Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs Prior to Surgery

Many insurance companies will not consider a request for weight loss surgery unless a patient has previously participated in a medically supervised weight loss program.  This type of weight loss program includes diet, exercise, counseling and in some cases medication for weight loss which is monitored by a doctor or midlevel practitioner.  The purpose of this requirement is to show a patient’s efforts at weight loss and that the patient is willing to make the necessary dietary and behavioral changes ...

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Vitamin D and Sunscreen

 

The North East has seen widespread vitamin D deficiency as a result of people spending less time exposed to the sun.  Adequate amounts of sunshine enhance biochemical pathways which regulate the circadian rhythm in the body which is responsible for the production of vitamin D and is also needed to strengthen bones and boost the immune system.

Low levels of vitamin D are a risk factor for developing cancer.  Studies have shown that moderate sun exposure actually reduces the rate of skin cancer ...

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Binge Drinking Among Women and Girls

Binge Drinking

 

The CDC earlier this year underscored a serious “under-recognized problem” among women and girls.  Although binge drinking is a dangerous behavior, it does not seem to be consistently recognized as a health problem.  Binge drinking increases the risk of breast cancer, heart disease and sexually transmitted diseases as well as a number of other illnesses that can develop over time as a result of alcohol use.

It is estimated that 20% of high school girls binge drink which should be ...

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New Horizon on Hydration

Temperatures in the 90’s this week have challenged us in many ways, to include staying hydrated.  How do we know if we are drinking enough water?  A good rule of thumb is to drink the number of ounces equal to half your body weight each day.  So if you weigh 200 lbs, you would want to drink 100 ounces of water throughout the day.  If you are very active, an additional 12 to 16 ounces of water or sports drink ...

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Weight Loss at New Horizon Medical

Adults who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.   An initial cardiovascular risk assessment with a nurse practitioner can alert you to conditions that could be life threatening.  If you are diabetic, or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or kidney disease, you are at risk and are strongly encouraged to take action by getting involved in a program that will help.

Cardiovascular health at New Horizon is a focus that calls upon our multi-disciplined staff to ...

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Weight Loss at New Horizon

Over 40 million Americans spend in excess of $30B each year on weight loss products.  One would think that we should be the leanest people on the planet.  Unfortunately, the US and Mexico are now competing for the number one ranking as the country with the most overweight and obese population.

This growing population is responsible for the escalation of serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease and cancers.  Our challenge is to understand ...

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Weight Loss in Pounds or Percentages.

Weight Loss in pounds or percentages?

We often hear how many pounds a person has lost, but what is the relevance?  If an obese patient weighs 250 lbs and loses 25 lbs, and a 400 lb obese patient loses 25 lbs, who has made more progress?  Keeping track of weight loss in pounds does not mean the same thing to everyone.  A more comparative way to talk with a friend about weight loss progress is to refer to a percentage of ...

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Weight Loss for Local Medical Community

New Horizon Weight Loss is currently reaching out to physicians to inform them of our full service weight loss program options in response the AMA’s new designation of obesity as a disease.  New Horizon’s multi-disciplinary staff works to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to weight loss.

Our lifestyle medicine incorporates education, diet, exercise, behavior modification and permanent lifestyle changes.  Weekly visits provide medical supervision and encourage the patient to take ownership of their weight loss.  Our staff of Nurse Practitioners, Dietitians, Counselors ...

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Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals

Many of our natural foods are nutrient deficient due to farming practices that the agricultural industry has been implementing for decades in an effort to maximize product output.  Some of the leading culprits are inorganic fertilizers, pesticides and over-farmed soils lacking key nutrients.  Also, many vegetables are treated with sulfites to simply give the appearance of freshness.  Even our processed foods are micronutrient deficient. Our diets also rely on refined grains, sugar and enriched cereals that are deficient in essential ...

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Weight Loss Programs Covered by Insurance

Have you ever wished that your health insurance would pay for your weight loss program and other preventative medical services? After all, you and your employer have paid a pretty hefty premium and don’t see much in return. One of the best ways to beat health care costs is to be healthy and avoid needing long term medical services. Like many, you may know that preventative care is less taxing on our health care system than dealing ...

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