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January 2024 Newsworthy Topics

Want the latest on heart disease research? Are future generations at risk for type-2 diabetes? Can't seem to know enough about Ozempic? We have all that and more to keep you informed in order to make the best decisions for your health.

Young Adults: Get Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Tested to Prevent Heart Disease

An article from Medical News Today highlights a study showing the increased risk of cardiovascular issues, specifically atherosclerosis, which refers to the build up of plaque in the arteries, in younger adults due to high cholesterol and hypertension. Conducted in Spain, the study emphasizes the importance of monitoring cardiovascular health early on, suggesting that even slight elevations in blood pressure and cholesterol impact atherosclerosis progression significantly in young individuals. The research, involving over 4,000 healthy adults aged 20 to 39, stresses the need for early risk factor control to reduce the global burden of heart disease.

Key findings underscore that atherosclerosis might be reversible with early risk factor management. Medical professionals emphasize the need for early screenings to control LDL cholesterol levels (the "bad" cholesterol) and blood pressure in young adults. Experts suggest proactive measures, such as lifestyle modifications (diet, exercise) and regular health check-ups, to manage risk factors and reduce cardiovascular disease burden.

Are Your Children or Grandchildren At Risk for Diabetes? covered the projection of a significant rise in childhood diabetes cases over the next 37 years, e in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes among individuals under 20. The study, published in Diabetes Care, predicts a staggering 700% increase in type 2 diabetes cases and a 65% increase in type 1 diabetes by 2060. However, some experts caution against the study's design, suggesting inflated numbers due to a flawed approach that didn't differentiate between children with or without obesity. Despite this, the report highlights potential risk factors contributing to this surge, including childhood obesity, maternal diabetes, increased stress levels, poor sleep patterns, and reduced physical activity associated with technology use.

The research draws attention to the importance of preventive efforts, especially focusing on maintaining a healthy weight through nutritious diets and regular exercise to mitigate the risk of type 2 diabetes. While type 1 diabetes has no known prevention methods, discussions around risk reduction become crucial, given its potential health complications. Experts stress the need for promoting healthier lifestyles among children, advocating for balanced diets, increased physical activity, reduced screen time, and activities enhancing mental well-being as measures to combat the alarming rise in diabetes among young individuals.

Expert Insights on Ozempic & Other Weight Loss Medications

We have covered the fundamentals of Ozempic, however, an article from US News provides insights into the weight loss medications from experts.

To highlight:

  • Ozempic is not a stand-alone solution to weight loss: professor of medicine and director of nutrition obesity research program at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Andres Acosta, states Ozempic needs"to be part of a multidisciplinary lifestyle program that includes diet and physical activity."

  • FDA updated warning labels to include intestinal obstructions as potential adverse effect.

  • Weight loss medications can be an alternative to bariatric surgery, however, the results from bariatric surgery are more favorable and last longer.

  • Research from the JAMA Network shows increases the risk of stomach paralysis, pancreatitis and bowel obstructions from using medications including Ozempic

While Ozempic and other GLP-1 antagonists show promising weight loss results, bariatric surgery is a more effective long-term solution. Contact us to learn more about the bariatric procedures Dr. Korman performs.

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