic diseases, especially diabetes and obesity, have an increasingly high incidence. According to the team’s data, […]

Type 2 diabetes: Scientists develop pill to mimic bariatric surgery

Researchers have engineered a material that temporarily coats the small intestine and reduces the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream during digestion

Type 2 diabetes: Scientists develop pill to mimic bariatric surgeryA tablet has been developed which researchers believe replicates the weight loss benefits of having a gastric band fitted. A gastric band is a type of bariatric surgery for people who are very overweight. The procedure involves putting an adjustable ring around the top of a person’s stomach so it holds less food so the […]

Belly fat tied to vitamin D deficiency, suggest study

Obese people who carry much of their excess fat around their waist are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, new research warns. The finding highlights yet another damaging health effect of obesity. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to poor bone health, as well as increased risk for respiratory infection, autoimmune disorders and heart disease

Belly fat tied to vitamin D deficiency, suggest studyProduced in our skin on contact with sunlight, vitamin D plays a myriad of roles in the human body. Recent studies have found that vitamin D might protect against heart failure, diabetes, and cancer, and that vitamin D deficiency causes hair loss. Vitamin D deficiency has traditionally been linked to bone health, but it may […]

Weight loss surgery reduces risk of skin cancer by 61 per cent

Weight-loss surgery reduces people’s risk of developing the deadliest form of skin cancer by more than 60 per cent, new research suggests. People who have a gastric band or bypass are 61 per cent less likely to develop melanoma, which can spread to other organs, a Swedish study found today

Weight loss surgery reduces risk of skin cancer by 61 per centUnderstanding the risk factors behind every type of cancer is important in our effort to minimise the population’s risk at large. And, obesity has already been confirmed as a risk factor for a number of cancers, including endometrial, liver, kidney, colorectal, and pancreatic cancer. The most obvious risk factor for skin cancer is unprotected sun […]
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