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November 15, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The weight loss that follows a successful bariatric surgery makes most patients feel younger. But a new study suggests that following bariatric surgery, some patients show signs of being biologically younger, as well. At Stanford University, researchers looked for evidence of change in bariatric surgery patients by measuring their telomeres -- regions of repeating DNA sequences at the end of a chromosome that grow a little shorter with age and chronic illness. Telomeres are considered a biomarker of the aging process.
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August 28, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Some new research tried to figure out what might help post-menopausal women achieve long-term weight loss. And it turns out that adding produce to their diet didn't show up as especially helpful in the short term, but in the long term it mattered. The researchers didn't find that eating fried chicken was just fine as long as it came with a side of broccoli. What they found was that some behaviors are hard to maintain forever, and adding produce might be easier than avoiding all fried foods for the long haul.
NEWS
March 29, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Weight loss is typically accomplished through changes in diet and exercise. But a new study sheds light on some other factors that can help an individual achieve success. Getting a healthy amount of sleep, avoiding stress and complying with specific elements of a weight-loss plan (such as keeping a food diary) seem to boost the odds of success, according to a new study. The study, conducted by Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., involved nearly 500 adults who had an average body mass index of 37.7 (30 or greater is considered obese)
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
The proposed weight-loss drug Lorcaserin, rebuffed in its bid for Food and Drug Administration approval last October, on Thursday won a recommendation of approval from the agency's advisory committee, a major step toward winning the FDA's go-ahead to enter the U.S. market. If the agency follows the advice of the panel of independent experts--which is common but not routine-- Lorcaserin would become the first new prescription weight-loss drug to go on the U.S. market since Orlistat (now marketed over-the-counter as Alli)
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August 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Obese men who want to improve their sexual health might have another solution besides their erectile dysfunction drugs. A study finds that overweight men who lost just 5% of their weight over eight weeks saw improvements in erectile dysfunction, sexual desire and urinary tract symptoms. The small study focused on 31 obese men with a body mass index of 30 or greater and who had Type 2 diabetes. Some were put on a low-calorie diet that included liquid meal replacements and others were assigned to a high-protein, low-fat diet that decreased their calorie intake by 600 calories a day. For 42 weeks afterward the participants stayed on the high-protein diet, or were switched to it. Those on the low-calorie diet lost 10% of their body weight and 10% off their waist circumference, and those on the high-protein diet lost 5% of their weight and waist circumference.
NEWS
December 27, 2010 | By Tami Dennis / Tribune Health
Let's hope that resolution to shed excess pounds doesn't rely too heavily on saccharin-sweetened food. If it does, you might want to rethink your approach to dieting -- but not necessarily because saccharin is going to do you harm. The belief that saccharin is risky has persisted for decades now. That is, it's persisted outside the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, both of which have offered up figurative "to your health" toasts with the stuff.
NEWS
November 11, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Some people chew sugar-free gum as a weight loss strategy, but does it work? An recent online study in the journal Obesity finds that chewing gum daily may have no effect on losing weight. The eight-week study included 201 overweight or obese adults, about half of whom were randomly put in an intervention group and told to chew gum daily for at least 90 minutes at specific times throughout the day. The others were part of a control group that did not chew gum. Both groups were given nutritional information and told to continue their regular activity programs.
NEWS
July 22, 2010 | By Tami Dennis, Los Angeles Times
Here are two recalls that might not have consumers rushing to get their money back. One is for a weight-loss supplement, the other for a sex enhancer. The Food and Drug Administration announced today that a lab analysis of Joyful Slim Herb Supplement was found to contain desmethyl sibutramine. Most people know sibutramine as Meridia, a prescription weight-loss drug. This month, the agency similarly announced that some batches of Good Health's Vialipro had been found to contain sulfoaildenafil, a cousin of sildenafil.
NEWS
April 28, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Weight-loss surgery could be a quick diabetes fix for some people, some studies have suggested, and now researchers are getting closer to an explanation as to why that might be the case. And it's about much more than weight loss.   Researchers from Columbia University and Duke University studied two groups of obese diabetic patients at a hospital in New York. Ten people had a type of gastric bypass surgery  that essentially reduces the size of the stomach, and 11 people were put on a strict diet.
NEWS
December 23, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Losing weight isn't all about you. It's great if you've achieved some healthy goals, but how about praising others for shaping up? Sounds easy, but it's easy to overlook. This Fitness Center blog post from the Orlando Sentinel explains: "Although I think I'm tuned into my environment, I don't always notice those around me. I've been so focused on my workout routine and my continued growth, that I've forgotten that it feels as good to give a compliment as it does to receive one. " That's true -- if you know what you're doing.
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