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FDA approves novel obesity treatment device

FDA approves novel obesity treatment device

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The AspireAssist device has been approved for treatment of obese patients with a BMI of 35 to 55.

New guidelines support use of metabolic surgery as standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes, obesity

New guidelines support use of metabolic surgery as standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes, obesity

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A panel of experts has recommended that metabolic surgery be included as a treatment option for patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Obese heart failure patients may benefit from bariatric surgery

Obese heart failure patients may benefit from bariatric surgery

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Patients who were obese and underwent bariatric surgery saw a significant reduction in heart failure-related exacerbation events.

Increasing weight loss linked to mild cognitive impairment in older adults

Increasing weight loss linked to mild cognitive impairment in older adults

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People who lose greater amounts of weight per decade later in life have an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment.

Updated dietary guidelines focus on healthy eating patterns, disease prevention

Updated dietary guidelines focus on healthy eating patterns, disease prevention

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HHS and USDA have released the latest edition of dietary guidelines for Americans that focus on healthy eating patterns and preventing chronic diseases.

Gastric bypass surgery improves patient well-being, though symptom prevalence, hospitalization rate high afterward

Gastric bypass surgery improves patient well-being, though symptom prevalence, hospitalization rate high afterward

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About 90% of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience 1 or more related symptoms afterward.

Achieving sustained weight loss in an obese patient

Achieving sustained weight loss in an obese patient

After steadily gaining weight for 10 years, an obese patient seeks help in achieving sustained, long-term weight loss.

Low-fat diets do not increase long-term weight loss

Low-fat diets do not increase long-term weight loss

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Compared with other dietary interventions, low-fat diets are not more effective for long-term weight loss.

Patients may have increased suicide risk after bariatric surgery

Patients may have increased suicide risk after bariatric surgery

Changes in alcohol metabolism, substituting substances for food, and hormone changes may increase the risk for suicide after bariatric surgery.

Management of the healthy, post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patient

Management of the healthy, post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patient

A patient visits her primary care physician for a two-year follow-up after a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery to check for complications.

GLP-1 receptor agonist for chronic weight management

GLP-1 receptor agonist for chronic weight management

Saxenda is adjunct to reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management.

Clinicians' helpfulness can improve weight loss

Clinicians' helpfulness can improve weight loss

Obese patients who rated their clinicians as very helpful lost more weight than those who gave them low ratings.

More sleep can help your waistline

More sleep can help your waistline

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Encouraging patients to get more sleep each night may help them lose weight.

Cholinesterase inhibitors may lead to weight loss in elderly adults with dementia

Cholinesterase inhibitors may lead to weight loss in elderly adults with dementia

Older adults with dementia who took cholinesterase inhibitors had an increased risk of weight loss.

Liraglutide linked to significant body weight reduction

Liraglutide linked to significant body weight reduction

With lifestyle counseling, 3mg of liraglutide helped 63% of participants lose at least 5% body weight.

Psoriasis drug may also aid weight loss

Psoriasis drug may also aid weight loss

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Nearly 20% of patients lost more than 5% of their baseline weight by 52 weeks or less when assigned to receive apremilast.

Diet plan choice may limit weight loss effectiveness

Diet plan choice may limit weight loss effectiveness

Those who had a choice lost slightly less weight compared with patients who had no choice.

Increases in glycemic load tied to long-term weight gain

Increases in glycemic load tied to long-term weight gain

In general, adult patients gained more weight as the glycemic load in their diets rose.

Exercise with calorie reduction benefits glucoregulation

Exercise with calorie reduction benefits glucoregulation

Weight losses were similar in all groups, but insulin sensitivity index values increased two-fold more in the calorie reduction and exercise group.

Weight concerns may keep females from quitting smoking

Weight concerns may keep females from quitting smoking

Women who thought smoking does help control weight did not significantly increase their attempts to quit in response to a price increase.

Lifestyle interventions for diabetes yield modest weight loss results

Lifestyle interventions for diabetes yield modest weight loss results

From all 10 lifestyle intervention groups, the pooled within-group effect on weight (3,063 patients) was −5.33 kg.

At least 4% weight loss needed to cut diabetes risk

At least 4% weight loss needed to cut diabetes risk

Compared with the weight-gain group, the incidence of diabetes was significantly lower in the highest quartile weight-loss group.

Lorcaserin savings card now available for chronic weight management

Lorcaserin savings card now available for chronic weight management

Eisai has launched a new savings card for lorcaserin (Belviq) to increase the affordability and accessibility of the weight-loss drug.

Small steps provide big benefits for weight loss

Small steps provide big benefits for weight loss

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Smaller and more gradual changes in diet and physical activity can help patients lose weight and improve health.

Appetite-curbing implant earns FDA approval

Appetite-curbing implant earns FDA approval

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The Maestro Rechargeable System has been approved by the FDA to treat obese patients with at least one obesity-related condition.

Saxenda earns FDA approval for weight management

Saxenda earns FDA approval for weight management

The FDA has approved Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin]) injection for chronic weight management.

Diabetes rate drops with bariatric surgery


Diabetes rate drops with bariatric surgery


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The rate of diabetes decreased for up to seven years after bariatric surgery for obese patients.

No fad diet is better than another for long-term weight loss

No fad diet is better than another for long-term weight loss

When compared head-to-head the Atkins, Weight Watchers, and Zone diets all showed similar effects: they helped people lose an average of four to 10 pounds in a year.

Early safety test of lorcaserin, phentermine conducted

Early safety test of lorcaserin, phentermine conducted

A phase II study of the combination of lorcaserin and phentermine showed no increased serotonergic effects and increased weight loss.

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