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Severely Overweight Patients May Benefit from Weight-loss Surgery Before Joint Replacement

ThinkstockPhotos-166771642The effects of obesity manifests itself in many different ways; diabetes, hypertension, knee and hip arthritis, and sleep apnea are just a few side effects of obesity. According to the Arthritis Foundation, obesity not only affects all types of arthritis, but it also can raise your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Today, nearly 1 in 3 obese people suffer from arthritis.

Today is American Diabetes Alert Day!

stk65057corToday, March 24th, is American Diabetes Alert Day! While Diabetes Awareness Month isn’t until November, this small alert is a reminder that waiting to tend to (or to prevent) diabetes can cause lasting damages on your health and quality of life. Of the 29.1 million Americans with diabetes, about 8.1 million are undiagnosed and may not even know

Can Nighttime Eating Hurt Your Health?

492398795A recent study published in the journal Science by researchers at San Diego State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has determined that fruit flies that were limited to shorter eating hours during a 24 hour period had less diet- and aging-related heart issues than fruit flies that were able to eat at any time. While comparing fruit flies to people may seem strange, the insect are commonly used to “identify the genetic basis of human disease, including cardiovascular diseases,” explains the study.

March Patient of the Month: Kay

kay_mitchellThis March, we are feature Kay who had gastric bypass surgery with Ehrlich Bariatrics in September 2013. We are excited to share Kay’s journey with you because not only has she done wonderfully, but also because she is a patient in her 20’s, a rapidly growing demographic in our bariatric office of people wanting to make a lifestyle change.

What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery

What to expect after bariatric surgeryH.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.

Slow and Steady May Not Win the Weight Loss Race

Slow and Steady Weight LossHold 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.

Difficulty Losing Weight is Not Your Fault

Weight LossChances 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.

How Weight Training Can Help You Keep the Weight Off

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.

How to Change Your Attitude About Exercise

love exercisingCount 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 the Gym.

The Legacy of Dr. Michael Davidson

0121_davidson-620x411In 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.