Type 2 diabetes is a condition that develops in the course of a lifetime, usually a result of a bad diet and obesity. But now scientists are investigating the possibility that a predisposition for the disease can be inherited.
The number of people who urgently need to lose weight has shot up over the past 35 years. Almost a third of people worldwide are now overweight or even obese, an international research team says.
Malawi faces a hunger crisis triggered by drought and poor harvests. Yet the country also has a small but growing problem with obesity. One hospital sees more that 50 hypertension or diabetes patients a day.
Many people believe that synthetic sweeteners will help them lose weight. But it turns out that one common substitute for sugar actually blocks the function of an enzyme that is essential for preventing obesity.
Many of us make New Year's resolutions to get into better shape, maybe by joining a gym or starting running. All too often, we don't last the distance, and a mouse study might yield clues as to why.
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