Jeffrey Heit, M.D., Health Professional

Jeffrey Heit is an internist in Burlington, Massachusetts and is affiliated with Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Obesity.

Should I Work Out If I Have a Cold?

The doldrums of winter are upon us. Not only is it cold outside, but many of us are suffering from upper respiratory infections- or, to put it in lay terms, colds. The golden opportunity to start shedding pounds with your new 2009 work out routine co...
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Can I Catch MRSA at My Gym?

Any time I hear or see enough chatter about a fitness related topic, either in person, on line, or both, I feel compelled to share my knowledge with readers regarding that topic. One particular issue that has moved to the forefront of health club cha...
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When It's Not Obesity: Other Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain

Many of you, who regularly read my blog, know that I encourage frequent visits to primary care providers to make sure your health is good and you have nothing that requires urgent medical attention. That said, many complain that “no matter what [they...
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Types of Obesity

It’s hard to believe that we live in such a super specialized society, that there are actually different types of obesity to characterize. Isn’t fat just fat? Well, the quick answer to that question is- not really. Different people have different bod...
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Have Your Steak and Eat It Too

If you’re like most people who are into staying healthy, losing weight, and keeping fit, you probably do your best to avoid red meat - or, at least, feel very guilty if you do have a nice juicy steak every so often. The good news is, you don’t need t...
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Chondromalacia Patella

One particularly annoying and disabling syndrome that plagues runners, walkers and stair climbers alike is chondromalacia patella or patellofemoral pain. It is usually described as a dull ache in the front of the knee, where the knee cap (also known ...
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Why You Need a "Spot"

The need for lifting weights with a “spot” or “spotter” can be best illustrated by the following story. Three years ago, I was on duty in the Emergency Room of a local hospital when an ambulance came in with a thirty four year old gentleman who susta...
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Is Obesity Genetic?

If our parents are overweight, is it more likely that we are destined to be overweight too? It sure seems that way sometimes. However, like most other health phenomena, it’s much more complicated than that. Let’s go back in time about ten thousand ye...
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Jumping Rope

If you’re thinking that jumping rope is only for school girls, get a clue Some of the toughest athletes in the world, namely boxers, UFC fighters, as well as others, jump rope to shed pounds, stay in shape and help with everything from posture to coo...
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Obesity and Sleep Apnea: What's the Connection?

Sleep apnea is a dangerous and growing problem in the U.S. It is also inextricably related to the epidemic of obesity. Simply put, sleep apnea is a disorder in which one’s airway becomes obstructed while asleep, causing loud snoring in its most benig...
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