Weight Management

Gut appeal: Healthy microbiome thanks to food processing waste

15 Feb 2019 --- New research from Maastricht University (UM) has uncovered a novel use for waste from the food processing industry: boosting the microbiome. Using the TNO in vitro model of the colon (TIM-2), research by Carlota Bussolo de Souza has shown that fermenting fiber from fruit and vegetable peel can help improve the gut flora of people with obesity.

“Ready for the keto comeback”: Abitec Corporation pegs keto-friendly ingredient range

15 Feb 2019 --- Nutritional and functional lipids manufacturer Abitec Corporation is “close to launching” an MCT powder on a fiber carrier that will be keto friendly and dairy free. This comes as there is huge market potential for its portfolio of keto-friendly ingredients, as the diet’s popularity continues to spike.

Weight loss surgery changes the way our bodies sense food, study finds

06 Feb 2019 --- The way that bariatric surgery helps people with obesity and diabetes is related to changes in the way the gut senses food and nutrients after the operation, University of Cambridge research has found. The study discovered that following surgery, altered patterns of digestion and absorption lower in the gut trigger production of higher levels of gut hormones, especially glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), which in turn causes higher insulin production. The researchers note that future medications for groups of people struggling with hypoglycemic episodes following weight loss surgery could be developed off of these findings. In the even further future, potential drugs that mimic the effects of bariatric surgery could be on the cards, but more research is warranted.

Obesity-related cancer rates among US young adults see steep rise, Lancet reports

04 Feb 2019 --- Incidence rates are increasing for 6 out of 12 obesity-related cancers among US young adults, with steeper increases seen in younger ages and successively younger generations. This is according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health. The study also looked at rates of 18 cancers unrelated to obesity and found increasing rates in only two. These findings present a potentially worrying future for the health of young adults in the US as they age, according to the researchers. Therefore, they are calling for policy implementation to help tackle the issue, with specific reference to obesity.

Heart disease is rampant in the US, yet most remain unaware of excess weight’s effect

01 Feb 2019 --- Heart health is undoubtedly a pressing issue globally, but this is perhaps especially the case in the US. A new American Heart Association (AHA) Heart and Stroke Statistics report has shown that 48 percent of Americans suffer from some type of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The AHA report’s release coincides with a new Cleveland Clinic survey that says that while 90 percent of Americans understand that regulating body weight is beneficial to heart health, they do nothing to actively tackle weight issues. The root of the issue, according to the survey, may also be that Americans do not know what to eat for better heart health.

Genes affect where our bodies store fat, Swedish study finds

21 Jan 2019 --- Whether your body stores fat around the trunk or in other bodily parts is highly influenced by genetic factors and this effect is more predominant in women than in men. This is according to a recent study from Uppsala University, published in Nature Communications, which measured how fat was distributed in nearly 360,000 voluntary participants.

Powered by plants and keto is king: Which diets will trend in 2019?

21 Jan 2019 --- One overarching theme in the industry this year will be a “holistic approach” to health and weight management. This could even incorporate sustainability and mental health concerns, according to dieticians. Under this holistic umbrella, the keto diet, gut-boosting foods, dairy alternatives and plant proteins are all set to shine in 2019, as highlighted in the annual Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietician “What's Trending in Nutrition” survey.

Holistic health? Plant-based among weight management ingredient drivers for 2019

14 Jan 2019 --- Weight management in 2019 will be shaped by the increasingly holistic interests of consumers, as their understanding of health shifts beyond shedding weight to include further markers of health, such as cognitive strength. Additional drivers will include ethical and sustainable concerns, paving the way for an increased number of botanical and plant-based ingredients.

“A way of life”: Keto among the “holistic” weight management strategies to dominate in 2019

14 Jan 2019 --- As a new year begins, shiny new year's resolutions lists crop up across the board. With the popular “new year, new me” mentality, many consumers vow to give their lifestyles a healthy rehash, both in terms of nutrition and dusting off gym passes to reinvigorating stale workout schedules. Dialogues around weight loss are undergoing constant evolution as trends come and go. Yet, after speaking to key suppliers and players in the weight management field, NutritionInsight learns how a holistic approach, as well as the trendy keto diet, will shape the market this year.

