Obesity

10:08pm

Sun April 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Study Warns Of Autism Risk For Children Of Obese Mothers

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 7:18 am

A pregnant woman measures her stomach.
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Scientists have found one more reason that pregnancy and obesity can be a bad combination.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that moms who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have a child with autism or another developmental problem.

The finding is "worrisome in light of this rather striking epidemic of obesity" in the U.S., says Irva Hertz-Picciotto from the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis, one of the study's authors.

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2:25pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Treat, Even Reverse, Diabetes

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 1:33 pm

Cristina Iaboni, a diabetic, underwent gastric bypass surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell in the fall of 2009 as part of a study. After losing 50 pounds, her blood sugar was nearly normal. She is pictured here in June 2010.
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Surgical procedures that are commonly used to help obese people lose weight can also dramatically improve — even reverse — diabetes, according to two studies released Monday.

Tim Ferree of Macedonia, Ohio, struggled with his weight for years. He knew his out-of-control blood sugar would eventually cause serious problems.

"You're looking at losing your vision, losing your feet, having problems with your kidneys, going blind — you know, heart disease, strokes," Ferree said.

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7:02am

Thu March 22, 2012
Health

Coloradans Getting Fat, Just Like Everyone Else

Colorado has lost its distinction as the only state with less than 20 percent of adults rated as obese.
Centers for Disease Control.

12:00am

Thu March 22, 2012

10:01pm

Sun March 11, 2012
The Salt

To Cut The Risk Of A High-Fat Meal, Add Spice

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 11:34 am

Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.
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No need to be stingy with spices. Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.

"Elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease," explains researcher Sheila West.

Her study found that a spicy meal helps cut levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in the blood — even when the meal is rich in oily sauces and high in fat.

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