Obesity Feature Archive
A middle-aged patient with morbid obesesity and COPD complains about having shortness of breath at rest and dyspnea on exertion.
A patient notes concerns with vision difficulty 4 years after undergoing a laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch.
Effective use of research-based interventions and recommendations for overweight and obese children begin with initiating a conversation with the family.
A patient came to the clinic to discuss her dizzy spells 4 years after her Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.
Patients should be encouraged to incorporate daily exercise into their treatment regimen.
A patient comes to her yearly nutrition check-up 11 years after undergoing gastric bypass surgery with reports of loose stools with significant odor several times per day.
After steadily gaining weight for 10 years, an obese patient seeks help in achieving sustained, long-term weight loss.
Patients with type 2 diabetes and severe insulin resistance may require large doses of insulin to achieve glycemic control.
A patient visits her primary care physician for a two-year follow-up after a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery to check for complications.
Obese adolescents have an increased risk of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE).
Adequate fiber intake is critical for maintaining good health, but only 5% of Americans consume the recommended daily amount.
Glucomannan can help treat obesity and comorbid conditions of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and early mortality.
A patient, aged 57 years, was admitted to the hospital to undergo gastric bypass surgery. He had a history of type 2 diabetes for ten years.
Encouraging a patient to get an overdue Pap exam resulted in an early discovery of uterine cancer that could have gone undetected.
An obese patient with chronic hepatitis C, diabetes, advanced cirrhosis, and fatty pancreas presents with chronic right-to-middle upper-abdomen pain.
Airflow disturbances during sleep need to be recognized and evaluated before harm comes to the patients themselves or those around them.
A patient recently diagnosed with diabetes complains of worsening malaise and fatigue as well as bilateral extremity cramps.
Multiple studies show that just about any low-meat or no-meat diet reduces almost all controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Assessing BMI regularly can help prevent long-term obesity problems.
Frequent infections in obese patients lead to more frequent use of antibacterial medications in this population than in those who are not obese.
Garcinia cambogia has potential as a weight-loss aid, but has significant associated risks.
Green coffee extract appears to be safe and somewhat effective in increasing the efficacy of regular weight-loss methods.
Bariatric surgery may induce type 2 diabetes remission in obese patients, but more direct evidence is needed.
Mounting evidence suggests current food production, transport and land use may negatively impact both climate and obesity outcomes.
Excess fat around the gluteal region can make performing digital rectal exams in obese patients difficult. How can this challenge be overcome?
Conversations about weight loss can contribute tremendously to behavioral changes, but tangible examples may be even more effective.
How should a primary care clinician follow-up after performing a lipid profile on an obese pediatric patient?
Are you doing everything you can to help your patients lose weight? Read this physician assistants' creative tip for helping patients kick those stubborn pounds to the curb.
A quick review of polycystic ovary syndrome, a heterogeneous androgen excess syndrome that can cause hirsutism, secondary amenorrhea, obesity, hyperinsulinemia and infertility, providing the latest global evidence for diagnosis and treatment.
Following gastric bypass surgery, many patients will still need metformin or glipizide (Glucotrol). Is there any evidence that one class of hypoglycemic agents is better absorbed than another?
Unlike other chronic life-threatening diseases type 2 diabetes can be managed and even reversed. Exercising can help patients reduce the risk of complications, including stroke and heart disease.
What is the best way to tactfully discuss a child's excess weight with his or her parent?
A nurse makes a surprise discovery when an obese woman visits the office for a tetanus shot.
Rather than accepting our patients' - and, um, our own - seemingly inevitable weight gain, let's consider this a good time to implement positive change.
Guidance and support from a nurse practitioner made all the difference for a hard-working, humble man.
Post-bariatric patients should not take extended-release medications.
Is Splenda processed using a carcinogenic agent?
Are there any guidelines or recommendations regarding prescription drug use after bariatric surgery?
When treating obesity, psychological issues must not be overlooked. Learning why patients eat can help clinicians improve what patients eat.
This common constellation of symptoms places patients at risk for CVD and diabetes. Here's what you can do to prevent further disease progression.
A college student with a history of Bell's palsy and Henoch-Schönlein is concerned about new-onset headaches.
Is there a way to reduce or eliminate frequent episodes of boils?
Mean weight loss at two years was 9.7 lb with the Mediterranean diet vs. 10.3 lb with the low-carbohydrate diet vs. 6.4 lb with the low-fat diet.
The typical American diet may not provide all the nutrients needed for good health. You can help patients eat their way to a better life.
Type 2 diabetics who lose weight soon after diagnosis are likely to still meet BP and glycemic control targets, even if they fail to keep the pounds off...
A short course of a corticosteroid could supplant nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as the medication of choice for...
People who kept a written record of everything they ate lost more than twice as much weight as those who kept no records.
Mr. R, age 54, was a diabetic, moderately overweight construction worker. One day he tripped at a job site, falling heavily on his right hip. Despite the pain, he finished his shift, then he went home, took an ibuprofen tablet, and went to bed. When he awoke in agony at...