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Obesity: Genetics or Willpower – Dr. David Shafer

Most people believe that maintaining a healthy weight is just a matter of diet and exercise. But what if it’s not that simple? Is it possible that it may not be just a matter of willpower and self-control? UT Health Northeast diabetes expert Dr. David Shafer explores the ins and outs of this epic battle in the latest post to HealthConnection.TV.

Is being overweight just a matter of eating more calories than you body needs or are there other factors involved? (first question)

Do your genes or family history affect whether or not you are overweight or obese? What are the environmental factors that play a role in obesity? (skip to 1:44)

What is metabolism and is it accurate to say that some people have a “fast” metabolism and some have a “slow” one? (skip to 3:56)

Some scientists believe genetic disorders are the primary reason people are overweight. Others believe issues like the easy availability of high-fat foods and lack of exercise are responsible for the obesity epidemic. Who’s right? (skip to 4:59)

In reading articles about obesity and genetics, one frequently sees the term “twin studies.” What does that term mean? (skip to 6:13)

What is Leptin and why is it referred to as the obesity hormone?” (skip to 7:42)

What is the “hunger hormone?” (skip to 9:31)

Based on what we know now, what are the best tools to combat obesity? (skip to 12:02)

Why is losing weight such a struggle? (skip to 13:54)

What role do you think genetics will have on the future treatment of obesity? (skip to 15:35)

Childhood Obesity – Dr. Jonathan MacClements

As many as 40 percent of fourth grade children are now clinically defined as either overweight or obese. This is leading to an explosion of problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes and other conditions that were once thought to be mainly adult health concerns. Dr. Jonathan MacClements discusses childhood obesity, including its treatment and prevention.

How much of a problem is childhood obesity? (first question)

Why is childhood obesity considered a health problem? (skip to 0:39)

How do I know if my child is considered obese? (skip to 1:00)

Can a child actually develop heart disease, Type II diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea as a result of being overweight? (skip to 1:45)

Can being overweight affect a child when he or she reaches puberty? (skip to 2:10)

What is the single most important thing to be done to reduce the likelihood of my child becoming obese? (skip to 2:32)

How can I involve my child in overcoming a weight problem without undermining self-confidence? (skip to 3:18)

Metabolic Syndrome – Dr. Patti Olusola

Take any three of elevated blood pressure, excess abdominal fat, high triglycerides, high blood sugar or low “good” cholesterol and what you have is a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. With that diagnosis, you are at greater risk for heart attack, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. The U.T. Health Science Center’s Dr. Patti Olusola talks about diagnosing, treating and preventing metabolic syndrome.

What is metabolic syndrome? (first question)

What are the risk factors for metabolic syndrome? (skip to 1:20)

Why is having metabolic syndrome so alarming? (skip to 1:58)

Are there signs or symptoms to look for? (skip to 2:20)

How is metabolic syndrome diagnosed? (skip to 3:11)

How is metabolic syndrome treated? (skip to 4:17)

Are children at risk for developing metabolic syndrome? (skip to 5:19)

Why is metabolic syndrome becoming more common? (skip to 5:47)

If you lose weight, what effect will it have on the risk factors for metabolic syndrome? (skip to 6:26)

Can metabolic syndrome be reversed? (skip to 7:23)

Diabetes: The Story Behind the Stats – Dr. David Shafer

Of all the things that can rob you of a long, healthy life, none looms larger than diabetes. From blindness to the loss of limbs to the high cost of the nation’s health care bill, diabetes looms large. In this post to HeatlhConnection.TV, the U.T.Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. David Shafer talks about recognizing and acting on risk factors for diabetes.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, 8.3 percent of the population, have been diagnosed with diabetes. Has the number always been this high? (first question)

The American Diabetes Association estimates that in addition to the 8.3 percent of the population that is diagnosed with the disease, another seven percent is undiagnosed. How do you have diabetes and not know it? (skip to 1:21)

Another alarming statistic tells us that there are 79 million people who are pre-diabetic. What does pre-diabetic mean? (skip to 2:06)

How do you test for pre-diabetes? (skip to 3:00)

If you have pre-diabetes, is diabetes inevitable? (skip to 3:31)

Sixty percent of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations occur in people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, what is the likelihood that you will lose a toe or a foot or a leg to amputation? (skip to 4:41)

What is the connection between diabetes and the risk for lower extremity amputation? (skip to 5:43)

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20 to 74. Why? (skip to 6:38)

Nearly 13 percent of African-Americans and nearly 12 percent of Hispanics have diabetes but only 7.1 percent of the white population is diabetic. Why the difference? (skip to 7:50)

One in three children that were born in 2010 will develop diabetes during their lifetimes. How do we reverse this shocking trend? (skip to 9:24)

Recognizing the impact of obesity on the risk for diabetes and recognizing diabetes’ impact on the cost of health care, if we as a society went back to weighing what we did in the 1950s and 1960s, what impact would that have on the nation’s overall health care bill? (skip to 10:52)