Joint Replacement and Obesity: A Surgeon’s Dilemma

Joint replacement surgery is common–even very common in the U.S., with more than 700,000 major joint replacements performed annually.  It’s also very expensive, with total costs exceeding $10 billion.  It’s highly successful in most patients and dramatically improves their quality of life.  However, complications can be disastrous and very costly.… Continue reading Joint Replacement and Obesity: A Surgeon’s Dilemma

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Joint Pain, Weight Loss, and Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists and physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine know that the knee joint has to support the force of three to six times one’s weight.  The impact of extra weight is also multiplied on other joints, including those of the back, hips and ankles.  The results of this increased… Continue reading Joint Pain, Weight Loss, and Orthopedic Surgery

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The Importance of Iron after Weight Loss Surgery

The gastric bypass surgery typically results in only a minor amount of malabsorption of nutrients. Proteins, for instance, are absorbed normally after a gastric bypass. However, patients who are not followed well, or who are not educated about the importance of some vitamins and minerals, can develop mineral deficiencies. Iron… Continue reading The Importance of Iron after Weight Loss Surgery

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Liver Disease in Children Rises with Obesity

Researchers are taking a closer look at a previously rare disease that is now on the rise as obesity in children increases. Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), more commonly known as Fatty Liver Disease, occurs in approximately 15% of obese children. Fatty Liver Disease (FLD) is when excess fat accumulates in the… Continue reading Liver Disease in Children Rises with Obesity

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Holistic Medicine: Are Probiotics Helpful or Not?

We all have a huge number of bacteria and other living organisms in our intestines and most of these organisms support the healthy functioning of our bodies. The organisms that live inside our intestines, and the intestinal environment they thrive in, is called our “Gut Microbiome.” This gut microbiome is… Continue reading Holistic Medicine: Are Probiotics Helpful or Not?

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Heart Failure Risk Increasing

Four Pounds Can Make a Difference The numbers are startling. Nearly four out of 10 Americans will be obese within five years if people keep packing on pounds at the current rate. Currently, about 31%, or about 59 million people, are obese, which is defined as roughly 30 or more… Continue reading Heart Failure Risk Increasing

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Obesity, Fertility, and Pregnancy

Researchers over the last decade have just begun to understand how seriously the current obesity epidemic affects women’s health. People with increased adipose (fatty) tissue produce significant amounts of estrones and testosterone. Hormone imbalances can challenge a women’s reproductive system in numerous ways. Obesity can result in infertility, complicated pregnancy,… Continue reading Obesity, Fertility, and Pregnancy

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Parallel Epidemics: Obesity and Diabetes in the United States

Type II Diabetes is a medical condition in which the body cannot effectively use insulin produced by the pancreas.  As the incidence of diabetes has increased dramatically over the last 10 years, a clear cause-and-effect pattern has emerged.   This pattern demonstrates that the epidemic of diabetes correlates most strongly with… Continue reading Parallel Epidemics: Obesity and Diabetes in the United States

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A Brief Overview of Metabolic Surgery

Putting the Word “Cure” into the Treatment of Metabolic Disease Modern medicine has aggressively treated metabolic diseases including type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension with excellent results in most cases.  These diseases are traditionally thought of as treatable, but not as curable, and interventions have been targeted towards effective lifelong therapy.… Continue reading A Brief Overview of Metabolic Surgery

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Beyond Nutrition Labeling

After weight loss surgery, you should take an active interest in the nutrient content of everything you eat.  Because you can’t eat much, everything you eat should be packed with nutrients. While most of you are aware that you need to take vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of… Continue reading Beyond Nutrition Labeling

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