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Obesity and Eating Habits

Posted by Rachel Jones on Feb 26, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Obesity is a serious and growing problem in the United States. According to the CDC, 35.7% of American adults are obese. Poor eating habits are a major contributor to obesity; by developing an awareness of these habits, you can take steps to improve your health.

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Obesity and Eating Habits

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Feb 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Obesity is a serious and growing problem in the United States. According to the CDC, 35.7% of American adults are obese. Poor eating habits are a major contributor to obesity; by developing an awareness of these habits, you can take steps to improve your health.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

Silent Acid Reflux

Posted by Rachel Jones on Feb 20, 2014 9:44:00 AM

Silent acid reflux, also known as Laryngopharngeal Reflux or LPR, is a condition that you could be suffering from without even knowing it, and can have many negative impacts on health. Similar in many ways to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (better known as GERD), there are a few critical differences that can make silent reflux very difficult to treat, and even harder to diagnose. 

As opposed to traditional GERD, silent acid reflux may not present itself with symptoms normally associated with the condition. Normally reflux disease causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat, as well as the stomach. LPR is called silent reflux because often it does not cause these same problems, but can cause a number of other symptoms--including, but not limited to:

  • Chronic couging or hoarseness 
  • Asthma or breathing problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Constant need to clear the throat
  • Excess mucus build up

Caused by a weakness in the muscles between the esophagus and the stomach, silent reflux can have many negative long and short term implications such as recurring ear infections, ulcers in the stomach and throat, scarring of the throat and voice box, in addition to very serious conditions like emphysema and cancer. 

It takes a very skilled Gastroenterologist to diagnose silent acid reflux--if you suspect you may have the condition, it is important to consult a Physician immediately.

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Silent Acid Reflux

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Feb 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Silent acid reflux, also known as Laryngopharngeal Reflux or LPR, is a condition that you could be suffering from without even knowing it, and can have many negative impacts on health. Similar in many ways to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (better known as GERD), there are a few critical differences that can make silent reflux very difficult to treat, and even harder to diagnose. 

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

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EndoBarrier, a Non-Surgical Alternative to Bariatric Surgery

Posted by Rachel Jones on Feb 8, 2014 1:39:00 PM

Bariatric surgery is an invasive way to achieve weight loss.  Part of the stomach and small intestines are removed during the surgery.  However, with EndoBarrier, there is no surgery involved, but you still achieve the weight loss.

EndoBarrier is a basically a sleeve that is placed in your small intestine. This helps you achieve weight loss. No surgery is involved because the device is actually implanted into your body endoscopically, through your mouth. It is then placed in a way that it will line the first two feet of your small intestine.

This sleeve will prevent food from being easily absorbed by the body, and it will have a major impact on your calorie intake. 

The benefits of EndoBarrier include:
• The sleeve is implanted and removed endoscopically, without surgery.
• Implanting of the device can actually be done as a same day procedure. 

• The metabolic effect that comes from EndoBarrier is like that of gastric bypass surgery, as it actually helps resolve type 2 diabetes and it will bring about weight loss. 

• The procedure is reversible; not all bariatric procedures are.

As a weight loss treatment, this is very effective and recovery is very rapid. And, EndoBarrier actually costs significantly less than bariatric surgery procedures. 
 

In clinical trials, patients showed improved glycemic control in just one week. 

EndoBarrier is an exciting new treatment for both obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

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