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Best Life: The power of using hypnosis to lose weight – WMC

Dec, 11th 2019 11:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

TAMPA, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Look into my eyes. Youre getting sleepy. You dont feel hungry. If only losing weight could be that simple. Well, it may be. Surgery free weight loss may all be in the power of your mind. Its a technique called gastric bypass hypnosis.

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This Woman Used TikTok to Document Her Weight Loss Journey, And Her Results Will Seriously Inspire You –

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Time-restricted dieting can lead to weight loss, lower blood pressure, study says – KOKI FOX 23

Dec, 11th 2019 11:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

"We didn't ask them to change what they eat," NPR reported Pam Taub as saying. Taub is a cardiologist at the University of California, San Diego's School of Medicine, and an author of the study. Nonetheless, study participants consumed nearly 9% fewer calories.

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10 Top Trending Diets of 2019, According to Google –

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Famous overweight cat fights to lose weight – KPAX-TV

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This cat has a weight problem.

Shes uncomfortable, she has to lay down, said Brita Kiffney, the cat's vet at Northshore Veterinary Hospital.

She plays of five, ten minutes if youre in a good spot and then shes like, I gotta, I gotta lay down, said Jason Collins, a vet tech at Northshore.

She weighs almost twice as much as a healthy cat should. And it's made her famous.

This is Cinderblock. And a few months ago she went viral for something a lot of humans can relate to - refusing to exercise.

I think its gone straight to her head. I mean, honestly, she demands like five times more brushing than she used to. Its wild, said Jason.

He had no idea it would go viral.

I think my wife that night was like its got like 7,000 view already,

The video now has over 3.2 million views.

A fat cat might be fun to cuddle, but the reality is being overweight is hard for animals. Brita Kiffney, Cinder's vet, knows that all too well.

It certainly leads to pain, contributes to arthritis, decreased lung capacity, promotes diabetes, some liver diseases, pancreatitis, inflammation throughout the body, Kiffney said.

It can lead to a lot of issues, just like it does for humans.

Upwards of 60% of cats and 56% of dogs are considered to be overweight or obese. So I would say that yeah, thats becoming a bit of an issue, said Andrea Clewley. She is in charge of training at Trupanion, a company that provides medical coverage for hundreds of thousands of pets across the country. She says weight gain can really sneak up on pet owners.

You may not notice the incremental increase in weight gain and so it may just be a really slow progression over time that you just dont notice until all of a sudden you may look down one day and youre like, holy cow, how did that happen? said Clewley

And just like humans, its easier to pack on the pounds than lose them.

Its going to take her a year or more to reach her goal weight, said Jan Province. She knows it's going to take a while. She works at the reception desk at Northshore Veterinary Hospital. Province and Cinderblock will be roommates once the feline is back down to her fighting weight.

Until then, Province will have to read Cinderblock the fan mail she receives at the hospital.

Dear Cinder, we love you and were so proud of you. Keep up the good work. Lovingly, Findley Jack and his human Denise, reads Province.

This envelope came with $20 in cash. The Social Media influencer also is being sponsored by Purina for a free year of weight loss cat food. And she also has her own line of merchandise you can find online.

But its not all perks for Miss Block. She still has a long way to go on her weight loss journey.

If she started at 22, shes now at about 20.8 lbs, which is great, she has lost some weight, said Kiffney.

But at the hospital, they want her down closer to 10lbs. If her weight loss is successful, she will have lost more than 50% of her body weight. To put it in human terms, its like going from 300 lbs down to 150. No easy feat.

But Cinder will have to be successful if she wants a healthy life.

Weve cut her life expectancy by years by having that much weight on her, and so were hoping to give her, 15 years of life, but only if she gets down to normal body weight, said Kiffney.

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Pediatricians’ group says obese teens should have easier access to weight loss surgery – FOX 5 Atlanta

Dec, 11th 2019 11:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery might not just be a last resort anymore.

ATLANTA - At 19, Ruby Hernandez has become a runner, something the Georgia Gwinnett College sophomore could never have imagined just a year ago.