Tiny implantable device short-circuits hunger pangs, aids weight loss

20 Dec 2018 --- A new battery-free, easily implantable weight-loss device developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison could offer a promising future route for aiding weight-loss. Published in Nature Communications, laboratory testing results demonstrated that the devices helped rats shed almost 40 percent of their body weight. The devices could be used as reversible alternatives to the permanent gastric bypass procedure, for example, the researchers note.

Eisai enters deal with Eurofarma for its “holy grail” weight-loss agent for the Brazilian market

17 Dec 2018 --- Eisai has granted Brazilian pharmaceutical company Eurofarma the exclusive marketing and development rights for lorcaserin, an anti-obesity agent, in Brazil. Eisai reports the move will provide the means to leverage Eurofarma’s strong business foundation throughout Latin America to accelerate the delivery of lorcaserin to more patients.

Obesity-related cancer cases on the rise, study finds

14 Dec 2018 --- Excess body weight was responsible for roughly 4 percent of cancers worldwide in 2012, and that number is likely to rise, an American Cancer Society peer-reviewed study has found. The report says that calorific, nutrient-poor food and physically inactive lifestyles are driving up the percentage of overweight people worldwide and promoting noncommunicable diseases, including cancer. By contrast, smoking and infection-related cancers, on the other hand, have reached a plateau or decreased in prevalence.

Counting calories: UK restaurant meals often contain more calories than fast-food meals, study finds

13 Dec 2018 --- The average calorie content of a restaurant meal in the UK is 977 kcal, with meals offered by full-service restaurants delivering 268 kcal more than the average fast-food option, a University of Liverpool study has found. With 39 percent of UK adults eating out at least once a week – according to a UK Food Standards Agency 2016 report – the health focused spotlight on energy content may now require a shift from fast-food to sit-down restaurants chains.

Big data in healthcare: New tool can extend prediction time for diabetic remission after bariatric surgery

11 Dec 2018 --- The standard bariatric surgery clinical scoring system (DiaRem) has been updated by researchers so that it can extend the prediction time for diabetic remission following surgery from one to five years. Led by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of Negev in Israel, the process is an example of how big data can be used for healthcare.

Study identifies blood protein molecule that may hold obesity-battling potential

29 Nov 2018 --- A new study published in Nature Communications suggests that a protein molecule found in blood, BMP8b, can help treat obesity. Increased levels of BMP8b may promote the functions of “brown” fat which is the kind of fat the body burns for energy. The study was carried out in mice but researchers are hopeful it could be applied in humans too, perhaps with a drug that increases the levels of BMP8b, in turn, treating obesity more effectively.

Personalized keto: “Smart” keto breathalyzer company secures US$2.5m in seed round funding

29 Nov 2018 --- Keyto, a health and wellness company researching the science behind the ketogenic diet, has closed a US$2.5 million seed round. The funding will allow the company to expand the research and development of its proprietary gas nanosensor which detects users ketosis state, as well increase its manufacturing capabilities.

Gluten-free diet health benefits actually down to change in dietary fiber sources, study finds

19 Nov 2018 --- Following a gluten-free diet can lead to a reduction of intestinal discomfort, such as bloating, but this may be due to a change in dietary fiber composition, suggest Danish researchers. The University of Copenhagen study notes that the healthy, gluten-free diets in their study required a shift of fiber sources from wheat and rye to vegetables, brown rice, corn, oat and quinoa, and that certain health improvements were down to these sources – not the absence of gluten.

Metabolic surgery: Transformational or quick-fix?

19 Nov 2018 --- More than one-third of US adults are obese and some of the lead causes of non-communicable disease’ deaths – such as stroke, diabetes and cancers – are obesity-related. Although a healthy diet and lifestyle are key to healthy weight management, more drastic measures, such as bariatric surgery, are becoming more commonplace as obesity levels rise. NutritionInsight takes a look into the discussion around bariatric surgery, following research presented during last week’s Obesity Week event based in Tennessee, US.

Burn more calories with a low-carb diet, study suggests

19 Nov 2018 --- A new trial from Boston Children’s Hospital has linked low-carb diets to burning more calories and, subsequently, to successful and long-lasting weight loss. Significantly, the findings show that dietary composition may affect energy expenditure independently of body weight.

Go nuts: Nuts linked to weight control

06 Nov 2018 --- One serving of nuts a day may help keep weight gain at bay, according to two different studies commissioned by the American Heart Association. One study focuses on Brazil nuts and how they improve satiety and prevent insulin levels from spiking. The other deals with the consumption of nuts and peanuts and how they may help manage weight gain in both men and women.

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