Your body breaks down the food you eat into a type of sugar called glucose. After you eat a meal or snack, that glucose makes its way into the bloodstream, causing the level of sugar in your blood to increase. Your pancreas responds by releasing the... 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
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
I am trying to change my life. its been difficult. i went to the gym 4 days in a row this week. so i am impressed with that. today was more difficult because of the back pain plus my sleep patterns are all over the place. i cant fall asleep till earl... 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
At 53 and over weight I had done everything from diet pills to gastric bypass. I started with losing the white bread. Then I threw out the high fructose corn syrup, it is in everything so I read labels and will only eat products without it. I noticed... Read more
Just had my surgery(gadtric bypass) this past Tuesday at Stanford in California with Dr.Rivas, the team at the hospital stay was awesome, I jjust registered here because I am in need of support eventhough my hubby and family support me is not the sam... Read more
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When a Health News headline popped up recently on SparkPeople.com, it caught our attention. Survey results reported last month indicate Australian researchers confirmed what we already believed. People desire help to change their lifestyle instead o... Read more
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