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Breastfeeding's legacy may protect against diabetes


Breastfeeding secures delivery of sugar and fat for milk production by changing the insulin sensitivity of organs that supply or demand these nutrients, a new study led by UT Southwestern scientists suggests. The findings, published in Diabetes, could explain how different tissues cooperate to start and maintain lactation and offer strategies to help improve breastfeeding success for mothers who have insufficient milk production.

Epidemiologic studies suggest that breastfeeding protects women from developing Type 2 diabetes, even decades after their children have been weaned. But how this benefit arises has been unclear, explains Maria A. Ramos-Roman, M.D.

Dr. Esparza presents hypertriglyceridemia data at ENDO 2018


At the ENDO 2018 meeting in Chicago, second-year Endocrine fellow Dr. Maria “Isabel” Esparza presents during the Presidential Poster Competition. Her data show gaps in the care of patients with very severe hypertriglyceridemia (triglycerides > 2000 mg/dL) - a group that suffers from recurrent attacks of acute pancreatitis. Dr. Esparza research mentor is Dr. Zahid Ahmad of the Division of Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases.

UT Southwestern Perspective From ObesityWeek


The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined efforts for the recent ObesityWeek 2017, an international conference in Washington, D.C., that brought together health care providers, policymakers, researchers, and industry representatives interested in the treatment and prevention of obesity. The annual event included a scientific program with world-renowned experts in obesity to collaborate and present their research and clinical trial results. UT Southwestern’s Dr. Jeffrey Zigman, Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, and Dr. Jaime Almandoz, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, played pivotal roles in planning of the conference and shared the following insights about new research in this field.