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can i take alpha lipoic acid for weight loss?

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Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 20 years experience
Alpha lipoic acid: Alpha lipoic acid is unlikely to hurt weight loss efforts but there is very limited amounts of data that it will provide significant benefits. Most analysis of diet related data speaks to the notion that calorie content trumps any micro or macro nutrient in a diet.

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The inside of my knee hurts when I straighten it or put weight on it. It also pops a lot, why? And what may help?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Possible meniscus: You need to be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon to evaluate your knee for a possible meniscus tear. You need an exam and an mri. If torn, arthroscopic surgery can trim the tear and improve your symptoms quickly. This is a picture of your meniscus seen here. It is the shock absorber between the femur and the tibia cartilage surfaces. This one is normal.
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What are effective weight-loss exercises for an 11-year-old boy?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Moderate intensity: All children should be engaged in moderate to high intensity exercise for at least 1 hour of every day. Any exercise your 11 year old will participate in regularly is the best for him. Make sure it is something that keeps his heart rate going. While exercise promotes health and helps in weight loss, it is not enough without improved diet. Check out choosemyplate.Gov for nutritional guidance.
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Can I exercise and lift weights if I am breastfeeding?

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Yes: Breastfeeding shouldn't inhibit you from exercising or lifting weights.
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Do detox diets really work for weight loss?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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No: The only thing that works for weight loss in the long term is eating less and being more physically active. Making temporary changes and then going back to usual eating habits will result in gaining back the weight you lost. Check out this site to learn about fad diets: http://www.Eatright.Org/public/.
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How can a pre diabetic person with BMI < 18 gain healthy weight? I have lost 5 lbs since diagnosis.

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
BMI is a guide...: And not necessarily an absolute measure of health. If you're doctor is saying you must gain weight because of your low bmi, then you should focus on eating lean, healthy proteins like fish, chicken and turkey, and doing some resistance exercise (weights, etc). If this is a big concern, i'd strongly recommend working with a nutritionist (along w. Your pcp)- they can be a big help.

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