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The Mediterranean Diet: What You Should Know

Diet fads are a dime a dozen, but one diet has risen about the rest in terms of effectiveness– the Mediterranean Diet. The American Journal of Medicine often publishes prevention-related articles that focus on diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Given the obesity epidemic, it’s important for physicians to be able to advise patients on weight management and […]

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Less Exercise, Not More Calories, Responsible for Expanding Waistlines

Sedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the US, according to a new analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). A study published in The American Journal of Medicine reveals that in the past 20 years there has been a sharp decrease in […]

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Muscle Mass Index As a Predictor of Longevity

Muscle Mass Index As a Predictor of Longevity in Older Adults   Obesity, as measured by body mass index (BMI), has not been associated consistently with higher mortality in older adults. This study reveals that muscle mass may be a better predictor of longevity than BMI. Objective Obesity (as defined by body mass index) has […]

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Low Fitness and Resting Metabolic Rate Variability

Low Fitness Partially Explains Resting Metabolic Rate Differences Between African American and White Women African American women have a lower resting metabolic rate, compared to their white peers; low cardiorespiratory fitness explained one quarter of this difference. Abstract Background High levels of obesity among African American women have been hypothesized to be partially resultant from […]

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Surviving Bariatric Surgery

An Uncommon Option for Surviving Bariatric Surgery: Regaining Weight! In November 2011, a 32-year-old woman was admitted to the intensive care unit for acute respiratory failure. She had felt well consistently until February (including 2 pregnancies), when she underwent a noncomplicated sleeve gastrectomy for obesity (body mass index, 47 kg/m2). Her weight gain, unrelated to […]

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