Rheumatoid arthritis, commonly referred to as RA, is an inflammatory and chronic autoimmune disease. It affects at least 1.3 million American adults, according to the American College of Rheumatology. [Read more]
In the wake of recent efforts by the Institute of Medicine to implement a nationwide strategy to conquer the American obesity epidemic, many are taking another look at how the overweight are treated in our society. The two-thirds of our nation who are now overweight are often subjected to ridicule and bias based on their weight, which may be the last socially-accepted form of discrimination in our country. Weight stigmatization causes the overweight to not only become marginalized and depressed—it also contributes to continued weight gain throughout America. [Read more]
Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is a serious condition that results from blood clotting in the deep veins within the legs. DVT can cause pulmonary embolism, a life threatening condition, when part of the leg blood clot enters the blood stream and obstructs the lungs. Research now indicates that people who are obese increase their risk of DVT. People who are obese have a Body Mass Index (BMI) or greater than 30. Those that are morbidly obese have a BMI of between 40 and 50; while those are considered super obese have a BMI over 50.
Extreme obesity carries many health risks, which leads many people to consider lap band surgery. Many people throughout the Albany area try to lose weight on their own. However, it is not an easy process and there are times when weight loss surgery is the next reasonable step. Once the risks with being obese outweigh the risks of the surgery, it is time to consider this option. For example, recent research indicates that those who are extremely obese have an increased risk of death due to the H1N1 flu.
Experts agree that the best way to prevent or combat obesity is to balance a healthy diet with plenty of physical activity. However, some people find that cutting calories and exercising more does not produce the weight loss results they hoped for. In fact, you may find you’re gaining weight despite doing everything “right.” [Read more]
Weight loss surgery can provide a permanent solution to your struggles with obesity. However, there are many factors to consider when creating a weight loss surgery program.
Sleep apnea is a dangerous and life threatening condition that affects many bariatric surgery patients before surgery. [Read more]