Do You Consider Medications to Treat Obesity?

Robert F. Kushner, MD Do you consider using medications when treating patients for obesity? If you answered no, it’s time to make a change in your practice. Our current understanding of obesity as a chronic, progressive, and relapsing disease, just like type 2 diabetes, is useful in making the mindset shift toward a medical treatment … Read more

How Diet Alone Can Achieve Remission in Diabetes

Cate Collings, MD Every year, roughly 1.4 million US adults are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But when doctors discuss treatment options with newly diagnosed patients, they often fail to include an intensive whole-food and predominately plant-based dietary intervention as a potential strategy to achieve remission without medications or procedures. That’s a shame because remission … Read more

New Incretin Co-agonists Could Change Obesity Therapy

Pharmacotherapy against obesity has a poor image in Germany. “Even truly effective medications, such as GLP-1 receptor agonist liraglutide, are only taken by a few thousand people,” reported Matthias Blüher, MD, member of the board of the German Obesity Society, at the Diabetes Congress in Berlin. Potent GLP-1 receptor agonists, as well as dual and … Read more

Informal Human-Milk Donation: How to Counsel Patients

Alexa Mieses Malchuk, MD, MPH I have become obsessed with the reality that the national family shortage of formula is keeping some from adequately feeding their infants and young children. I am deeply concerned, both as a family medicine physician and a new mother, about the heartbreaking stories that I’ve heard from parents of all … Read more

Obesity Surgery Technique Uses Magnets in the Duodenum

BRUSSELS — In the face of ever-increasing demand, surgical techniques resulting in significant weight loss are on the rise. It is simpler and less invasive to perform anastomosis by compression with two magnets, said Guy-Bernard Cadière, MD, professor of surgery at the Free University of Brussels, senior consultant in the Digestive Surgery Department at Saint-Pierre … Read more

Environmental Health Is Going to Get Very Personal

Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD Earth Day 2022 has come — and gone. Gone, because the day has passed, and for many, so has the message. Earth Day is a call to action not just for a day but for a lifetime. If you reflect on the aw global events that we’ve witnessed in recent … Read more

Gestational diabetes mellitus in overweight and obese pregnant women may increase COVID-19 incision

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecologyresearchers reported that gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and obesity were associated with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Study: Gestational diabetes mellitus and COVID-19: results from the CRONOS study. Image Credit: Svetolk/Shutterstock Background Pregnancy has been considered a risk factor for a severe course … Read more

Obesity in Type 1 Diabetes: A Two-Way Road Filled With Potholes

Obesity in people with type 1 diabetes hasn’t been a focus of research or clinical management in the past, but experts in the United States and Europe now recognize it as a unique problem and are beginning to take a closer look at options for prevention and management. Bart Van der Schueren, MD, PhD, of … Read more

Vitamin D Shows Pancreatic Dysfunction Link in T2D With Obesity

researchers published the covered study in this summary on researchsquare.com as a preprint that has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D), also known as vitamin D3 and the major circulating form of vitamin D, inversely associated with levels of glucagon (secreted by pancreatic islet α-cells) and connecting peptide (C-peptide; … Read more

It’s Time to Shame the Fat Shamers

Yoni Freedhoff, MD Fat shaming doesn’t work. If it did, obesity as we know it wouldn’t exist because if the one thing society ensures isn’t lacking for people with obesity, it’s shame. We know that fat shaming doesn’t lead to weight loss and that it’s actually correlated with weight gain: More shame leads to more … Read more