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What Do You Have to Lose?

Focus on Weight Management for a Healthy Lifestyle

From cleanses and detoxes to fad diets, people will try just about anything to lose weight.

While most people focus only on how to meet their weight-loss goal, making lifestyle changes can improve overall health. Research has shown that your health can be greatly improved by a loss of just 5 to 10 percent of your starting weight. 

“Being at a healthy weight can decrease your risk for diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and high cholesterol. For many, being at a healthy weight also makes them feel better and improves their self confidence and self-esteem. Even losing 10 pounds has shown to decrease blood pressure and blood sugar, which could mean fewer prescription medications over your lifetime,” said Eva Imperial, MD, at Spring Valley Family Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Weight management is even more important if you have other health issues, such as diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol. The effects of these conditions can worsen with poor diet and exercise habits.

If you want to get to a healthy weight and stay there, making lifestyle changes works better than dieting.

Dr. Eva Imperial

“Start with small changes, such as cutting down on tea and sodas or taking a short walk each day,” said Dr. Imperial. “Evaluate your lifestyle and be honest about what you are eating. Even an extra 100 to 150 calories per day can lead to gaining 10 pounds per year.”

If you start to feel discouraged or overwhelmed, focus on the little things you can do to improve your health in the long run instead of how much weight you want to lose.

“Tell yourself that you are making positive health changes for life, not for a ‘diet’ or a fad. It takes time to take weight off and to continue to make healthy choices to maintain weight loss,” said Dr. Imperial.

Some people benefit from following a structured program to develop healthy lifestyle habits, while others use a self-paced approach. According to Dr. Imperial, the ultimate key is accountability. Most people are successful if they have to report to their doctor, attend a weekly weigh-in or follow up with their workout buddies.

“Find out what works for you, whether it’s a medically supervised weight-loss program, getting a personal trainer or joining a gym. There are only positive benefits to eating healthier and staying physically active.”

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes 14-Pound Baby Boy

Weighing in at just over 14 pounds, baby Colin Keisler came into the world at Lexington Medical Center on Friday, June 23. He is the biggest baby clinicians recall being born at the hospital since it opened in 1971.

Baby Colin’s parents are Arthur Keisler and Cindy Richmond of Lexington. He is the couple’s third child. Their first baby weighed 7.6 lb and their second weighed 9.8 lb.

“The last two or three months of this pregnancy were more difficult. I was really uncomfortable and had a lot of sleepless nights,” Cindy said.

They thought this baby would be big, but not 14 pounds.

“When he was born, it was an ‘Oh My God!’ moment.”

Arthur Keisler and his wife Cindy Richmond with their son Colin Austin Keisler at Lexington Medical Center

Dr. Jaime Brown Price of Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, delivered baby Colin by caesarean section. He was 14 lb .04 oz and 24 inches long.

Dr. Brown Price and nurses in the delivery room marveled at the baby’s size.

“I’ve been an obstetrics nurse for 29 years, but I’ve never seen a 14-pound baby,” said Donna Hinton, RNC.

Soon after Colin’s birth, his parents realized the clothes they had bought him wouldn’t fit. At just four days old, he’s wearing clothes for a six month old.

“We see playing football as a lineman for Clemson and the Green Bay Packers,” said Arthur.

According to statistics, the average weight of a newborn baby is 7.5 pounds. Fourteen pounds is the average weight of a 4- to 5-month-old baby.

The next biggest baby Lexington Medical Center’s Women & Children’s department can recall was a 13-pound baby born at Lexington Medical Center in 1987.

Both Baby Colin and his mom are healthy and doing well.

Lexington Medical Center delivers approximately 3,500 babies each year, the highest number of baby deliveries of any hospital in the Midlands.

The Doctor Is In: Understanding and Managing Diabetes

By Cassandra Patterson, MD
Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice

In South Carolina, one in eight adults has diabetes. This rate is the seventh highest in the United States. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are also obese.

People who are overweight are not able to process high levels of carbohydrates. That leads to higher levels of sugar in the blood and stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin, a hormone that allows your body to use sugar for energy. Eventually, stress on the pancreas slows down insulin production.

Diabetes can create a domino effect of complications. High sugar levels in the blood damage small blood vessels and nerves, leading to a risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, leg pain and a loss of sensation in the feet. High sugar levels can also make healing from infections difficult.

If someone has type 2 diabetes, he or she should avoid sweetened drinks, sweets, breads, pastas and white rice. Foods that are good for diabetics are fruit, vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, beans and low-fat dairy.

Dr. Cassandra Patterson

Researchers have been working to find the best ways to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, but they haven’t found a cure yet. Newer medications for diabetes have focused on using the body’s own abilities to process excess sugars.  

As research continues, doctors emphasize the importance of diet and exercise. It’s important to work healthy eating and fitness into your daily routine. The results will dramatically improve your life.
Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates educates patients at risk for type 2 diabetes about lifestyle changes that promote prevention. For patients with diabetes, these clinicians give patients the tools they will need to manage their illness and prevent complications.

Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine Associates