2008 Press Releases


  • Fructose Sets Table For Weight Gain Without Warning

    Released October 16, 2008 - Eating too much fructose can induce leptin resistance, a condition that can easily lead to becoming overweight when combined with a high-fat, high-calorie diet, according to a new study with rats. Although previous studies have shown that being leptin resistant can lead to rapid weight gain on a high-fat, high-calorie diet, this is the first study to show that leptin resistance can develop as a result of high fructose consumption. The study also showed for the first time that leptin resistance can develop silently, that is, with little indication that it is happening.
  • For Overweight Patients With Insulin Sensitivity, Even One Session Of Exercise Can Improve Metabolic Health

    Released September 25, 2008 - One out of every three Americans is obese. These individuals are at greater risk for additional diseases, since obesity leads to other health problems, such as diabetes. A team of researchers has examined the effect of exercise on fat accumulation in a new study involving five obese women. In one session the women overate and did not exercise; in a follow-on session they overate and did exercise. The findings indicate that even one bout of exercise helps to reduce the fat by-products inside the muscle, which affects the insulin sensitivity.
  • Lifestyle Can Alter Gene Activity, Lead to Insulin Resistance

    Released June 18, 2008 - A Finnish study of identical twins has found that physical inactivity and acquired obesity can impair expression of the genes which help the cells produce energy. The findings suggest that lifestyle, more than heredity, contributes to insulin resistance in people who are obese.
  • Where College Students Live Can Impact Their Weight, Eating And Exercise Habits

    Released April 7, 2008 - A new study of female freshman dorm residents adds a new perspective to the “Freshman 15”, finding that those who avail themselves of school housing consume significantly higher numbers of calories and more sugar and — unlike their off-campus counterparts — engage in higher levels of calorie-curbing physical activity.
  • A Human Hormone Blocker is Found to Help Prevent Obesity & Diabetes During Animal Testing

    Released January 3, 2008 - A new study finds that a chemical found in the body is capable of promoting weight loss, improving insulin resistance and reversing diabetes in an animal model. The hormone is gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) receptor blockade.
  • Mom’s Obesity During Conception May Set the Stage for Offspring’s Obesity

    Released January 3, 2008- Investigators at the USDA-Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center studied whether fetal exposure to gestational obesity leads to a self-reinforcing vicious cycle of excessive weight gain and body fat which passes from mother to child. The results of the new study suggest they do.