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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

Oral treatment enough to lower cholesterol in most patients

Nearly nine in 10 patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) could improve their cholesterol levels with oral-only treatment, according to a new study.

Race, prehypertension among midlife risk factors for dementia

Potentially modifiable midlife vascular risk factors could be associated with dementia later in life, according to a study.

AAP advises pediatricians to examine cardiometabolic risk factors when treating child obesity

In an effort to address the growing number of overweight and obese children in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP) is now recommending that pediatricians turn their attention to cardiometabolic risk factors associated with the condition.

CDC: 30M in US have diabetes; new diagnoses fewer than 2008 high

The diabetes epidemic continues to spread across the United States—but not as quickly as it once had, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report.

'Aged fat'—combo of age, obesity—may damage blood vessels, hasten heart failure

Researchers have identified an enzyme that may explain why age and obesity can combine to restrict blood flow through blood vessels and increase risks of heart failure.

Extra weight may improve survival after stroke in ‘obesity paradox’

Obese individuals face higher risks for stroke. But new research appears to show those with extra weight see better outcomes after suffering such an incident when compared to those in the normal range for bodyweight.

Healthy lifestyle reduces hypertension in black Americans

New research suggests that small health improvements, like not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, are associated with a lower risk of hypertension among black patients, compared to those that don't practice a healthy lifestyle.

Combining smaller doses of hypertension meds could be more effective than the standard

Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, announced new findings that suggest smaller doses of a few blood pressure medications could be just as effective as standard doses of just one.