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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more


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What is an estradiol level range that is low for any part of the cycle of a healthy young woman? Is less than 20 too low? Mine is never higher than 32

What is an estradiol level range that is low for any part of the cycle of a healthy young woman? Is less than 20 too low? Mine is never higher than 32

Too low: Yes, twenty is quite low for a young woman. Furthermore, your Estradiol level should be well above 32 during most of your cycle. Since there could be many causes of this you would need to be evaluated by an endocrinologist or gynecologist - sometimes both. ...Read more

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Is it normal to gain significant amount of weight after kidney surgery?

Is it normal to gain significant amount of weight after kidney surgery?

No: It is not common to gain weight after kidney surgery. The most common reason would be from all the IV fluid received during the procedure and while in the hospital. Without knowing more details about the surgery it is hard to give a more specific answer. ...Read more

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Are the common weight loss tips, eat less and exercise more, a cop out?

Are the common weight loss tips, eat less and exercise more, a cop out?

Just Laws of Nature!: Calories in/calories out, weight loss is mostly about the balance. So people need to focus on those first. How they meet those two goals daily is what needs to be personalized. Eg, if someone enjoys walking, then maximize that. If someone else likes hiking, then "hike" indoors on stairs or walls. Wrt food enhance flavor without fat. See some recipes http://pinterest.Com/drpam4women/healthy-eating/. ...Read more

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What is the best way to gain weight? Even my appetite is better than a normal person?

What is the best way to gain weight? Even my appetite is better than a normal person?

Eat healthy foods: that are high in calories. Eat 6 meals /day. Work on strength training to build large muscle groups. Work out w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, protein shakes, protein bars, lean meats ...Read more

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I lost 4kg in a month due to diet, is it normal or sign of dangerous diseases? Why do some loose less in a month comparing to others with same diet

I lost 4kg in a month due to diet, is it normal or sign of dangerous diseases? Why do some loose less in a month comparing to others with same diet

Depends on food : A rapid weight loss from a healthy diet change often is due to less water or stool retention. What is called "false fat." after one gets to a plateau , the typical loss is no more than 4 lbs of fat loss a month. If your energy improves and you lose weight around your middle you are moving towards better health. ...Read more

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Is too little sleep a cause of weight gain?

Is too little sleep a cause of weight gain?

It might be: Recent studies have suggested an association between sleep duration and weight gain. Sleeping less than five hours — or more than nine hours — a night appears to increase the likelihood of weight gain. In one study, recurrent sleep deprivation in men increased their preferences for high-calorie foods and their overall calorie intake. In another study, women who slept less than six hours a night or more than nine hours were more likely to gain 11 pounds (5 kilograms) compared with women who slept seven hours a night. Other studies have found similar patterns in children and adolescents. One explanation might be that sleep duration affects hormones regulating hunger — ghrelin and leptin — and stimulates the appetite. Another contributing factor might be that lack of sleep leads to fatigue and results in less physical activity. So now you have another reason to get a good night's sleep. ...Read more

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'Fat loss is limited to roughly 2 lbs a week as the liver cant physically process more. More than 2 lbs would be muscle loss.' True or bro'science?

'Fat loss is limited to roughly 2 lbs a week as the liver cant physically process more. More than 2 lbs would be muscle loss.' True or bro'science?

Good idea...: to shoot for a goal of 2 pounds a week is very reasonable. To be more aggressive than that may lead to muscle loss and water loss. Weight lost too fast will tend to come on back fast. Weight loss should not be result of just a diet, but a result of changing your lifestyle to be more healthy and well - this is the only lasting technique. Be well! ...Read more

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Fear of gaining weight is it always a sign of ED ?

Fear of gaining weight is it always a sign of ED ?

No: Ed often has a significant underlying etiology e.G dmv, vascular disease etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal for heart rate to decrease with lack of carbs? With carbs it's in the normal range. Without many carbs it's in 50's. Rises with exercise.

Is it normal for heart rate to decrease with lack of carbs? With carbs it's in the normal range. Without many carbs it's in 50's. Rises with exercise.

Not normally: Not normally in someone who has a normal glucose metabolism. You might want to be seen just to make sure you are not having some form of hypoglycemia; although it would be an unusual presentation. ...Read more

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Does the treatment of a thyroid disease lead to weight gain, or overweight gain? Or it just stabilize

Does the treatment of a thyroid disease lead to weight gain, or overweight gain? Or it just stabilize

Depends: On treating under active or overactive thyroid. Under active thyroid causes weight gain and treating it will stabilize or have weight loss. Overactive thyroid can have weight loss and treating will stabilize weight loss and may go back to baseline. ...Read more

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Is it true that in united states, the TSH from thyroid is in normal range between 0.2 and 3 ? More than that could be too much for a boy ?

Is it true that in united states, the TSH from thyroid is in normal range between 0.2 and 3 ? More than that could be too much for a boy ?

It depends on lab: Most labs publish their normal ranges along with patient results. Normal ranges vary from lab to lab due to different testing methods. If your lab is using the ultrasensitive TSH test, here is a good reference broken down by patient age. http://www.questdiagnostics.com/hcp/intguide/endometab/endomanual_atoz_pdfs/tsh_ultrasensitive.pdf. ...Read more

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Is it normal to gain weight not long after eating (possibly because of the meal's weight in you)?

Is it normal to gain weight not long after eating (possibly because of the meal's weight in you)?

SURE: Water increases your body weight 2.2 pounds for every liter of water you drink. So , if you're eating and drinking, as you consume water, in food and drink, you'll gain 2.2 pounds per liter. And, if you eat foods loaded with salt, you will have fluid retention, at least temporarily. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is failure to thrive same as slow weight gaining?

Is failure to thrive same as slow weight gaining?

Pediatric Undernu-: trition, characterized by weight-for-length or BMI of < 5th %ile, is defined as "an imbalance between nutrient requirements & intake that results in cumulative deficits of energy, protein or micronutrients that may negatively affect growth, development & other relevant outcomes." Slow weight gain is having velocity of growth in weight that is less than that expected on standardized growth curves ...Read more

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3 yo son has been failure to thrive since he was 1..Many test done..All normal..Hes 25lbs slow weight gain.. Wat could b wrong?

3 yo son has been failure to thrive since he was 1..Many test done..All normal..Hes 25lbs slow weight gain.. Wat could b wrong?

FAILURE TO THRIVE: He has to be watched carefully while growing up. Regular peds. Checkup including food monitoring, lots of love, pampering so he knows he is vip. Dx work up neg. These are all that are needed. He will catch up in growth and development. ...Read more

Dr. Arti Jain
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Failure To Thrive (Definition)

A condition in which a child has a weight that falls below the fifth percentile for his or her age, and is failing ...Read more