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Monday, March 15, 2010

WEIGHT LOSS AND MORTALITY

Obese men who lost 5-15% of body weight reduced risk of dying by 22% over the next 6-12 years

Obese men, 50 and older, who lost 5-15% of body weight reduced their risk of dying by 22% over the next 6-12 years compared to men who lost less than 5% according to a study by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This was after adjusting for after adjusting for age, race, ethnicity and various risk factors. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 11:00 am | [0] comments

Monday, September 08, 2008

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Cost of weight loss surgery recouped in 2-4 years in lower medical costs; $500-$900 saved per month

The cost of bariatric surgery for morbidly obese patients, that is those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more and a cost which ranged from approximately $17,000 to $26,000, was recouped in 2 to 4 years in reduced medical costs according to a new study.

A year-and-a-half after surgery, those who underwent open surgery had medical savings of $500 per month.

Slightly more than a year after surgery (13 months later), those who underwent laparoscopic surgery had medical savings of $900 per month.
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 4:40 am | [0] comments

Thursday, September 04, 2008

MORTALITY

Intentional weight loss reduces risk of death by 24%

People who intentionally lost weight reduced their risk of death over a 9-year period of time by 24 percent compared to people who were not trying to lose weight and reported no weight change according to a 2003 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that followed 6391 overweight and obese persons with a body mass index of 25 or more who were at least 35 years of age. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 3:23 pm | [0] comments

MORTALITY

Unintentional weight loss increases risk of death by 31%

People who unintentionally lost weight had a 31 percent increased risk of death over a 9-year period compared to people who were not trying to lose weight and reported no weight change according to a 2003 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that followed 6391 overweight and obese persons with a body mass index of 25 or more who were at least 35 years of age. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 3:18 pm | [0] comments

MORTALITY

Trying to weight with no weight change still reduces risk of death by 20%

Trying to lose weight, even if you do not lose any weight, reduces the risk of death according to a 2003 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that followed 6391 overweight and obese persons with a body mass index of 25 or more who were at least 35 years of age.

People who tried to lose weight but had no weight change were still 20 percent less likely to die over a 9-year period compared to people who were not trying to lose weight and reported no weight change.

I assume that many of these people initially lost weight, but then regained the weight that they had lost. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 3:11 pm | [0] comments

MORTALITY

Trying to weight loss but gaining weight instead still reduces risk of death by 6%

People who were trying to lose weight but gained weight instead were still 6 percent less likely to die over a 9-year period compared to people who were not trying to lose weight and reported no weight change according to a 2003 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that followed 6391 overweight and obese persons with a body mass index of 25 or more who were at least 35 years of age.

I assume that many of these people initially lost weight, but then regained more weight than they lost. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 3:06 pm | [0] comments

Friday, October 26, 2007

DIABETES

Obese women with obesity-related illnesses who lose weight reduce their risk of death by 19-25%

Overweight or obese women who have obesity-related illnesses who intentionally lose weight reduce their risk of dying by 19 to 25 percent according to a review paper. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Oct 26, 2007 7:20 am | [0] comments

DIABETES

Obese diabetics who lose weight reduce their risk of death by 25%

Diabetics who are overweight or obese who intentionally lose weight reduce their risk of dying by 25 percent a review paper points out. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Oct 26, 2007 7:14 am | [0] comments

Monday, October 08, 2007

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Weight loss surgery lowers the risk of dying by 40% during the next seven years

People who underwent weight loss surgery were 40 percent less likely to die during an average follow-up of 7.1 years according to a study from researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 8:59 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Weight loss surgery lowers the risk of dying from coronary artery disease by 56%

People who underwent weight loss surgery were 56 percent less likely to die from coronary artery disease during an average follow-up of 7.1 years according to a study from researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 8:51 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Weight loss surgery lowers the risk of dying from diabetes by 92%

People who underwent weight loss surgery were 92 percent less likely to die from diabetes during an average follow-up of 7.1 years according to a study from researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 8:45 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Weight loss surgery lowers the risk of dying from cancer by 60% over next seven years

People who underwent weight loss surgery were 60 percent less likely to die from cancer during an average follow-up of 7.1 years according to a study from researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 8:37 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Weight loss surgery increases risk of dying from accidents and suicide by 58%

People who underwent weight loss surgery were 58 percent more likely to die from "death not caused by disease, such as accidents and suicide" during an average follow-up of 7.1 years according to a study from researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 8:29 am | [0] comments

Monday, August 06, 2007

DIABETES

Weight loss of 1% for type 2 diabetics reduces health care costs by $256 per year

