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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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8 yr/o having rapid weight gain eating habits haven't changed and TSH is normal. What are some other possible causes? 48.5in and 80 pounds

8 yr/o having rapid weight gain eating habits haven't changed and TSH is normal. What are some other possible causes? 48.5in and 80 pounds

Weight: Please have your child's pediatrician give you a copy of the growth curves. Share the charts with your child and begin reworking diet and exercise. Be patient and admire the benefits over time. ...Read more

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What does weight gain tendency mean medically? Does weight gain relates only to wrong eating habits or we can gain weight without eating too much?

What does weight gain tendency mean medically? Does weight gain relates only to wrong eating habits or we can gain weight without eating too much?

Recent science: Has shown in mice that an excess of calories turns on a normally silent gene in the brain. This is logical if you think of our ancestors. The gene turned on in times of plenty and they stuffed themselves. In times of scarcity they could live on the accumulated fat. If this is the same in humans (probability high) it could explain our modern problem. ...Read more

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I gave up smoking 3 weeks ago. I have found that I have picked up a lot of weight very quickly. I have not changed my diet nor am I eating more than usual. What can I do to stop the rapid weight gain?

I gave up smoking 3 weeks ago. I have found that I have picked up a lot of weight very quickly. I have not changed my diet nor am I eating more than usual. What can I do to stop the rapid weight gain?

Lifestyle change: Congratulations on quitting smoking! Nicotine from tobacco boosts the body's metabolic rate increasing the number of calories burned. Your metabolism quickly returns to normal after quitting smoking. So cutting calories/healthy diet and exercise are necessary to stop the weight gain. Consider professional help for advice on weight control if necessary: your doctor, nutritionist, weight loss group. ...Read more

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Eating right and exercizing, bg levels up in the am...Were normal. No weight gain. Only change is that I am under emotional stress. Connected?

Eating right and exercizing, bg levels up in the am...Were normal. No weight gain. Only change is that I am under emotional stress. Connected?

Assume you: Are referring to "blood glucose"? If so, fasting am glucose levels ideally should be very close to 100mg% but acceptable levels are up to 120mg% in individuals overweight. If concerned have fasting glucose and a1c done at a lab. ...Read more

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8yr/o gained 15lbs since July is obese throid norm but she doesn't eat much what else could cause weight gain BESIDES eating habits which are normal?

8yr/o gained 15lbs since July is obese throid norm but she doesn't eat much what else could cause weight gain BESIDES eating habits which are normal?

What is she eating,: My first question is what is she eating. Have a dietician do an evaluation of her diet. Second question, does she get any activity? Third question, is she on any medications like steroids for asthma. Some medications may cause weight gain. Start here and enlist the help of her pediatrician to figure out the underlying cause. Best of health to both of you ...Read more

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47 years old, weight gain of 7.5 lbs in one week without changing eating habits and swelling of ankles have taken pristiq (desvenlafaxine) for 4 years?

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47 years old, weight gain of 7.5 lbs in one week without changing eating habits and swelling of ankles have taken pristiq (desvenlafaxine) for 4 years?

Swelling & wt. Gain: Wondering if the wt. Gain started after you started the pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) and if you are taking any other medications that can affect your blood pressure & heart/kidneys. I agree with dr. Pappas to get pcp evaluation. ...Read more

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How does the change in metabolism as you age affect your weight gain and how your body changes?

How does the change in metabolism as you age affect your weight gain and how your body changes?

Weight increases: Metabolic rate decreases about 2% every year. If you do not decrease the number of calories, weight gain occurs. ...Read more

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Rapid weight gain in one month went from a size 16 to a size 22 what could be causing this rapid weight change???

Stopped growing up?: There are a lot of potential reasons. Did you quit smoking, stop exercising, learn to cook, or is there any chance that you are pregnant? At 19 most women have stopped gaining height, and also transition away from parental control of what they eat, and the combination can be deadly to weight. Try to exercise every day and eat simple healthy foods instead of fast food or pre-packaged foods. ...Read more

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Hi, I was wondering whether wrist size could change as a result of weight gain/loss?

