H.P. Lovecraft once said that “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Unfortunately, for many, the unknown is what keeps us from reaching goals, taking chances, and making changes.
Hold on there, Mr. Turtle. A study recently published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology may buck the old belief that slow and steady wins the race; at least when it comes to weight loss. The study which was lead by Joseph Proietto, Sir Edward Dunlop Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Weight Control Clinic at Austin Health in Australia aimed to determine whether gradual weight loss or rapid weight loss resulted in the best long-term outcomes.
Chances are, if you are an overweight American you have felt the blame associated with being out of the healthy BMI range. Stereotypes abound when it comes to why or why not a person is a healthy weight. People blame genetics, poor food choices, lack of physical fitness, medications, hormonal imbalances, or self control issues. In many cases, one or more of these issues can affect how easily you find yourself fitting into the overweight or obese categories so many Americans struggle with. However, sometimes it’s nobody’s fault.
Exercise may help people avoid regaining weight after successful dieting, according to a new study. It shows that exercise can crucially alter the body’s response to weight loss and potentially stop unwanted pounds from creeping back on.
Count yourself lucky if you’re one of the few who wake up jazzed to get in your exercise each day. Not you? Don’t worry. Most people have a certain level of “meh” when it comes to working out, especially if it hasn’t been a top priority in a while (or ever). A big part of getting excited to workout is how you approach your daily date with
In 1994, I was working at my first radiation oncology job in San Diego at Grossmont Hospital when I came into work to hear disturbing news. One of my colleagues in medical oncology, a compassionate man known for his gentle nature, had stayed late at the cancer center the evening before to finish up paperwork. With his back to his ever open door, he sat at his desk never once considering that he was in danger. A disgruntled relative of a former patient surprised him from behind and beat him viciously over the head and body causing broken bones and contusions, and leaving him for dead.
Nearly 7 million people in the United states suffer from symptoms of GERD, with at least 15 million Americans suffering from daily heartburn. If you are one of the 15 million Americans living with heartburn, you know how deeply heartburn affects your quality of life and enjoyment of dining. While many acid reflux sufferers find short-term relief in supplements like TUMs or longer-term relief through PPIs, those treatment options do not actually address the common cause of GERD: a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Fortunately, Ehrlich Bariatrics offers a few options for treating acid reflux if you have not found relief through traditional methods like diet changes or weight loss.
If you’ve decided that you are ready to take control of your weight and health this year, you may feel overwhelmed researching which options will provide the most benefits with the least interruption to your daily life. For those who have struggled to lose weight through traditional methods such as diet and exercise, bariatric surgery may provide the missing tool needed to get control of eating habits and tackle weight issues. Type in “bariatric surgery” on any search engine and you’ll find nearly 10 million results discussing the different types of surgeries available. With all those results it can feel overwhelming deciding which bariatric surgery is right for you!
To kick off the New Year, we bring you our January patient of the month, Toni. Toni has gone through a journey of struggle and success with bariatric surgery, doing it all with a smile on her face, even when it was really tough. We invite you to read her journey:
We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling.
Now new research reports that the answer may lie, in part, in our DNA. Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning of our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.