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Health is primary motivation for weight loss

A report by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has found that more people are more motivated by improving their health than their appearance, when it comes to weight loss, with two out of three people motivated to start a diet because of 'health concerns.' The survey of more than 3000 CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD) online members also found around half of people who lost weight through the scientifically developed diet reported improvements in chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

Weight loss is achievable regardless of psychiatric medication use

Individuals who take anti-depressants and/or anti-psychotics and participate in a weight management programme can lose weight whether or not they take psychiatric medications, according to a study by Canadian researchers. The investigation is the first to examine weight loss outcomes in individuals taking anti-depressants or anti-psychotics alone, in combination or not at all.

Pre-arthroplasty weight loss in patients with morbid obesity

Losing weight before knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) leads to fewer hospital days and other outcome improvements, according to a study by researchers from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, NH, that sought to determine how much weight reduction was necessary to improve operative time, length of stay, discharge to a facility and physical function improvement.

Low-carb diet reverses MetS independent of weight loss

Researchers at The Ohio State University have found that more than half of study participants no longer met the criteria for metabolic syndrome (MetS) immediately following a four-week low-carb diet, despite not losing any weight.

Metformin may help patients maintain weight loss long-term

In the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial and its long-term follow-up study, among the persons who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight during the first year, long-term maintenance of weight loss was more likely if they had been assigned to treatment with metformin than with placebo or lifestyle intervention. Being older and losing a greater amount of weight in the first year were the most consistent predictors of lasting weight loss.

Gelesis data shows hydrogel restores gut barrier function

Gelesis has announced clinical data from its pivotal Gelesis Loss of Weight (GLOW) study suggesting that elevated fasting plasma glucose could be a useful and unique predictor to identify individuals who have higher adjusted odds to achieve significant weight loss with Gelesis100.

Bariatric embolization shows promise as a treatment for obesity

Although bariatric embolization is unlikely to promote weight loss as effectively as bariatric surgery, it is at least as effective as some pharmacotherapies (ie, liraglutide, orlistat, lorcaserin), which induce mean weight loss of 2%–9% (28), according to researchers from the Bariatric Embolization of Arteries for the Treatment of Obesity (BEAT Obesity) trial, who assessed the procedure's effects on 20 severely obese participants over the course of one year.

Exercise is more critical than diet to maintain weight loss

A study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has revealed physical activity does more to maintain substantial weight loss than diet. The findings reveal that successful weight-loss maintainers rely on physical activity to remain in energy balance (rather than chronic restriction of dietary intake) to avoid weight regain.

Testosterone can help men with hypogonadism lose weight

Long-term testosterone therapy can help men with hypogonadism lose weight and maintain their weight loss, according to researchers from Germany and the US, who reported ten-year results of an ongoing study presented at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Patients with obesity can decrease frequency of migraines by losing weight

For migraine sufferers with obesity, losing weight can decrease headaches and improve quality of life, according to researchers from Italy and the United States. The results of their meta-analysis, ‘SAT-108. Effects of Bariatric and Non-Bariatric Weight Loss on Migraine Headache in Obesity. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’, were presented at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.

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