Severely obese are fastest growing overweight Americans

Severely obese are fastest growing overweight Americans

The proportion of Americans who are severely obese — those people 100 pounds or more overweight — continues to increase rapidly and much faster than those with moderate obesity, but the rate of growth has slowed, according to a new RAND Corporation study. The RAND study found that from 2000 to 2010, the proportion of

Obesity induced insulin sensitivity can be improved

Obesity induced insulin sensitivity can be improved

In recent years, a growing body of evidence has linked inflammation to the development of insulin resistance.

In insulin resistance, the hormone insulin is less effective in promoting glucose uptake from the bloodstream into other tissues.

Obesity is a major factor that contributes to insulin resistance, which can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.

Gene in fat cells protects from type 2 diabetes

Gene in fat cells protects from type 2 diabetes

In a finding that may challenge popular notions of body fat and health, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have shown how fat cells can protect the body against diabetes.

The results may lead to a new therapeutic strategy for preventing and treating type 2 diabetes and obesity-related metabolic diseases, the authors say.