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New US diabetes cases fall as obesity rises

The number of new diabetes cases among US adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, according to research led by Dr Stephen Benoit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new federal data revealed the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009, a decline that has been going on for close to a decade. However, health officials are not celebrating.

Type 2 diabetes Revita System study launches in US

A same-day procedural therapy to improve glucose control for Type 2 diabetes patients will be investigated in a pilot study at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Drs Absalon D Gutierrez and Nirav C Thosani are among the first physician-researchers in the country to assess the safety and effectiveness of The Revita System, designed to help improve blood sugar levels without the need for additional medications.

Only 12 percent of American adults are metabolically healthy

The prevalence of metabolic health in American adults is 'alarmingly low,' even among people who are normal weight, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Only one in eight Americans is achieving optimal metabolic health, which carries serious implications for public health since poor metabolic health leaves people more vulnerable to developing Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other serious health issues.

US adult obesity coverage increases but gaps still remain

Coverage for adult obesity care improved substantially in Medicaid and state employee insurance programs since 2009, according to researchers from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC. However, recommended treatment modalities are still not covered in many states.

Latino men in the US more susceptible to obesity

Moving to the US could be taking a toll on the health of Latino men as a new study from Florida State University reported Latino men who are born or live in the US for more than five years are more susceptible to obesity.  The study, led by Professor Amy Ai, found US born Latino men were more than twice as likely to be obese than those born outside the US and that could be a problem for the nation's workforce.

Adult obesity rates reach 35 percent in seven US states

Seven US states had adult obesity rates at or above 35 percent in 2017, up from five states in 2016, and no state had a statistically significant improvement in its obesity rate over the past year, according to new national data reported in the 15th annual State of Obesity Report, 'Better Policies for a Healthier America', released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF);

US economic burden of fatty liver disease is $32 billion annually

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) costs the US healthcare system US$32 billion annually, according to a first-of-its-kind study by Intermountain Healthcare researchers on the economic impact of the disease. The prevalence of NAFLD, which affects roughly 100 million Americans, mirrors the rising trend of obesity in the US. Globally, one in four people are living with the disease, which is the result of a buildup of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol and is the most common form of chronic liver disease.

Apollo gains special 510(k) clearance for OverStitch Sx System

Apollo Endosurgery has received Special 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the OverStitch Sx Endoscopic Suturing System. The OverStitch Sx System is a full-thickness flexible endoscopic suturing system, received initial 510(k) clearance in November 2017. The Special 510(k) addressed an accessory to the system that is intended to ease the attachment of the device to compatible endoscopes (single-channel endoscopes with diameters ranging from 8.8mm to 9.8mm). The Special 510(k) clearance is the last regulatory requirement needed prior to the system’s introduction into the US market.

US diabetes diagnoses to triple and prevalence to double by 2060

The number of US adults with diagnosed diabetes is projected to nearly triple and the percent prevalence double - by 2060 – according to a study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and Merck Research Laboratories. They reported that the projected number and percent of adults with diagnosed diabetes would increase from 22.3 million (9.1%) in 2014 to 39.7 million (13.9%) in 2030, and to 60.6 million (17.9%) in 2060.

Obesity rates for US adults continues to climb

Obesity rates have continued to climb significantly among American adults, but the same is not the case for children, according to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that obesity among adults increased to about 40 percent in 2015-2016, up from 34 percent in 2007-2008. That means two of every five adults now struggle with obesity. Meanwhile, about 18.5 percent of kids were obese in 2015-2016, compared with 17 percent in 2007-2008.

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