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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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I'm a 33 year old female who is quite overweight. During exercise (in the middle of workout) I break out in a cold sweat. Should I be worried?

I'm a 33 year old female who is quite overweight. During exercise (in the middle of workout) I break out in  a cold sweat. Should I be worried?

Not necessarily: Heavy sweating with exercise, by itself, is not an indication of coronary heart problems, especially if you are able to continue the exercise without having to stop and if you don't experience any unusual chest discomfort, pressure, heaviness(feels like an elephant is sitting on my chest), lightheadedness or severe shortness of breath.*** If you have additional risk factors see comments below ...Read more

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I'm overweight, borderline obese. If I get pregnant, is it ok to cut down calories while meeting my other nutritional needs? Is it ok to lose weight?

I'm overweight, borderline obese. If I get pregnant, is it ok to cut down calories while meeting my other nutritional needs? Is it ok to lose weight?

Pregnancy: is not a good time to try to lose weight. It is important to watch calories and to eat healthfully while pregnant to work toward a healthy weight gain. Women who are obese aren't expected to have the same amt of weight gain as someone who is underweight or normal weight. ...Read more

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Is 131/116 high for a 35 year old woman? Not overweight and never smoked.

Yes.: Yes this would be considered stage II HTN. Stage I HTN Systolic above 140 (top) or Diastolic above 90 (bottom). Stage II Systolic above 160 or Diastolic above 100. A diastolic of 116 is very high and for this you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I need to know what's an appropriate workout for a slightly overweight 16 year old male?

I need to know what's an appropriate workout for a slightly overweight 16 year old male?

The Usual: 30-60 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise to keep your heart rate between 65 and 80% of your predicted (or better yet, measured) maximum, done no less often than every other day. ...Read more

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Is it easy for a 41 year old woman to get pregnant by ivf? She's overweight & doesn't excercise.

Is it easy for a 41 year old woman to get pregnant by ivf? She's overweight & doesn't excercise.

Dr : Dr fowler's information is accurate - in general we expect a 15-25 % pregnancy rate in 41-42 year old women with ivf. This depends on many individual factors as well. Most women in their 40's have signs of diminished ovarian reserve (low egg supply) but this varies and some wil get pregnant relatively easily with ivf, while others struggle. The effect of weight on an ivf cycle is complex. Body mass index (bmi) is not a perfect measure of overweight/ obesity, but it is easy to measure and is a useful tool for studies measuring the effects of obesity as it takes height and weight into account, not just weight. It does not work for people who are low fat/high muscle weight like bodybuilders, but it's useful for the rest of us and is easy to calculate (see the link below). Bmi 18.5 to under 25 is ideal, 25-30 is overweight, and 30 or above is considered obesity. High bmi affects how well ivf drugs are absorbed into the body - most are given as subcutaneous injections (into the fatty tissue under the skin) - so higher doses of injectable medication may be needed. High bmi probably also affects how well embryos implant. Many studies show that high bmi (over 24, over 27, over 30) can result in reduced implantation rates (the chance that each embryo will 'take' in the uterus) without affecting embryo quality, and this leads to lower pregnancy rates with increased bmi. There are also studies that show that women with high bmi have the same success rates as women with lower bmi, but just need higher medication doses. The question has not been definitely settled. Very high bmi (40 or over) affects the safety of ivf - egg retrieval procedures are usually done on an oupatient basis. Many centers use md anesthesiologists, and it is normal not to intubate the patient during the procedure, as we would do for a laparoscopy or major surgery. It makes sense to have an upper limit of bmi for most centers in the us for ivf patients - this varies from center to center but could be in the 40-42.5 range. Pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes rise with high bmi as well, and some fertility clinics will not treat women with bmi over 45 even with low-tech treatments like clomid, but again policies vary from clinic to clinic. For younger women, especially under 35 with normal ovarian reserve testing, it may be worth delaying treatment until after losing weight, for older women, as long as they are in a safe bmi range, it is often better not to delay treatment especially by 6 months or a year. I have seen successful healthy pregnancies in women with bmi in the low to mid 40's undergoing ivf. So exercise and losing weight is good for most americans, but for a 41 year old woman who needs ivf it's a discussion to have with her fertility md and it's usually better not to delay treatment unless she is in a weight range where her reproductive endocrinologist or anesthesiologist feels it's not safe to proceed. Hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How easy is it for a 41 year old woman to get pregnant on her first sexual encounter? Her last child is 14 years old. She is overweight & doesn't exercise.

How easy is it for a 41 year old woman to get pregnant on her first sexual encounter? Her last child is 14 years old.  She is overweight & doesn't exercise.

Hello. : Hello. Although fertility rates have dropped significantly by that age, it only takes one viable egg and one healthy, motile sperm to add up to conception. Many women are still able to become pregnant through natural means at that age. Whether or not it occurs the first time two people have sexual intercourse depends on the luck of the draw. The fact that she is overweight, doesn't exercise or that she had her last child 14 years ago, doesn't mean that she can't conceive. With that said, the the odds aren't high for this but it could still occur. ...Read more

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Can a 41 year old woman get pregnant on birth control? She is overweight & doesn't eat right.

Can a 41 year old woman get pregnant on birth control? She is overweight & doesn't eat right.

Hello. : Hello. The fact she is 41 years old decreases chances for becoming pregnant. If she is using birth control correctly (i.e. Takes her birth control pills 100% of the time) that would markedly reduce her chances (because if used exactly as directed and it was oral - usually about 99% effective). There would be a low chance - but here's the issue - even if their is a low chance doesn't mean it won't happen. For instance, if there is a 98% chance that you won't get a medication side effect - that means there is a very tiny chance that you would get a side effect if you took the medication. But, that doesn't prevent 2% of the people from getting a side effect. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more