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Exploring the Complex Causes of Obesity

At one time, doctors believed that obesity was a simple matter of people eating more calories than they burned. Now, the medical community is recognizing the complexity of obesity and how many more factors could be at play than overconsumption of calories. In this video, a surgeon from the bariatric weight loss surgery team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas discusses some of the factors that contribute to obesity. Here is a closer look at a few of the obesity contributors he discusses.

Family History

Researchers have discovered that there is a gene that is related to obesity. That means if obesity runs in your family and you have the gene, you are more likely to become obese as well. Although having the gene does not mean that you will definitely become obese and require bariatric weight loss surgery, it does mean that you may need to pay closer attention to your diet to maintain a healthy weight than someone who does not have this genetic predisposition. September’s National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is a good time to discuss healthy eating habits with your kids, especially if obesity is part of your family medical history.

Thyroid Disease

Your thyroid gland releases hormones that are responsible for your metabolic function. When your thyroid gland is underactive – meaning that it does not produce enough hormones – then your metabolism slows down and weight gain is likely. By taking medications, people who gained weight because of thyroid disease can often begin to lose weight successfully.

Type of Job

People who work in sedentary jobs are more likely to gain weight than those whose jobs require a lot of moving around. Stressful work days and long hours can also lead to overeating and eating convenience food, which is often higher in calories. To be successful with weight loss surgery, people with sedentary jobs must be willing and able to commit to adding more activity into their days.

The bariatric weight loss surgery program in Las Vegas at MountainView Hospital helps morbidly obese patients achieve the weight loss they haven’t been able to attain through diet and exercise alone. Identifying and addressing problems that are contributing to weight gain is part of each patient’s treatment plan. To learn more about bariatrics at MountainView Hospital, please call (702) 233-5300.


Fitness and Nutrition Basics for Women

Choosing the right foods and staying active are essential parts of maintaining a healthy weight and keeping obesity-related conditions at bay. Although bariatric surgery can help women who are unable to lose weight through diet and exercise, focusing on fitness and nutrition can help them avoid the weight gain that leads to the need for an invasive procedure. Women can discuss their fitness and nutritional goals with their doctors. This information will also help.

Be Active Daily

Getting physical activity each day reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain kinds of cancer. You don’t have to run marathons to get fit. Simply going out for a walk every day is enough to improve your fitness and enjoy the benefits of exercise. Aim to get about 30 minutes of exercise most days, or about 150 minutes per week to get the maximum benefits. If you’re new to exercising, start slow and build up your tolerance. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any kind of exercise plan to make sure it’s safe for you.

Eat Balanced Meals

Cutting out any one food group leads to deprivation and makes it difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan. Instead, focus on building balanced meals with healthy choices from all of the food groups. Fill a quarter of your plate with lean protein, another quarter with whole grain carbs, and the remaining half with fruits and vegetables. Eating this type of balanced diet provides you with all of the nutrients you need to maintain good health and keep your weight under control.

Manage Your Alcohol Intake

Alcohol can be a part of a healthy lifestyle if it is consumed in moderate amounts. Women cannot safely drink the same amount of alcohol as men because their bodies process it differently. Stick to one drink per day, which is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of an 80-proof spirit.

Good health for women starts at the Women’s Center at MountainView Hospital. In addition to our emergency care, stroke care, and bariatric weight loss surgery in Las Vegas, we provide comprehensive women’s health services. For a referral to a women’s health provider, please call (702) 233-5300.


Playing It Safe with Food Preparation and Storage

One guest that is always unwelcome at a party is food poisoning, but too often, it makes an appearance anyway, thanks to lax food preparation and storage strategies. Don’t let your Sunday football BBQ end up in a trip to the hospital for emergency care. Protect yourself and your guests by keeping these food safety tips in mind.

Separate Your Foods

Failing to keep foods separate makes cross-contamination easy. Keep cooked foods and raw foods far away from each other, and don’t reuse utensils, cutting boards, or other tools on cooked foods after you have already used them on raw items. If you’re keeping items on separate shelves in the refrigerator, make sure raw meats are on the bottom, so they can’t drip their juices onto cooked foods or fruits and veggies below.

