DHEA May Assist in Weight Loss

The consumption of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) supplements may assist in weight loss and help treat obesity. The majority of the clinical trials that have examined the effect of DHEA on weight loss agree that it can be used for such purposes. DHEA is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands from cholesterol. Levels of DHEA in the body are naturally reduced with age, peaking in the 20s and steadily declining shortly after. Several animal studies have found that high DHEA levels protected against obesity. A Temple University Medical School study reported that DHEA treatment can help a person with their weight loss by blocking an enzyme that … Continue reading

Research finds less is more when exercising to lose weight

Less exercise means more weight loss? Yes, recent research suggests the seemingly lazy approach could actually help people shed more pounds than a routine of rigorous workouts. Many physical therapist Minnesota experts often cringe as they watch clients start working out in hopes of shedding pounds and see them abandon the regime in complete disappointment. Now there is encouraging news about physical activity and weight loss in a new study by researchers at the University of Copenhagen. Researchers found that shorter, less intense workouts were more successful for weight loss because the people would eat less food afterwards to make … Continue reading

Obesity linked to reduced IVF success

Obese women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) are significantly more likely to contain structural chromosomal abnormalities in their eggs than those belonging to women with a healthy weight. Being obese is known to affect IVF conception, pregnancy, and birth. The results from a recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction could explain why these women have a much lower IVF success rate than women who are of a healthy weight. A critical part of an egg’s structural formation is the meiotic spindle, which is involved in the organization of the chromosome pairs. The spindle acts so that a proper division of the pairs can occur … Continue reading

Study: Severely obese adults are fastest growing group of overweight Americans

Gluttony on steroids. Consumerism without limits. Food fetishism. Call it what you will, but more and more Americans are getting bigger than ever, according to a news RAND Corporation study. Researchers found the proportion of Americans who are severely obese – 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 a RAND press release. The study found that from 2000 to 2010, the proportion of Americans who were severely obese rose from 3.9 percent of the population to 6.6 percent — an … Continue reading

Gamma knife surgery a potential treatment in acromegaly

Measuring 7 feet and weighing 400 pounds, Tanya Angus – a mere 8 inches shorter than the world’s tallest woman – has finally stopped growing and gaining weight. For over a decade she has been fighting against her diagnosis of acromegaly. Acromegaly is a rare disorder in which the level of growth hormone in the body is too high. It is normally caused by a non-cancerous tumor that grows on the pituitary gland causing an overproduction growth hormone. This results in oversized organs, bone deformities, and other secondary associated disorders that can lead to serious damage to vital organs. A … Continue reading