Hi, I was wondering whether wrist size could change as a result of weight gain/loss?

YES: Weight gain would definitely increase your wrist size as weight loss would reduce it. It depends on how much fatty tissue or muscle is around your wrist. If you are only noticing increase in size in one wrist then this may mean something else such as inflammation, lymph duct blockage, carpal tunnel syndrome. Please see your GP if you are concerned ...Read more

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Sudden weight gain with no change despite altering diet and exercise. What could cause this?

Sudden weight gain with no change despite altering diet and exercise. What could cause this?

Fluid retention?: Are you retaining fluid? This can cause a sudden weight change with no change in diet. Are you constipated? Sometimes after a few days of dieting, bms slow down and weight goes up (temporarily). A high fiber diet and drinking plenty of fluids will prevent this nasty problem. ...Read more

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Any nutritionist can tell me the best foods and habits for weight gain? Or some natural medicine that help me with health.

Any nutritionist can tell me the best foods and habits for weight gain? Or some natural medicine that help me with health.

Gaining weight: Gaining weight can be difficult for people who are naturally thin. Engage in exercise especially weight training to help develop muscle mass, eat small meals but every few hours, eat more lean protein and healthy grains. There are no great pills that help with weight gain unfortunately. I personally think we are better off being thin than heavy. ...Read more

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Began Zanaflex (tizanidine) 4mg 2x/day, 1mo ago. I've gained at least 5 lbs.; no change in diet, etc. It works, but is there a comparable one w/o weight gain?

Began Zanaflex (tizanidine) 4mg 2x/day, 1mo ago. I've gained at least 5 lbs.; no change in diet, etc. It works, but is there a comparable one w/o weight gain?

No: This medication is a muscle relaxant. Almost all of the available muscle relaxants work through the central nervous system and not at the muscle itself. If your presumed pain problem is improving, you may want to start to gradually increase your activity level after consulting with your physician. ...Read more

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I've had weight gain and bloating since Skyla insertion a month ago, is this to be expected? My diet hasn't changed

I've had weight gain and bloating since Skyla insertion a month ago, is this to be expected? My diet hasn't changed

Not common: Skyla has a very tiny amount of Progesterone that acts locally on the lining of the uterus and cervical mucous. The hormone released is so low it does not usually cause symptoms throughout your body. Monitor your progress over the next few months and see it is gets better. If not see your doctor ...Read more

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Weight gain so I have changed my diet, cut out soda and fatty foods and I am still gaining weight. Mostly just in the waist. Any ideas?

Hello.: Hello. If you have not seen your physician in a while, recommend that you be evaluated to determine if there is any medical reason to explain your weight gain. Sometimes people make the mistake of cutting down on their calories too drastically, this can paradoxically slow down the metabolic rate (and lead to more weight gain). If you aren't already doing it; recommend aerobic activity as well as weight lifting to enhance muscle mass. ...Read more

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Possible gallstones (waiting scan). What changes recommend? Diet - avoid/increase? Medication? Can gallstones cause weight gain too? Cause moods?

Possible gallstones (waiting scan). What changes recommend? Diet - avoid/increase? Medication? Can gallstones cause weight gain too? Cause moods?

Low fat diet: GB stones won't cause weight gain or mood swings. They do cause pain.
Some Chinese teas can soften stones. If the stones are very big, you can try stone purge.

