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Lipids & Metabolic


Soda taxes have recently been implemented by several U.S. cities as a way to generate revenue while curbing sugary beverage consumption, a driver of the nation’s obesity epidemic. But it turns out Americans were already reaching for a bottle of ‘pop’ less often.

'Tis the season for sampling pumpkin pies and gorging on turkey leftovers, but diners might want to slow down this holiday season if they want to stay healthy, Japanese researchers reported at this year's American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, California. 

The more traumatic events a woman experiences during her lifetime, the more likely she is to become obese, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions this week.

People with high triglycerides, even in the presence of controlled low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), remain at increased risk for major adverse cardiac events (MACE) and incur higher healthcare costs, according to a retrospective data analysis presented Nov. 12 at the American Heart Association scientific sessions in Anaheim, California.

Lifestyle modification (LSM) and medication can prevent people at risk of diabetes from developing the condition in the short term, but only LSM is associated with a sustained risk reduction, according to a meta-analysis published Nov. 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Recent Headlines

CVD could be a result of bacterial—not dietary—fats

The longstanding belief that heart disease is caused by lipids ingested through high-cholesterol, fatty foods is being challenged by research out of the University of Connecticut that’s suggesting bacterial fats, not dietary ones, are responsible for cardiovascular complications.

Bariatric surgery safe, effective in older patients

Bariatric surgery can be safely performed in patients 60 and older while producing similar results to those seen in younger adults, according to findings presented Nov. 2 at ObesityWeek 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Older women benefit from strength training, regardless of aerobic routine

Women in their 60s could see significant cardiac benefits from ditching their aerobic routine for strength training, according to new research.

Cholesterol levels continue encouraging trend in US; disparities remain among subgroups

Americans are holding steady with their cholesterol levels, continuing a trend of improvement observed over the last 17 years, according to data released Oct. 26 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Acculturation linked to more cardiovascular risk factors among Chinese immigrants

Chinese immigrants living in Australia show more cardiovascular risk factors the earlier they move and the longer they stay, according to a study in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology.

Children at risk for type 1 diabetes could benefit from vitamin D

Children at an increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes could benefit from higher vitamin D intake in their early developmental years, research published in Diabetes this month reports.

Intermittent fasting shows promise as therapy for diabetes, metabolic diseases

Intermittent fasting could not only lower body weight and convert unhealthy fats into energy-burning ones, it could also be preventative for patients struggling with diabetes or metabolic disorders, a new study published in Cell Research reports.

Pregnant women who struggle to get enough sleep more prone to gestational diabetes

Pregnant women who struggle to get seven or more hours of sleep per night could be more prone to gestational diabetes and are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes post-birth, a new study published in Sleep Medicine Reviews reports.

Diabetic patients could benefit from cardiac rehab—but doctors aren't referring them

Diabetic patients who have undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) could see a significant reduction in risk of mortality if they participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs, Randal J. Thomas, MD, and colleagues wrote in a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cholesterol byproduct encourages spread of breast cancer, metastasis

A diet high in cholesterol could be increasing the risk of metastasis in breast cancer patients, researchers at the University of Illinois recently reported in the journal Nature Communications.