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My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life, Health Guide

I grew from fit to fat and became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I was in my 30s, morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Since 2003 I've maintained massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and remain free from 9 of the 10 prescriptions. Then in 2013 I underwent body contouring and facial plastic surgeries to remove the last traces of my former obesity. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my long-term success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I'm a size small (down from a size 24W) and living larger than ever!

Progesterone Helps Weight Loss

Progesterone Helps Weight Loss

It can certainly be frustrating to do all the right things to lose weight or to maintain your weight at a healthy level and not get the desired results. You eat right and you exercise and still do not get the dividends. 


If you are a woman who has had a child, used... Read moreChevron

posted 09/19/2015, comments (0)|
Gretchen Becker

Gretchen Becker, Health Guide

Author, Humorist,

Does Metformin Work in the Gut?

The drug metformin is one of the most common drugs prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes.  When you’re diagnosed, most physicians prescribe metformin as well as suggesting diet and exercise changes.


But not everyone can tolerate metformin. Some people get diarrhea and nausea, sometimes so severe they stop taking... Read moreChevron

posted 08/31/2015, comments (0)|
Dr. Fran Cogen

Dr. Fran Cogen, Health Pro

Director, Child/Adolescent Diabetes Program at Children's Nat'l

How Is Type 1 Diabetes Affected, The Higher Up You Go?

Having a condition like diabetes shouldn't stop you from pursuing high altitude activities. What exactly can we take away from the scientific literature surrounding this topic?


A recent review paper published in Diabetes Care 2014; 37: 2404-2413Read moreChevron

posted 07/27/2015, comments (0)|
Karen Lee Richards

Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide

Co-Founder of the National Fibromyalgia Assn.

How Exercise Improves Pain Tolerance

Although study after study has shown that exercise helps reduce fibromyalgia pain, we've had little understanding of why until now. Scientists have long known that during prolonged strenuous workouts, our bodies release endorphins, a kind of natural opiate that reduces pain and enables us to continue exercising. But they haven't known why (or... Read moreChevron

The HealthGal

The HealthGal, Health Guide

Physician Assistant/Health Coach/Nutritionist

Is Your Brother, Not Your Mother, Influencing Your Weight?

A recent study suggests that siblings may have a greater impact on your weight than your parents.  Previous studies suggest:


  • If mom is overweight during Read moreChevron
posted 07/22/2014, comments (0)|

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