Weight Loss Related Diseases & Conditions

You are reading this article to get healthier and help prevent disease. Our doctors have compiled a list of ailments related to Weight Loss. The conditions and diseases listed below may be helped by the healthy lifestyle interventions outlined in the article.

  • Weight Loss - The Basics There are lots of reasons for people who are overweight or obese to lose weight. To be healthier. To look better. To feel better....learn more »
  • Anorexia Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by markedly reduced appetite or total aversion to food. Anorexia is a serious...learn more »
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    Anorexia Article
    • Anorexia nervosa facts
    • What is anorexia nervosa?
    • Who is at risk for anorexia nervosa?
    • What causes anorexia nervosa?
    • How is anorexia nervosa diagnosed?
    • What are anorexia symptoms and signs (psychological and behavioral)?
    • What are anorexia symptoms, signs, and complications (physical)?
    • What is the treatment for anorexia nervosa?
    • What is the prognosis (outcome) of anorexia nervosa?
    • How can anorexia nervosa be prevented?
    • The future of anorexia nervosa
    • Where can a person get help for anorexia nervosa?
  • Cholesterol High cholesterol and triglyceride levels increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Getting your cholesterol and triglyceride...learn more »
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    Cholesterol Article
    • What is cholesterol?
    • What are the different types of cholesterol?
    • Why is high cholesterol dangerous?
    • Where does cholesterol come from?
    • What are normal cholesterol levels?
    • Which foods can help lower cholesterol?
    • What other lifestyle interventions help lower cholesterol?
    • What medications are available to treat high cholesterol?
  • Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. The two types of diabetes are...learn more »
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    Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) Article
    • Diabetes facts
    • What is diabetes?
    • How many people in the US have diabetes?
    • 6 early signs and symptoms of diabetes
    • How do I know if I have diabetes?
    • What causes diabetes?
    • What are the risk factors for diabetes?
    • What are the different types of diabetes?
    • Type 1 diabetes
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • What are the other types of diabetes?
    • What kind of doctor treats diabetes?
    • How is diabetes diagnosed?
    • Why is blood sugar checked at home?
    • What are the acute complications of diabetes?
    • What are the chronic complications of diabetes?
    • What can be done to slow the complications of diabetes?
    • What is the prognosis for a person with diabetes?
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) High blood pressure is defined as a pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher in the arteries. Genetic factors, high salt intake, and...learn more »
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis caused by inflammation, breakdown, and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints. Also...learn more »
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    Osteoarthritis (OA) Article
    • Osteoarthritis facts
    • What is osteoarthritis?
    • What causes osteoarthritis?
    • What are osteoarthritis symptoms and signs?
    • How do doctors diagnose osteoarthritis?
    • What is the treatment for osteoarthritis?
    • "If I have minimal or no symptoms with early signs of osteoarthritis, what should I do?"
    • What is the prognosis for patients with osteoarthritis?
    • Is it possible to prevent osteoarthritis?
    • What specialists treat osteoarthritis?
    • What does the future hold for osteoarthritis?
    • Where can people get more information about osteoarthritis?
  • Stroke A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain caused by either a blood clot (ischemic) or bleeding...learn more »
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    Stroke Article
    • Stroke facts
    • What is a stroke?
    • What are the different types of stroke?
    • What causes a stroke?
    • What are the risk factors for stroke?
    • What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?
    • What are the warning signs of a stroke?
    • What are the symptoms of a stroke?
    • How is a stroke diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for stroke?
    • What is the prognosis for stroke?
    • Is recovery after a stroke possible?
    • What is stroke rehabilitation?
    • Can strokes be prevented?
  • Obesity Obesity is the state of being well above one's normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be obese if they are...learn more »
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    Obesity Article
    • Obesity facts
    • What is obesity?
    • How common is obesity?
    • What are the health risks associated with obesity?
    • What causes obesity?
    • What are other factors associated with obesity?
    • How is body fat measured?
    • What about weight-for-height tables?
    • What is the body mass index (BMI)?
