Monthly Archive: November 2018

Nov 30

A daily walk can do wonders

“The Best Things in Life Are Free,” or so goes the familiar old saying. When it comes to fitness, weight control and your general health, the habit of a daily walk can do wonders for people of all fitness levels. Surgeons are doctors first, and every good doctor wants to encourage the concept of “wellness.” …

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Nov 28

Breast Cancer and Early Detection

This past October was 2108’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we were remiss for not mentioning it more prominently. Breast cancer awareness month is a yearly campaign intended to educate people about the importance of early screening and testing. This campaign starts on October 1st and ends on October 31st of each year. When a …

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Nov 26

A common misconception about weight loss surgery

There is a common misconception about weight loss surgery that says, “Most weight loss surgery patients will regain the weight they lose over years to come.” Numerous studies have now demonstrated that this is not the case. The effectiveness of bariatric surgery in long term weight control has been repeatedly confirmed. The medical profession and …

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Nov 23

Insurance Coverage

Lack of insurance coverage sometimes discourages patients from even investigating medical treatment, especially for procedures like bariatric surgery. In many cases, patients are surprised to find that their carrier will cover some or all of the cost. The only way to find out with certainty is to work it through the insurance office in your …

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Nov 21

Happy Thanksgiving Day


Happy Thanksgiving from Dr Birkedal and staff.

Nov 21

What Is A1C and Why Is It Important?

Last week we commented on the wave of television and other advertisements for diabetes medications. It is unlikely that you can watch TV for more than a few “prime-time” hours without seeing an ad for products like Jardiance, Lyrica, Toujeo, Trulicity, Farxiga or Lantus. These ads picture big, burly firemen at work and bike-riding seniors …

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Nov 19

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Thanksgiving is coming this very week, and holiday weight gain is a concern for many people. Most folks overestimate the amount of weight they will gain during the holidays, but at the same time, they underestimate how long it will take to lose that pound or two. Over the years and decades, this adds up …

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Nov 16

What is the relationship between obesity and type-2diabetes?

Excess weight, physical inactivity and age are three of the major risk factors for type-2 diabetes. It is almost certainly true that the type-2 diabetes epidemic (as the CDC calls it) is due in large part to the growing prevalence of obesity, the lack of physical exercise and the increasing age of Americans. There is …

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Nov 14

Diabetes is Prime Time

If you have watched very much television in the past twelve to eighteen months, you have almost certainly seen dozens, perhaps hundreds, of commercials for prescription medicines intended to treat diabetes. Think back, and you will realize that diabetes has replaced male sexual dysfunction as one of television’s most common advertising topics. Ads for Viagra …

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Nov 12

Today is Veterans Day

Today is the official observance of Veterans Day for 2018! It is never enough, but we should all thank our fellow citizens who have served this great nation, both in war and in keeping the peace. The contributions that veterans have made to our nation and to this state and community are too great to …

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