Monthly Archives: February 2008

Diabetes Study Partially Halted Due to Cardiac Risk

Diabetes Study Partially Halted Due to Cardiac Risk: “A new study on Type 2 diabetes was partially halted after research showed lowering blood sugar levels for some high-risk patients increased their chances of dying from a heart attack. The head of the American Diabetes Association details the surprising findings.”

(Via Diabetes Study Partially Halted Due to Cardiac Risk.)

Adiposity and Reporting of Vasomotor Symptoms among Midlife Women: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation

Adiposity and Reporting of Vasomotor Symptoms among Midlife Women: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation: “

It has long been hypothesized that increased adiposity would be associated with decreased vasomotor symptoms during menopause because of conversion of androgens to estrogens in body fat. However, recent thermoregulatory models have postulated that increased adipose tissue would be associated with a greater likelihood of vasomotor symptoms. The authors evaluated these hypotheses in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, a multiethnic, community-based observational study of US women transitioning through menopause. The sample included 1,776 women aged 47-59 years with an intact uterus and at least one ovary who completed bioelectrical impedance analysis for assessment of body composition at the sixth annual study visit (2002-2004). Assessments also included reported vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats) and serum levels of follicle-stimulating hormone, estradiol, and sex hormone-binding globulin-adjusted estradiol (free estradiol index). Results indicated that a higher percentage of body fat was associated with increased odds of reporting vasomotor symptoms (per standard deviation increase in percent body fat, odds ratio = 1.27, 95% confidence interval: 1.14, 1.42) in age- and site-adjusted models. Associations persisted in fully adjusted models and were not reduced when models included reproductive hormones. These findings support a thermoregulatory model of vasomotor symptoms.

(Via Adiposity and Reporting of Vasomotor Symptoms among Midlife Women: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation.)

Depression, Obesity Coexist in Many Middle-Aged Women – Yahoo! News

Depression, Obesity Coexist in Many Middle-Aged Women – Yahoo! News:
Mon Jan 14, 11:47 PM ET
MONDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) — Obesity and depression often go hand-in-hand in middle-aged women, a new U.S. study found.

The research collected information on the height, weight, dietary and exercise habits, and body image of 4,641 women, ages 40 to 65, enrolled in a health plan. The women also completed a questionnaire used to measure depression symptoms.

Women with clinical depression were more than twice as likely to be obese (a body mass index of 30 or more), and obese women were more than twice as likely to be depressed, the study found.

It also found that women with BMIs of 30 or higher exercised the least, had the poorest body image, and consumed 20 percent more calories than women with ”

(Via Depression, Obesity Coexist in Many Middle-Aged Women – Yahoo! News.)

Obesity surgery seen as diabetes cure

Obesity surgery seen as diabetes cure
(AP): “AP – A new study gives the strongest evidence yet that obesity surgery can cure diabetes. Patients who had surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs were five times more likely to see their diabetes disappear over the next two years than were patients who had standard diabetes care, according to Australian researchers.”

(Via Obesity surgery seen as diabetes cure
(AP).)