Obesity is a medical concern because it can seriously affect a person’s health irrespective of his/her age. Thanks to obesity, younger people are now developing health problems that earlier affected only the adults – like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type-2 diabetes. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide and is killing around 2.8 million people every …
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Obesity is quickly becoming a problem in India. According to Dr. Shobha Gupta IVF Expert from Mothers Lap IVF Centre, '1.2 billion people, worldwide, are officially overweight (according to the WHO). And out of that number 70% of the urban Indian population is obese. While obesity is a problem in itself, there is a correlation between this and infertility. About 10% of the couples in the country …
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The greatest show on earth is about to start and the entire world is waiting with bated breath to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar strut their stuff and take their place along the legends of the game. But for some this one-month fiesta could turn deadly. We absolutely hate to play spoilsport but with matches which will start at 11:30 and last till early morning, the …
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A new study has revealed that increased variation in gut bacteria is related with a positive metabolic profile and immune system response. The researchers also found that exercise and diet are important to boost diversity of gut bacteria which is very important for wellbeing. Dr Georgina Hold, of the Institute of Medical Sciences, Aberdeen University, in a linked editorial pointed out that the …
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How often do you sprinkle pepper on your dish or add peppercorns to your food? If your answer is pretty often, you will be glad to know that black pepper helps ward off obesity. Research shows that piperine – the substance that gives pepper its characteristic taste blocks the formation of fat cells. According to a study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, piperine has the …
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India, with 41 million obese people, ranks third after the US and China in having the highest number of overweight people in the world, says a study. Together, India and China represent 15 percent of the world's obese population. The 'Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease …
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What if there was an on-off switch that could turn your body into a fat-burning machine whenever you wanted?  Scientists believe that all human bodies might just have one, or more precisely, a protein that serves as the on-off switch. Scientists have identified a molecular pathway that controls the conversion of unhealthy white fat into energy-burning beige fat. Researchers led by the School of …
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Hi my name is Neo and I am extremely fat. I am 5’ 10’’ tall and weigh 123 kg and am unable to run because I’ve a metal plate in my leg around my ankle from an old fracture which makes any sort of impact very painful. But I really want to lose weight. Can you please give me some ideas for exercises and diet tips to lose weight? Neo it’s good that you’ve accepted that you’ve a …
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A researcher has said that new findings about the biological links between obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may could also help shed light on the connection between obesity and cancer. In the study, UT Dallas’ Dr. Jung-whan (Jay) Kim and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego found that a protein called HIF-1 alpha plays a key role in the development of insulin …
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Researchers have said that weight loss surgery could also help reduce the risk of cancer to rates almost similar to those of people of normal weight. With bariatric surgery, a part of a patient’s stomach is reduced to a small pouch. This pouch is attached directly to the small intestine, bypassing most of the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine to ensure long-term …
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Could you imagine that certain bacteria in your stomach could help you stay slim? Yes, research now proves that heliobacter pylori, which is the cause for stomach ulcers also prevents weight gain.  It is estimated that 50 per cent of the global population may be infected with H pylori; however, only 20 per cent of infected people experience symptoms. (Read: How obesity, satisfaction and where …
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If you are not obese, thank your stomach bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. A new study has discovered a correlation between prevalence rates for H pylori and obesity. Decrease of the H pylori colonisation in recent years could have caused rise in obesity in western world, according to a lead researcher. The H pylori bacteria is the cause of most stomach ulcers but patients treated for the …
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Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that the hormone also acts on other types of cells to control appetite - a discovery that could lead to development of treatments for metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. ‘Until now, the scientific community thought that leptin acts exclusively in neurons to modulate behaviour and body weight,’ said Tamas Horvath, the Jean and …
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Researchers have said that new understanding of the genes involved in taste perception and food preferences could lead to personalised nutrition plans effective not just in weight loss but in avoiding diseases like cancer, depression, and hypertension. Knowing why individuals prefer certain food tastes and being able to personalise health interventions based on them will help people age in a …
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