Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

29-Year-Old Man with Diarrhea, Nausea, and Weight Loss

Posted by Sara Fazio • September 26th, 2014

A 29-year-old man was seen in the walk-in clinic because of diarrhea of 1 year’s duration and weight loss. Initial laboratory values included elevated hepatic aminotransferase levels and a ferritin level of 1716 ng per milliliter. A diagnostic procedure was performed. Common causes of cirrhosis include chronic alcohol use, viral hepatitis (either HBV or HCV),… Read More…

Obesity

Posted by Sara Fazio • February 1st, 2013

This new commentary reviews common myths and presumptions about obesity and also provides some useful evidence-based concepts about overweight and obesity. Many beliefs about obesity persist in the absence of supportingscientific evidence (presumptions); some persist despite contradicting evidence (myths). The promulgation of unsupported beliefs may yield poorly informed policy decisions, inaccurate clinical and public health… Read More…

Abdominal Pain and Weight Loss

Posted by Sara Fazio • July 27th, 2012

In this week’s Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 59-year-old man was admitted to the hospital because of 9 months of abdominal pain, vomiting, and weight loss. He was born in a Caribbean country and had been treated for intestinal strongyloidiasis years earlier. A diagnosis of celiac disease had recently been made. S…. Read More…

Medical Therapy vs. Bariatric Surgery in Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Daniela Lamas • April 27th, 2012

In the 91 years since the discovery of insulin therapy for diabetes by Banting and Best in 1921, the prevalence of type 1 and especially type 2 diabetes has skyrocketed, tied to the ongoing epidemic of obesity. With the global prevalence of type 2 diabetes now expected to hit nearly 10 percent of the world’s… Read More…

From Willpower to WillPOWER! Comparative Effectiveness Trials of Weight-Loss Interventions from the POWER Consortium

Posted by John Staples • November 23rd, 2011

It happens every year. After some champagne, confetti, and a couple choruses of Auld Lang Syne, a great number of us wake up on New Year’s Day resolving to lose weight. A spirit of focused enthusiasm sets in, and doctors, dieticians, and personal trainers are consulted for their advice. Weight-loss products fly off the shelf…. Read More…

A Diet for the Ages

Posted by Rena Xu • June 22nd, 2011

What is the secret to losing weight and keeping it off?  People have asked this question for ages, and many different answers have been proposed.  We’re all familiar with various dieting fads that have passed in and out of favor: the high-protein diet, the juice-only diet, and countless others.  But what are the actual long-term… Read More…

Diet and Exercise for Obese Older Adults

Posted by Graham McMahon • April 1st, 2011

In an Original Article this week, “Weight Loss, Exercise, or Both and Physical Function in Obese Older Adults,” Villareal et al. examined the independent and combined effects of weight loss and exercise in obese adults 65 years of age or older. The findings suggest that weight loss plus exercise provides greater improvement in physical function… Read More…

Sibutramine and Cardiovascular Events: The SCOUT Trial Weighs In

Posted by John Staples • September 1st, 2010

Obesity, it has been wryly noted, is a large and growing worldwide problem, and one with hefty consequences: Type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, and death are just some of the long-term complications associated with excess weight.  Despite the billions of dollars spent on weight-loss products each year, achieving and sustaining weight loss… Read More…