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How To Gain Weight With Marfan Syndrome
Increased Estrogen: Adipose tissue (fat) causes an increase in the circulation estrogen levels by converting androgen precursors into estrone. The increased estrogen level is detected by the pituitary, causing ovulation to be inhibited. That inhibition can result in an increase in the number of small cysts on the ovary - hence polycystic ovarian syndrome. ...Read more
See Dr., and then...: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very delicately: Usually people with crohn's disease have problems with adequate absorption and therefore lose a lot of weight. One possible reason for weight gain is use of high dose steroids. I would definitely advise a long conversation with your GI doctor prior to embarking on weight loss regimen. Certainly eating healthier foods and more exercise may help. Ask if your steroid dose can be diminished from gi. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treat it!: Hi. If you're hyperthyroid, I have to assume you've seen a doctor to get the diagnosis. If that doctor isn't comfortable treating you, get a referral to one who is. Once your hyperthyroidism is treated or controlled, it should be possible to gain back any weight you lost due to hyperthyroidism. ...Read more
If healthy, then...: Eat more healthy calories (snacks and meals) to gain weight. Choosing foods with protein and "good" fats and oils. Avoid excess amounts of simple starches and sugars. To increase muscle mass, one has to work out against resistance (with weights). This exercise will increase daily calorie needs, so one must eat more of the healthy, balanced diet he should already be on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fitness: Please forgive my frankness. You know you don't lose or gain weight by magic. It's calories in versus calories out. Everything else is a distraction. Start exercising intensively. This will not only burn calories and improve your overall health. It will set your appetite to what it should be, and it will improve your PCOS. Take charge and manage this serious illness -- you're smart and strong. ...Read more
Nutrition & exercise: No easy answer. Women w/PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) lose weight same way everyone else does: eat healthy foods & exercise regularly. Of course, see your Family Doc to make sure you don't also have hypothyroidism or some other condition. Metformin, used to treat diabetes, is often prescribed to those w/PCOS. Because it can upset your stomach, some people lose weight while taking metformin. ...Read more
Get hypothyroidism: corrected. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Be physically active with both cardio & weight ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: On what kind of thyroid problem you have. Please see your doctor to help determine if you have hypothyroid or hyperthyroid. Thyroid disease is very nonspecific and makes it difficult to answer your question in this setting. ...Read more
While in Anorexia: Recovery it is important to work with a treatment team that includes a nutritionist, physician and mental health provider. ...Read more
Remission: The most important thing for improving your muscle mass is to get your disease in to remission, which will allow you to absorb more key nutrients. However some people will be advised to take supplemental calories in the form of liquid shakes. These usually just "stave off" more weight loss but potentially could help with increasing lean muscle. Talk to your gastroenterologist. ...Read more
FasterFasterPussycat: What do you want to gain? Fat? Muscle? Water? Let's hope it's a reasonable amount of muscle gained by sprinting or bicycling or intelligent use of weights,or swimming.You'll need to push those muscles to improve and feed them enough calories and protein to grow. Read up on it. Remember:"fast metabolism"could mean a number of things, including medical problems, so a pre-exercise checkup is in order ...Read more
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