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How come some people are more vascular then other?

BTW vascular is when you have veins popping out of your skin. Why do some people have more visible veins the other? Is this good or bad?

thinner more transparent skin, genetically larger veins...I don't think it is bad, just the way some people are built.  (+ info)

What are the main differences between Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?

A member of my family has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia so the more detail someone can give me, the better. Many thanks.

Vascular dementia is caused by narrowing arteries cutting off oxygen supply to the brain cells - proper medication can really help/even improve mental function IF brain cells haven't been impaired by a stroke. No one yet knows what causes Alzheimer's, but there are connections to the brain not being able to rid itself of waste materials the same way "normal" brains do and that's what many of the meds work on. An Alzheimer's diagnosis is more discouraging because the medications are still all pretty new/experimental and only slow down the progress of the disease, at best. Chances are, with Vascular Dementia, if your family member is able to exercise a little, gets really good nutrition and treatments that clear out arteries, there's a chance for a better quality of life than with Alzheimer's. Good for you for caring enough to search out answers!  (+ info)

Will insurance companies pay for a gastric bypass if they lap band does not work for you?

I have decied togo with the lap band, justa a few questions...Does the insurance compaines pay for a gastric bypass afte doing a lap band?

The Lap Band will work. It will take longer but its also healthier than the gastric, i'm sure you already know this...
But this is to answer hannibal... I have the Lap Band, so this is why i am answering your question.
For one.. everyone is different, and what worked for you may not work for everyone else.
'Cause i know personally that when i was dieting and excercising i was still hungry and had the urge to eat eat eat.
But having the lap band helps, 'cause you dont get that urge and when you do eat a small meal you stay full for longer, where as when just dieting you would eat a small meal you felt hungry faster.
This is where willpower comes in.. but still not everyone has will power.
:o)  (+ info)

How do i go about getting gastric bypass surgery in ontario, canada through OHIP?

what's the procedure to get gastric bypass surgery covered by OHIP in ontario, canada? Where do I start? Any doctors recommended? contact numbers? does anybody have the application or paperwork i need to fill in?
I don't have a family doctor. I' living on my own.

You will have to go through your family doctor.  (+ info)

What are some good choices for gastric bypass surgery?

Ok so I am an extremely picky eater and just had gastric bypass surgery. So I was wondering what are some good meals that are high in protein that I could eat to change it up a bit.

That's hard to answer without knowing how long ago you had surgery, and what things you do and don't like.

I'm 7 months out. If you're up to soft foods, I ate fat free or lowfat refried beans (sometimes with some avocado cut up in it, and some nonfat plain greek yogurt as 'sour cream' to add more protein since the greek yogurt is REALLY high in protein) a lot. I also would put some lowfat shredded cheese in it. You may or may not tolerate dairy very well. I had no problems.

I also ate cottage cheese a lot.

If you're getting enough protein with protein drinks or similar, and can stand to eat some things that are NOT just protein, I would also recommend the cubed and frozen bags of potato and sweet potato. You steam it in the microwave and mix together. It's real potato, and you can add spices...I again mixed in some greek yogurt with the regular potatoes, and it was like sour cream mashed potatoes. You could use regular potatoes, too, but the quantity you can eat is so small that it worked better for me to keep the frozen stuff on hand.

I still buy frozen veggies and those potatoes. Fresh stuff goes bad before I can eat it.

You can also buy flavored greek yogurts. Trader Joe's has a variety. I REALLY don't like plain yogurt of any kind by itself, but the flavored stuff is good. Non-greek yogurt would be good to try, too, but just a much lower protein content.

Those are all soft foods I tolerated well.

I'm not sure if you're familiar with the www.obesityhelp.com website, but there are a lot of forums on there with recipes and things. You can ask questions, help out other people, track weight loss, etc. I've got a blog on there. I don't update it VERY often, but it's a good way to stay in touch with other people who have been through the same thing.

For my birthday in March, my mom bought me a cookbook called "Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery" by Patt Levine and Michele Bontempo-Saray. I LOVE IT! It's got foods for all stages of the diet we need to follow, in the beginning and forever. My best friend is a nurse, so she eats healthy as it is. Whenever I go visit her, she makes meals from this cookbook and she and her husband and I eat that. She did it at first to just be supportive, but ended up buying the cookbook for herself just because the recipes we tried were so tasty! She's about 110 pounds so she doesn't need to try and lose weight. :)

It's available on amazon.com.

I'm rachieo on the ObesityHelp site - look me up there if you want to. I'll help any way I can. Congrats!  (+ info)

What does it mean that your test results are borderline for gastric emptying?

A few weeks ago I took a gastric emptying test, and the test results came back borderline what does that mean?

That your problem may or may not be the result of gastric emptying issues.  (+ info)

What kind of food do I make for someone who has had gastric bypass?

I am having a group of people over for dinner. What do I include in my menu for someone who has had gastric bypass?

Hi B L 951,

It is considerate of you to prepare meals for the entire party. Patients who have had gastric bypass can eat regular foods but must eat very small amounts. If the person with the bypass is a diabetic he will need to count his calories and will need the right amount of Insulin. If the patient has renal failure or heart failure he will be on fluid restrictions etc.

Bypass patients often cheat by taking large amounts of liquid milk shakes etc. This defeats the purpose of doing a gastric bypass.  (+ info)

Is gastric reflux going to be a bigger problem for me later and do you know any methods for easy control of it?

I suffer serious gastric reflux and so many things aggravate it. Coffee, pies, pizza, oily foods and of course alcohol. What are the long term effects if any? Should I have an operation to fix it? Also do you know any natural methods to control the reflux that allows me to have a reasonable social life as well?

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How many stones do you have to be in order to get a gastric band?

I'm 16 years old, 5.4ft and 9.6 stone - Am i big enough to get a gastric band? Don't say to do excersice and eat healthily because i do, it just doesn't result in weight loss. If i am big enough how much does it cost?

Your weight is healthy for your sex and height.  (+ info)

Which eye drops contain a vascular constrictor in them?

I've done a little research and heard that you can make the whites in your eyes whiter by using eye drops with a vascular constrictor in them. The only problem is, i don't know which eye drops contain a vascular constrictor. Can i please get some products and stores where i can purchase them? That'd be great!

The active ingredient in Visine eye drops is Tetrahydrozoline HCl which is a vascular constrictor. You can buy Visine at any drug store such as CVS or Walgreens.  (+ info)

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