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Can You Treat Heart Disease without Medication or Surgery? A New Study Says YES.



According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with approximately 610,000 heart disease related deaths in the United States every year — that’s one in every four deaths.

The medical community is becoming increasingly aware of the connection between heart disease and obesity, with recent studies showing that obesity can increase a person’s risk of developing atrial fibrillation by as much as 40 percent.

Depending on the type and severity, common ways of treating heart disease can be costly, uncomfortable, and impact quality of life. People with heart disease are often prescribed medications that must be taken for the rest of their lives, with missed doses being very dangerous. Others may need surgery. By 2030, annual direct medical costs associated with cardiovascular diseases are projected to rise to more than $818 billion, while lost productivity costs could exceed $275 billion.

However, a recent study shows that there may be a less costly option that promises a more promising long-term solution to heart disease. Recently published Australian research in the peer-reviewed journal Europace shows for the first time that obese people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation can actually reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight. In fact, researchers found that a 10 percent loss in weight can reverse the progression of the disease.

“This is the first time that evidence has been found that if people who are obese and are suffering from atrial fibrillation the disease can be alleviated by losing weight and treating lifestyle factors,” says lead author Melissa Middeldorp, PhD researcher from the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders.

In addition to reversing the progression of the disease, the study showed some other incredible findings. People in the study who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight:

• Experienced fewer symptoms
• Required less treatment
• Had better outcomes
• Stopped experiencing atrial fibrillation entirely

(Click here to download our free white paper “Obesity Treatment for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease.”)

With heart disease being as prevalent as it is, most health care providers are sure to be seeing many overweight patients in their primary care clinics who are either suffering from heart disease or at risk for developing it. Early treatment, including treatment for risk factors like obesity, is crucial to getting it under control before it becomes a costly and life-threatening problem.

Start the conversation about obesity with your patients today. Don’t know how? Robard Corporation, a leader in the weight management industry from more than 40 years, has many resources that can help, including a free video series, “How to Speak with Patients about Obesity.” To learn more, contact us. We can help you get an obesity treatment program started in three easy steps!

Sources: Science Daily; CDC Foundation; Center for Disease Control


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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Maintaining Weight Loss in the Summer Months: Free Staff Training Kit



When it comes to seasonal weight gain, the causes of winter weight gain for most people are obvious. Then, after the winter months, New Year’s Resolutions and the prospect of getting “beach ready” kick people back into gear with their weight loss goals and diets. Unfortunately, once the summer season is upon us, new challenges present themselves that many don’t think much about.

Like winter, there are many causes for summer weight gain that can sabotage the progress your patients may have made. Don’t let your patients fall into the summer trap! Below are some reasons why the summer season can lead to weight gain:

1. BBQs: Cookouts are a summer staple in the U.S., and for good reason. They’re fun opportunities to get together with friends and family and enjoy good weather and good food. Unfortunately, that food is very often full of bad calories! Between BBQ sauce, sugary sweat teas and lemonades, sodium-filled hot dogs, and beers full of empty calories, BBQs are a haven for diet temptations. Check out our blog with some great diet-friendly tips on how to enjoy your summer BBQs without cheating too much.
2. Heat: Did you know the heat itself can actually contribute to weight gain? Many people assume that just because they are sweating, they are losing weight. That’s not necessarily the case. Heat can actually slow your metabolism since your body is not actively working to heat up your body internally like it does during colder weather months. Additionally, when it’s hot, people are less likely to be as physically active and actually move more slowly when outside. Physical activity outdoors tends to drop — and so does the calorie burn. If staying active in the heat is a challenge, encourage your patients to workout indoors or visit the gym where it is air conditioned, or take a swim in a pool which is a full body workout!
3. Summer desserts: What’s the first thing people crave on a hot day? Cold desserts, of course! Ice cream, frozen yogurt, popsicles, and water ice help to combat the summer heat. But they’re also full of sugar, fat, and empty calories. If you’re craving something sweet, Robard offers a variety of dessert products that nutritionally support weight loss, as well as a variety of shakes that can be blended with ice for a cool and delicious treat. And of course, remind your patients to drink plenty of water with ice to cool down and stay hydrated.

Summer can be a difficult season for weight loss patients, but with the proper training and resources, health care providers can be one of the biggest support systems to get them through the season without feeling like they can’t enjoy themselves. Download our free staff training kit, “Added Value Maintenance,” which guides your staff through clear, easy-to-implement guidelines on how to help your patients succeed in the Maintenance Phase of Weight Loss. 

And if your patients need a little extra motivation, download and print out our free Weight Loss Affirmation Cards to keep them thinking positively and help them stay on track!

Sources: Health, NBC News


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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The Other Obesity-Related Disorder Physicians Should Be Talking About – And It’s Not Diabetes… (Free White Paper)




Overweight and obesity have long been associated with over 30 different chronic comorbid conditions. But some of these conditions are more readily talked about with providers than others. The impact of weight on Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Hypertension is pretty clear to both patients and physicians alike. 

But did you know that Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease affects one-third of American adults and is expected to be the most common reason for liver transplantation?

Fatty liver occurs when too much fat is stored in the liver cells. Over time, this extra fat can lead to inflammation and scarring, or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and putting the patient at highest risk for liver cirrhosis necessitating liver transplant.

The insidious thing about fatty liver is that it generally does not present any symptoms, so it is a condition that can go undiagnosed.  However, it is most often suspected when the liver enzymes are elevated on routine blood testing, but is generally definitely confirmed through liver biopsy.

What causes fatty liver isn’t definitely known, but is clearly associated with being overweight or obese. According to the Mayo Clinic, NAFLD affects an estimated 80 million to 100 million Americans, and 90 percent of the patients diagnosed with NASH (and are at high risk for cirrhosis) are either overweight or obese.

Because of the asymptomatic nature of fatty liver disease, physicians may be unknowingly taking preemptive measures to diagnose the disorder when they choose to address their patients’ weight through a medically supervised weight loss program. Robard’s program, for example, involves physician-reviewed medical protocols that require the patient to undergo ongoing medical supervision and blood work that can be helpful in identifying underlying conditions such as fatty liver. And even more good news – one of the most effective and least invasive methods of treating the disease has been found to be weight loss. So participation in a weight management program can help physicians simultaneously diagnose AND treat the disease. How’s that for efficiency?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis has risen every year since 2007, and with obesity also on the rise, we can count on those deaths to steadily increase -- unless physicians take a proactive approach.

"Weight loss works, whether through a bariatric procedure or a strict dietary approach," says Dr. Jay Horton, director, Center for Human Nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center. "Even an eight percent to 10 percent weight loss seems to improve liver fat.”

If you are interested in learning more about fatty liver and the most efficient way to diagnose and treat it, download our free white paper, Liver Enzyme Abnormalities, by Dr. John D. Hernried of The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss. Then contact us to find out more about how we can help you get a program started that can help you provide the solutions your patients need to live healthier lives!

Sources: US News, CNBC

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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