"I had a lot of depression growing up," Hernandez says. "A lot of it was linked to the disease that I had, and my obesity."

Ruby Hernandez, 19, has lost just over 100 pounds since undergoing weight loss surgery in May of 2019. (Ruby Hernandez)

At 10, Hernandez was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes painful skin abscesses, which are worsened by weight gain and have required surgery.

By 18, she was having heart palpitations.

"I was, like, 'Okay, I think my body is trying to send me signals: you're shutting down at this point,'" she says.

Last fall, Hernandez and her mom came to see Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Dr. Stephanie Walsh, the Medical Director of the Strong4Life program, to see if she could qualify for weight loss surgery.

She began a 6-month evaluation process, that Hernandez saw as her "crunch time."

Ruby Hernandez underwent gastric sleeve surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in May of 2019. (Ruby Hernandez)

She would need to prove to the Children's team that she was emotionally ready for the changes weight loss surgery would bring.

"I was really trying to better my diet," Hernandez says, "I wasn't napping anymore, I was exercising, trying to better myself. Because I knew this was going to be a slap in the face, and I wasn't going to do much, if I didn't fix myself before the surgery."

Going under the knife to lose weight may seem extreme.

But, with 4.5 million teens and kids in the U.S. now considered severely obese, the American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, says bariatric surgery can be a safe, effective way to help very overweight teens unlikely to be able to lose weight on their own, even with the best of medical care.

"So, (we're) realizing that obesity is a disease, and we need to treat it, and we need to treat it properly," Dr. Walsh says. "So, if this is an option, and we know it can cause extreme benefits for kids, then it's something we need to offer them."

Ruby Hernandez, 19, underwent gastric sleeve surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in May of 2019. (Hernandez Family)

The AAP says studies have found the two most common bariatric procedures, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy, had low complication rates and no attributable deaths when they were performed at a comprehensive pediatric surgery center like the one at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

In the Strong4Life program, teens are individually evaluated, based on factors like their weight, health conditions, maturity and family support.

Dr. Walsh says the lengthy evaluation period is designed to prepare young patients for the lifestyle changes that are critical to the success of their surgeries.

The AAP and Dr. Walsh also agree surgery should be offered to more young people, and not just as a last resort, when nothing else has worked.

"A lot of times, people were waiting until kids were extremely heavy," Dr. Walsh says. "The the surgery was able to help, but not help in the way it could. So we want people to realize this is an option."

Ruby Hernandez underwent gastric sleeve surgery in May of 2019.

Ruby Hernandez underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in May of 2019, which reduced her stomach size by about 85%. T

The heart palpitations stopped, and she couldn't believe how little she could eat after surgery.

"It was crazy," she says. "I could eat only, like, 2 ounces, and that wasn't what I used to eat, I used to eat big plates of food."

Walsh says the procedure diminishes a person's hunger.

That's something for the kids to get used to," she says. "No one is used to not feeling hunger that way. So, they have to retrain themselves to eat and to eat regularly."

Anna Valle of LaFayette, Georgia, underwent the same surgery in September of 2016, when she was nearly 365 pounds.

Three years later, she down about 150 pounds and holding.

Valle, a popular student athlete, was recently elected her school's homecoming queen.

Anna Valle underwent gastric sleeve surgery in September of 2016.

"To see Anna now, it's like a whole different kid," Dr. Walsh says. "She lights up. She just can't wait to talk about herself."

Ruby Hernandez is six months out from surgery, and down 100 pounds.

For the first time in her life, she says, it feels like anything is possible.

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Doctors warn obese women trying to have a baby: Lose the weight or face complicated risks –

Dec, 11th 2019 11:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) Health experts say losing weight before getting pregnant is an increasing priority for infant health.

The topic will be featured in the Labor of Love Summit with the state health department on Wednesday.

Obesity in pregnancy is a growing problem not only in our country, but here in Indiana, said Dr. Tovah Buikema, a gynecologist at Ascension St. Vincent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says nearly 30% of all pregnancies are complicated by obesity.

Obesity is defined by having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

Indiana saw about a 6% increase in pre-pregnancy obesity between 2011 and 2014.

