Navigation Links
UC Davis study finds that above-normal weight alone does not increase the short-term risk of death
Date:7/6/2012

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) An evaluation of national data by UC Davis researchers has found that extra weight is not necessarily linked with a higher risk of death.

When compared to those with normal weight, people who were overweight or obese had no increased risk of death during a follow-up period of six years. People who were severely obese did have a higher risk, but only if they also had diabetes or hypertension.

The findings, which appear in the July-August issue of The Journal of American Board of Family Medicine, call into question previous studies -- using data collected when obesity was less common -- linking higher short-term mortality with any amount of extra weight.

"There is currently a widespread belief that any degree of overweight or obesity increases the risk of death, however our findings suggest this may not be the case," said Anthony Jerant, professor of family and community medicine and lead author of the study. "In the six-year timeframe of our evaluation, we found that only severe obesity was associated with an increased risk of death, due to co-occurring diabetes and hypertension."

Based on the study, Jerant recommends that doctors' conversations with patients who are overweight or obese, but not severely obese, focus on the known negative effects of these conditions on mental and physical functioning, rather than on an increased short-term risk of death.

By contrast, Jerant added that it is important for doctors to talk with severely obese patients who also have diabetes or hypertension about their increased short-term mortality risk and treatment, including weight loss.

"Our results do not mean that being overweight or obese is not a threat to individual or public health," said Jerant. "These conditions can have a significant impact on quality of life, and for this reason alone weight loss may be advisable."

In conducting the study, Jerant used nationwide data fro
'/>"/>

Contact: Karen Finney
karen.finney@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
916-734-9064
University of California - Davis Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. UC Davis scientists find new role for P53 genetic mutation -- initiation of prostate cancer
2. Study by UC Santa Barbara researchers suggests that bacteria communicate by touch
3. Law that regulates shark fishery is too liberal: UBC study
4. New study will help protect vulnerable birds from impacts of climate change
5. Study jointly led by UCSB researcher supports theory of extraterrestrial impact
6. BYU study: Using a gun in bear encounters doesnt make you safer
7. 15-year study: When it comes to creating wetlands, Mother Nature is in charge
8. Pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark extract) shown to improve menopause symptoms in new study
9. Crystal structure of archael chromatin clarified in new study
10. EU-funded study underlines importance of Congo Basin for global climate and biodiversity
11. University of Houston study shows BP oil spill hurt marshes, but recovery possible
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/18/2014)... camouflage: you don,t just blend in, the background shows ... as you might think. Kathryn Feller, from the University ... life stages of many marine species are transparent. However, ... creatures cannot make transparent. Feller explains that the animals ... unit with an opaque pigment to prevent light leaking ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... protective tentacles of host anemones, but new research shows ... across the open ocean. Although the process of long-distance ... the first time that the high level exchange of ... Steve Simpson, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Global ... the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... scientists were instrumental in the creation of the Santa ... classify the fire threat potential of the powerful, hot, ... into an inferno. The index was introduced Sept. 17 ... and San Diego Gas and Electric. , The index ... that will be used to help fire agencies and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Transparent larvae hide opaque eyes behind reflections 2Expedition finds Nemo can travel great distances to connect populations 2Expedition finds Nemo can travel great distances to connect populations 3UCLA scientists play key role in developing new Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index 2
... of the brain, which scavenge pathogens and damaged neurons, are ... research by Duke neuroscientists. Earlier studies by Staci Bilbo, ... laboratory rats experiencing an infection at an early age have ... their learning and memory. In a study published ...
... Lake City Physicians preparing to deliver a baby look ... whether or not to perform a C- section. But a ... shows that those heart rate patterns may not be a ... lead to unnecessary interventions and higher costs. "We,re trying ...
... a class of theoretical concepts for manipulating the climate ... caused by greenhouse gasses. But its potential effectiveness and ... could help narrow these uncertainties. A team composed of ... and Harvard,s David Keith used modeling to determine the ...
Cached Biology News:Source found for immune system effects on learning, memory 2Source found for immune system effects on learning, memory 3New study finds fetal heart rate not a good indicator of a baby's health 2New study finds fetal heart rate not a good indicator of a baby's health 3Testing geoengineering 2
(Date:9/19/2014)... September 19, 2014 ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/b2jxhs/micro_market ) has announced the addition of the  ...  report to their offering.       (Logo: ... one of the fastest-growing segments in the chromatography ... in 2013, and expected to reach $2.0 billion ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... TX (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 ... integrated urological and interventional radiology products and services, ... known as cryotherapy and cryoablation) versus external beam ... Section of the American Urological Association (MAAUA) Annual ... , "Comparing Relative Effectiveness of Cryosurgery and External ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... Sept. 18, 2014  Health Enhancement Products, Inc. (OTCQB: HEPI), ... algae bioactive compounds and metabolic processes, is pleased to announce ... of directors. Ms. Nola E. Masterson , a ... the board effective September 17, 2014. "We,re ... join our board," states Andrew Dahl , President and ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Report, 2014-2017" report to their offering. ... differentiate into specialized cells and can divide (through mitosis) ... be applied to treatment of cardiovascular diseases, leukemia (a ... or lesion of liver, kidney and other parenchymal organs, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Micro Market Monitor : Global Pre-packed Chromatography Columns 2HealthTronics Announces Data Comparing Cryotherapy Versus Radiation for Treating Prostate Cancer Poster Presented at the American Urological Association Regional Meeting 2Health Enhancement Announces New Board Member In Advance Of Annual Shareholder Meeting 2Global and Chinese Stem Cell Industry Report, 2014-2017 2Global and Chinese Stem Cell Industry Report, 2014-2017 3
... LI-COR Biosciences has released a,new Technical ... the Odyssey Infrared,Imaging System. The E-PAGE 48- ... a high-throughput SDS-PAGE,method for processing protein samples. ... System, up to 96 different proteins samples can ...
... 19 PharmAthene, Inc.,(NYSE Alternext US: PIP), a ... threats, announced today that,it has signed an agreement ... in Israel. , ... combat the risk of,terrorist attacks with biological or ...
... Jazz Pharmaceuticals,Inc. (Nasdaq: JAZZ ) announced that it ... Capital Markets 5th Annual Healthcare,Conference due to the proximity of ... pivotal clinical trial of JZP-6 (sodium oxybate) for,the treatment of ... anticipates that it will release the preliminary top-line data,within the ...
Cached Biology Technology:Technical Note: E-PAGE(TM) 48- and 96-Well Gels on the Odyssey(R) Infrared Imaging System 2PharmAthene Signs Agreement with Medison Pharma Ltd. to Commercialize and Distribute Biodefense Medical Countermeasures in Israel 2PharmAthene Signs Agreement with Medison Pharma Ltd. to Commercialize and Distribute Biodefense Medical Countermeasures in Israel 3PharmAthene Signs Agreement with Medison Pharma Ltd. to Commercialize and Distribute Biodefense Medical Countermeasures in Israel 4
...
... versatile enclosures are designed ... or other process gas ... environment. HEPA filtration, heating/cooling, ... modules also available, along ...
... The new Hummingbird has the ability to quickly ... plate makes it a perfect candidate for inclusion ... simple OCX interface supplied with all the Cartesian ... store. Hummingbirds ability to copy plates in ...
Sigmas E-TOXATE (Limulus Amebocyte Lysate) test kits are intended for the detection and semiquantitation of endotoxins for research purposes. sensitivity 0.05-0.1 EU/mL...
Biology Products: