Posts Tagged ‘cardiovascular risk’

Dangerous Crosscurrents for Obesity Medicines

March 12, 2015 — Dangerous crosscurrents remain in the regulatory environment for obesity medicines, even though progress has been considerable over the last five years. You need look no further than headlines of the last week. In just one news cycle Orexigen — the originators of Contrave — made both good and bad news for themselves when they disclosed […]

Will a Mediterranean Diet Keep You Young?

December 5, 2014 — A new study this week has the news media buzzing that following a Mediterranean diet can help keep people young by protecting their genetic code as they age. How can this be? The study, published in the BMJ, analyzed the association between how closely people in the Nurses Health Study followed a Mediterranean diet and […]

A False Choice: Drugs vs Surgery for Obesity

September 23, 2014 — A new study in Acta Diabetologica offers up a comparison of drugs vs surgery for obesity, glycemic control, and cardiovascular risk. It grabbed our attention because liraglutide was the reference drug for the comparison, and that drug has just been recommended for approval in obesity treatment by an expert FDA committee. But the study leaves us […]

Obesity Paradox: Three Examples

January 18, 2014 — An obesity paradox is like catnip for the media — unfortunately. And so various forms of obesity paradox have been in the news lately. Here are three examples getting a lot of attention. Diabetes Obesity Paradox. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine this week debunked the notion that people with excess weight and […]

Confused About Good Fats? No Wonder

February 23, 2013 — Do you have your doubts about simplistic advice to eat more good fats? That’s probably wise. A new British Medical Journal (BMJ) study found that replacing saturated animal fats with omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable fats may lead to an increased risk of death in people with heart disease. In this re-analysis of a previous clinical trial […]