    • Does it matter where body fat is located? (Is it worse to be an "apple" or a "pear"?)
    • What can be done about obesity?
    • What is the role of physical activity and exercise in obesity?
    • What is the role of diet in the treatment of obesity?
    • What is the role of medication in the treatment of obesity?
    • What about herbal fen/phen?
    • What about meal substitutes, artificial sweeteners, and over-the-counter (OTC) products?
    • What is the role of surgery in the treatment of obesity?
    • How can patients choose a safe and successful weight-loss program?
  • Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is defined as a reduction or cessation of breathing during sleep. The three types of sleep apnea are central apnea,...learn more »
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    Sleep Apnea Article
    • Sleep apnea facts
    • What is sleep apnea?
    • What are the types of sleep apnea?
    • What is central sleep apnea and what causes it?
    • What is obstructive sleep apnea and what causes it?
    • How common is obstructive sleep apnea?
    • What are obstructive sleep apnea symptoms?
    • What are some of the complications of sleep apnea?
    • How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed and evaluated?
    • What are the nonsurgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?
    • What are the surgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?
    • Why is it important to treat obstructive sleep apnea?
  • Fitness Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of disease. Regular exercise can also reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety....learn more »
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    Fitness Article
    • The importance of physical activity and fitness
    • Why should I be active?
    • Can everyone benefit from physical activity?
    • What are the recommendations for increasing fitness for youth, adults, and seniors?
    • How do I get started with a fitness plan?
    • When is a medical evaluation necessary?
    • How can I make physical activity a part of my life?
    • What are the components of physical fitness?
    • Fitness terms
  • Disease Prevention in Men Disease prevention in men includes routine screening tests that are part of basic prevention medicine. Take an active role in...learn more »
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    Disease Prevention in Men Article
    • Disease prevention in men introduction
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Hypercholesterolemia (hyperlipidemia, dyslipidemia)
    • Type II diabetes mellitus
    • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
    • Cancer of colon and rectum/polyps of colon and rectum
    • Prostate cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Melanoma and other skin cancers
    • Bladder cancer
  • Disease Prevention in Women Disease prevention in women includes screening tests that are a basic part of prevention medicine. All screening tests are...learn more »
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    Disease Prevention in Women Article
    • Disease prevention in women overview
    • Osteoporosis
    • Breast cancer
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Cancer of the cervix
    • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    • Hypercholesterolemia (hyperlipidemia, dyslipidemia)
    • Type II diabetes mellitus
    • Cancer of colon and rectum / polyps of colon and rectum
    • Bladder cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Melanoma and other skin cancers
  • Binge Eating Disorder Characteristics of binge eating disorder include eating more quickly than usual, eating until uncomfortably full, eating a lot of...learn more »
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    Binge Eating Disorder Article
    • Binge eating disorder facts
    • What is binge eating disorder?
    • What are causes and risk factors for binge eating disorder?
    • What are binge eating disorder symptoms and signs?
    • How is binge eating disorder diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for binge eating disorder?
    • What are complications and prognosis of binge eating disorder?
    • Is it possible to prevent binge eating disorder?
    • Where can people get help and more information on binge eating disorder?
  • Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease with no known cause at this time. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes are frequent urination,...learn more »
    In This Article
    Type 1 Diabetes Article
    • Type 1 diabetes facts
    • What is type 1 diabetes?
    • What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
    • What causes type 1 diabetes?
    • What are the symptoms of type 1 diabetes?
    • What are the risk factors for type 1 diabetes?
    • How is type 1 diabetes diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for type 1 diabetes?
    • What role does insulin play in type 1 diabetes?
    • Is there a type 1 diabetes diet?
    • What about exercise and type 1 diabetes?
    • What if I have type 1 diabetes and become pregnant?
    • What are the complications of type 1 diabetes?
    • Can type 1 diabetes be prevented?
    • What is the life-expectancy for someone with type 1 diabetes?
  • Stretch Marks Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that allows it to retain its shape. When the skin is...learn more »
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    Stretch Marks Article
    • Stretch mark facts
    • What are stretch marks?
