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can you tell me about animals with a leptin deficiency or a defect in leptin receptors exhibit hyperphagia (overeating) and extreme obesity. why?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Humans: Not sure about animal research but here's a helpful reference for humans: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/congenital-leptin-deficiency.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is recommended preparation for an obese patient undergoing a cardiac rehabilitation program?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Doctor clearance: It would be important to have your doctor certify that it is safe to begin the rehab. That would mean that there are no acute problems that could result in complications such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, anemia, unstable chest pain, etc. Commonly, some kind of stress test is also done prior to starting the rehab. And the doctor can also recommend how much exercise is safe.
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Could overeating cause heart palpitations?

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Dr. Andrew Chung
Cardiology 27 years experience
Yes: Overeating does increase physical stress on the heart. It is not normal to have symptoms, which would include palpitations, when the heart is experiencing increased physical stress. Further evaluation including possibly a stress test is indicated in this setting.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Are obese people more likely to get colon cancer?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly: Poor dietary habits can lead to obesity as well as colon cancer.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is there a relationship with type 1 diabetes and obesity?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on question: If the question is do chubby kids get type 1 dm more often than others, the answer is no. Given that about 1/3 of usa kids are heavier than they should be, the fluffy ones still get type 1 @ the same rate as others. Kids with poorly controlled dm can and do become overweight later do to a combination of issues. This is different from type 2 wher obesity is almost always a triggering factor.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you get an obese child to lose weight?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Limit tv and juice: The most important step is to limit tv. No more than 90 minutes daily of television is critical. The second most important step is to limit liquid calories- juice and soda are off the diet, milk should be skim and limited to 16 ounces daily. The third step is to control lunches by packing your child's lunch for school.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Limit is too kind. Kids should not have soda and I see no reason for juice, especially if they are obese. They need A LOT of exercise and DAILY. Think about how much walking and biking you did as a kid and then think of your children now. Another trick, no food that comes from cardboard boxes. They need fresh fruit and vegetables. And avoid all that LOW-FAT stuff because it is all HIGH-CARB.
Jun 7, 2012
Dr. James Burns
Dr. James Burns commented
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
Agree with both...
Dec 31, 2014

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