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Thursday, September 29, 2016

FDA approved 1st hybrid closed loop system- Artificial Pancreas Device System

(Source: FDA)
There have been tremendous strides made in the research and development of an Artificial Pancreas Device System. On September 28, 2016, the FDA approved the first hybrid closed loop system, the Medtronic's MiniMed 670G System, intended to automatically monitor blood sugar and adjust basal insulin doses in people with type 1 diabetes.

(Source: FDA- Medtronic Information
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What is it? The Medtronic MiniMed 670G System is the first FDA approved hybrid closed loop system that monitors glucose and automatically adjusts the delivery of long acting or basal insulin based on the user’s glucose reading.

How does it work? The Medtronic MiniMed 670G System consists of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that measures the user’s glucose levels for up to seven days, an insulin pump that delivers insulin to the user, and a glucose meter used to calibrate the CGM.

What will it accomplish? People with diabetes can use the glucose information from the CGM to help determine patterns in their glucose levels. The MiniMed 670G System can alert users when glucose values are approaching potentially dangerously high (hyperglycemic) and/or dangerously low (hypoglycemic) levels. People with diabetes can use the insulin delivered from the pump to help keep their glucose levels at a safe level. The 670G System provides additional diabetes management assistance by automatically adjusting basal insulin delivery based on changes in glucose levels. When used along with a blood glucose meter to obtain a more accurate reading of actual glucose levels, a continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump system can also help people with diabetes make long-term adjustments to their treatment plan to keep glucose levels in a safe range.

When should it not be used? The MiniMed 670G System should not be used in:

-People who require less than a total insulin dose of 8 units per day because the device requires a minimum of 8 units per day to operate safely
-Children under 7 years of age because most children under the age of 7 require less than 8 units of insulin per day.
-The FDA has not reviewed data to support the safety and effectiveness of the device in children ages 7-14 as these studies are ongoing.

Anyone unable or unwilling to:
--Perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
--Maintain contact with their healthcare professional.
--Carry the Medical Emergency Card provided with the system when traveling. The Medical Emergency Card provides critical information about airport security systems, and pump usage on an airplane.

People whose vision or hearing does not allow recognition of pump signals and alarms. Patients should always remove their pump, sensor, transmitter, and meter before entering a room that has x-ray, MRI, diathermy, or CT scan equipment. The magnetic fields and radiation in the immediate vicinity of this equipment can make the devices nonfunctional or damage the part of the pump that regulates insulin delivery, possibly resulting in over delivery and severe hypoglycemia.

Patients should not expose their pump to a magnet, such as pump cases that have a magnetic clasp.

Friday, September 9, 2016

5 Signs You Need a Chiropractor

Have you ever wondered if your back pain merits the ER, your primary care doctor, or a simple chiropractic adjustment? Knowing what kind of back pain you have will help you make the best decision for your body.

Did you know that you can also exhibit the need for a chiropractor even if you don’t have a back injury? Let’s look at the top 5 signs you need a chiropractor to help you stay at the top of your health game.

1. Recurring or Chronic Pain
If you live with constant back pain, or have bouts of back pain that come and go, you are likely dealing with something called chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain in the body that goes on for 12 weeks or longer. Chronic pain can occur because of an old injury, a debilitating disease like arthritis, or even lack a clear cause. If you have pain like this in your back, a chiropractor like Dr. Gil Kentof at the Dr. Gil Center for Back, Neck and Chronic Pain Relief in Franklin, Tennessee, can be the solution you’ve been looking for.

2. An Accident
Any time that you receive an injury to your body—auto, sports, or otherwise—it’s a sign that you need a chiropractor. For example, if you get whiplash from a fender bender, the strain on your neck muscles can eventually lead to neck pain and back problems. The thing is that you may not feel any pain immediately after the accident. Seeing a chiropractor even when you don’t yet have pain can prevent it in the future. If you’ve recently had an accident, it’s a sign that you need a chiropractor whether you have pain or not.

3. Recurring Headaches
Chiropractors can help relieve recurring headaches by straightening the spine, which in turn relieves muscle tension and reduces the occurrence of headaches. Persistent headaches can of course be a result of something else in your body—such as a tendency towards migraines or a symptom of an undiagnosed illness—but chiropractor can usually help no matter the cause. If you have constant headaches, it’s a sign your back needs the attention of a chiropractor.

