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The Blame Game Has No Winners

Published on January 30, 2012

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen article after article condemning Paula Deen for her recent revelation that she has diabetes, and her subsequent endorsement of a major pharmaceutical company that manufactures the medication she takes to manage her condition.

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How are YOU Honoring Healthy Weight Week 2012?

Published on January 19, 2012

It seems these days that there’s a national observance for just about everything. Some are critically important like breast cancer awareness and diabetes education. Yet others, like National Hamburger Month (yes, it’s apparently real and observed in May) don’t seem

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What Can Cookie Monster Teach Us about Obesity?

Published on December 22, 2011

You’re probably thinking the answer’s easy: Don’t eat cookies! That’s a good start. But Cookie’s message can go much deeper, to an issue at the heart of the obesity epidemic in the United States. I happened upon an episode of

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Obesity in America–The Gains and the Losses

Published on December 16, 2011

As a physician, it’s my job to care for patients using the knowledge I have gained in my education and experience. Part of that experience is staying up-to-date on the latest news, studies and facts surrounding the complicated issue of

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Recent ASMBS Meeting

Published on June 28, 2011

At the most recent ASMBS meeting, there was talk about recognizing morbid obesity as a possible addiction to food, especially carbohydrates and sugar. In two of my lectures, the speaker used the word relapse when talking about weight regain after

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General Surgery

Published on March 14, 2011

Most of you all know our physicians perform the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and the Laparoscopic Adjustable Band. Many of you may not know, however, that the physicians from Surgical Associates also perform a wide variety of general

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Celebrities and Bariatric Surgery

Published on February 16, 2011

When someone is obese or morbidly obese, that person may face a number of major health issues, including increased chances for heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and other cardiovascular issues. Weight loss surgery options have increased in popularity, helping many people

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Obesity rates rising across all income levels

Published on February 3, 2011

In December the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the CDC, released a report comparing obesity rates from 1988-1994 and from 2005-2008. The report found that the”prevelence of obesity increased in adults at all income and

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New Year’s Resolutions

Published on December 29, 2010

Around New Years, most people look back and reflect on the previous year. There are usually a lot of accomplishments to feel good about, and also the list of things we still have not done, or wish we could do

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American Diabetes Month: Get Tested!

Published on November 10, 2010

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For the past 20 years, diabetes rates have been increasing rapidly and it is quickly becoming Americas new health

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