It’s time to rethink high-protein diets for weight loss

In a small study, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis followed 34 postmenopausal women with obesity for about six months.

High-protein diet curbs metabolic benefits of weight loss

Insulin sensitivity unimproved in obese women who lose weight but consume excess protein, shows study led by Bettina Mittendorfer, PhD

St. Louis at center of a multi-front fight against obesity

In St. Louis, MO, the obesity epidemic is being fought on many levels. Dr. Samuel Klein and colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine are recruiting 180 volunteers for a research study on obesity and metabolism. They hope to find out not only why some obese people maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, but also why some thin people are metabolically unhealthy.

In obese patients, 5 percent weight loss has significant health benefits

For obese patients trying to lose weight, the greatest health benefits come from losing just 5% of their body weight, according to a new study led by Dr. Samuel Klein of Washington University School of Medicine.  Among the 19 study patients who lost 5% of their body weight, improvement was seen in the function of insulin-secreting beta cells, insulin sensitivity in fat tissue, liver and skeletal muscle tissue; decreases in total body fat and fat in the liver were also observed.

The results of their study were published Feb. 22, 2016 online in Cell Metabolism.