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Viagra could prove useful in the fight against obesity

Viagra could prove useful in the fight against obesity | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of Bonn have treated mice with Viagra and discovered that the drug converts white fat cells (those unwanted denizens of the belly and similar swollen regions) into beige fat cells. Instead of storing excess energy, these recently discovered beige fat cells burn the energy from ingested food and convert it to heat. Viagra also appears (at least in mice) to decrease the risk of other complications caused by obesity.

 

 

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More evidence for obesity paradox

More evidence for obesity paradox | Longevity science | Scoop.it

In a review of almost 100 past studies covering nearly three million people, researchers found that being overweight or slightly obese was linked to about a 6 percent lower risk of dying, compared to people considered "normal weight."

 

 

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Elaine Boardman's curator insight, October 30, 10:37 AM

The relevant idea from this article is not that being slightly overweight lowers risk of dying but that being obese or severely obes increases risk of dying by 18-29 percent.  The cost of that risk is a major factor. Most of those will develop heart issues or diabetes which increases health care costs. There needs to be continuous education on the effect that obesity has on quality of life and healthcare costs--similar to the campaigns on smoking that are now second nature to most of us.

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Vitamin D pills may boost muscle power for overweight people

Vitamin D pills may boost muscle power for overweight people | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Supplementing a resistance training regime with daily doses of vitamin D may improve muscle power and help shed inches from the waistline of overweight and obese people, says a new study.
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Protein that stimulates brown fat could boost weight loss strategies

Protein that stimulates brown fat could boost weight loss strategies | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The ability to activate brown fat in the body could provide a means to fight obesity and keep the weight off.

 

Now scientists have discovered a protein that could allow them to do just that.


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Planes, Trains and Toilets: the Cost of Obesity

Planes, Trains and Toilets: the Cost of Obesity | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The epidemic of obesity is well known. But how well do we understand the costs?

 

With an impact ranging from increased gasoline usage to wider public seats, the cost of obesity has been hidden. Many assume that health care is the budget that suffers the most. However, there are additional costs that will affect everyone.

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Too much food can kill you? Overeating and obesity now a bigger global problem than lack of food

Too much food can kill you? Overeating and obesity now a bigger global problem than lack of food | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Chronic diseases linked to obesity and overconsumption of food are now a bigger global healthcare burden than illness and disease caused by malnutrition, according to the most comprehensive disease report ever produced on global health issues.
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Moderate caloric restriction (reduce your daily caloric intake by 10-20%) can have numerous health benefits. Start by finding your target calorie intake to maintain an optimal weight. If you can stick to that daily level, reduce it by 10%.

 

Fasting is also beneficial. The easiest way? Stop eating at 6-7pm and don't eat again until 6-7am. With minimal effort, you have a 12 hour fast. Plus, you will sleep easier if your digestive system is at rest.

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tiana cherie burne's curator insight, November 3, 11:30 PM

 

For the first time ever, diseases associated with obesity are now more of a global health burden the lack of nutrition. This investigation has been going for 5 years with over 50 scientists exploring the deep issues of obesity. I believe it's a personal decision too eat badly, don't do enough physical activity, drink to much, smoke to many cigars and just don't look after your body the way were meant to. Rising numbers of obesity has been increased with young adults over the years. The biggest global risks effecting people is high blood rate, which is also the biggest neglected global health in most countries.

These scientists thankfully have put out antidotes that have helped save many millions of kids and adults from obesity. We really need more help like this in society, we need to team up and help out each other, were all human no one is special so don't be afraid to ask for help.

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Tyk2 enzyme helps regulate obesity through differentiation of brown adipose tissue

Approximately 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, according to the National Cancer Institute, which puts them at greater risk for developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and a host of other chronic illnesses.

But an international team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researcher Andrew Larner, M.D., Ph.D., has successfully reversed obesity in mice by manipulating the production of an enzyme known as tyrosine-protein kinase-2 (Tyk2). In their experiments, the scientists discovered that Tyk2 helps regulate obesity in mice and humans through the differentiation of a type of fat tissue known as brown adipose tissue (BAT).
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This discovery may lead to methods to treat obesity by modulating levels of the enzyme. If successful, not only would obesity rates decrease, but healthy life span would increase.

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New analysis indicates America remains obese

New analysis indicates America remains obese | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Twelve states have obesity rates that top 30 percent, according to an analysis released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 

The problem is not only that America remains fat, despite the best efforts of governments and activists in recent years, but also that we don’t know for certain whether the country is headed in the right direction.

 

 

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Delaying Fat Cell Growth

Delaying Fat Cell Growth | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana are testing a compound found in red wine that has the ability to block the processes of fat cell development. The research into the compound known as piceatannol may lead towards finding a simple method to combat obesity.

 

Piceatannol results from the conversion of resveratrol – a compound found in red wine, grapes and peanuts that is also thought to combat cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases. When resveratrol is converted into the piceatannol

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Obesity rates rise, threaten health in OECD nations

Obesity rates rise, threaten health in OECD nations | Longevity science | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill health, pushing up healthcare costs and piling more pressure on health systems,...

 

While obesity in some countries has stabilized, this is not true in the US and Canada. The cost is high. “Experts say severely obese people die on average eight to 10 years sooner than people at normal weight, with every 15 extra kg increasing risk of early death by around 30 percent.”

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