February 1, 2017
So fat is fat, and all fat is bad, right?
“Not all fat is equal,” says Professor Alexander Pfeifer from the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University Hospital Bonn. Apparently, according to recent research out of University of Bonn, researchers have found a way to use what is called “brown fat” to burn energy from food and stimulate weight loss.
Humans actually have two different kinds of fat: white fat (which is the bad fat that makes our “love handles” that we want to get rid of) and brown fat which acts like a desirable heater to convert excess energy into heat. In essence, white fat stores energy, while brown fat helps the body burn energy through heat. In adults, people with higher amounts of brown fat have lower body mass, and according to studies, increasing brown fat by as little as 50 grams could lead up to a 10 to 20 pound weight loss in one year.
Using adenosine, a new signaling molecule typically released during stress, researchers at University of Bonn have discovered a way to activate these brown fat cells, and even turn white fat cells into brown fat cells, a process called “browning.”
More recently, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes identified an FDA-approved drug that can help create more of this brown fat. “Introducing brown fat is an exciting new approach to treating obesity and associated metabolic diseases, such as diabetes,” said study first author Baoming Nie, PhD, a former postdoctoral scholar at Gladstone.
Such a method of treating obesity is still in the research phase, and may not likely become a commonly accepted practice for some time yet. There are several potential side effects that may arise from taking the drug, and more development is necessary before human trials can be explored. Nonetheless, it is an exciting direction in the field of obesity treatment that healthcare professionals should keep a close eye on.
In the meantime, weight management is still an urgent need for so many across the country. For healthcare providers, there are already many effective ways to begin treating obesity. Learn more about how to start a weight management program, or if you are a dieter, connect with a provider who can get you started on your weight loss journey today. Need more inspiration? Listen to some success stories of dieters who have lost more than 200 pounds by starting a medically supervised program.
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation
December 6, 2016
Yo-Yos go up and down… but your weight isn’t supposed to! Nonetheless, many dieters find themselves in an endless cycle of losing a portion of pounds, only to gain it back all over again — and then some. When you get stuck in what seems like an endless cycle of weight loss and regain, losing weight can become a frustrating and unachievable pursuit. How do you keep up the motivation to lose weight when you can’t seem to keep it off?
Don’t feel alone. Most dieters will experience weight regain at some point, and it is definitely frustrating. "People go on diets over and over again - and keep failing," says professor Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. "It's a very common problem. Up to 50 percent of obese people suffer this relapsing pattern.” Such a pattern can lead to a lot of mental and emotional anguish, making dieters more likely to give up on their dreams of achieving a healthy weight.
But in addition to being emotionally and mentally draining, Yo-Yo dieting can actually come with health risks. Due to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, consistently losing and gaining weight can increase your risk of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner claims that Yo-Yo dieting can also damage arteries and cause an increase in LDL cholesterol — both of which increase the risk of heart disease. And, there are many other health risks associated with being overweight and/or obese.
Additionally, Yo-Yo dieting is often associated with rapid weight loss in a short amount of time by limiting calorie intake. When you are undergoing low calorie diets without the supervision of a doctor or dietician, you can actually be depriving yourself of important nutrients and healthy calories. This type of dieting can slow your metabolism, lead to low energy levels, tiredness, fatigue and irritability. Not fun!
Step one of losing weight healthily and keeping it off in the long-term is to find support. Working with a weight loss professional who can provide you with proven tools and resources can be a far greater investment than any fad diet out there. Also consider these additional tips on how to avoid the endless cycle of Yo-Yo dieting:
Be realistic: A weight loss professional can help you set achievable goals. Make sure your goals come with a realistic time frame and can fit reasonably into your life, and that are aligned with health objectives. Having a goal to lose 20 pounds for a wedding two months from now can set you up for failure, and promote unhealthy habits. As a starting point, commit to goals that can be achieved with moderate effort.