In type 2 diabetics, a weight loss of one percent of body weight reduced total health care costs by an average of 3.6 percent or $256 per year and diabetes-related costs by 5.8 percent or $131 per year. This according to a study of data from a health maintenance organization (HMO) for the period from July 1, 1997 through October 31, 2005. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 06, 2007 2:10 am | [0] comments

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

LIFESPAN

Obesity shortens lifespan of men by 5 years, women by 10 years

Obesity shortens the lifespan of men by an average of 5 years and of women by 10 years according to a study from the National Institute of Public Health in Denmark. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, May 16, 2007 5:50 am | [0] comments

Friday, February 23, 2007

TYPE 2 DIABETES

Weight loss of 7-11 lbs reduces risk of type 2 diabetes by 40-60%

A weight loss of 7 to 11 pounds in obese people reduces the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 40 to 60 percent according a review paper by obesity researcher Arnie Astrup. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Feb 23, 2007 1:45 am | [0] comments

Monday, December 18, 2006

MUSCULOSKELETAL COMPLAINTS

Weight loss dramatically improves painful musculoskeletal complaints

Complaints of musculoskeletal pain are dramatically reduced in patients following a large amount of weight loss after bariatric surgery. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Dec 18, 2006 2:37 am | [0] comments

Thursday, December 07, 2006

DIABETES

7-11 lbs weight loss reduces diabetes by 40-60% in risk-prone individuals

Obese people who are at high risk of diabetes, who lose just 7 to 11 pounds reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 40 to 60 percent according to obesity researcher Arnie Astrup. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Dec 07, 2006 1:37 am | [0] comments

Sunday, August 28, 2005

INTENTIONAL WEIGHT LOSS

Men who intentionally lost weight reduced risk of death by 41%

Men who intentionally lost weight as a result of personal choice reduced their risk of death by 41 percent according to a study from Britain. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 28, 2005 4:50 am | [0] comments

Thursday, August 25, 2005

FAT LOSS

Fat loss associated with a decreased risk of death

Most epidemiological studies have found that weight loss is associated with an increased risk of death in older people, however, fat loss appears to be associated with a decreased risk of death according to researchers from St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital at Columbia University in New York who analyzed data from two studies. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Aug 25, 2005 3:26 am | [0] comments

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 22: Weight loss lowers insulin, blood sugar and diabetes

Weight loss lowers insulin levels, blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of diabetes according to the U.S. NIH's Obesity Guidelines. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Dec 15, 2004 3:16 am | [0] comments

U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 21: Weight loss improves cholesterol

A weight loss of 5-13 percent from changes in lifestyle is associated with a 0-18 percent reduction in total cholesterol; 2-44 percent reduction in triglycerides; 3-22 percent reduction in LDL-cholesterol; and a 7-27 percent increase in HDL-cholesterol according to the U.S. NIH's Obesity Guidelines (p. 21). Changes are similar for those on diet-alone, exercise-alone, or diet-plus-exercise. (p. 34) Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Dec 15, 2004 3:15 am | [0] comments

U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 20: Weight loss lowers blood pressure

A weight loss of 22 pounds induced by lifestyle changes lowers systolic blood pressure an average of 7 points, and diastolic blood pressure 3 points according to a 1987 meta-analysis of five studies of hypertensive patients. (p. 29) Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Dec 15, 2004 3:12 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 19: Risk of death

The risk of death increases modestly in people who are overweight (a BMI of 25 to 29.9), but increases substantially in someone obese (a BMI of 30 or more) according to the U.S. NIH's Obesity Guidelines (p. 21). Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Dec 14, 2004 4:58 am | [0] comments

Friday, November 12, 2004

Weight loss surgery helps patients lose an average of 61 percent of their excess weight

Weight loss surgery caused patients to lose an average of 61 percent of their weight loss according to a new review paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Nov 12, 2004 2:21 pm | [0] comments

Monday, November 08, 2004

Gastric bypass causes 33% weight loss after 2 years, 25% after 8 years

Gastric bypass causes an average weight loss of 33 percent of body weight after two years and 25 percent after eight years according to a review paper. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Nov 08, 2004 7:09 am | [0] comments

Monday, April 12, 2004

Diet-induced weight loss reduces inflammation associated with an chronic diseases and death

"Persistent, low-grade inflammation is an independent predictor of several chronic diseases and all-cause mortality," according to a new study from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. However, diet-induced weight reduces this inflammation the study finds. "[D]ietary intervention designed to elicit weight loss reduces overall inflammation in older, obese persons," the authors conclude. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Apr 12, 2004 10:42 am | [0] comments
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