Search on Google for more. Here is one:
http://happyhomemaker88.com/tag/dr-lai-chiu-nans-gallstone-natural-remedy/ ...Read more

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On risperdal (0.5 mg). Gained 5 lb less than one month. Concerned about too much weight gain. What can I do? Any advice? Change med? Diet and exercise

On risperdal (0.5 mg). Gained 5 lb less than one month. Concerned about too much weight gain. What can I do? Any advice? Change med? Diet and exercise

Consult your Doctor: Your doctor may recommend changing medications, there are several with similar effects and some are less likely to cause weight gain than others.
However, if Risperdal is working to control the symptoms it is supposed to be treating, you may want to discuss a diet and exercise plan with your doctor as well. ...Read more

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Can servere endometriosis cause weight gain? I've put on 2 stones in a year. And I haven't changed my diet. I used to be 9stone 2 now I'm 11 stone 3.

Can servere endometriosis cause weight gain? I've put on 2 stones in a year. And I haven't changed my diet. I used to be 9stone 2 now I'm 11 stone 3.

Two stones to you: No, Endometriosis will not cause a two stone weight gain. Diet and exercise are the two parameters that affect weight gain. More of one and less of the other and you can get "stoned". ...Read more

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What could be the cause of sudden weight gain (10-12lbs) without change in diet and have been lean throughout adult life. Women in family has history of thyroid disease.?

What could be the cause of sudden weight gain (10-12lbs) without change in diet and have been lean throughout adult life. Women in family has history of thyroid disease.?

You answered: You give yourself an answer. Thyroid disease can be one thing. This sudden weight gain requires evaluation. It is probably sudden fluid retention and this can relate to possible medical conditions that can be treated. I would recommend seeing your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What are some causes for weight gain. No huge change in diet and I'm not pregnant. It goes up about 10lbs in 2 or 3 days then will come back down some?

Leg swelling Fatigue: Did your notice any leg swelling that fluctuate? That comes and goes. Do you feel tired? Any swelling associated with redness or painful lumps? Check also your thyroid levels, feel free to talk to me, too any questions I will need to ask. Also do you feel sometimes palpitations? Do you feel sometimes pain in your legs at walking or ant other position? Will be a pleasure to help you, be well. ...Read more

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Is weight gain normal after hernia surgery? Had a double hernia repair in feb and have steadily gained over 50 lbs even though my diet hasn't changed.

Is weight gain normal after hernia surgery? Had a double hernia repair in feb and have steadily gained over 50 lbs even though my diet hasn't changed.

Plz C Ur Doctor: It is not uncommon to gain a few pounds secondary to decreased activity. However, a 50# weight gain in less-than 2 months reflects a physiologic problem that requires evaluation by a primary care physician. ...Read more

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What causes weight gain using Zoloft? If you eat the same & exercise, why do people gain on it? What mechanism is involved? Does metabolism change?

What causes weight gain using Zoloft? If you eat the same & exercise, why do people gain on it? What mechanism is involved? Does metabolism change?

Appetite increase: A number of psychiatric drugs, including most SSRIs (with the exception usually of fluoxetine or Prozac) cause an increase in appetite. I am not aware of evidence that they lower metabolic rate. Increasing physical activity and being more careful with eating, particularly craving-driven eating, generally helps. Drinking more water gives you a full sensation in your stomach; also carrots & celery ...Read more

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I find a big difference since I changed from Synthroid (thyroxine) to eltroxin... Big weight gain, tired all the time etc.! dr says they both do the exact same?

Reformulated: Eltroxin has been reformulated and may not have the same potency it did before. You should never change brands of thyroid replacement without getting your levels carefully checked 6 and 12 weeks after changing. ...Read more

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No weight gain ever previously. Stable at 53k for 1+ years. Suddenly, in 2 weeks went from 53 to 56kilos. Nothing has changed, diet, sleep, stress. Exercise 30min everyday. Tsh 2.2 in 12/2013. Nervous

Need to be checked: Thanks for asking as this suggests something is changing in your body. It helps that you have already considered many things that can affect weight. Other things can as well, including some medical problems like thyroid disease, and even heart failure. But likely you would have some other things happening as well, and thyroid disease does not usually cause rapid weight gain. Best to get good exam. ...Read more

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