It is an unfortunate fact that nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children in the United States must deal with the effects of obesity. Being obese is not just a cosmetic problem; it can have serious medical consequences.
If you are overweight or obese and have tried most of the diets and exercise programs in the market without achieving any sustainable weight loss, you may perhaps need a medically supervised weight loss program. This is especially true when you consider how excess weight can and does affect your health.
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America with nearly 38% of adult Americans suffering from this condition and more than two-thirds of the population being overweight. Given the fact that being obese or overweight is the most common medical reason for young people being unable to enlist in the military, obesity is indeed one of the biggest threats to America in more ways than one!
Losing weight around the holidays can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! Here are some tips to keep your diet and your waistline in check this holiday season.
Most people have experienced the feeling of heartburn after a heavy meal every once in a while, however for people with GERD, the feeling may occur on a daily basis with serious consequences. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition caused by the backward flow of gastric juice into the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat to the stomach) resulting in symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, painful swallowing, throat soreness, and chest pain.
Diabetes is on the rise with greater than 24 million Americans being affected, 6 million of whom don’t even realize they have diabetes. What’s even more frightening is type 2 diabetes which usually affects adults is now showing up in children. The complications caused by diabetes such as limb loss and heart disease are equally disturbing.
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease condition that causes diarrhea and ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. It can occur at any age and has a tendency to run in families. Pain in the abdomen and blood stained diarrhea are the most common symptoms. Other symptoms include fever, anemia, tiredness, loss of appetite, rectal bleeding, sores on skin, and pain in the joints.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. IBD primarily includes Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. The most common symptoms include painful abdominal cramps, intestinal bleeding, diarrhea, fever, vomiting and weight loss. Though the exact cause of the condition remains unknown, the genetic and non-genetic or environmental factors are thought to play a part.
A colonoscopy helps diagnose and treat certain gastrointestinal conditions without having to make any incisions. It is usually recommended as a screening procedure for colorectal cancer and to detect inflammation, ulcers, bleeding and tumors. It can also be used to remove polyps that may become cancerous at a later stage.
Bacteria and yeasts are tiny organisms that are greatly feared because of their association with diseases and sickness. However, you may be surprised that our body is made up millions of bacteria called the normal flora that instead of causing harm, protect and help our body out in various processes. Many foods and supplements contain such “good” bacteria, and are called probiotics. Its primary role is suggested in its name – “pro”, meaning promoting and “biotic” indicating life.