Unhealthy habits can start young: infants, toddlers and added sugars

A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published by Elsevier, found that nearly two-thirds of infants (61 percent) and almost all toddlers (98 percent) consumed added sugars in their average daily diets, primarily in the form of flavored yogurts (infants) and fruit drinks (toddlers).

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Study Suggests Weight-Loss Surgery May Release Toxic Compounds From Fat Into the Bloodstream

Toxic man-made chemicals—such as polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides—that are absorbed into the body and stored in fat may be released into the bloodstream during the rapid fat loss that follows bariatric surgery, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The finding points to the need for further research to understand the health effects of this potential toxicant exposure.

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Mount Sinai Researcher’s Examine the Metabolic Effects of an Oral Blood Cancer Drug

Recent study found that an effective blood cancer treatment was associated with weight gain, obesity, and increased systolic blood pressure

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Exercise, Weight Loss May Induce Metabolism-related Changes to Molecules in Gut

New research finds that exercise causes changes to some of the body’s metabolites—small molecules the body produces during metabolism—and also triggers change in blood levels of unique “foreign” molecules not thought to stem from our own metabolism. These changes to the global metabolome—the entire group of metabolites found throughout the body in the blood, tissues or urine—may help scientists better understand the body’s response to exercise.

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Cleveland Clinic Develops Calculator To Estimate 10-Year Risk Of Diabetes Complications

Patients struggling with type 2 diabetes and obesity are faced with the decision of whether to receive usual medical care or undergo weight-loss surgery. Now, a new risk calculator developed by Cleveland Clinic researchers can show these patients their risks of developing major health complications over the next 10 years depending on which course of treatment they choose.

The research was presented today as one of the Top 10 studies at the ObesityWeek 2019 international conference in Las Vegas.

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Bolivian Forager-Farmers Known for Amazing Heart Health Are Splitting in Beliefs About What Makes a Good Life

A small Bolivian society of indigenous forager-farmers, known for astonishingly healthy cardiovascular systems, is seeing a split in beliefs about what makes a good life. Some are holding more to the traditional — more family ties, hunting and knowledge of forest medicine — but others are starting to favor material wealth, a Baylor University study finds.

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Exploring How a Key Blood Pressure Hormone Works in Males and Females

Aldosterone is a steroid hormone important to the regulation of salt, fluid and potassium in the body. Researchers at the “Metabolic and sex differences in aldosterone responses” symposium will explore the growing body of research that finds sex is a major determinant of how aldosterone acts on the body.

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