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Will weight loss or gain affect my colostomy pouch?

Will weight loss or gain affect my colostomy pouch?

Possibly: As you gain weight, your abdominal wall gets thicker and it may cause the ostomy to retract. It also increases the risk of a patastomal hernia. In a similar fashion, weight loss can put you at a risk of prolapse, patastomal hernia, and poor appliance fit. Certainly, it's important to follow with a surgeon or a certified ostomy nurse. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have had a colostomy which has been reversed now. Would that still make me eligible for weight loss surgery and which would be better?

I have had a colostomy which has been reversed now. Would that still make me eligible for weight loss surgery and which would be better?

Yes, both possible: A prior colostomy would likely lead to multiple adhesions, which are like cobwebs attaching one loop to another. These can make it impossible to move the small bowel up to the stomach for a bypass. So, it might be better for a sleeve, since it doesn't matter about the small bowel adhesions. ...Read more

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Do melatonin pills cause weight loss or gain?

Do melatonin pills cause weight loss or gain?

Melatonin: There is no clinically proven Research in human beings that Melatonin can cause weight loss or gain. Have Balanced Diet and maintain weight within the normal range. Exercise every day Have Balanced diet Develop good Self- esteem without focus weight. Watch emotional eating It is not WHAT you eat IT IS WHAT is eating you See Therapist for stresses of conflicts with parents, relationships, work, . ...Read more

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Would purging for 3 days then eating bad food the day later cause weight loss or gain?

Would purging for 3 days then eating bad food the day later cause weight loss or gain?

Yes: Depends on what you mean by bad food. You need good nutrition on a daily basis. Purging is a symptom of an eating disorder called bulimia. There are treatment programs available if you need help establishing a healthy pattern of eating without feeling the need to purge ...Read more

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Will the isagenix total health and wellness program cause any sort of weight loss or gain?

Will the isagenix total health and wellness program cause any sort of weight loss or gain?

Do not waste your $: Do not waste your time with "weight loss supplements". If you want to achieve weight loss, reduce your carbs to a bare minimum, drink only water, eat lots of low starch veggies and lean meats and increase your activity levels. ...Read more

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Would purging for 2 days on healthy food and then eating marshmallows, chocolate and pizza the third day cause weight loss or gain?

Would purging for 2 days on healthy food and then eating marshmallows, chocolate and pizza the third day cause weight loss or gain?

Not recommended: Why not eat healthy food every day? Healthy food every day, at a rate of calorie stores appropriate for you, would be best. There is not much value in marshmallows, chocolate or pizza, in that order. ...Read more

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Can sudden weight loss or gain cause gyno for some in their 20s? If so will it go away once nutrition is back to normal?

Can sudden weight loss or gain cause gyno for some in their 20s? If so will it go away once nutrition is back to normal?

If by "gyno": you mean gynecomastia or breast enlargement, the answer is definitely yes -- it can be caused by weight gain or use of anabolic steroids, There are other possible causes that need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Last month dark stretch marks appeared above my knees. I've had no significant weight loss or gain so what is causing them? How can I get rid of it?

Last month dark stretch marks appeared above my knees. I've had no significant weight loss or gain so what is causing them? How can I get rid of it?

Stretch marks : Stretch marks may happen during times of hormonal changes as well as stretching of the skin. Try a vit d supplement (800 iu/day), vit c (500 mg three times per day) and zinc (4 mg per day) to help skin integrity. ...Read more

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Is it normal if the breasts of a 17 year old girl get smaller? Bra size used to be 34c now is 32c or 32b within a few months. No weight loss or gain.

Is it normal if the breasts of a 17 year old girl get smaller? Bra size used to be 34c now is 32c or 32b within a few months. No weight loss or gain.

It can be...: Without any other symptoms or information, this is likely normal. Body fat distribution (not just total mass) is determined by a very complex interplay between hormones that are very actively changing before, during and after puberty. So as the body changes/matures, the body fat (aka adipose) distribution may also change. If you're worried, though, go see your doctor, they can help. ...Read more

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Im now taking Zoloft 100mg cymbalta (duloxetine) 30mg for 2wks then i will stop Zoloft and just take cymbalta (duloxetine)... Will this cause weight loss or gain?

Im now taking Zoloft 100mg cymbalta (duloxetine) 30mg  for 2wks then i will stop Zoloft and just take cymbalta (duloxetine)... Will this cause weight loss or gain?

Generally: Some medications dont exactly cause weight gain but if you feel depressed sometimes you dont eat so when you take an antidepressant and start feeling better your appetite comes back and you end up gaining weight. This doesnt always happen but some people treat the weight gain as causal to the medication when in fact its due to improved mood which leads to improved appetite. Just watch what you eat. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more