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Is it possible for an overweight person to easily lose weight without any side effects?

Is it possible for an overweight person to easily lose weight without any side effects?

No: It's not easy to lose weight. It's a full time job. It requires motivation, dedication, & self discipline. It can be done but it doesn't happen quickly or by accident. Consider joining weight watchers, tops, curves or buying one of the many excellent books available. Set a target date, take one day at a time, expect backsliding, stay focused, aim for lifelong healthy eating. B patient. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm a 59 year old male, overweight, glucose 95, should I take metphormin, if so, at what dose? Are there any side effects? Thanks

I'm a 59 year old male, overweight, glucose 95, should I take metphormin, if so, at what dose? Are there any side effects? Thanks

Perhaps: your fasting blood sugar is normal; it would be important to know your FH, how overweight you are. Metformin is used in Type 2 diabetes, but some clinicians use it for obese pts trying to lose weight; it decreases sugar absorption, improves insulin sensitivity, and other effects. As with any medication, there are potential side effects (Google it). If used, would start at 500mg twice daily. ...Read more

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Are hot flashes and jitters side effects of a prednisone *injection* given for asthma attack? I am an overweight but healthy female, 44 years old.

Are hot flashes and jitters side effects of a prednisone *injection* given for asthma attack? I am an overweight but healthy female, 44 years old.

Likely: Yes, Prednisone can make you feel jittery and uncomfortable. Steroids have many unfavorable side effects. I would contact your doctor to let them know the trouble you are having and to determine if there may be another reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm concerned that my 8 year old daughter is overweight. How can I help her without being negative maybe causing other psychological problems. ?

I'm concerned that my 8 year old daughter is overweight. How can I help her without being negative maybe causing other psychological  problems. ?

Good Question!: You need to offer good food choices while simultaneously encouraging exercise and building self-esteem. First, don't have any junk food in the house. Only provide whole foods, mostly fruits and vegetables. Don't restrict. Instead offer good choices. Second, have her play at least 1 hour per day (something active). Finally, avoid using words like "fat" or "overweight." Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am a very overweight 28 year old who has been through one pregnancy with no complications. In march, I had a pregnancy scare but had a negative hp?

I am a very overweight 28 year old who has been through one pregnancy with no complications.  
In march, I had a pregnancy scare but had a negative hp?

??neg home preg test: Hi, i think what you are asking is--you had a late menstrual period (did not use birth control) but you had a negative home preg test. If that is the question, being very overweight can cause alteration of your periods or a unknown hormonal (medical condition) could increase your weight and also cause menstrual irregularities. Please seek out a knowledgeable ob-gyn. You need hx, pe, and labs etc. ...Read more

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Can being overweight (286lbs) cause a woman to get a false negative on a home pregnancy test?

Can being overweight (286lbs) cause a woman to get a false negative on a home pregnancy test?

No.: While obesity in women can increase estrogen levels, HCG is made only during pregnancy. A pregnant obese female will have a positive test if she is pregnant! ...Read more

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Im overweight, how does that effect the results of a pregnancy test, LMP was in july negative home test, been regular for years... Thank you.. ?

Im overweight, how does that effect the results of a pregnancy test, LMP was in july negative home test, been regular for years... Thank you.. ?

No effect: Your weight should not effect the accuracy of a urine home pregnancy test which measures HCG which is produced by cells within the placental tissues of the conception. A blood test for serum beta HCG can give a more exact measurement of the pregnancy hormone level and can be followed over time to ensure an early pregnancy appears to be progressing properly until an ultrasound can be perfomed. ...Read more

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I am a 27 year old, overweight female. I hae missed 3 cycles and I am displaying some pregnancy symptoms. Neg test but did blood. Am I pregnant?

I am a 27 year old, overweight female. I hae missed 3 cycles and I am displaying some pregnancy symptoms. Neg test but did blood. Am I pregnant?

Wait 4 blood result: Home pregnancy tests are quite good...But not 100%...Even blood test is not 100%. So, wait for the result and go from there....If it is negative, your doc may do more test such as an ultrasound etc... If it is positive...Congrats. ...Read more

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I'm trying to conceive and i'm late for my period. Tests are showing negative results. I'm not under any stress, sick, or overweight. What do I do now?

I'm trying to conceive and i'm late for my period. Tests are showing negative results. I'm not under any stress, sick, or overweight. What do I do now?

Live your life: You are 17. Sometimes nature plays a role in this. I cannot imagine anyone at age 17 worrying about fertility. Missed periods are common. Now that you have tested you know this is not pregnancy. It can take up to a year sometimes to conceive. Nothing is wrong. Maybe nature is poking you to ask why not school, travel, adventure before you become a mother? ...Read more

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I have had Nexplanon since 10/2014. Last period was 5/20. 2 neg preg tests, but experiencing symptoms. Overweight/obese. Could I be pregnant?

I have had Nexplanon since 10/2014. Last period was 5/20. 2 neg preg tests, but experiencing symptoms. Overweight/obese. Could I be pregnant?

Tests are accurate: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and not affected by foods, herbs, common illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, or medications. A correctly done urine test gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon. ...Read more

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I missed my period for aroynd 2 ajd a half months..i conducted pregnancy test bit it is negative and i am overweight..what can i do to get my period i?

I missed my period for aroynd 2 ajd a half months..i conducted pregnancy test bit it is negative and i am overweight..what can i do to get my period i?

Birth control: Birth control is often used to regulate the menstrual cycle in those who are irregular. This will also help prevent teen pregnancy. Consider seeing an Obgyn to help you. ...Read more

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Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? Or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? Or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

Maybe: The majority of brca1 positive patients that get breast cancer have triple negative breast cancer. Overweight patients may have tougher time breathing but a chest xray or other imaging for stating may be indicated for treatment of triple negative disease. There are many clinical trials available for this disease and they usually include a thorough staging workup. ...Read more

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Spotting x3 days. Period due yesterday. Normally very heavy menses. Neg hpt. 38/overweight. Avg 34 day cycle. No meds. No stress.?

Spotting x3 days. Period due yesterday. Normally very heavy menses. Neg hpt. 38/overweight. Avg 34 day cycle. No meds. No stress.?

Low SHBG?: Shbg, sex hormone binding globulin gets down-regulated in Insulin resistance (ir). Ir likewise makes you retain adipose tissue, or fat, particularly around the midline. This would explain your being overweight. Other things ir and low shbg can cause is polycystic ovarian syndrome, pcos. Ir frequently causes irregular menses. Have your dr. Check shbg levels and you for ir. See an endo. And ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Overweight, no period for 6 months now nipples are darker than normal.I have taken many pregnancy test an all say negative. What could it be goin on?

Overweight, no period for 6 months now nipples are darker than normal.I have taken many pregnancy test an all say negative. What could it be goin on?

Need for evaluation: You may have endocrine disturbance as that can explain both ammenorrhea and nipple color change. It would be helpful to see your doctor for an evaluation. You may consult this site for information on menstrual irregularities. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/pages/causes.aspx. ...Read more

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4 regular periods. 5 neg HPT and 1 neg blood test -- overweight. If I press in below my belly button 3-4 in it feels hard. Is this a baby? ~18 weeks.

4 regular periods. 5 neg HPT and 1 neg blood test -- overweight. If I press in below my belly button 3-4 in it feels hard. Is this a baby? ~18 weeks.

Not baby: Hi. If you're having regular periods and have had 5 negative urine pregnancy tests and 1 negative blood pregnancy test (assume this is all in your "18 week" time frame), then I would say it's not a baby you're feeling. ...Read more