Understanding the Connection Between Obesity and Back Pain According to the National Institute of Health, 2 in 5 adults are classified as obese. Obesity has become a growing problem worldwide, and its health implications are well known. From an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease to its direct ties to mental health […]
What to Eat on Holiday to Stay Slim
We all know that sticking to a healthy diet seems like a great option and an easy enough feat on paper to achieve a long-term healthy lifestyle. The truth is that maintaining a balanced diet can feel impossible during certain times of the year. From holidays centered around food like Thanksgiving to vacations where many […]
Four Weight Loss Surgery Myths Debunked
With over a third of all Americans categorized as “obese,” many believe that obesity is just the result of a weight-focused condition caused by an increase in bad eating habits and a decrease in regular physical activity. While nutrition and exercise play a role in overall weight loss and health, obesity is a more complex […]
The Tie Between Genetics and Obesity
Throughout our lifetime, we meet people who seem like they can eat anything they want, in any quantity, without gaining an ounce of weight. On the other hand, some have been coined the ones who “look at food and gain weight.” Most of us, though, fall somewhere in between the two extremes. Either way, it […]
Does Sleep Apnea Cause Weight Gain? Here’s What You Need to Know
Sleep is a vital part of a healthy life. When you lack sleep due to irregular sleep patterns, illness or health conditions, it can affect the way your mind and body function. Nearly 70 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic sleep problem. This alone leads to chronic disease, injury, mental health problems and […]
Low BMI & Weight Loss Surgery: Is It a Good Idea?
At Beltre Bariatrics, we understand that being overweight can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Whether you’ve recently gained weight, cannot seem to lose weight through countless diet or exercise tactics, or are simply hoping to learn more about weight loss surgery, we have you covered. It is important to know that weight […]
5 Things You Should Eat After Bariatric Surgery
If you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, we are here to help you regain your strength and poise post surgery so that you feel better than you have in years. From preoperative appointments to post-surgery meals, knowing exactly what treatment plan to follow is imperative to get you feeling like yourself again sooner. At […]
What Is Visceral Fat and How to Reduce It
Visceral fat, or active fat, sits inside your abdominal cavity and wraps around nearby organs like the liver, stomach and intestines. Visceral fat is also metabolized by the liver. Once it’s turned into cholesterol and circulated in the blood, it can get stuck inside the arteries. This type of fat is dangerous because it can […]
What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?
Diabetes is a malfunction of the metabolic system, which means the body is unable to process glucose (e.g., sugar) correctly. In a nondiabetic person, the peptide hormone called insulin metabolizes carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Those with type 2 diabetes struggle with elevated blood sugar levels because the pancreas either produces too little or no insulin […]
What is Obesity & What Causes It?
Obesity is a complex disease that can be caused or exacerbated by genetics, behavior and environment. Healthcare providers diagnose obesity based on body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and other symptoms. It can lead to a number of health problems and complications like sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and coronary heart disease. […]