Why You Shouldn’t Rely on BMI Alone
In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) pointed out how BMI falls short and adopted a new policy encouraging doctors to avoid relying on BMI alone to diagnose obesity. One issue is that BMI was developed based on the bodies of non-Hispanic white men; it may not provide consistently accurate results for people who fall into other categories of gender, ethnicity, and race.Source: Yale Medicine
Diminished Brain Response to Nutrients Observed in People With Obesity
In a new study led by Mireille Serlie, MD, PhD, professor of medicine (endocrinology), researchers found that while the detection of nutrients in the stomach does induce brain activity changes in lean people, such brain responses are largely diminished in people with obesity.Source: Yale News
Study: Daily Consumption of a High-Fat, High-Sugar Snack Alters Reward Circuits in Brain
Snacks high in sugar and fat are great for an occasional treat, but when enjoyed daily for several weeks they can rewire the brain and trigger a shift in eating preferences away from low-fat food, according to a new study in Cell Metabolism.
Two Heart Medications Tied to Greater Heart Attack Risk During Very Hot Weather
A new Yale study found that, among people suffering non-fatal heart attacks associated with hot weather, an outsize portion were taking beta-blockers or antiplatelet medication. The study doesn’t prove that these medications caused the heart attacks, nor that they make people more vulnerable to heart attack. Although it’s possible that they did increase the risk of heart attacks triggered by hot weather, it’s also possible that patients’ underlying heart disease explains both the prescriptions and the higher susceptibility to heart attack during hot weather.
Dr. Gerald Shulman Wins Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research
Gerald I. Shulman, MD, PhD, MACP, MACE, FRCP, has been awarded the 2021 Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research. The prize recognizes Shulman’s groundbreaking research in the understanding of physiologic regulation of liver and muscle carbohydrate and fat metabolism and its dysregulation in type 2 diabetes (T2D).
A Pediatrics Centennial Symposium Addresses Endocrine, Obesity, and Diabetes
Members of the Yale School of Medicine community tuned in virtually on November 3 for the Department of Pediatrics’ Endocrine/Obesity/Diabetes Symposium. The symposium is part of a series of events in honor of the department’s centennial.
Herold is New Chair of International Diabetes Consortium
Kevan C. Herold, MD, C.N.H. Long Professor of Immunobiology and professor of medicine (endocrinology) at Yale School of Medicine, has been named chair of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) TrialNet, an international consortium dedicated to finding ways to prevent, delay, and slow progression of the disease.
Battling belly fat: Specialized immune cells impair metabolism in aging
In a new study, Yale researchers have described how nervous systems and immune systems talk to each other to control metabolism and inflammation. Their finding furthers scientists’ understanding of why older adults fail to burn stored belly fat, which raises the risk of chronic disease. The study also points to potential therapeutic approaches to target the problem, the researchers said.