Studies show that the vast majority of people who lose 50 percent or more of their body weight (whether through surgery or lifestyle change) report being unhappy with their bodies later. Why? Because even after all the work and the weight loss, losin... Read more
When you hear the term "arthritis," you probably imagine painful and stiff joints. While that is pretty accurate (arthritis literally means "joint inflammation"), there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, which is... Read more
SparkPeople.com provides free tools, resources and support for adults who want to improve their diets, establish a healthy lifestyle, get physically active, lose weight and/or manage their weight. We stand by our weight-loss, exercise and dietar... Read more
Heart disease is not a disease that only affects men. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease kills more than 500,000 women annually. In 2001, well over half of the people who died from heart disease were women.
Yet... Read more
According to Webster's Dictionary, the word “old” is defined as “having been in use for a long time,” “worn, dilapidated, ancient, or decayed by time.” After an experience as a volunteer at the 1995 St. Louis S... Read more
I'm seriously considering a Breast Lift/Reduction and a Tummy Tuck when I get to within about 20-30 pounds of my goal weight. Wondering if anyone would care to share their real life experience.... Read more
I'm only 44, but have one and will have surgery. Not sure when yet. But, it could be a few weeks before I can do strenuous exercise again. I am a little disturbed by this because exercise is a great stress/anxiety release for me. I started the couch... Read more
Hi I had back surgery back in April, they removed a disk and fused it. I also have 1 slightly herniated disk that doesn't cause discomfort. I want to get back on track with exercising but I don't want to over do it either. Right now I do physical t... Read more
I have been told that I will need surgery for severe hiatal hernia next month. Approximately 3/4 of my stomach is always above my diaphragm. While I do have GERD, its the shortness of breath that is really my problem. I can't breathe because my stom... Read more
Hello everyone! It's taken me a long time to figure out that the cause of my obesity is in my mind (stress and anxiety) and that the symptoms are my over eating and exercise avoidance. I am just trying to manage the size of my behind by being mindful... Read more
Don't look at your primary goal - sometimes it can seem overwhelming to think about it. Break your big goal into smaller goals and celebrate each accomplishment until you reach your primary goal. I bought myself a small patchwork stuffed elephant to... Read more
Last week I spent time in the hospital with my father-in-law after he had fallen on Easter and had to be admitted due to a fractured arm which for many of us would have required surgery but because of his age and surgical risk, his orthopedic surgeon... Read more
Here's a quick roundup of the top health stories of the week. Some are serious, some are interesting, and some are just plain weird! Top Medical Breakthroughs of 2008Obama's SparkStreak Weight Loss Surgery Reverses Diabetes in TeensDrug Makers Volunt... Read more
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