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Archive for the ‘Obesity’ Category

Obese women were found to have a two-fold increased risk of heart attack or stroke within four to five years after giving birth compared to women with normal weight. This was true even after accounting for the risk factors of heart disease including smoking and other complications that are related to pregnancy, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting at the American College of Cardiology. The study involved more than 273,000 Danish women who had given birth between 2004 and 2009 with mean age of 30 years. None of the participants had history of heart disease, stroke […]

Continue reading Heart Attack, Stroke Risks Increase in Young Obese New Mothers

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Researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) found that the risk of wheezing during a baby’s first 14 months of life is four times greater if their mothers were obesity compared to children of mothers with normal weight. The study, which was published in the Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology analyzed data of more than 1,107 mother and child pairs from the INMA project, a Spanish study on infancy and environment. The results showed an association between maternal obesity and wheezing regardless of the child’s weight and other factors such as the mother’s age, education, and health habits. […]

Continue reading Maternal Obesity Increases Risk of Childhood Asthma

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A new study shows that babies born to mothers who are obese or overweight already have thickened aorta, the main artery that comes from the heart.  Moreover, this thickening of the artery is independent of birth weight.  This arterial thickening is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke later in life.  The study was published online in the Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease of Childhood. Researchers studied twenty-three women who are 16 weeks pregnant.  The average age of women was 35 with BMI (body mass index) ranging from 17 to 42 kg/m2.  A BMI of […]

Continue reading Newborns of Overweight Moms at Risk for Heart Disease

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Exercise Lowers Risk for Colon Cancer

Obesity increases a person’s risk for a certain type of colorectal cancer, while exercise lowers the risk, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data of men and women from Health Professionals Study and U.S. Nurses’ Health Study. The aim of the study was to find out if there was a link between the weight or BMI (body mass index), exercise or physical activity and the risk for CTNNB1 (a molecule implicated in cancer and obesity)-positive or CTNNB1-negative colorectal cancer. According to findings published in the journal Cancer Research, BMI and physical activity have no impact on the risk for […]

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Johns Hopkins researchers report that heart damage related to obesity in young mice may be reversed by consuming a low-calorie diet. However, a similar diet may not be as effective for older mice with poor heart function. Majd AlGhatrif, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and first author of the study says that their study suggests that obesity-induced heart damage may become irreversible with age. Lili Barouch, M.D., senior author and a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine, adds that although they could not say if their results would apply to humans, […]

Continue reading Low Calorie Diet Reverses Obesity-Induced Heart Damage

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