Metabolism

Metabolism is a term that is used to describe all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the cells and the organism. Metabolism can be conveniently divided into two categories:

1. Catabolism – the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy

2. Anabolism – the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells

Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients. Bioenergetics is a term which describes the biochemical or metabolic pathways by which the cell ultimately obtains energy. Energy formation is one of the vital components of metabolism.

Is It an Issue of Will Power?

2017-10-26T22:00:28+00:00

Obesity is dangerous metabolic condition. More than 70% of Americans are struggling with their weight. So often we hear that weight loss is about will power and patients report that they do not have it. Patients think that the reason they cannot lose weight is that they do not have enough discipline. They keep trying [...]

Is It an Issue of Will Power?2017-10-26T22:00:28+00:00

The Link between Obesity and other Metabolic Diseases

2017-10-25T14:55:30+00:00

Obesity is part of what is called the metabolic syndrome which includes elevated glucose levels, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. In almost every obese patient you will find one of these metabolic abnormalities. Is it coincidence that when you are overweight you are also diabetic and experiencing high blood pressure or is there [...]

The Link between Obesity and other Metabolic Diseases2017-10-25T14:55:30+00:00

Lost Weight and Got Sick: When Losing Weight Results in Sickness

2017-10-24T14:53:47+00:00

You may have heard this from people that have tried to lose weight or you may have experienced this. “I lost 40 pounds and then got sick. I felt awful. I had no energy.”  Why did that happen and can this be prevented? There are reasons why this occurs. The first reason is that the [...]

Lost Weight and Got Sick: When Losing Weight Results in Sickness2017-10-24T14:53:47+00:00

The Business of Weight Loss

2017-10-23T14:50:32+00:00

Americans spend billions of dollars every year trying to lose weight. Every minute a pharmaceutical company is trying to develop the next weight loss drug. Every day you are exposed to countless advertisements promoting another weight loss product. These companies are in the business of making money and not in the business of making you [...]

The Business of Weight Loss2017-10-23T14:50:32+00:00

Is it possible to come off my blood pressure medications?

2017-10-21T14:47:19+00:00

One of the most common questions the patients ask their primary care physician when they are first diagnosed with high blood pressure is: “what caused the high blood pressure and do I have to be on the blood pressure treatment for the rest of my life/”. The classic answer is: “we do not really know [...]

Is it possible to come off my blood pressure medications?2017-10-21T14:47:19+00:00

Is Obesity an Energy Imbalance or a Metabolic Imbalance?

2017-10-20T14:44:59+00:00

Most people continue to think that obesity is due to an energy imbalance. Even the majority of physicians still believe in the outdated concept of “calorie in – calorie out”. This model simply implies: When we eat food, the body start to “burn” the food to generate energy which is measured by the counting calories. [...]

Is Obesity an Energy Imbalance or a Metabolic Imbalance?2017-10-20T14:44:59+00:00

Weight Loss Gone Wrong: The Reason Why Weight Loss Appears Unattainable

2017-09-27T22:00:28+00:00

Obesity has reached epidemic levels within society. It has devastating health and economical effects and despite billions of dollars spent on addressing it, the typical weight loss strategies continue to fail. In any major American city, you will find a list of weight loss clinics offering their services but if the worsening of the obesity [...]

Weight Loss Gone Wrong: The Reason Why Weight Loss Appears Unattainable2017-09-27T22:00:28+00:00

Gastric Bypass versus Gastric Banding: Results of head-to-head comparison of the 2 worst options for weight loss

2017-09-26T22:00:36+00:00

Surgeons have inserted themselves into the paradigm of obesity treatment by offering procedures that promote severe malabsorption and physical limitations when it comes to oral intake. A review of 12 different studies was written to address two surgical techniques used in an attempt to address obesity. These were selected because Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the [...]

Gastric Bypass versus Gastric Banding: Results of head-to-head comparison of the 2 worst options for weight loss2017-09-26T22:00:36+00:00

Liraglutide 3.0mg: How many injections does it take?

2017-09-26T22:00:11+00:00

The use of Liraglutide for the use of the treatment of obesity was first approved in December of 2014. It is administered as a subcutaneous injection just below the surface of the skin. The treatment dose of obesity is significantly higher than the dose used for the management of diabetes. When dosing this drug, it [...]

Liraglutide 3.0mg: How many injections does it take?2017-09-26T22:00:11+00:00

The Point Where Medicine Gives Up on the Obese is becoming more Ambiguous

2017-09-25T22:00:26+00:00

Body mass index (BMI) provides physicians with a quick, rough assessment of adiposity or the amount of fat present on a patient. It is how the world calculates who is normal weight, who is overweight, and the severity of the obesity.  Once obesity exceeds 40 kg/m2 current medical guidelines and recommendations give up on obese patients and jump to [...]

