2015 Press Releases

  • Sex Reassignment Surgery May Be Better for Transgender Women’s Health than Hormones Only

    Released November 18, 2015 - Transgender women may be at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes compared with men and women in the general population. New research finds that transgender women who received only hormone therapy had poorer metabolic health than transgender women who underwent sex reassignment surgery in addition to receiving hormone therapy, suggesting that sex reassignment surgery may be metabolically protective.
  • Is Testosterone Therapy Safe?

    Released November 18, 2015 - The increasing use of testosterone replacement therapy to treat reduced testosterone level in older men has been accompanied by growing concerns over its long-term safety. Two studies examining the health risks of receiving testosterone will be presented at Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Physiology and Gender conference, supporting opposite conclusions regarding risks.
  • Genes May Determine the Side Effects of Menopausal Hormone Therapy, Study Suggests

    Released November 10, 2015 - Cardiovascular disease risk in women increases after menopause and is associated with the drop in estrogen levels. Menopausal hormone therapy could slow the progression, but oral formulations also increase the risk of blood clots. A new study reports that whether a woman will obtain cardiovascular benefits from certain types of hormone therapy may depend on her genes.
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery Improves Blood Sugar Handling and Insulin Sensitivity, Study Finds

    Released October 5, 2015 - Gastric bypass surgery can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes along with weight loss. A new study examines why, finding that insulin sensitivity of the body's main glucose (sugar) storage sites improve after gastric bypass surgery.
  • Lung Disease May Increase Risk of Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Mouse Study Suggests

    Released September 30, 2015 - Numerous studies have identified obesity and poor diet as risk factors for insulin resistance and diabetes. Now, a new study adds another risk factor to the list: inflammatory lung disease. The article is published ahead-of-print in the AJP - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
  • This Week’s Articles in PresS Highlights

    Released July 23, 2015 - How the components of the Mediterranean lifestyle—with the exception of wine—work to combat cardiovascular disease risk and how drinking more beet juice can improve exercise performance and lengthen workouts are featured this week.
  • July APSselect Research Highlights

    Released July 1, 2015 - Brown adipose transplantation reverses type 1 diabetes in mice; heme oxygenase system as a potential therapeutic strategy for cardiovascular diseases; benefits of caloric restriction for muscle metabolism and mass during middle age; muscle signature of a champion sprinter are among this month’s selected articles.
  • Why the Bloating During Menopause? Blame the Hormones or the Lack of Them

    Released June 22, 2015 - Many women experience water retention and bloating when their hormone levels change, but how sex hormones affect water balance is not understood. A new study offers an explanation, finding that sex hormones can directly control how the body reabsorbs water.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Diabetes: Researchers Find Out Why the Two Are Linked

    Released June 4, 2015 - Nearly 50 percent of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) develop pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes before the age of 40, but the reasons for the correlation was unclear. In a new study in the American Journal of Physiology–Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers report that inflammation is the cause for the increased diabetes risk in women with PCOS.
  • Fish Oil May Help with Diabetic Neuropathy

    Released May 6, 2015 - New study reports that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can slow or reverse nerve damage from diabetes.
  • Strength vs. Endurance: Does Exercise Type Matter in the Fight Against Obesity?

    Released April 23, 2015 - Researchers look at which form of exercise—strength, endurance or a combination of both—work best in tandem with diet to reduce weight and change body composition among obese study participants. Results are published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
  • Caloric Restriction: A Fountain of Youth for Aging Muscles?

    Released April 22, 2015 - Caloric restriction has been studied as a way to increase longevity in animals. Now, researchers explore how it may positively affect muscle and find that aging muscles receive the most benefit.
  • More Reasons Why Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Is Important

    Released March 30, 2015 - Losing several hours of sleep can slow the body’s metabolism, but what about losing only a few hours? A new study finds that metabolic effects are seen even when sleep is shortened by two hours. Research will be presented at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston on Monday, March 30.
  • Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy Is Not Good for Mother or Baby

    Released March 30, 2015 - Having sleep apnea while pregnant could make the baby more prone to metabolic disease as an adult. Research will be presented at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston on Monday, March 30.