Reward yourself: But not with food. When you reach a weight milestone, treat yourself to a massage. Or start a change jar and add the equivalent of what you would spend on junk food. At the end of every month, use the money accumulated to go on a shopping spree.
Identify your motivation: Motivation is key to success. “That is the number one most important thing,” says Judy Caplan, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. List out why you want to get healthy, and refer to those reasons during moments of weakness.
Don’t give up: “One of the most important tips for being a successful weight loser is not to let past failed attempts keep you from trying again,” says Michael Dansinger, M.D., weight loss and nutrition advisor for “The Biggest Loser” and assistant professor at Tufts School of Medicine in Boston. “Every time you fail, you get more insight about what to do differently next time.”
Sources: Livestrong, U.S. News
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation
February 3, 2016
People that smoke cigarettes know the risk they are taking when doing it. Aside from the commercials they may see on television or their friends telling them about smoking’s pitfalls, they also see the warnings every time they buy a pack with the Surgeon General Warning on the side.
It looks like some want to have similar labels on sugar-sweetened drinks. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine feel that such labels will have a positive effect on deterring parents from purchasing these drinks for their children. Sugar-sweetened drinks such as sodas and sugary juices have been found to have as much as seven teaspoons of sugar per 6.5 ounces. With the newest eating guidelines proclaiming that added sugar shouldn’t exceed 10 percent of a person’s daily calorie intake, that amount is almost double the dietary recommendation, making it a factor in the children obesity rate.
The main reason researchers are advocating for such a label is to better inform parents of the health risks that are included in the over-consumption of such beverages. Obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay are only a few things that children can be exposed to if they are to drink too many of these sugary drinks, dangers that the parent may not necessarily know about or consider when purchasing for their child.
Researchers put this theory to the test by surveying over 2,300 parents that have children between the ages of 6 and 11. They divided the parents into several groups, including: parents that saw no labels on beverages, parents that only saw how many calories were in the beverages, and several groups that saw different alterations of warning labels on the beverages.
When the parents were asked if they would buy sugar-sweetened drinks for their child, 40 percent of the parents that saw the warning labels said they would buy the drink for their child, compared to 60 percent who saw no labels on the beverages, and 53 percent who had calorie labels.
The labels did prove to have positive effects on parents, but there are other questions that arise. Such as will the parents choose healthy alternatives to these sugary drinks? Will they do it on a consistent basis? Will they make sure there isn’t over-consumption regardless of the beverage? But maybe warning labels is a step in the right direction particularly with reversing the increasing trend of childhood obesity. What effect do you think such labels will have on the purchase of sugary drinks?
Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation
November 2, 2015
According to the National Diabetes Education Program, “National Diabetes Month is observed every November to draw attention to diabetes and its effects on millions of Americans.” The NDEP’s 2015 theme, Diabetes Education and Support: Everyone Has a Role. What’s Yours?, “highlights the need for ongoing diabetes education and support among people with diabetes and those who care for them.”
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes; therefore, prevention and treatment of obesity is of utmost importance to help control or minimize the effects of type 2 diabetes. Studies show that metabolic control of diabetes can reduce the associated complications.
According to a medical protocol written by Robard Medical Advisory Panel member Christopher Case, MD, “Recent research has elucidated the pathophysiology of diabetes, suggesting that insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction as key components. Weight loss can address the underlying pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, even within one week on a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). Diet-induced weight loss through a VLCD removes stores of ectopic fat outside the fat cell, improving beta-cell function, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol. This is often associated with a reduction in medications to treat type 2 diabetes and an improved quality of life.
Robard offers a suite of materials related to type 2 diabetes for you and your patients. In addition to our extensive Diabetes Medical Protocol, we offer patient education modules, patient brochures, and more, to assist you with explaining the correlation between type 2 diabetes and obesity. Our medical protocols are also available on our website. To view the protocols, login to www.Robard.com
, and visit “Medical Protocols” under the “Education” tab in the top navigation. By using Robard’s frequently asked questions and patient handout on type 2 diabetes, you can further educate your patients on recommendations for suggested initial testing, ongoing monitoring, and contraindications/risks.
