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What Thin People Don’t Understand About Living with Obesity

Most people who are very overweight have, at some point, tried to majorly cut calories—and failed, says Scott Isaacs, MD, a clinical instructor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and medical director at Atlanta Endocrine Associates. While it's true that they're probably eating too much, they're doing so because they're hungry, he explains. "Telling someone to eat less is a lot like telling them to breathe less," he explains. "They can do it for a while, but eventually biology is going to win out."
Posted on January 1, 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 »

How to Help Your Diabetes Medications Work Better

Active seniors A healthy diet is well-balanced and includes lean proteins from both animal and vegetarian sources, fruits, vegetables, and nuts,” he says. “Carbohydrates are the component of the diet which have the most significant effect on your blood sugars. Limiting or avoiding added sugars and refined flours can help to keep blood sugars controlled without cutting out healthier carbohydrates such as legumes [beans] and whole grains.
Posted on March 17, 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 »

HMR Weight Management Program, Offered at Atlanta Endocrine Associates, Rated as the Nation’s #2 Best Diet for Weight-Loss

Under the direction of endocrinologist Scott D. Isaacs, M.D., Atlanta Endocrine Associates has offered the HMR program for 14 years to community members who are interested in losing weight.
Posted on January 7, 2015 Read More »

12 Things Your Diabetes Doctor Wants You to Know

Diabetes information is everywhere—blogs, online forums, small talk with friends and family, terrifying lawyer ads on TV. Keep in mind that everyone’s situation is different and some sources are more reliable than others, Dr. Isaacs says. Your diabetes care team can guide you toward the truth and help you make the best choices for your health.
Posted on October 21, 2014 Read More »

How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

If you store your leftovers in plastic, keep old receipts lying around or think nothing of eating an unwashed grape or two, you could be exposing yourself to chemicals that impede weight loss. "These substances slow your metabolism and increase appetite or alter hormones such as estrogen in the body to cause weight gain," says Scott Isaacs, M.D., an endocrinologist and author of Beat Overeating Now!
Posted on August 7, 2014 Read More »

Best Type 2 Diabetes Strategies in Women

When your sweet tooth is raging, don't ignore it. But don't be ruled by it, either. A few squares of good-quality dark chocolate (65% cocoa or higher) are a good pick because they have antioxidants along with theobromine, a natural appetite suppressant, Scott Isaacs, MD, writes in his book, Beat Overeating Now! If chocolate isn't your thing, he says it's OK to have a very small amount (less than 100 calories) of whatever treat you're craving as long as you pair those gummy bears or jelly beans with a healthier food, such as a piece of fruit, to curb the impact on your blood sugar and insulin levels. If it's going to be too hard to have such a tiny serving, pick something naturally sweet, like fruit.
Posted on June 26, 2014 Read More »

Slim for Life: What to Eat in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s

Estrogen helps insulin metabolize blood sugar. So when your levels of the hormone naturally begin to drop as you head toward menopause, this estrogen deficiency increases your insulin resistance, "a condition that causes your body to store the food you eat as fat instead of burning it as energy," Dr. Isaacs explains.
Posted on May 28, 2014 Read More »
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