Friday, April 18, 2014

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My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life, Health Guide

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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 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!

Who Gets Plastic Surgery and Why?

Body contouring plastic surgery can improve appearance and confidence after massive weight loss and bariatric surgery.   I underwent post bariatric body contouring plastic surgery to erase the last traces of my former obesity, an entire decade after my gastric bypass surgery. If you have been following my journey, you know that I had a... Read moreChevron
posted 04/17/2014, comments (0)|
David Mendosa

David Mendosa, Health Guide

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Medical Journalist Living with Diabetes and Author of Fitness and Photography for Fun, www.mendosa.com/fitnessblog

A Vitamin D Surprise for People with Diabetes

We have known for a long time that vitamin D is important for our health. Recently scientists discovered that it helps us stave off heart disease and regulate our diabetes. But until now they couldn't tell us how much vitamin D we need to get each day to help us manage our blood sugar levels. The Sunshine Vitamin on the Yellowstone... Read moreChevron
Dorian Martin

Dorian Martin, Health Guide

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Having Dementia Increases Risk of Falls

Aging brings with it new challenges. Your body doesn’t work quite the same way. And what if your mind also begins to fail? Will you be aware of the challenges you will be facing, especially as it relates to falling? A new study out of Japan suggests that the severity of cognitive impairment may affect whether a person recognizes a fear of... Read moreChevron
posted 04/17/2014, comments (0)|
PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel, Health Guide

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Author, breast cancer survivor

Breast Reconstruction: Body Tissue (Autologous) Reconstruction

Once you’ve decided to have body tissue reconstruction, your job’s still not done. Now you need to choose exactly what type of surgery: where on your body the extra tissue will come from, and how it’ll be used to build a new breast. Here’s the information you need to help you make this decision.    Q. I’ve... Read moreChevron
posted 04/17/2014, comments (0)|
Dr. Cindy Haines

Dr. Cindy Haines, Health Guide

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Fitness Expert

A Duck Dynasty Revelation

Today I was reminded of the whole Duck Dynasty controversy over religious views articulated in a way people found offensive.   My daughter is doing Girls on the Run, a confidence and self-esteem building program for grade school girls based around a 5K training regimen. I picked her up from practice and asked her what the lesson was today.... Read moreChevron
posted 04/15/2014, comments (0)|