October 7, 2015
Your cash register receipts are making you fat. OK, that may not be exactly the case — but a chemical used in those receipts as well as many other common items has been found to have a link to obesity and diabetes. The chemical is called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and it’s everywhere.
According to the executive summary of a Scientific Statement issued by the Endocrine Society, “Known EDCs include bisphenol A (BPA) found in food can linings and cash register receipts, phthalates found in plastics and cosmetics, flame retardants and pesticides. The chemicals are so common that nearly every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more.” It’s believed that EDC exposure has cost the European Union 209 billion dollars a year in health care expenses and earning potential.
The threat from these chemicals is that they block or interfere with the body’s natural hormones and create an adverse effect on cell development as a result. Exposure can lead to obesity, diabetes, infertility, hormone-related cancers, neurological issues and other disorders.
“The evidence is more definitive than ever before,” says Andrea C. Gore, Professor and Vacek Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the task force that developed the statement. “EDCs disrupt hormones in a manner that harms human health.”
The Endocrine Society researchers consider the situation dire and have come up with a plan to combat it. The plan consists of initiatives suggesting further research about potential exposure effects, regulation on the use of the chemicals, and calling upon “green chemists” to provide possible alternatives or solutions to stop EDC usage, among other things.
A recent study showed that people today are eating and exercising the same amount as people 20 years ago (we’ll feature that in an upcoming blog), but the United States is collectively more overweight than ever. One of the reasons could include toxins that we are exposed to — and research such as this adds validity to such claims.
Source: The Endocrine Society
October 5, 2015
, a leading developer and provider of obesity treatment programs and products, announced today that it has acquired DiabetesCare.net
, an online educational source for diabetes related news, interviews, blogs, and free-to-use tools. With this acquisition, Robard aims to further diversify the information and resources it offers to healthcare professionals in the field of obesity treatment while augmenting the online presence and value of www.Robard.com
“Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic that causes significant morbidity and mortality, and obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes,” said Robert Schwartz, President, Robard Corporation. “The prevention and treatment of obesity is of utmost importance to help control or minimize the effects of type 2 diabetes. The comprehensive obesity treatment programs, services and protocols offered by Robard are significantly enriched by the educational components of DiabetesCare.net.”
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October 21, 2014
There are times that we are on the fence about whether or not we should
(or have to) lose weight. It’s understandable to blame those now
non-fitting jeans on drying them in the dryer instead of air-drying, or
saying you’re are tired just because you had a long day at work.
However, what if weight gain is the underlying issue and weight loss is a
simple, albeit arduous, remedy?
Here are some, but not all, signs that you may need to shed some pounds:
Measure your waist: If you were
to measure your waist right now how would the measurements compare to
your waist size a month ago? 6 months ago? A year ago? Increased inches
in the waist is a good barometer for showing if you gained weight and
how much you may need to lose since fat has a propensity to go to areas
around our waist and midsection.
Your doctor’s visit didn’t go too well: Weight
gain many times is accompanied with other ailments and health
conditions. What was your blood pressure measurement when you visited
the doctor? Did your latest doctor’s visit show that your cholesterol
maybe high or you could be developing type 2 diabetes? Any of these and
more could be caused by weight gain, but the good news is weight lost
will also help these conditions almost immediately.
Ouch! That Hurts: Weight gain tends
to add strain to certain parts of the body, resulting in pain in those
areas. Body parts like the back, knees, and hips are the typical areas
that fall victim to aches and pains from weight gain.
It’s in the genes: Sometimes
ailments and medical conditions are passed down from generation to
generation. Decrease the chances of you getting those ailments by living
a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight.
Links: Cosmopolitan, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute