Maternal diet may program child for disease risk, but better nutrition later can change that A mother’s diet during pregnancy, particularly one that is high-fat, may program her baby for future risk of certain diseases such as diabetes, new research shows. The new study shows that switching the offspring to a new diet — a low-fat diet, in this case — can reverse that programming.


Lower brain glucose levels found in people with obesity, type 2 diabetes Glucose levels are reduced in the brains of individuals with obesity and type 2 diabetes compared to lean individuals, according to a new study. The finding might explain disordered eating behavior — and even a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease — among obese and diabetic individuals, the researchers said.

Men develop irregular heartbeat earlier than women; extra weight a factor The onset of an irregular heartbeat jumps sharply in men after age 50 and in women after 60. The risk of developing the irregular rhythm known as atrial fibrillation rises with increasing age and weight. Having atrial fibrillation more than tripled the risk of dying during average 13-year study.