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How to Control Hunger Hormones to Lose Weight

The two primary hormones that control appetite are ghrelin and leptin. They serve as biological on/off switches. Ghrelin is mainly produced in the lining of the stomach and switches on appetite. Leptin is secreted by fat cells and turns off appetite by signaling when you’re full.
Posted on May 10, 2018 Read More »

What You Should Know About Weight Loss Drugs

The hormonal regulation of appetite is very strong. Willpower alone is not sufficient to overcome these biological drives. Thus, medications are increasingly being used because they can help overcome some of the biological changes that drive appetite. And there are more obesity medications available today than ever before.
Posted on November 28, 2017 Read More »

Dr. Scott Isaacs Receives Obesity Medicine Certification

Scott Isaacs, M.D.. F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E has been certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as an ABOM diplomate. ABOM diplomates are physicians who undergo rigorous training and an extensive examination process to achieve this designation.
Posted on February 15, 2017 Read More »

How to Boost Your Metabolism

Fat on Fire Yet another reason not to let your weight seesaw: You'll hamstring your metabolism. "My patients with the lowest metabolisms are the weight cyclers," says Scott Isaacs, MD, clinical instructor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. "When you lose weight, you lose muscle and fat, but when you gain it back, it's mostly fat, which burns fewer calories."
Posted on July 28, 2016 Read More »

Adrenals Shot? Probably Not.

Whatever you want to call it—adrenal fatigue, exhaustion, or burnout—it is not a real hormonal condition. Adrenal fatigue is a fake diagnosis that has no scientific basis. If you have been told you have adrenal fatigue, get a second opinion from a board-certified endocrinologist.
Posted on June 24, 2016 Read More »

Hunger Hormones

"In the past 20 years, we've learned a lot about hunger and satiety hormones," says Scott Isaacs, MD, a board-certified endocrinologist in Atlanta and author of Beat Overeating Now! "The first one was leptin, which was discovered in 1994." Since then, many other hormones that impact hunger, appetite, cravings, and weight have been discovered. "Leptin is a hormone that's produced by fat cells, and it works to suppress appetite in the brain," Isaacs explains. "We used to think a fat cell was an inert storage depot for excess fat, insulating the body. But now we know that fat is an endocrine organ, that is, a gland that produces hormones. Leptin is just one of the hormones produced by fat cells." The amount of leptin circulating in a person is proportional to the amount of body fat and indicates how much energy stores a person has.
Posted on July 22, 2015 Read More »

What To Do About Borderline Thyroid Levels

However, some studies have found that only 5 percent of people have a TSH above 2.5 (though others say it's more like 15 percent). That is to say, being above 2.5 is statistically abnormal. And abnormalities are, by and large, how medicine decides what a disease is.
Posted on February 9, 2015 Read More »

Atlanta Endocrine Associates Awarded Best of 2014 on Kudzu

Atlanta Endocrine Associates was named a Best of 2014 winner for Atlanta endocrinologists on Kudzu.com, a leading source for local business information and consumer reviews. Atlanta Endocrine Associates has been awarded the Best of Kudzu.com award for the past three years.
Posted on January 14, 2015 Read More »

Home, Slim, Home

Even if it's been a laze-around-in-your-yoga-pants day, you can still burn more fat for basically no effort by adjusting your thermostat. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that when people were exposed to cold temps for three hours, they burned an additional 250 calories. Your body has to go into overdrive to heat itself up to a cozy 98 degrees, and extra calories are zapped in the process, explains Scott Isaacs, MD, an endocrinologist and the author of Beat Overeating Now! You don't have to walk around shivering to get the benefits, he says; just lower your thermostat by two to three degrees.
Posted on February 25, 2014 Read More »

Outsmart Your Hormones

Can't sleep? Having memory lapses? Your hormones may be to blame. They can wreak havoc on how you feel, think and function at different times in your menstrual cycle. Luckily, these changes are predictable. By anticipating your hormonal ebbs and flows, you can head off ailments such as cramps and headaches.
Posted on February 25, 2014 Read More »
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