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Why is obesity a good thing?

Why is obesity a good thing?

Obesity: Being obese is not a good thing. It increases your risk of developing a long list if medical problems, and in general, increases your risk of death. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more


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What is a good means of determining if a lump is a tumor?

What is a good means of determining if a lump is a tumor?

See doctor: You don't say where the lump is, which would affect the answer. Many times a doctor can get a fairly good idea if a lump is cancerous just by appearance, especially on the skin. He or she may decide to watch it or treat with antibiotics or other therapy. To diagnose a cancer with certainty, however, a biopsy is needed. ...Read more

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What is a doctor called that treats obesity? Is this a specialty?

What is a doctor called that treats obesity? Is this a specialty?

Bariatrician: Physicians who perform additional training in the treatment of obesity are called bariatricians. These physicians use nonsurgical treatment such as diet,medication and behavioral modification. They are trained to handle the unique medical needs of a morbidly obese individual. A bariatric surgeon, on the other hand is a surgeon who specializes in weight loss surgery such as the gastric bypass ...Read more

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What is a tumor that is cancerous called? And what is a medical term that means "to die"?

What is a tumor that is cancerous called? And what is a medical term that means "to die"?

Cancerous: Cancerous of course is a term itself, denoting...Cancer. Depending on the biopsy diagnosis, the cancer may be named by it's tissue diagnosis, for example basal cell cancer, or squamus cell cancer. Not all tumors are cancerous, etc. The biopsy will determine pathology. To expire, is a medical term referring to when a patient dies (the pt "expired" after a long fight with lung cancer). ...Read more

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What is the reason for a fat body?

What is the reason for a fat body?

Fuel storage: A fat body is a body with lots of fuel stored up, in the form of fat. Humans store fuel easily when they take in more fuel than they use. That means if a person eats more calories than he uses, his body will store the extra calories as fat... for use when a famine, earthquake, or war hits us. However, famines don't happen here, so fat bodies just stay as fat bodies and suffer health problems. ...Read more

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What is a dietbetic?

What is a dietbetic?

Elevated blood sugar: Type 1 diabetes is caused by a destruction in Insulin producing cells. Adult (or type 2) diabetes is more common as you get older, if you have a family history of diabetes -- and is 70-90% related to weight. As you gain weight you become more resistant to Insulin until your pancreas is overwhelmed. It's the only risk factor you can control. ...Read more

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What is a healthy weight for a girl that is 5"7'?

What is a healthy weight for a girl that is 5"7'?

Varies...: There is a range of weight that would be considered "normal" weight for this height. Based on the BMI chart a weight between roughly 125 lbs and 158 lbs would be considered normal. This does not take into account bone structure or muscle mass. ...Read more

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What is the main problem that makes a person get pcos? Is it preventable?

What is the main problem that makes a person get pcos? Is it preventable?

Overweight: The majority of people with pcos have pre-diabetes. People with pcos are at very high risk for diabetes. There is a genetic (family history) component to pcos and diabetes, but daily exercise, staying at a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet that is very low in saturated fat is vital. There are some (very few) pcos women who are thin and the disorder is purely genetic. ...Read more

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What is the normal weight for a teenager?

What is the normal weight for a teenager?

Depends: Varies with age and height. An annual exam with your pediatrician can help answer that question, especially if you have been getting yearly checkups, so a current growth chart is available. ...Read more

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What is a good means of determining if a cutting scar is infected?

What is a good means of determining if a cutting scar is infected?

Infection: Redness? Swelling? Heat? Pus or other drainage? Increased tenderness? Red streaking? If it appears infected then please obtain prompt medical attention. Take care. ...Read more

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What is considered overweight for a 12-year-old?

What is considered overweight for a 12-year-old?

Depends: It depends on the height and the sex of the individual. Have the 12 year old visit the doctor and use the growth chart to determine if the child is overweight for age and height. ...Read more

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What is a heart murmuring, and is it a condition which is serious?

What is a heart murmuring, and is it a condition which is serious?

It depends: A heart murmur is an extra sound that is not normally heard when listening to the heart. There are many situations where the murmur is normal and it is referred to as an "innocent" murmur. Alternatively, the murmur may be due to abnormal valve function, an abnormal blood vessel or a hole in the heart. It is important to have an evaluation to know for sure. ...Read more

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What is a cause for gangrene?

What is a cause for gangrene?

Two kinds: Dry gangrene is simply dead tissue. It could have been caused by freezing, burns, or a severe interruption of circulation with the necessary nutrients and oxygen wet gangrene is a type of infection of the dead tissue by a very specific bacteria. This bacteria produces a variety of toxins which can spread, cause more dead tissue (necrosis) and kill you. This is an emergency. ...Read more

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What is a panhematopenia?

What is a panhematopenia?

Too few blood cells: Panhematopenia describes an absolute deficiency of the red blood cells and their precursors? ...Read more

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What is a possible cause of arteriosclerosis?

What is a possible cause of arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis: hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, smoking, genetics take your pick ...Read more

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Is there a kind of fat that is considered to be good for your health?

Is there a kind of fat that is considered to be good for your health?

Fats: Try to avoid trans/ saturated fats. Unsaturated fats tend to be healthier (Omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated or monosaturated) ...Read more

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What is a colostomy and is this a common procedure?

What is a colostomy and is this a common procedure?

A bag: This is a surgically placed bag on the abdomen used for some patients who have had colon surgery. These are common procedures. ...Read more

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In medicine, what is a DJD?

In medicine, what is a DJD?

See below: DJD usually refers to degenerative joint disease also known as osteoarthritis. The primary degeneration is due to cartilage injury, several diseases affecting cartilage degeneration, and an hereditary predisposition. Diagnosis requires a minimum of history and physical and may require x-rays and tests. ...Read more

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What is a stress test for the heart and why is it important?

What is a stress test for the heart and why is it important?

ForAdvancedDisease: Promoted for detecting artery disease, but misses most disease; arteries expand, not narrow. ~75%, or more, narrowing required before stress tests, all forms, begin to detect any abnormalities. Nuclear (more expensive ; radiation) promoted as more sensitive. For all I have seen, a well done ekg exercise stress more sensitive ; accurate. I quit doing stress tests 1995; for better protection options. ...Read more

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