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In many regions of the world, the number of overweight people in relation to the total population keeps steadily increasing. This is a development which also affects women of childbearing age, as excessive weight is associated with a variety of health risks for both mothers and their unborn children. Already, a body mass index (BMI) of 26 kg/m2 can delay the onset of pregnancy. This is due to hormonal changes that affect the cycle and other body functions. Furthermore, the complication risk during pregnancy is higher for overweight women than for women of normal weight. The most common complications include gestational diabetes and hypertensive pregnancy. The probability of developing gestational diabetes is 3- to 11-fold higher for overweight women, depending on how severe their excess weight is. Considering the occurrence of hypertensive pregnancy disorders, obese women are affected up to four times more often than those of a normal weight. Together with the BMI, the possibility of
Worldwide obesity is on the rise. Although its negative influence on our health has already been proven many times, the number of people affected by obesity is steadily increasing. Why do people gain weight and why is it so difficult for many of us to lose the excess weight? Neuroscientists and psychologists have investigated this very question while looking for the causes of obesity. They examined the influence of high-calorie, high-sugar and high-fat diets on the brain, as well as their influence on behavior, and com
Throughout our entire lives, our diet directly affects our health. For our bodies to function properly, our diets need to be balanced and based on our needs; rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. With advanced age, the risk of malnutrition increases due to a combination of different factors. Malnutrition can occur in two forms: the quantitative form and the qualitative form, in which either the amount of energy supplied or the composition of the foods are inadequate. Consequently, the risk of obesity or malnutritio
age-related energy and nutritional requirements
Unexplained fever, heavy night sweats and unwanted weight loss are summarized as B symptoms and occur in a variety of malignant and infectious diseases. This symptom triad is often found in advanced tumor diseases and is considered to be prognostically unfavorable. The cause is the high energy requirements of dividing tumor cells and the chemical agents released by them. In a recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in the British Journal of General Practice, researchers from Oxford and Exete
A lot of people highly value a slim waist and a healthy diet. For this reason, new food trends and alternative diets are becoming more and more popular. As soon as Spring starts, the media releases numerous articles about new "Superfoods" and "miracle diets" - always promising easy and long-lasting weight loss, as well as positive side effects for our health. Yet the example of the popular "Atkins diet" from a few years ago reminds us that dietary trends should always be scrutinized. Currently, the ketog