One resident of Grand Prairie, Texas gets stopped on occasion. People tell him, “Excuse me, but you look familiar.” That’s when Roger Lopez, 52, pulls out a picture from his wallet. He replies, “You probably recognize this guy.” The photo he carries is of himself, but weighing 335 pounds with nearly a 50-inch waistline. This … Continue reading Weight loss surgery gives Dallas resident new energy, down 130 pounds
Before you have weight loss (bariatric) surgery, you will likely spend time considering your options. Weight loss surgery can help you lose weight while lowering your risk of medical problems commonly associated with obesity. It is an investment in your health and your future, but there are a lot of questions along the way. When … Continue reading Surgical options for weight loss
Weight loss surgery is complex because the operation itself is only one part of the solution. I tell my patients all the time, “I don’t care if you’re big or small, if you don’t exercise or get regular physical activity and make proper food choices, weight gain is inevitable.” Obesity is a chronic disease and … Continue reading Long-term effects of weight loss surgery
As most of us know, obesity is linked to chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. But that’s not all. Studies have found that excess weight can be linked to many other harmful health issues, as well. Here are the four leading health issues that can develop as a result of obesity and how they … Continue reading Obesity and its harmful side effects
“Your whole life you’ve been told that diet and exercise are the keys to a healthy weight,” says Liz Neporent in an ABC News article, “5 Surprising Thinfluences on Your Weight.” But this begs the question, isn’t there more to the equation than simply what you eat? In an ABC News Twitter chat moderated by … Continue reading Combatting obesity: Controlling your ‘Thinfluences’
These days we all have an interest in getting a good return on investment (ROI) whether it be tangible such as a home or intangible e.g. stock / financial investment. What about the ROI on making healthy lifestyle changes? By following these tips, you could increase the ROI on your health… Smoking increases the risk … Continue reading 4 Ways You May Be Decreasing Your Health ROI
Have you ever heard someone say they are addicted to cupcakes? What about ice cream or any other type of food? Well, they aren’t just using the word “addicted” as a figure of speech, at least according to one new study. Like drugs, alcohol or nicotine, certain foods can trigger an addictive response in the … Continue reading Food Cravings Similar to Addictions
Weight loss surgery isn’t just for looks. It can treat a whole host of medical conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. If you are overweight — 80 pounds or more for women, 100 pounds or more for men, you may qualify for weight loss surgery. You may also be a candidate if you struggle … Continue reading Everything to gain with weight loss surgery
A recent study titled “The Obesity Paradox in Men Versus Women With Systolic Heart Failure” published in the American Journal of Cardiology had some very interesting results. The authors from UCLA looked at patients over a couple of decades that were treated with significant advanced congestive heart failure and calculated their body mass index or … Continue reading Could Obesity Protect You From Congestive Heart Failure?
A study published in September 2011 found that there had been a significant increase in strokes among women who were pregnant and in the immediate post-pregnancy period. Overall rates of stroke have jumped 54 percent from 1994-2007 according to the study published in Stroke by the American Heart Association. Stroke rates saw their highest increase by 83 percent in women … Continue reading Do Pregnant Women Have an Increased Risk of Stroke?