Your surgeon will use either the open or the laparoscopic surgical method. Laparoscopy leaves smaller scars and tends to have fewer complications and quicker recovery time. For this procedure, the doctor only needs to make several small, "keyhole" cuts. She’ll use a thin, lighted tool, called a laparoscope, that will show what's going on inside on a monitor in the operating room. For open surgery, you'll get an 8- to 10-inch cut on your belly.
Fen-phen was shown to cause heart valve problems in up to one-third of people who used it, in addition to a potentially fatal lung condition called primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). By 1997, the FDA had banned fenfluramine, one of the two drugs contained in the combo, and yanked fen-phen from the market. But not before thousands of people suffered serious side effects and even died, including Mary Linnen, 30, of Massachusetts, who was dead from PPH just ten months after taking fen-phen to lose weight for her wedding. Tens of thousands of legal claims were filed against the makers and distributors of fenfluramine, with pharma company Wyeth ultimately setting aside $21 billion for payouts.
Many foods, such as protein bars or frozen dinners, masquerade as healthy options, even though they're actually anything but. Fooducate makes it easy to determine whether those quinoa crackers are actually healthier than a bag of chips. Its database of more than 250,000 items allows you to scan any food UPC label using your smartphone’s camera. It'll then give the product a letter grade, along with an explanation for why it is or isn’t healthy. The app will even provide a list of healthier options that are similar to the product you’re eyeing.
Each tea has its own special benefit, but just the act of drinking tea can be good for you, too: when you’re on a diet, you want to ensure that you definitely get those eight cups of water per day. Caffeine-free teas —or more properly teasans (infusions made from plants other than camellia sinensis), can create a feeling of fullness and help you keep your diet on track. Don’t make your healthy drink harmful, though. "To further promote weight loss, try to avoid using heavy creamers or whole milk and refined sugars," Dr. Verma explains. What to know what teas are best for weight loss? Read on to find out.
The star attraction, though, is MyFitnessPal’s massive database that lists the nutritional information of millions of different foods. You’ll see the best benefits from MyFitnessPal if you log every single munchie that enters your mouth, and the app simplifies this process with a barcode scanner and a centrally placed button. As I’ve said before, the mere obligation to log each food is often enough to dissuade me from overeating.
Once I realized the ingredients were legitimate, I started the detox. My first impressions were that the tea tasted really good (just like green tea and honey) and drinking it every morning was a breeze. From the get-go, I could tell it was highly caffeinated—and a diuretic. I swapped out my usual cup of coffee so I wouldn't get too jittery, and the symptoms subsided after the first few days.
Bupropion-naltrexone is a combination drug. Naltrexone is used to treat alcohol and opioid dependence. Bupropion is an antidepressant and quit-smoking aid. Like all antidepressants, bupropion carries a warning about suicide risk. Bupropion-naltrexone can raise blood pressure, and monitoring is necessary at the start of treatment. Common side effects include nausea, headache and constipation.