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Exercise: Every Little Bit Helps

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on June 29th, 2016 Tags: , , ,

Five years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a new patient, Sheila (not her real name), who was 45 years old, a busy working mom with young kids, and about 30 pounds overweight. Her extra weight worried me because it increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence and other health problems.

After acknowledging the everyday challenges of weight management, we went right to solutions.…

Buyer Beware: Non-Invasive Fat Loss Procedures Don’t Work Well

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on February 17th, 2016 Tags: ,

Many of us would love a quick fix for losing extra fat. Noninvasive fat-removal procedures are particularly tempting because they target areas that many people consider problems — thighs, belly, hips — without cutting the skin.

In these non-surgical procedures, a technician uses a tool to target fat cells with cold or heat to try to destroy them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Weight Loss Supplements: Not Always Safe or Effective

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on January 20th, 2016 Tags: , ,

Those eye-catching ads for weight loss products always have a great “after” photo. The photos make the person’s weight loss claims seem so easy and convincing.

These ads for supplements appeal to any of us who want to lose a few (or more) pounds. Besides looking our best, maintaining a healthy weight reduces our risk of a number of diseases, including breast cancer. Still, some…

Inflammation: Make It More Friend Than Foe

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on February 18th, 2015 Tags: , , , , ,

There are many health risks — lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and being overweight, to name three. Still, most have one thing in common: They increase inflammation in our bodies. So what is inflammation, exactly? This column will explain the basics about inflammation: how it’s both helpful and harmful, and how to decrease it.

How inflammation can help and harm

Inflammation is not…

Losing Weight and Eating a Low-Fat Diet May Help You Live Longer

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on February 2nd, 2015 Tags: ,

Especially for Women With Hormone-Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer

For me, getting to and sticking to a healthy weight has been a life-long struggle. I LOVE to eat and I often eat too much or eat foods that aren’t the healthiest. I was reluctant to give up my glass of wine, cheese, and crackers that I thought of as my reward at the end of a 15-hour…

Sleep Tight, Slim Down

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on August 13th, 2014 Tags: ,

Sleep — most of us need much more of it. All the words that describe a bad sleeper apply to me: “light,” “sensitive,” “fitful,” “too much on my mind,” “insomniac.”

My excuses and reasons: hormonal therapy for breast cancer and early onset menopause, plus extended clinical hours, travel for speaking engagements, and my endless list of everyday demands, including taking care of the kids, filling…

The Ins and Outs of Insulin Resistance

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on October 24th, 2013 Tags: , , , ,

You’ve probably heard many reasons why you should avoid sugary foods: tooth decay, lack of any nutritional value, and weight gain among them. But did you know that a diet high in sugar also may lead to a serious condition called insulin resistance?

Insulin is hormone that’s made in the pancreas and works throughout the body. Its job is to regulate your blood sugar levels…

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