Diabesity: How bariatric surgery is changing lives

Courtney Culbreath, MD, is a specialty care physician board certified in general surgery at Inova. She specializes in minimally invasive and robotic bariatric surgery, endobariatrics, and general surgery. Dr. Culbreath is committed to helping her patients achieve longer, healthier lives through long-term weight loss. Type 2 diabetes affects 35 million Americans. Nearly 65% of these…

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Gather Around For Healthier Thanksgiving Traditions

Incorporate these 9 healthy habits this Thanksgiving and beyond “I can’t believe I ate so much,” you say to your family as you feel your acid reflux acting up. “I might need to loosen my belt!” your uncle quips back. “I shouldn’t have skipped my morning spin class!” your niece pipes in. Does any of…

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Weighing in on Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity

Obesity in children and adolescents is on the rise, but there are ways to prevent it The percentage of U.S. children and adolescents diagnosed with obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s, with 1 in 5 school-age children and young people (6 to 19 years) now battling obesity, reports the Centers for Disease Control…

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Get Moving This Fall


Lose weight with these creative exercise tips Mustering the energy to exercise is a struggle many of us are all too familiar with. If you’ve attempted and failed to maintain an exercise regimen in order to lose weight, you’re not alone. Nearly half of adults in the U.S. (49%, to be exact) have tried to…

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Reaping the Rewards of Weight Loss

Meg Appel eating healthy

Bariatric surgery can help with many life goals, including having a baby Weight loss is the obvious goal with bariatric surgery, but for many people, it’s not the only one. Treating obesity successfully can lead to better health, increased physical activity, improved sleep and countless other benefits. The main reason for Meg Appel to have…

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Lessen Your Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

unhealthy food: fried chicken and chips

Marianne Sherman, MA, CVRN-BC is a cardiac rehabilitation clinician for Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Loudoun and Inova Fairfax Hospitals. She has more than 25 years of experience including unit management, the development of individualized treatment plans for patients with diverse cardiac diagnoses, exercise prescription, and patient education to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Heart…

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Woman struggling with infertility gains new hope and health benefits with weight loss surgery

A Life Gained Patient finds that weight loss surgery yields many benefits When Meg Appel and her husband started seeing fertility specialists a few years ago, none of the tests indicated why they were having trouble conceiving. But one doctor brought up a potential issue that wouldn’t show up in screenings: Meg’s weight. To increase…

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