A team led by researchers at the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Western Australia has shown that being extremely overweight or obese increases the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. They found a strong correlation between body mass index and high levels of beta-amyloid, the sticky [...]
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The review of eight years of patient data found that people who drink diet soft drinks were more likely to become overweight.
“On average, for each diet soft drink our participants drank per day, they were 65% more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years, and 41% more likely to become [...]
Obesity and weight gain are associated with increased risk for developing kidney stones, according to a study in the January 26 issue of JAMA.
Kidney stones are a major cause of illness, according to background information in the article. The lifetime prevalence of kidney stones is approximately 10 percent in men and 5 percent in women, [...]
Gaining weight, or being obese, markedly increases the risk of kidney stones, particularly in women.
Accumulations of fat interfere with the body’s ability to use insulin. This, in turn, changes a person’s urine, favouring the growth of kidney stones.
Women who gained 16 kg or more after age 21 saw their risk of kidney stones increase [...]
The children of overweight mothers are 15 times more likely to be obese by age 6 than children of lean mothers.
The children start putting on weight at age 3.
At year 2, no significant differences in any measure were observed between the high- and low-risk groups. By year 4, weight, BMI, and lean body mass [...]
Men who remarried gained weight and exercised less in comparison to others who remained widowed, divorced or separated.
Men eat better after remarrying, munching on more vegetables and lean poultry while drinking less alcohol and fewer sugary drinks.
Men whose wives died were more likely to drink, and ate fewer vegetables than men who stayed married.
Those who got less than 8 hours of sleep a night had 16% lower levels of the hormone leptin, which controls hunger, and had 15% higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite.
The ideal amount of sleep for weight control is 7.7 hours/night.
Original Research: Short Sleep Duration Is Associated with [...]
Obesity was associated with an approximately 50% increase in the risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation is a major cause of stroke and heart failure, and may also be related to an increased risk of death.
This may be the result of the effects of obesity on the structure of the heart, and on the [...]
Using brain scans after tracking weight gain in women over nearly a quarter century, researchers made a disturbing finding: As the body gets larger, the brain gets smaller.
Those who were overweight at various points throughout the study were significantly more likely to have a loss of brain tissue in the temporal lobe, a part [...]
Obese women are more likely to suffer from a panoply of health woes including diabetes, high blood pressure, knee replacement, gall bladder removal, pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs), chronic fatigue and insomnia.
The lengthy list of health problems in heavy men was similar, including heart failure, pulmonary embolism and insomnia.
A morbidly obese woman [...]