Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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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!

Study Shows Testosterone Replacement Aids Weight Loss in Men

Ah, testosterone, the hands-down favored hormone among men. With the possible exception of Samson's hair, it is the snap, crackle, pop of maleness. If a fella wants more muscle, bring on the testosterone. If he wants more facial hair, it is testosterone to the rescue. There you have it then, the muscular, hairy,... Read moreChevron

posted 10/20/2014, comments (0)|

HealthGal, Health Guide

Health and lifestyle journalist;Physician Assistant;HealthCoach;Nutritionist

Fighting Childhood Obesity One Dinner at a Time

Do you have fond memories of family meals when you were growing up?  Do you serve a family meal with everybody present some, most, or all nights of the week?  Do the meals allow for generally positive discussion, sharing of one’s day, or chatter about nutrition?  Do the meals last at least 20 to 30 minutes?  Apparently... Read moreChevron

posted 10/20/2014, comments (0)|
Lene  Andersen

Lene Andersen, Health Guide

Writer, Advocate, Photographer

RA and Preventative Health Screening: Breast Health and Mammograms

People who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often have gaps in their primary health care. This disease takes up a lot of room and it can lead to both the individual and the doctors to have metaphorical blinders, focusing only on RA. It’s important to take care of the rest of your health, as well, to make sure you stay as healthy as... Read moreChevron

posted 10/16/2014, comments (0)|
David Mendosa

David Mendosa, Health Guide

Medical Journalist Living with Diabetes and Author of Fitness and Photography for Fun,

How Often Should People with Diabetes Check Their A1C?

A new study concludes that people who have diabetes should check their blood glucose level with A1C tests more often than the experts recommend. But even then the study doesn’t go far enough.

The study looked at more than 400,000 tests by about 80,000 people whose doctors prescribed them between 2008 and 2011. It focused on the... Read moreChevron

Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Health Guide

Musician, Patient Advocate, Author of 'Brass and Ivory' blog, and Founder of the 'Carnival of MS Bloggers'

Acceptance: A Tough Lesson to Learn

I absolutely hate the concept of “good enough.”

Growing up, I learned several things: take care and pride in the things that you do, pay attention to details, follow established or recommended procedures, but be creative and flexible enough to find more efficient and effective ways of accomplishing tasks. In... Read moreChevron