According to Dr. Buikema, risks include macrosomia, preterm birth, IUFD, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.

The babys risks include heart disease, Spina bifida, cleftlip and cleft palate.

This is a health concern that should be treated like any other chronic disease. If youre overweight, you should talk to your doctor about the risks associated with being obese while pregnant, said Dr. Buikema.

Its a subject providers are often nervous to bring up with their patients.

Its often a self-blame situation, Dr. Buikema said.

Still, having a healthy baby is a big motivator.

Dr. Buikema says when women are faced with the issue and risks, most are willing to make changes to their diet and health.

Ideally its best to have these conversations before getting pregnant during the family planning stage, she continued.

She advises obese women who are pregnant to speak with a specialist to appropriately lose the weight while keeping baby healthy.

During the Labor of Love Summit, WISH TVs own Brooke Martin will be speaking about her experience with infant loss.

But, anyone interested in the topic can follow along on social media with the hashtag #INlaboroflove.

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GPs’ Discussion of Weight With Patients Rare and Mainly Negative – Medscape

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Overweight and obese patients not only have few interactions with physicians about their weight but the encounters they do have are largely negative experiences, a new systematic review of patients' perspectives on the subject reveals.

"The overwhelming theme [from this review] was that interactions between patients and doctors about being overweight and weight loss were rare, [and] for participants, not discussing these issues had several meanings...the most profound [being] that people who were overweight felt stigmatized and assumed others, including the doctor, were judging them negatively," write Thanusha Ananthakumar, MD, University of Oxford, UK, and colleagues in their article, published online December 2 in Clinical Obesity.

"Many clinicians fear that if they discuss weight with patients, some will find this unwelcome or offensive," the researchers hypothesize

They advise that physicians start a discussion with the assumption that a person may well already be taking action to lose weight and that what is required is guidance and encouragement.

And clinicians should note that a person's harshest critic of weight status is usually themselves and therefore avoid making "statements that may be interpreted as a judgment carrying moral connotations."

In their review, the authors included 21 qualitative studies in which people with overweight or obesity had consulted a primary care physicianand given their reactions to consultations during which weight could have been or was discussed.

Participants in all but one study had a body mass index (BMI) in excess of 25 kg/m2 and in most studies, it was in excess of 30 kg/m2, the investigators note.

When the issue of weight was not discussed, some patients indicated that they felt their healthcare providers' silence suggested they were not worthy of their time, or that being overweight or obese was not a serious health issue.

"Others regarded it as a failure of the doctors' duty to warn patients of future health problems related to excess weight," Ananthakumar and colleagues observe.

But on the other hand, there was uncertainty and mixed views about whose responsibility it was to bring up weight in a consultation.

A few respondents thought that their physician should ask permission to discuss their weight before initiating a conversion about it even though some participants indicated they would have liked their physician to actually start a discussion about it, at least in part because they were ashamed of being overweight and unable to lose the weight.

"Where it was mentioned, most participants reacted negatively to doctors describing them as 'obese'," the authors note.

In fact, when described as "obese", "in some cases, the word demotivated participants to lose weight because they felt hopeless," they explain.

For many patients, even the tone of voice and the manner in which weight was raised by the physician created negative feelings, again undermining their motivation to lose weight.

"A recurrent theme across studies was that doctors often assumed a person who was overweight must have an unhealthy diet," the investigators write, "[and] these assumptions reflected a common belief that people who are overweight eat a lot of 'junk food' and are not physically active."

Physicians also sometimes offered advice about weight loss that patients felt was banal, implying that the patient was either not trying to look after themselves or they were too stupid to not have already realized what physicians themselves were suggesting and already done something about it.

Many patients also reported that they visited their doctor with symptoms that may have been related to being overweight or obese but their physician immediately presumed their symptoms were weight-related without taking a history or doing a physical exam.

"This left participants feeling dismissed and anxious that a more serious cause for their symptoms might go undetected," the authors point out.

By so doing, patients also felt they had been denied a legitimate treatment and were instead being made to suffer in a punitive manner because of their weight.

