Posts Tagged ‘health outcomes’

How Can Obesity Care Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

August 3, 2018 — Many publications lately have documented the possibility for obesity care and resulting weight loss to reverse type 2 diabetes. But it’s hardly a sure thing. So the question remains, how does this happen in some patients and not in others? A new study in Cell Metabolism offers some clues. Digging into Diabetes Remissions Late last […]

High School Memories and Overcoming Obesity

July 27, 2018 — Growing up, I was the definition of meek. I also carried more weight on my frame and towered above my peers. Despite this, I was a good friend to my fellow elementary schoolers. However, In addition to my timid yet friendly nature, I was also painfully aware of my obesity from a young age, which affected […]

Politics Are Truly Beside the Point in Obesity

July 26, 2018 — “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” Groucho Marx (borrowing words from Ernest Benn) explained perfectly why politics aren’t helpful for dealing with obesity. If you want a case in point, we will send you to a new essay in The American Conservative […]

Bachelor Scurvy, Bariatric Surgery, and Social Support

July 25, 2018 — The newest case history in the New England Journal of Medicine offers a vivid picture of some important pitfalls after bariatric surgery. We learned a new diagnosis – bachelor scurvy. But most of all, it gives a vivid reminder of the importance of social support after surgery. Leg Weakness, Falling, and Anemia Susan Bennett and colleagues […]

Cures for Obesity and NCDs from a Perch of Privilege

July 19, 2018 — A jarring story is playing out in public health. Momentum is growing to tax sugary drinks and junk foods all over the world. From a perch of privilege it sounds good. If you tax these bad foods and drinks enough, people will stop buying them. Even better, modeling exercises tell advocates that the benefits will […]

Landmark Cardiovascular Outcomes Study for Belviq

July 18, 2018 — For the first time ever, we have direct evidence for the long-term cardiovascular safety of an obesity medication. The drug is Belviq, also known as lorcaserin. Yesterday, Eisai released topline results for the long-awaited CAMILLIA-TIMI 61 trial. This was a five-year cardiovascular outcomes study of 12,000 patients. It was randomized and placebo controlled. CV Safety […]

A Study to Change the Way We Think About Obesity?

July 16, 2018 — Researchers at York are telling us they have a breakthrough that will change the way we think about obesity. At least that’s what their press release says. And it worked. They made us click the link. Jennifer Kuk and colleagues found that about one in 20 (5%) of people with a BMI over 30 have […]

Persistent Magical Thinking About Fruits and Veggies

July 15, 2018 — What’s the #1 way Americans are fighting obesity? You guessed it. We’re eating less and moving more. What’s #2? We’re eating more fruits and veggies and salads. Sadly though, these efforts aren’t paying off. Despite putting those great ideas into action, the prevalence of obesity keeps rising. It’s now at an all time high of […]

One More Strike Against Low Fat Dairy

July 14, 2018 — Over the last 15 years or so, we’ve shaken off some bad dietary advice that swallowed us in the 1980s. Low fat everything was supposed to be the foundation for a healthy diet. Until it wasn’t. But one piece of that dogma has held its place in dietary guidelines. The 2015 guidelines for Americans still […]

Bariatric Surgery: Health Delayed Is Health Denied

July 12, 2018 — Waiting times for bariatric surgery have nearly doubled in a decade. That’s one of the findings from a study that will soon appear in Annals of Surgery. Health insurers drive most of these delays according to the authors. But those longer wait times apparently do nothing to improve the outcomes or prevent complications. The result is […]