January 15, 2011

Weight Gets in Way

1 Doctors Have Tougher Time Examining Obese

Doctors face extra challenges when treating obese patients, such as fatty tissues hiding other health problems. Ann Silk, MD, a resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told CNN she's concerned that fatty tissue may get in the way of exams and obscure problems like tumors. Excess weight on patients is also a challenge when it comes to medical equipment. Stethoscopes may not detect subtle heart abnormalities or lung sounds that may be muffled by flesh, reports CNN. Obese patients also require larger blood pressure cuffs. Another problem is that medical scales are typically maxed out at 350 pounds. That means doctors don't always have the most accurate weight for obese patients.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Treating the Obese, Treating Fat Patients, Challenges of Treating Obese Patients, Special Medical Concerns of Obese, Problems with Obesity, Fatty Tissue Hiding Health Problems, Ann Silk, subtle heart abnormalities, larger blood pressure cuffs

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Coffee in, Diabetes Out

2 Four Cups of Coffee a Day to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Drinking four cups of coffee a day has been shown to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes in women, says MSNBC. Researchers, writing in the journal Diabetes, report that four cups of java each day may cut a woman's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by more than half. Researchers believe that coffee acts to reduce Type 2 diabetes by increasing the amount of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) in the blood. A 2009 study, reported in Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that coffee (including decaf) and tea reduce the risk of diabetes when three to four cups are consumed daily. Patients should speak with their doctors about ways to lower diabetes risk, with or without coffee.

More at MSNBC | Hat tip to ABC News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal Diabetes, Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk, Reducing Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin, Why Coffee Is Healthy, Is Decaf Good for You, How Coffee Reduces Diabetes

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Losing to Live

3 New Docudrama "Heavy" Airs Monday

"Heavy," which airs on Monday on A&E, isn't a weight-loss competition, and the only prize is life. The 22 people featured in "Heavy" are so obese that they face life-threatening health consequences. According to A&E, the docudrama is "rooted in the incredible real life day-to-day journeys of the participants during a lengthy treatment program." "Heavy" follows two individuals per one-hour episode. Each episode will show the "incredible transformations" achieved during the six-month treatment program. The first episode will feature Tom, 37, who suffers from edema, sleep apnea and the inability to sleep more than two hours. Tom weighs 638 pounds. The episode will also feature Jodi, 37. She weighs 363 pounds and is unable to sing or fully participate in life with her husband and kids.

More at A&E | Hat tip to CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Edema, Food Addictions, Sleep Apnea, Docudrama, A&E Heavy, Weight-Loss Competition, Inability to Sleep More Than Two Hours, New Weight Loss Show

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