According to recent research from the United States, "Obesity and overweight are linked to a wide range of medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, and coronary artery disease. Overweight and obese patients who are unable to lose weight with diet alone can benefit from well-structured exercise."
"Potentially, an individual exercise prescription can become one of the most important components of an obesity treatment program, along with an appropriate diet. Short-term (<6 months of duration) interventions consisting of exercise combined with appropriate diet and counseling can produce a significant weight loss. No consensus exists on the amount of physical activity necessary to maintain the weight loss achieved during a short-term intervention," wrote D.M. Okay and colleagues, Virginia Commonwealth University (see also Obesity and Diabetes).
The researchers concluded: "Long-term intervention is frequently influenced by weight regain related to complex interactions between physiologic and psychosocial factors."
Okay and colleagues published their study in Primary Care (Exercise and Obesity. Primary Care, 2009;36(2):379+).
For additional information, contact D.M. Okay, Virginia Commonwealth University, St. Francis Family Med Residency Program, 13450 Hull St. Rd., Midlothian, VA 23112, USA.
Publisher contact information for the journal Primary Care is: W B Saunders Co-Elsevier Inc., 1600 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Ste. 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2899, USA.
Keywords: United States, Midlothian, Angiology, Bariatrics, Cardiology, Coronary Artery Disease, Craniofacial, Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Endocrinology, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Obesity, Obesity and Diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Osteoarthritis, Otolaryngology, Pulmonology, Sleep Disorders, Virginia Commonwealth University.
This article was prepared by Heart Disease Weekly editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2009, Heart Disease Weekly via NewsRx.com.
Source Citation:"Reports outline obesity and diabetes study results from Virginia Commonwealth University." Heart Disease Weekly (August 16, 2009): 53. Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 14 Aug. 2009
Gale Document Number:A205149288
Disclaimer:This information is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional care.
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