The Point Where Medicine Gives Up on the Obese is becoming more Ambiguous2017-09-25T22:00:26+00:00

Obesogenic Drugs: What prescription medications will cause you to gain weight and how much weight?

2018-01-02T02:38:38+00:00

There are classes of prescription drugs recognized as consistently causing weight gain as a main side effect of the medication use. We refer to these drugs as “obesogenic”; because they promote weight gain and obesity. The question here is do you know what these drugs are and we’re you ever told that these drugs could [...]

Obesogenic Drugs: What prescription medications will cause you to gain weight and how much weight?2018-01-02T02:38:38+00:00

What is ATX-101 (deoxycholic acid)? What is it used for?

2018-01-02T02:44:13+00:00

The first pharmaceutical therapy approved by the FDA for the reduction of submental fat is ATX-101 also known as deoxycholic acid; better known as Kybella. It is being used for submental fat otherwise known as the double chin. So what is it and where did it come from? Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid that [...]

What is ATX-101 (deoxycholic acid)? What is it used for?2018-01-02T02:44:13+00:00

The Year Half of America will be Obese

2017-09-22T22:00:35+00:00

By 2030 it is estimated that almost half of Americans will be obese if the current rates are not reversed or altered. This information is based off an analytic projection model published in The Lancet. The analysis projected that there would be 65 million more obese adults in the US by 2030. The report also [...]

The Year Half of America will be Obese2017-09-22T22:00:35+00:00

The Futility of Weight Loss Drugs

2017-09-20T22:00:01+00:00

Attention needs to be directed at the often-hidden disclaimer that comes with the use of any weight loss drug. Disclaimer: along with diet, exercise, and behavior modification; drug therapy may be a helpful component of treatment for patients that are overweight or obese. As you can see there are a lot of stipulations that occur [...]

The Futility of Weight Loss Drugs2017-09-20T22:00:01+00:00

Liraglutide Warning

2017-09-19T22:00:13+00:00

Liraglutide falls into the category of antidiabetic agent and glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist. The brand names of the this drug are known as Saxenda and Victoza. As a general rule we know that prescription drugs come with a list of side effects and adverse effects with it being common for a prescription medication to have [...]

Liraglutide Warning2017-09-19T22:00:13+00:00

Why the Weight Keeps Coming Back

2017-09-18T22:00:05+00:00

Patients who lose weight following a diet or using weight loss medications face the same problem and ask themselves the same question. Why does the weight keep coming back? The body has a unique ability to maintain physiological balance. It balances out the amount of heat we generate versus the amount lost. It maintains a [...]

Why the Weight Keeps Coming Back2017-09-18T22:00:05+00:00

Weight Loss Medications: Where it started and how it never improved

2017-09-13T22:00:25+00:00

The use of modern weight loss drugs for the treatment of obesity began in 1933 with the use of 2,4-dinitrophenol (2,4-DNP); 5 years later it was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 1 2 What has happened since that time?  How far have we come?  How many weight loss drugs are available now and [...]

Weight Loss Medications: Where it started and how it never improved2017-09-13T22:00:25+00:00

Dangers of Weight Loss Drugs in the Overweight

2017-09-12T22:00:37+00:00

The use of weight loss drugs in general is the wrong approach to take when seeking weight loss. Weight loss drugs have not been embraced by most physicians as sales figures from the latest released weight loss drugs reveal. Weight loss drugs do not correct the medical condition of obesity. At best a 5-10% weight [...]

Dangers of Weight Loss Drugs in the Overweight2017-09-12T22:00:37+00:00

Canagliflozin: FDA Boxed Warning

2017-09-11T22:00:37+00:00

Canagliflozin is used for patients with type 2 diabetes that are not currently using insulin. It works by reducing the amount of glucose (sugar in the blood) that is reabsorbed in the kidneys. This increases the amount of glucose that ends up in the urine, ultimately lowering the concentration of glucose in the blood stream. [...]

Canagliflozin: FDA Boxed Warning2017-09-11T22:00:37+00:00

Weight Loss is Not about Calories

2017-09-10T22:00:53+00:00

If weight loss were about too much food or too little physical activity, then the cure would be simple. We could count calories and make sure we expend more than we intake. Except, that scenario has been overplayed again and again and again. At this point in time it is actually surprising that people continue [...]