    • What causes stretch marks?
    • What are risk factors for stretch marks?
    • What are symptoms and signs of stretch marks?
    • How are stretch marks diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for stretch marks?
    • Are there any home remedies for stretch marks?
    • What is the prognosis of stretch marks?
    • Can stretch marks be prevented?
  • Vitamins & Exercise: Heart Attack Prevention Series Vitamins and exercise can lower your risk for heart attack and heart disease. Folic acid, vitamins, and homocysteine levels are...learn more »
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    Vitamins & Exercise: Heart Attack Prevention Series Article
    • Homocysteine, folic acid, and B vitamins
    • What about antioxidants for heart attack prevention?
    • How about exercise for heart attack prevention?
    • What about smoking cessation for heart attack prevention?
    • Recommendations to prevent heart attacks
  • Metabolic Syndrome The main features of metabolic syndrome include insulin resistance, hypertension (high blood pressure), cholesterol...learn more »
    In This Article
    Metabolic Syndrome Article
    • What is metabolic syndrome?
    • How is metabolic syndrome defined?
    • How common is metabolic syndrome?
    • What causes, and what are the risk factors of metabolic syndrome?
    • What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome?
    • Why should I know about metabolic syndrome?
    • What is the treatment for metabolic syndrome?
    • Diet and metabolic syndrome
    • Exercise and metabolic syndrome
    • Cosmetic surgery to remove fat
    • What if lifestyle changes are not enough to treat metabolic syndrome?
    • Metabolic Syndrome Summary
  • Snoring Snoring, like all other sounds, is caused by vibrations that cause particles in the air to form sound waves. While we are asleep,...learn more »
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    Snoring Article
    • Snoring facts
    • What is snoring?
    • How common is snoring?
    • What causes snoring?
    • The function of the nose in normal breathing
    • How do medications and alcohol affect snoring?
    • Why is snoring a problem?
    • What is the clinical importance of snoring?
    • What are different levels of snoring?
    • How should someone with snoring be evaluated?
    • How is it determined if snoring is a medical problem?
    • What are some objective tests to measure sleepiness?
    • What are the treatments for snoring?
    • What are some non-surgical treatments for snoring?
    • What are the surgical options for snoring?
    • What is the success of surgery for snoring?
  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD, Heart Disease) Heart disease (coronary artery disease) occurs when plaque builds up in the coronary arteries, the vessels that supply blood to...learn more »
    In This Article
    Cardiovascular Disease (CVD, Heart Disease) Article
    • What is cardiovascular disease?
    • What are the risk factors for cardiovascular disease?
    • What causes cardiovascular disease?
    • What are the symptoms of cardiovascular?
    • How is cardiovascular disease diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for cardiovascular disease?
    • What is the prognosis for cardiovascular disease?
    • Can cardiovascular disease be prevented?
  • Childhood Obesity Fast-food consumption and lack of exercise are just a couple of causes of childhood obesity. Health effects of childhood obesity...learn more »
    In This Article
    Childhood Obesity Article
    • Childhood obesity facts
    • What is childhood obesity? How do health-care professionals diagnose childhood obesity?
    • How prevalent is childhood obesity?
    • What causes childhood obesity?
    • What are childhood obesity symptoms and signs?
    • What are risk factors for childhood obesity?
    • What are the risks, complications, and long-term health effects of childhood obesity?
    • What is the treatment for childhood obesity?
    • Is it possible to prevent childhood obesity?
    • What research is being done on childhood obesity?
    • Where can people find more information on childhood obesity?
  • Flatfoot (Pes Planus) Flatfoot is a disorder in which the foot's entire sole is touching the ground while standing. Symptoms and signs of flatfoot...learn more »
    In This Article
    Flatfoot (Pes Planus) Article
    • What is flatfoot?
    • What are the different types of flatfoot?
    • What are other causes of flatfoot?
    • What are flatfoot symptoms and signs?
    • How is flatfoot diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for flatfoot?
    • What is the prognosis of flatfoot?