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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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After adjustment for differences in body composition, African American women had a significantly lower resting metabolic rate compared with white women (difference for slopes P = .014, difference for Y-intercept P = .001).

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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Marijuana Use & Insulin Control

Novel Study Reports Marijuana Users Have Better Blood Sugar Control Current marijuana users have 16% lower fasting insulin levels compared to non-users, according to an article published by The American Journal of Medicine. Regular marijuana use is associated with favorable indices related to diabetic control, say investigators. They found that current marijuana users had significantly lower […]

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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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BMI & Mortality in Heart Attack Patients

Body Mass Index and Mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients The prevalence of obesity in the US has increased substantially in the past few decades. Current estimates place two thirds of adults in the US in the category of overweight or obese as defined by body mass index (BMI). In the general population, obesity is […]

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