Abdominal fat, insulin resistance raise diabetes risk in obese

Data on more than 700 obese participants showed those who had excess belly fat and insulin resistance faced a greater risk of type 2 diabetes than those without the conditions. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that evaluating fat distribution and insulin resistance may help identify patients with a higher risk of diabetes, researchers said. HealthDay News (9/18)

Beans might curb risk of metabolic syndrome in obese people

Consuming a large amount of dried beans, peas and lentils might stave off metabolic syndrome, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Data on overweight and obese participants show that those who underwent a dried-bean diet attained reduction in markers of metabolic syndrome similar to that of those who underwent a low-calorie diet. FoodConsumer.org (9/9)

Overweight, obese youths face greater risk for gallstones

Data from health records of more than 510,000 10- to 19-year-olds revealed that those who were overweight or obese had a significantly greater risk for developing gallstones than their normal-weight peers. The association between obesity and gallstones was more pronounced among girls than boys, researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. HealthDay News (8/25), WebMD (8/24)

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