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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Please describe the mortality rate for morbidly obese women?

Please describe the mortality rate for morbidly obese women?

About 3-fold higher: According to this paper a woman in her 30's who has morbid obesity (bmi more than 40) is 3.3 fold more likely to die than a woman of the same age who has a bmi of under 25. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10227319. ...Read more

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Ultimate weight loss plans out there for morbidly obese women?

Ultimate weight loss plans out there for morbidly obese women?

Consider surgery: Once obesity has become this extreme, successful weight loss by diet alone is unlikely. She would do well to ask her physician about bariatric surgery. ...Read more

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Hello, I waned to know if a 1000 calorie while exercising is safe. I'm 238 and morbidly obese . I'm a female as well?

Hello, I waned to know if a 1000 calorie while exercising is safe.
I'm 238 and morbidly obese . I'm a female as well?

David L. Katz, MD: Please take a look at book by david l. Katz, md. He uses an holistic approach to weight management and overall health. There are so many diets out there; the one you can stick to and slowly decrease weight is best. Dr. Katz can provide good info for you. Please see your doctor first. This will provide the safest and best way to better health. Congrats on your motivation. Peace and good health ...Read more

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Any concerns for morbidly obese woman with no health issues to follow 1000 cal diet 5 days a week and fast 2 non consecutive days?

Any concerns for morbidly obese woman with no health issues to follow 1000 cal diet 5 days a week and fast 2 non consecutive days?

No: Make sure 1000 cal diet is well balanced with high protein,low carb & good fats with vitamins & minerals. Drink enough water- half your weight in oz/day. Stay under care of your physician. ...Read more

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How much weight could I lose a week eating 1000 calories a day? I'm 5'5 , female, and 240( morbidly obese) I also workout a hour a day at the gym

How much weight could I lose  a week eating 1000 calories a day? I'm 5'5 , female, and 240( morbidly obese)
I also workout a hour a day at the gym

Varies: Amount of weight lost is based upon the calories burned verses the calories taken in per day. For example, if you burn 2500 calories per day and taken in 1000 calories per day you will lose approximately 1500 calories. If you assume 3500 calories to burn each pound of fat, then you will lose about 3 pounds of fat per week. ...Read more

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I'm severely morbidly obese at 490 pounds. I'm a woman who is 5'7" and 24. How many calories should someone obese like me start eating to lose weight?

I'm severely morbidly obese at 490 pounds. I'm a woman who is 5'7" and 24. How many calories should someone obese like me start eating to lose weight?

Congratulations: on asking this question. Please see your doctor for guidance. W/out that your weight loss program can be dangerous. Hormone levels, cardio, etc, all need to be taken into account to create a safe and healthy weight management program for you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am morbidly obese. My penis is buried. How can I get rid of suprapubic fat without surgery?

I am morbidly obese.  My penis is buried.  How can I get rid of suprapubic fat without surgery?

Nutrition & exercise: Good nutrition & regular exercise are best & safest non-surgical ways to get healthy. Notice i didn't say quick & easy. Recent studies have demonstrated benefit from exercise even as we age, especially in those who've never exercised previously. Chat w/your doc & see if you need testosterone. Hypogonadism has been linked to diabetes & obesity. If t is low, boosting it might help w/exercise&wt loss. ...Read more

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I'm a morbidly obese woman (290 lbs). When I have intercourse in the missionary position and my partner is thrusting away, I can't breathe.

I'm a morbidly obese woman (290 lbs). When I have intercourse in the missionary position and my partner is thrusting away, I can't breathe.

That may not be: your problem , most likely you are out of shape , see your doctor for good check up, pulmonary studies , cardiac work up etc Get in shape by walking , work outs ear right balanced diet You will be fine . ...Read more

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Can a morbidly obese person have a Panniculectomy to get rid of a large, long stomach apron without losing the weight ?

Can a morbidly obese person have a Panniculectomy  to get rid of a large, long stomach apron without losing the weight ?

Why to take risk: Any procedure is high risk in morbid obese person , first should consult appropriate team , reduce weigh progressively to optimum , then undergo the procedure ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat 1000 calorie a day for weight loss regime? I'm 5'5 , female, and morbidly obese ( 240 pounds) I also work out the gym an hour a day

Is it safe to eat 1000 calorie a day for weight loss regime? I'm 5'5 , female, and morbidly obese ( 240 pounds) 
I also work out the gym an hour a day

Depends: With proper supervision by a health care profession it is okay but if you are doing this on your own it is not safe. You want to reduce calories per day through a good diet and exercise regimen. If you can burn more calories per day while on a healthy diet you will lose weight. Goal weight loss no >0.5-1lb/week. Talk to a physician or a nutritionist to help you through this process safely. ...Read more

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How will i be able to maintain a healthy weight when i get pregnant? I'm already plus and i don't want to be obese, what should I do?

How will i be able to maintain a healthy weight when i get pregnant? I'm already plus and i don't want to be obese, what should I do?

Be reasonable: If you eat a reasonable & nutritious diet for both you and baby w/o too much junk food or excess calories w/excuse "eating for 2" + get or remain physically active--walk, do house chores, etc., or more as you feel able, should not gain too much. Tell your OB about this concern and they can help monitor weight changes w/you. ...Read more

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I've stopped taking pills 5yrs ago to have another baby but I became obese and can't get pregnant?

I've stopped taking pills 5yrs ago to have another baby but I became obese and can't get pregnant?

See REI specialist: 5 years is too long trying, either for a 1st child or in your case one more. This is a good time to see a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist (rei) to find out why you're not pregnant. Ovulation issues like pcos can get worse if you gain weight but it could be unrelated - like an egg supply or a sperm issue. (answer continues as a comment, click on comment below to see). ...Read more

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Im obese and I have dm type 11. I have also b4 hypothyrodism. Iwant to get pregnant.

Im obese and I have dm type 11. I have also b4 hypothyrodism. Iwant to get pregnant.

Maximize health : It is important to maximize your health prepregnancy. Get your hemoglobin a1c less than 6, make sure your TSH is normal (and ideally less than 3), and get your weight down. These will all improvd outcome! ...Read more

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What could cause or explain hiatal hernia in thin 28yr old female (never pregnant)? Is this common in young non obese women?

What could cause or explain hiatal hernia in thin 28yr old female (never pregnant)? Is this common in young non obese women?

Congenital: Hernias are unrelated to obesity and yes i see frequently young women with this problem but the incidence is higher in older patients. ...Read more

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I'm overweight, borderline obese. If I get pregnant, is it ok to cut down calories while meeting my other nutritional needs? Is it ok to lose weight?

I'm overweight, borderline obese. If I get pregnant, is it ok to cut down calories while meeting my other nutritional needs? Is it ok to lose weight?

Pregnancy: is not a good time to try to lose weight. It is important to watch calories and to eat healthfully while pregnant to work toward a healthy weight gain. Women who are obese aren't expected to have the same amt of weight gain as someone who is underweight or normal weight. ...Read more

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I am obese and am on nexplanon and had sex for the first time can I be pregnant? How soon do have to get the implant removed?

I am obese and am on nexplanon and had sex for the first time can I be pregnant? How soon do have to get the implant removed?

You can rarely be: Since Nexplanon is a vey highly effective method of contraception, your risk of getting pregnant is quite low even if you are obese (0.05% or less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women in 1yr); but it is not zero. A blood betaHCG pregnancy test should answer your question. If your pregnancy test is indeed positive, it is recommended to remove the implant. If negative, keep it safely and securely ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more