Weight Loss is Not about Calories2017-09-10T22:00:53+00:00

Obesity Is Not an Energy Imbalance

2017-09-09T22:00:47+00:00

The American public has been driven into a state of perpetual confusion surrounding the concept of calories. There are people that take this concept as a scientific fact when it is anything but.   So how did we arrive at this place? A place where every package includes a calorie count. A place that equates [...]

Obesity Is Not an Energy Imbalance2017-09-09T22:00:47+00:00

A Review of Weight Loss Clinics

2017-09-08T22:00:44+00:00

Obesity affects every family in the United States. Patients often attempt weight loss multiple times on their own prior to seeking help. The research is consistent and robust when it comes to weight loss failure. Excess weight and obesity are medical conditions requiring medical treatment and physician supervision.   In this article, we will try [...]

A Review of Weight Loss Clinics2017-09-08T22:00:44+00:00

Does your weight affect how likely you are to see your doctor?

2017-09-07T22:00:55+00:00

The importance of seeing your primary care physician as recommended cannot be overstated. Most patients do not enjoy seeing their physician, however is it possible that your weight may play a role in how likely you are to see your doctor?   We already know that patients that have excess weight feel a pervasive stigma [...]

Does your weight affect how likely you are to see your doctor?2017-09-07T22:00:55+00:00

Topamax Warning

2017-09-06T22:00:36+00:00

Obesity continues to be the preeminent health issue of our time. In this article, we will bring to light important information in regards to the medication known as Topamax. Topamax is used mainly as an anticonvulsant drug to prevent seizures by blocking neuronal voltage-dependent sodium channels, enhancing GABA(A) activity, antagonizing AMPA/kainite glutamate receptors, and weakly [...]

Topamax Warning2017-09-06T22:00:36+00:00

Phendimetrazine Warning

2017-09-05T22:00:06+00:00

Obesity continues to be a serious medical condition that is affecting more than a third of the U.S population. Unfortunately, most of the weight loss clinics continue to use the wrong methods for treating obesity. In this article, we will discuss one of the weight loss medications that is often used in weight loss clinics. [...]

Phendimetrazine Warning2017-09-05T22:00:06+00:00

How Obesity Can Harm Your Marriage

2017-09-03T22:00:24+00:00

Spouses are quick to point out weight gain when it occurs. Obesity affects marriages negatively. Spouses may not be able to participate in family activities requiring exertion (especially with the young kids). Obesity causes a decline and often avoidance of intimacy. Obesity causes low self-esteem and can foster an environment with increased arguments.   Studies [...]

How Obesity Can Harm Your Marriage2017-09-03T22:00:24+00:00

What Happens to your Thyroid Hormone after Weight Loss

2017-09-02T22:00:44+00:00

The relationship between obesity and thyroid hormone is important. It is well known that low thyroid hormone levels can be the cause of obesity (however, not the only cause) and it is one of the most commonly checked laboratory studies in obese patients.   What happens to the thyroid hormone profile after weight loss has [...]

What Happens to your Thyroid Hormone after Weight Loss2017-09-02T22:00:44+00:00

Understanding the A1c

2017-09-01T22:00:43+00:00

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus has reached pandemic levels affecting around 10 percent of the population. There is an association with obesity as they share underlying metabolic causes. One of the most popular measures of diabetes is the A1C. It is also called Hemoglobin A1C.   In this article, we will explain how to interpret this [...]

Understanding the A1c2017-09-01T22:00:43+00:00

Is Your Weight causing Uterine Fibroids?

2017-08-30T22:00:04+00:00

Obesity is one of the leading causes of morbidity affecting more than 30% of the population. Obesity is associated with many medical diseases. Uterine fibroids (myomas or leiyomymas) are benign, monoclonal tumors of the smooth muscle cells found in the human uterus [1,2]. Despite the fact that their cause is still unknown, there is considerable [...]

Is Your Weight causing Uterine Fibroids?2017-08-30T22:00:04+00:00

I Want to Lose Weight Quickly!!!

2017-08-29T22:00:37+00:00

Weight can be lost in two ways. Unintentional weight loss is also referred to as involuntary or unintended weight loss and intentional weight loss which is achieved when knowingly attempting to lose weight.   The proper way to intentionally lose weight is to correct your metabolism. Addressing a sick metabolism allows your body to dispose [...]

I Want to Lose Weight Quickly!!!2017-08-29T22:00:37+00:00

Normal Weight Obesity

2017-08-28T22:00:10+00:00

The concept of normal weight obesity refers to the segment of the population that is considered normal weight per Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation but possessing excess fat or a high body fat percentage while not yet exhibiting the harmful effects of the excess fat.   To differentiate Normal Weight Obesity (NWO) from Metabolically Obese [...]

Normal Weight Obesity2017-08-28T22:00:10+00:00