4. Increased Stress
If your body mechanics or lifestyle don’t lend themselves to processing stress on a daily basis, it is likely that your body is storing stress. The side effects of this can end up being anxiety, sleep issues, depression, even weight gain and digestive problems. If you feel a rush of adrenaline on a constant basis, or at least face problems that overwhelm you regularly, it is likely that your body is storing stress. A stressful lifestyle is definitely a sign that you need a chiropractor. Spinal alignment can help your muscles release tension, among other things.

5. Impairment in Your Range of Motion
Have you noticed that you can’t reach as far as you used to, or perhaps turn your head as far as you are supposed to? This can be due to a variety of causes, from stiff muscles to frozen shoulder, and a chiropractor can loosen the muscles. If you have limited range of motion, it’s a sign you need a chiropractor.

How did you know you needed a chiropractor?
Having back pain isn’t the only sign that you could use the help of a chiropractor. If you’ve recently been in an accident, have limited range of motion, or even recurring headaches, you need a chiropractor.

When was the last time you saw a chiropractor? How did you know you should go? Tell us about your symptoms and what the chiropractor did for you. Comment below!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hip Injuries: How Chiropractic Manages the Pain

Have you ever injured your hip in a sports accident? The pain can be excruciating—even debilitating—at first. Sometimes the pain continues past the initial injury, though, and becomes something called chronic pain.

Chiropractic to the rescue! Chiropractic can treat sports injuries to the hip not only right after an injury takes place, but years later when pain resurfaces. Any pain that lasts longer than 3 months is considered chronic, so if that describes your hip pain, you’ve landed on the right article.

Common Hip Sports Injuries
When it comes to chronic pain, sports injuries to the hip aren’t always obvious. Mostly, hip pain in athletes is related to overuse injuries—tendonitis and bursitis among them. You may also see hip bruises, osteoarthritis in the hip, tears in the bumper around the hip (called the hip labrum), even stress fractures.

With tendonitis, you may experience pain in the knee and hip because of injury to a tendon between these two joints. This is common for runners.

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, which is a cushion between muscle and hipbone. Pain from bursitis is felt at the tip of the hipbone.

Hip bruises occur when an athlete experiences direct impact to the hip joint. The medical term is “hip pointer,” and the pain can be extreme because both bone and muscle are often bruised.

Osteoarthritis commonly occurs in older athletes, when the cartilage between the hipbone and joints wears away over time.

Other sports-related hip injuries that cause chronic pain include hip impingement and bone death because of decreased blood flow.

Chiropractic Hip Solutions
Chiropractic solutions to chronic hip pain are offered by offices like True Wellness Chiropractic out of Chattanooga, TN. Chiropractic is a good first line of defense against this type of pain. Often simply aligning the spine properly is all the body needs to start recovering on its own.

When pain persists beyond regular spinal adjustments, chiropractors may offer alternative treatments for chronic hip pain. They may adjust the hips as well as the spine. They may also try to instruct the patient in stretching exercises to allow the muscles around the injury to relax. In one study, a 70-year-old woman with hip osteoarthritis saw improved mobility and balance after a 12-week chiropractic regimen. Chiropractic can be a solution for many types of chronic hip pain, both in athletes and non-athletes.

Managing Chronic Pain
Sometimes hip pain just isn’t going away. Osteoarthritis, for example, is a disease that can only be slowed down with regular treatment, rather than cured altogether. In such cases, chiropractic seeks to manage the pain so that patient quality of life can improve in spite of the pain.

Chiropractic provides pain management for chronic hip pain in a number of ways. Most chronic pain tends to come in waves, sort of flaring up now and then. When this occurs, chiropractic can be a solution to reduce the pain immediately. Patients currently experiencing pain may receive two or three treatments per week until the pain fades away, typically within three months. After that, chiropractic will offer weekly or monthly treatments to maintain this low level of pain. Chiropractic really is a viable solution to chronic hip pain.

Have you ever gone to the chiropractor for your hip?
Whether you’ve had hip pain for years or have recently noticed recurring pain in your hip, chiropractic should be at the top of your list for pain management—especially if you’ve just been gritting your teeth and bearing the pain. There is a better way to live!

Have you ever seen a chiropractor for hip pain? Do you have an old sports injury in a hip that still hurts? Leave us a comment about your experience!

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This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Why Buy Supplies at Your Veterinarian

Have you ever been to the pet store and been overwhelmed by all the options? You probably saw fifty shades of blue for pet collars. Not to mention all the treats—there’s no way you could figure out which ones Spot would like most!

While any pet store will have options like these, your veterinarian will have them too. However, what does your vet have that the pet stores don’t? For one thing, expert advice. And that just can’t be replicated.


