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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Weight Loss helps other Medical Issues

Did you know that 1 in 3 people are pre-diabetic because of the fact that they are already insulin resistant? Studies have shown that up to 90% of diabetes, 80% of cardiovascular disease and 60% of cancers can be prevented through losing weight and adopting new behaviors around food and exercise. Minimal lifestyle adjustments can have a significant impact on your long term health. Losing just 10% of your body weight will help reduce the risk of ...

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Starting a Weight Loss Program before the Holidays

Many people comment that they will get started with their weight loss program after the holidays. The wiser person knows that getting started before the holidays and picking up some strategies on how to navigate the festivities, will enable them to be ahead of the game come January. Comprehensive weight loss programs do not promote avoiding the festivities but rather promote mindfulness about food and beverages.
At New Horizon, we specifically work with patients on finding the discipline ...

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Obesity as a Chronic Disease State

2013 will be noted as the year that the American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognized obesity as a chronic disease state. As with any disease, options for medical care are available to help individuals manage their weight challenges and achieve a better health outcome.
The American Society of Bariatric Physicians “Obesity Algorithm” was also published this year and promotes a balanced approach to the weight loss effort of individuals. A multi-disciplinary approach addressing diet, physical activity, counseling and ...

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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 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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Weighing the Value of Vitamin D

Although the amount of vitamin D adults get from their diet is often less than what’s recommended, exposure to sunlight can make up for the difference. However, not all people are living in regions that will provide enough exposure to the sun. Older adults and people with dark skin may not get enough vitamin D. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for adults is 600 IU of vitamin D a day which increases with age Some foods rich in vitamin D ...

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OBESITY AND PREGNANCY

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of expectant women are obese which can have adverse impact on both the baby and mom. Women who are obese during pregnancy risk having complications such as diabetes, unnecessary infections and clotting of blood. Besides having mom at risk, there is even more concern about the baby’s health during pregnancy. Stillbirths, intrauterine death and unnecessary neonatal infection occur more often with pregnant women that are obese.
At ...

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Spring Health Check Up

Now is the time to ask yourself a few questions that can be more important to you this spring than anything else. The questions are about your health and the answers you give should lead to some decisions making. Here is the short list:
Am I overweight or obese?
Do I smoke or drink excessively?
Do I have high blood pressure?
Do I know my cholesterol numbers?
When did I last have blood work done and meet with my ...

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Weight Loss, Diet, Exercise and Apps!

The world of “smarter” smart phones and the apps they can bring your way put the tools you need to monitor and improve your health in the palm of your hand. Many free apps will help you get a grip on your food buying practices, physical activity monitoring and on a more medical note do things such as track blood sugar readings, food intake and medication use.
Three hot ones for keeping track of physical activity area would be ...

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