Category: Medical

Posted on: November 17, 2018 by
Why does being overweight increase your chances of getting hemorrhoids? People who are obese are more likely to get hemorrhoids because excessive weight puts pressure on the veins of the rectum and anus, which can lead to swelling and inflammation. In addition, people who are obese are more likely to be sedentary  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 4, 2018 by
For women who suffer with PCOS, after fats, public enemy #2 is the poor carbohydrates (“bad” or “refined” carbs).The good kind of carbohydrate-rich foods are a good source of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.Unfortunately, way too often PCOS sufferers try to restrict themselves from carbohydrates, placing false blame on ALL carbs for their  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 17, 2017 by
One of the medical issues that many of my clients have is diabetes, and I wanted to address that today, specifically, Type 2. Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to break down sugars from the diet. Normally, cells in the pancreas work to release insulin, a hormone that can process  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 12, 2017 by
Many people who are overweight or obese suffer with depression. Of those, for many who suffer from even mild depression, the extra burden of being overweight during the year-end holiday season only makes things worse. As I wrote in another article, in my experiences with clients,the larger one gets the smaller their world  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 13, 2017 by
“You have breast cancer.” Those four words can make a woman buckle at the knees.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to address the issue because of the relationship between obesity and breast cancer —and make no mistake: There IS a relationship. The sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are known to  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 22, 2017 by
There are many causes of varicose veins, but they are one more side effect of obesity. Veins are vessels that carry blood to the heart. The returning blood has to travel against gravity in the veins; this is done through muscle contractions and a system of valves that allow blood to travel  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 24, 2017 by
Cholesterol is not exactly a barn-burner of a topic, but it is one of the reasons why so many people make that first phone call to us AFTER their physician tells them their levels are high. And that’s a result almost always because an upward change in one’s weight results in an upward change  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 13, 2017 by
As obesity numbers rise, so do the numbers of those with high cholesterol. Roughly one quarter of the cholesterol in our bodies resides in our brains. Researchers have found that patients with high levels of “bad” cholesterol in their blood tended to have more harmful tangles of protein inside their brain cells.   [Read more...]
Posted on: March 30, 2017 by
Iron is a mineral that’s vital to our health, our metabolism and survival. All of our cells contain some iron, but most of the iron in our bodies is in our red blood cellswhich transport oxygen from our lungs to the organs and tissues throughout our bodies. However, inflammation associated with excess body weight  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 28, 2017 by
What’s the connection between being overweight and gum disease? Most research suggests that fat cells produce many chemical signals and hormones that can increase inflammation in the body, decrease the effectiveness of your immune system, and increase your susceptibility to periodontal disease. Other research points to the possible eating habits of overweight  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 9, 2016 by
I know diabetes isnot exactly a barn-burner of a topic, but it is especially prevalent in overweight and obese people, which is how I come in contact with that issue regularly.At a time when the number of obese people in the world now outnumber the underweight, and since obesity changes your DNA, which increases  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 1, 2016 by
When you are overweight you have excess body fat both inside and outside. Too many people never think about the fat on the inside, but it affects you just as much. In this case fat can build up on the inside of the throat. This alone can partially block your airway and not just  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 28, 2016 by
Just as pipes are the strong tube-like structures which carry water where it needs to go (faucets, fountains, lawn sprinklers, shower heads, commodes) throughout our homes, blood vessels (veins, arteries, capillaries) are strong tube-like structures through which blood travels to get to where it needs to go throughout our bodies. The pipes  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 7, 2016 by
Once upon a time gout was associated with overindulgence in people of the upper class who had access to foods and alcohol of plenty. As a matter of fact, in 1726, British physician Richard Blackmore called gout “the grievous Calamity of the Great, the Rich and the most Easy in their Circumstances.” It became  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 24, 2016 by
I see a lot of young girls and teens who have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) — and most don’t even know they have it when they first meet me. Not only are these girls overweight and unhappy, but almost always by the time they get to me they’ve really been through the ringer. What  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 5, 2016 by
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? It’s obvious: You see your face, your hair, and all your external body parts, and lots and lots of skin. But what you don’t see is what’s going on inside . . . and if you’re overweight or obese I’m talking about the stuff that  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 11, 2016 by
Osteoarthritis develops when the cushioning material between the joints, known as cartilage, wears away, eventually allowing the bones to painfully rub or grind together. Obesity is an important risk factor for osteoarthritis sufferers. This is because high amounts of fat around the liver, muscle tissues and in the blood is more likely  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 17, 2015 by
In the simplest terms, PCOS is a health condition linked with both hormone imbalance and insulin resistance. It is the most common hormonal and reproductive problem affecting women of child-bearing age. Defining the Condition. The hormones involved in controlling periods, and ultimately reproduction, are produced in the pituitary gland located in the brain.  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 14, 2015 by
Each year, about 22,000 women in the United States learn that they have ovarian cancer. Although the exact cause of ovarian cancer is not known, one of the risk factors may be obesity. The link? Estrogen, which is made in body fat . . . and the more fat cells a woman has, the  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 10, 2015 by
In recent years, numerous studies and reviews bear out the relationship between obesity and cancer risk, treatment outcome and recurrence. More recently, however, two articles are worthy of special mention: In the winter 2016 issue of Your Weight Matters (the magazine of the Obesity Action Coalition) in an article titled, The Link  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 3, 2015 by
Exposure to air contaminants, such as ammonia, sulfur dioxide, ozone and nitrogen dioxide, are known to be respiratory irritants that can cause illnesses such as asthma and other pulmonary diseases. Did you know that overweight and obese adults breathe in up to 50% more air every day, compared with adults of normal weight?  [Read more...]