"Clinicians should take care when linking weight to a presenting medical issue and discuss weight loss as one of a range of treatment strategies rather than presenting excess weight as the cause of the problem and weight loss as the only cure," the authors emphasize.

When physicians did address the health risks of being overweight or obese, nobody appreciated being scolded or made to feel personally responsible for their presumed weight-related symptoms, as this attitude reflects an all-too-common belief that obesity is a failure of willpower, the authors explain.

On the positive side, patients said that when they trusted their doctor, discussions about being overweight and weight loss were easier and that trusting their physician motivated them to act on their doctors' advice.

"People in society, including many clinicians, hold stigmatizing views of people who are overweight, believing them to be generally less capable and weak-willed," Ananthakumar and colleagues observe.

"And patients with overweight internalize weight stigma, sensitizing them to clues that clinicians are judging them negatively, even if weight is not discussed," they add.

This is in direct contrast to the fact that most people who are overweight are trying hard to lose that weight and, over the short-term at least, are even likely to lose some weight.

"It may [thus] be helpful to start a discussion with the assumption that a person may well be taking action and that what is required is guidance and encouragement towards more effective interventions," the authors suggest.

Clinicians should also remember that the harshest critic of a patient's weight status is likely the patient themselves and avoid statements they may perceive as judgmental.

"Weight loss discussions are more likely to be successful when they involve a trusted clinician who gives time to share options for weight loss in a nonjudgmental manner," they conclude.

Clin Obes. Published online December 2, 2019. Full text

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Incredible weight loss stories happen here – KGUN

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Secret Behind Metformin’s Weight Loss and Anti-Aging Benefits Revealed – SciTechDaily

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Researchers at McMaster University have unlocked one of the secrets behind the many benefits of metformin.

One of the most widely used medications in the world, metformin is commonly prescribed for Type 2 diabetes. However, in addition to its effects on lowering blood sugar, in preclinical models, metformin shows benefits on aging and a number of diverse diseases such as cognitive disorders, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

One question researchers have been asking is how this is being achieved.

A multi-year study led by a collaboration of McMasters basic science and clinical researchers has found that metformin induces the expression and secretion of a protein called growth differentiating factor 15, or GDF15.

The results were published today (December 9, 2019) in Nature Metabolism.

Hertzel Gerstein, left, professor of medicine; Emily Day, PhD medical sciences student, and Gregory Steinberg, professor of medicine at McMaster University. Credit: McMaster University

Studies over the past two decades have shown that metformin does more than lower glucose, but we havent understood why, said Gregory Steinberg, senior author and professor of medicine at McMaster. He is also co-director of the Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research at McMaster.

We went into this study with the idea that metformin might communicate with other tissues in the body by causing the secretion of a protein from the liver. We were totally surprised when we found out that metformin caused the secretion of GDF15, a protein which is known to suppress appetite.

The study team took that knowledge and applied it to mice to better understand the science behind the outcome. Scientists deleted the gene that makes GDF15 in mice, then treated them with metformin. The results showed that mice without GDF15 did not eat less or lose weight, despite being administered metformin, establishing GDF15 as the connection between metformin and weight loss.

The researchers say the findings open a number of avenues of research. There are currently over 1,500 registered clinical trials to test the effects of metformin in aging and different diseases.

The possibility that GDF15 has a role in multiple beneficial effects of metformin treatment on aging or diseases like cancer needs to be studied, Steinberg said.

Reference: Metformin-induced increases in GDF15 are important for suppressing appetite and promoting weight loss by Emily A. Day, Rebecca J. Ford, Brennan K. Smith, Pedrum Mohammadi-Shemirani, Marisa R. Morrow, Robert M. Gutgesell, Rachel Lu, Amogelang R. Raphenya, Mostafa Kabiri, Andrew G. McArthur, Natalia McInnes, Sibylle Hess, Guillaume Par, Hertzel C. Gerstein and Gregory R. Steinberg, 9 December 2019, Nature Metabolism.DOI: 10.1038/s42255-019-0146-4

The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Diabetes Canada.

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