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Vegetarian Diets Lower Risk for Diabetes

Vegetarian diets lower risk for diabetes, according to a meta-analysis published in Nutrients.

Obesity Pandemic Continues

Obesity rates continue to rise throughout the world and have more than doubled in 70 countries, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

High-Fiber Diet Lowers Risk for Arthritis

A fiber-rich diet lowers the risk for knee osteoarthritis, according to findings published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Avoiding Red and Processed Meat Beneficial Even After Colon Cancer Diagnosis

People with stage III colon cancer have better outcomes when they avoid certain meat products, consume more plants, and have a healthy body weight, according to a new study from the University of California San Francisco.

Modest Excess Weight May Lead to Premature Death

People with a history of being overweight (BMI = 25.0 to 29.9 kg/m2) have a 6 percent increased risk of premature death, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Obesity Increases Risk for Heart Disease

Obesity contributes to heart disease and diabetes risks despite recent claims of “metabolically healthy obese” classifications, according to a study published in The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Obesity During Early Adulthood Increases Risk for Esophageal Cancer

Being overweight or obese as a young adult increases your risk for esophageal cancer, according to a review published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Obesity Linked to 11 Forms of Cancer

Obesity increases the risk of developing or dying from several forms of cancer, according to a literature review published in BMJ.

Liver Cancer Risk Increases with Other Conditions

Overweight and diabetes may increase the risk for liver cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Research.

Increased Weight Associated with Higher Risk for Death

As body weight increases so does the risk of dying, according to a review published in The BMJ.

High Body Fat More Important than BMI for Mortality Risk

Body fat percentage influences mortality more than BMI, according to a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Obesity Linked to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Being overweight or obese increases the risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in adolescents, according to a study published online in Cancer.

Childhood Obesity Leads to Hypertension

Childhood obesity may lead to hypertension later in life, according to a study published online in Pediatrics.

Fish Intake During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Childhood Obesity

High intakes of fish during pregnancy increase the risk for overweight and obesity in offspring, according to a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

Three-Year-Old Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

A 3-year-old girl was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in what is believed to be one of the youngest cases of the disease ever documented, as presented in a case study at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm, Sweden.

Plant-Based Diets Best for Breast Cancer Survival

A plant-based diet may prove best following the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, according to a review published in The Permanente Journal. Researchers investigated long-term lifestyle choices and their impact on health risk factors such as heart disease, bone health, and obesity that influence overall survival.

Overweight and Obesity Rates Increase in U.S.

Prevalence rates for obesity are on the rise in the United States, according to a letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed weight status in the United States using the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Obesity Increases Prostate Cancer Risk

Obesity may increase risk for prostate cancer, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology. Researchers monitored cancer incidence rates from 3,398 African-American men and 22,673 non-Hispanic white men as part of the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) for almost six years.

Vegetarian Diet Protects Against Colorectal Cancer

A vegetarian diet may reduce your risk for colorectal cancer, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers assessed the diets of 77,659 participants in the Adventist Health Study 2 for about seven years and tracked incidence of colorectal cancers. Participants followed five dietary patterns including vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, pescovegetarian, semivegetarian, and nonvegetarian.

Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Along with physical and mental exercise, diet may play a key role in the prevention of dementia, according to a study published in The Lancet.

Childhood Obesity Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Heart disease in adults begins in childhood, according to an article published in this month's issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Weight Associated with Cancer Risk

Increased body weight boosts one's risk for developing several types of cancer, according to a new study published in the Lancet.

Weight Determines Kidney Function

Heavier people have worse kidney health, compared with people of normal weight, according to a new study published by the National Kidney Foundation.

Vegan Diets Associated with Lower Weights

People who follow vegan diets weigh less and consume more protective nutrients such as beta carotene and fiber, according to a study published in next month's issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Yes, Cutting Fatty Foods Really Does Help You Lose Weight

Diets lower in total fat led to lower total body weights, compared with diets higher in fat, according to a new review published in the British Medical Journal.

Vegetarians Live Longer

Vegetarian diets can extend life expectancy, according to early findings from the Adventist Health Study-2.

Body Fat Increases Risk of Death

Overweight adults are more likely to die at any given point in time, compared with their normal-weight friends, according to a new study that looked at 1.46 million white adults in the National Cancer Institute Cohort Consortium studies.

Overweight and Obese Teens More Likely to Die of Chronic Disease

A study in today's American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who were obese or overweight in adolescence were three to four times as likely to have died of heart disease by middle age as compared with their thinner peers.

New Study Links Cancer to Body Weight

A new study published in the British Medical Journal links cancer to body weight.

Fit or Not-Being Fat Is Riskiest for Your Heart

Excess body fat is more dangerous for your heart than being sedentary.

Dairy Products and Overweight

A new study from Purdue University counters the notion that dairy products encourage weight loss, an idea touted in dairy industry advertisements.