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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Mortality: Lowering BMI from 30 to 28.5 reduces the risk of dying by 7.5 percent

Lowering your body mass index (BMI) from 30 to 28.5 is estimated to reduce the risk of dying by 7.5 percent. This is a weight loss of roughly 9-10 pounds for a men and women of average height. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 6:01 am | [1] comments

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

BLOOD PRESSURE

10 lbs weight loss reduces risk of diabetes 30%

A 10-pound weight loss reduces the risk of type II diabetes by approximately 30 percent according to a two-year study of 154 obese patients who had at least one parent with diabetes. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 10:52 am | [0] comments

BLOOD PRESSURE

People who reduced body fat by 2% reduced blood pressure 8/6 mm Hg

Reducing body fat lowers blood pressure even without a change in body weight according to a 1998 study.

People who reduced their percent body fat by 2 percent reduced their blood pressure by 8/6 points after one year from 149/92 to 141/86 mm Hg.

However, in patients who had a similar reduction in body fat without a change in body weight had a similar reduction in blood pressure of 11/6 from 151/93 to 140/87 mm Hg.

This suggests that it is excess body fat rather than body weight that causes elevated blood pressure. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 10:27 am | [0] comments

Monday, June 23, 2008

AUSTRALIA

Lifestyle intervention reduced the risk for diabetes to a greater extent than metformin (58% vs 31%)

"The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that lifestyle intervention reduced the risk for diabetes to a greater extent than the anti-diabetic drug metformin (58% vs. 31%) (Knowler WC et al, 2002)," according to a report titled Australia's future fat bomb that was written by researchers at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

The lifestyle-modification program had a goal of losing at least a 7 percent of body weight and at engaging in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, while the dose of metformin was 850 mg twice a day.

Note: The report mistakenly stated that metformin only reduced the risk by 13%, but the number should have been 31%. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 2:56 pm | [0] comments

AUSTRALIA

Losing 11 pounds would result in 27-34% fewer cardiovascular events over the next 20 years

"A simple strategy such as losing [11 pounds] in 5 months has the potential to result in 27% to 34% fewer cardiovascular-related hospital admissions and deaths over the next 20 years," according to a report titled Australia's future fat bomb that was written by researchers at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 8:01 am | [1] comments

Thursday, June 19, 2008

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Weight loss surgery reduced the risk of cancer by 76%

Patients who underwent weight loss surgery were 76 percent less likely to get cancer for the 5 years following their surgery compared to people who did not according to a study presented on June 18th, 2008 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by Dr. Nicolas Christou, director of bariatric surgery at McGill University.

Only 2 percent of those who had surgery were diagnosed with cancer during the first 5 years after their surgery compared to 8.5 percent of people who did not have surgery.

Patients in the surgery group lost an average of two-thirds of their excess body weight. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 8:04 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

IMPROVEMENT IN SYMPTOMS

Weight loss improves mood, fatigue, insomnia and stomach problems

People who lost weight on either a low-carbohydrate diet or low-fat diet had improvements in mood, insomnia, pain, weakness, fatigue, and stomach problems accordinng to study from researchers at Duke University. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jan 23, 2007 12:12 am | [0] comments

Monday, July 18, 2005

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Weight loss surgery reduces risk of death in morbidly obese by 89% over five years

"This study shows that weight-loss surgery significantly decreases overall mortality as well as the development of new health-related conditions in morbidly obese patients," concluded a recent study from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 18, 2005 2:38 am | [0] comments

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

DIET VS DRUGS VS SURGERY

Weight loss less than 11 lbs with diet and lifestyle, 11-22 lbs with drugs, and 55-165 lbs w/surgery

When considering only patients who lose at 5 percent of their body weight by the end of weight loss studies, diet and lifestyle changes cause an average weight loss of less than 11 pounds after 2-4 years; weight loss medications cause an average weight loss of 11 to 22 pounds after 1-2 years; and weight loss surgery causes an average weight loss of 55-165 pounds after 2-4 years according to a new review from researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jul 06, 2005 7:50 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

LONGEVITY

Intentional weight loss due to personal choice associated with 41% decreased risk of death in men

Intentional weight loss due to personal choice is associated with a 41 percent decrease in the risk of death in older men according to a new study from the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London, England. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, May 24, 2005 7:27 am | [1] comments

Friday, May 20, 2005

BLOOD PRESSURE

22 lbs weight loss reduces blood pressure 6 points systolic, 4.6 points diastolic

A 22 pound weight loss reduces blood pressure an average of 6.0 / 4.6 mmHg according to a new study from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, May 20, 2005 7:21 am | [0] comments

Thursday, May 19, 2005

LONGEVITY

Losing weight after being obese increases life span in rats

Rats that were once obese, but who were put on a diet as adults to lose weight, lived longer than rats that remained obese their entire life, and lived as long as rats that were never obese according to a new study. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, May 19, 2005 8:31 am | [0] comments

Thursday, December 02, 2004

A 5 pound weight loss reduces risk factors for heart disease by 40-48%

A five pound weight loss over 16 years decreases risk factors for coronary heart disease by 48 percent in men and 40 percent in women, whereas a five pound weight gain increases risk factors by 20 percent in men and 37 percent in women according to a recent analysis of the famous Framingham Heart Study. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Dec 02, 2004 9:08 pm | [0] comments

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Breast cancer: Adult weight loss reduces the risk of breast cancer after the age of 55 by 50-60%

Previous research found that adult weight gain appears to double the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. New research finds that adult weight loss reduces the risk of breast cancer after the age of 55 by 50-60 percent. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 05, 2004 7:18 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Cancer: Avoiding weight gain reduces the risk of some cancers

Avoiding weight gain reduces the risk of developing colon cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) and oesophagus cancer (adenocarcinoma). Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Aug 03, 2004 11:44 am | [0] comments

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Obesity is a chronic inflammatory state; benefits of weight loss due to reduction of inflammation

"The success of weight loss surgery in treating the complications associated with obesity is most probably related to the reduction of inflammatory mediators," concludes a paper from researchers at the Obesity and Nutrition Research Center, Department of Surgery, from The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in Pittsburgh, Penn. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jun 10, 2004 2:05 pm | [0] comments

Monday, May 24, 2004

Obesity and hypertension: 5 lbs weight loss can lower diastolic blood pressure 7 points

Losing 5 pounds decreases diastolic pressure by 7 mmHg and losing 10 pounds reduced it by 11.6 mmHg according to a study by McCarron and Reusser (1996).
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, May 24, 2004 9:10 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

American Dietetic Assoication’s position on weight management

Here is the American Dietetic Assoication's position on weight management as of 2002. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, May 11, 2004 1:13 pm | [0] comments

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Weight loss increases life expectancy of type 2 diabetics

A 2.2 pounds weight loss increased life expectancy of a type-2 diabetic by 3 to 4 months, and a 22 pounds weight loss increased life expectancy by 35 percent according to Lean et al (1990). Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, May 04, 2004 2:50 pm | [0] comments

Monday, March 29, 2004

Health and financial benefits of weight loss

"Sustained modest weight loss among obese persons would yield substantial health and economic benefits," concludes Graham A. Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H. Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. and his colleagues. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Mar 29, 2004 5:29 am | [0] comments

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Small reduction in waist benefits women

Women can reduce their risk of cardiovascular problems by trimming 2-4 inches off their waist a recent study suggests. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Dec 03, 2003 3:10 am | [0] comments
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