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Predict your weight in 25 years

You know human beings are optimists because we always picture ourselves lighter.  “This year I’m going to lose five kilograms …” Don’t worry – you’ll likely grow into them.  Photo: Keith Tsuji The sad reality, of course, is that the majority of us grow out, not up.  Looking at ABS data shows the way Australia’s weight increases with age. The Australian median weight for men peaks a bit shy of 90 kilograms in the late 50s. For women, it’s a couple of years earlier, in the mid-50s, at around 73 kilograms. It sounds twee…

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What blood sugar spikes might mean for your weight

Knowing how your blood sugar responds to certain foods could be a key to weight loss, according to the researchers behind a new diet book. Drs. Eran Segal and Eran Elinav of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science tested blood sugar levels in 1,000 people after every meal for one week. They found that foods that created a healthy response in some participants produced an unhealthy blood sugar spike in other participants. The key to weight loss, according to Segal and Elinav, is watching how your blood sugar reacts to different…

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Are surgery weight restrictions on the rise?

Most overweight patients in England face being denied surgery, even when this goes against national guidelines on clinical best practice. The Reality Check team asked the 213 local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), responsible for planning and buying healthcare services, in England whether they limited funding for surgery on the basis of body mass index (BMI). We asked which procedures this applied to and what the BMI limit was. BMI is calculated by dividing an individual’s weight by their height squared, to place them in a category: underweight normal overweight obese…

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Weight loss lowers breast cancer risk

Post-menopausal women who lose weight may have a significantly reduced chance of developing breast cancer, research suggests. Several studies have associated high body mass index with increased breast cancer risk, sparking research to see if losing weight reversed the risk. Diet is one of several lifestyle modifications women can make to reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence. Photo: Stocksy Four out of five cases of breast cancer occur after the menopause, according to the charity Breast Cancer Now, which said women could significantly reduce their risk by following a healthy lifestyle….

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FDA approves diabetes drug that also helps with weight loss

U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved a new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose significant weight. Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said the Food and Drug Administration approved its once-a-week shot for people with Type 2 diabetes. The drug, Ozempic, also known as semaglutide, works by stimulating the body’s own insulin production and reducing appetite. In one big company-funded study, Ozempic, on average, reduced long-term blood sugar levels at least 2 ½ times as much as a popular daily diabetes pill, Merck & Co.’s Januvia. It…

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