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Medical News Today: Why older adults need regular metabolic risk screening

The Endocrine Society have revised their clinical practice guideline on identifying adults at higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. New guidelines recommend that older adults should undergo regular screening for metabolic risk. The previous edition of the guideline was in 2008. The recent revision looks at metabolic risk in the light of the latest research on blood pressure and blood fats. The emphasis is on measures to identify and decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) rather than on defining metabolic…

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Medical News Today: Metabolic factors likely contribute to anorexia

Scientists have defined anorexia nervosa as a metabolic as well as a psychiatric illness. They suggest that treatments should address the hybrid nature of the potentially lethal eating disorder. A new study explores the genetic underpinnings of anorexia nervosa. The international team of more than 100 researchers studied the DNA of tens of thousands of people with and without anorexia nervosa. A Nature Genetics paper describes how they identified eight genes with a strong link to anorexia nervosa. Some of the genes have significant links with other psychiatric illnesses, such…

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