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LSG improves symptoms in patients with depression

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is an effective surgery for weight loss as the main goal even among patients who suffers from depression, according the researchers from Assuta Medical Center, Tel-Aviv, in Israel. They reported that LSG was associated with improvements in family relationships, self-esteem and produces a high index of satisfaction, mainly due to weight loss.

Excess body fat increases the risk of depression

Carrying ten kilograms of excess body fat increases the risk of depression by seventeen per cent and the more fat, the greater the probability of developing depression, these are the conclusion from a new study by researchers from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

Dietary fats, the brain and the link between obesity and depression

Obesity and depression have long been linked, with previous clinical studies finding an association between these two conditions. However, until now, the mechanisms of how obesity affects depression and vice versa have not been fully understood. A study led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the Gladstone Institutes, has demonstrated the links between the consumption of diets high in saturated fats that lead to obesity and the development of depression phenotypes.

Obesity as an independent risk factor for anxiety and depression

Obesity is linked with an increased risk of developing anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, independent of traditional risk factors such as parental psychiatric illness and socioeconomic status, according to new research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, UK.

Integrated therapy treating obesity and depression is effective

An intervention combining behavioural weight loss treatment and problem-solving therapy with as-needed antidepressant medication for participants with co-occurring obesity and depression improved weight loss and depressive symptoms compared with routine physician care, according to researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Overweight can cause depression without health complications

A largescale genomic analysis has found the strongest evidence yet that being overweight causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems. The research, jointly led by the University of Exeter and the University of South Australia, suggests that it is the psychological impact of being overweight that causes depression, rather than associated illnesses. This furthers understanding of the complex relationship between obesity and depression.

Patients report improvements in anxiety and depression after SG

A majority of patients who had a sleeve gastrectomy (SG) reported an improvement in anxiety and depression, according to a study by researchers from the University at Buffalo. The investigators noted that anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication regimens were altered in approximately one-third of cases and were primarily dose decrease or discontinuation, and where symptoms improved the medications were decreased or discontinued in over 90%.

Tailoring behavioural therapy for depression and obesity

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in collaboration with their colleagues at Stanford University and the University of Washington, will look at how an integrated behavioural therapy aimed at helping people with co-occurring obesity and depression can be adapted for individuals based on how their brain function changes in response to the intervention. They will study whether changes in brain function predict the effect of the intervention on health behaviours, as well as weight and depression outcomes.

Gut microbes could contribute to depression and anxiety

Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have reported gut microbiome are potential contributors to depression and anxiety. By studying mice that become obese when put on a high-fat diet, the Joslin scientists found that mice on a high-fat diet showed significantly more signs of anxiety, depression and obsessive behaviour than animals on standard diets.

Insomnia, depression and eating behaviour in bariatric candidates

Insomnia and depression in patients with obesity are associated with eating habits and - in some patients - these associations are major factors affecting obesity development, according to researchers from Poland. The study examined the relationship between insomnia, depressive symptoms and eating habits, as well as metabolic parameters in bariatric surgery candidates.

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