Marinate Wisely

When you marinate foods, don’t leave them out on the counter, but rather put them in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to cook, discard the marinade instead of using it to baste the food, as it contains bacteria and it may not heat to a safe temperature before serving. If you want to use the marinade for basting or as a sauce, boil it first to kill the bacteria.

Choose a Safe Temperature

Cook all meats thoroughly before serving. Undercooked meats could still contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. Once the foods are prepared, serve them immediately or store them in an insulated container. Hot foods and cold foods should always be stored separately, and no perishable items should be eaten if they are outside for more than two hours. If the temperature is above 90 degrees F, perishable foods should be discarded after one hour.

At MountainView Hospital, our ER is open around-the-clock to provide emergency care in Las Vegas for food poisoning and all of your other urgent medical needs. You can get more information about all of our hospital services, including stroke care and robotic surgery, by calling (702) 233-5300.


Hydrating Foods to Incorporate into Your Summer Diet

When temperatures soar in the Las Vegas Valley, staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Not only is hydration essential for fending off heat stroke, but it can help you avoid unhealthy habits like unnecessary snacking, as thirst is often mistaken for hunger. If you are seeking ways to improve your hydration beyond drinking water, you might eat more of the hydrating foods listed below. Particularly for patients recovering from lap band surgery and other bariatric procedures, it is important to eat foods that can offer the hydration and nutrition you need, so that you make the most of every meal as explained in this video.

Fresh Fruits

The availability of fresh and flavorful produce peaks in summer, so you should take advantage by eating an array of whole fruits. Many fruits, such as strawberries, watermelon, and tomatoes, are more than 90% water, and they still boast a wide range of other vital nutrients to keep you well-fueled.

Lettuce

Salads are the perfect meal for warm weather because they require no cooking and can be packed with all types of healthy foods. Lettuce is the base of any good salad, and it is mostly comprised of water. To add some quality protein to the salad so that you stay full, try a handful of nuts, chopped tofu, or cooked beans.

Smoothies

Whether you are recovering from gastric banding or you simply don’t feel hungry enough for a full meal, a smoothie can be a great way to hydrate with some added nutrition. Just remember to watch the sugar content, though. Using water or unsweetened soy milk instead of juice can limit how much sugar you are consuming.

Yogurt

If you are in search of a great snack, reach for a serving of low-fat yogurt. With a dose of calcium and vitamin D along with live cultures to assist in healthy digestion, yogurt is a summer diet staple to keep on hand.

Are you considering taking control of your weight with bariatric surgery? MountainView Hospital can help you make an informed decision with classes and information sessions offered in Las Vegas. To learn more about our weight loss surgery program and other hospital services, visit our website or give us a call at (702) 233-5300.


Your Guide to Trampoline Safety

Trampolines have become an icon for summer fun, but they are also a frequent cause of injuries treated in both adults and children in the ER. From broken bones to concussions to lacerations, there is significant risk involved with backyard trampolines that you will want to be aware of. Jumping on the trampoline can be a great way to have fun while you burn calories, but you will want to keep the following tips in mind as you spring into action.

Never Let Children Jump Without Supervision

Just like backyard pools, trampolines should only be used under the dedicated supervision of a parent or other adult. As you watch your child jump, discourage any risky stunts or tricks that might pose a higher risk for injury. Flips, for example, can end with a botched landing resulting in some serious orthopedic injuries.

Don’t Overcrowd the Trampoline

A majority of trampoline injuries in children occur when there are two or more jumpers on the trampoline at once. Even with a large trampoline, it is hard to control where you are moving in the air, so the risk of a collision with another jumper is high. Ideally, only one person should jump on the trampoline at any given time. The most likely outcome of an accident involving two people on the trampoline is a concussion, as it is common to butt heads in airborne collisions. If you ever suspect a concussion in yourself or your child, you should seek medical care right away, as the damage may be worse than immediate symptoms indicate.

Use Adequate Safety Gear

The setup of your trampoline is vital to its safety. You should only place a trampoline on level ground and use protective padding on all exposed bars and springs. A safety net may be helpful, but do not let it give you a false sense of security. Many trampoline injuries occur on the mat itself, so a net will not prevent these accidents.

When you need emergency care, orthopedic rehabilitation, or general wellness tips in Las Vegas, MountainView Hospital is there for you. To get in touch with one of our registered nurses for physician referrals or answers to your health and safety questions, give us a call at (702) 233-5300.


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