Getting Accessories from Your Veterinarian
Have you ever sat in the waiting room at your veterinarian’s office and notice a display of pet collars and leashes? Most vet offices provide a selection of these types of accessories so that patients don’t have to run to the pet store on top of stopping at the vet. The nice thing about these accessories as well is that they tend of be vet-approved. In other words, you know that your veterinarian believes in the durability of these products. You can trust what accessories are available to you at the veterinarian. As a consumer, you know that the authority of your veterinarian is worth its weight in gold.

So pay attention the next time you’re at the vet and pick up your collars, leashes, and chew toys for the next few months. The team at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center in Nashville, TN, will tell you that their selection is worth giving up the pet store.

Pet Food Supplies & Medicines at the Vet
Veterinary offices are also a great place to purchase food and medicines. For example, if your pet ever needs a specialized diet, you can order it directly from the veterinarian without having to worry about searching a big fox pet store for something similar. You can also rest assured that the treats they have available aren’t going to ruin your pet’s health.

You can also pick up the over-the-counter and prescriptions medications your pet needs, such as medicated shampoos and heartworm medicines, right there at your next office visit. Talk about convenient. To top it all off, every perishable item at your veterinarian has passed their approval, meaning you can trust what you put into your pet’s body.

Advice About Every Product
Not only does your vet approve all of the products the office sells, but you can get advice about each item right when you purchase it. Have you ever wondered if a dog food you were about to buy? You don’t have to call the veterinarian’s office while you’re in line to get advice—you can get it while you are line face-to-face. Your veterinarian can also tell you if a certain collar or toy will be suitable for your pet right then and there.

You can also get advice about how many treats to administer, or how far out you can comfortably let a leash. Finding the right products for your pet is a reliable experience at the veterinarian’s office.

Have you ever stocked up at the vet?
Getting the pet supplies, medications, food, and toys your pet needs at the veterinarian is the perfect solution for a convenient, trustworthy shopping experience. You aren’t left wondering if your dog food has all the nutrients you’re looking for, and you aren’t left waiting for a prescription to be filled by someone you’ve never seen before. Doing all your pet shopping at the veterinarian is worth it.

Have you ever shopped for your pet at the veterinarian’s office? Did you find it convenient and easy? Leave us a comment about your experience!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

5 Benefits of Chiropractic


If you’ve never seen a chiropractor, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. All you do is get your back cracked, right? You could get your brother to shake you up and down a little if that’s all it is.

But of course that’s not “all it is.” Chiropractic is a highly sophisticated set of body mechanic adjustments that allow the musculoskeletal system to behave more fluidly. Every team in the NFL has a staff chiropractor because of how much more quickly injured players heal after a treatment.

Let’s look at five ways a chiropractic visit can make your life easier.

1. Sciatica Relief
Because sciatica is largely a spine disorder, chiropractic has seen great success in treating it with spinal manipulation. Doctors like the team at the Dr. Gil Center in Franklin, Tennessee, know how to move the vertebrae and hips in such a manner that pressure is taken off the sciatic nerve. This pressure is what pinches the nerves and sends shooting pain down your legs. In fact, chiropractic’s hands-on approach has seen a 72% success rate in treating sciatica, over the 20% success rate in physical therapy and 50% success for steroid injections.

2. Headache Relief
Headaches and migraines are one of the most common complaints of patients in the U.S. Chiropractors treat them almost as often as they treat back pain. In fact, over 250 National Institute of Health articles espouse the ability of chiropractic to not only treat headaches, but to prevent them as well. Some patients have seen a reduction in headache pain by as much as 90% after chiropractic treatment.

3. Frozen Shoulder Release
Although no matter what treatment you receive for frozen should is going to take time, chiropractic has seen dramatic reduction in healing time of patients with a frozen shoulder. In fact, in one study, 16 of the 50 subjects were completely healed of their frozen shoulders, and half of the total group saw as much as a 90% improvement in mobility.

4. Halt Scoliosis Progression
For years, children showing signs of severe scoliosis have had to wear a back brace to prevent its
progression. Chiropractic, however, in combination with physical therapy, has turned that on its head. Children can now see a chiropractor and keep up with a muscle strengthening routine in order to prevent their back muscles from pulling the spine into the telltale S curve that solidifies in adulthood. Some patients have even seen a small reduction in curvature in adulthood.

5. Improve Athletic Performance
We mentioned above that the NHL has a chiropractor on staff with each team. This is also true for the NBA and MLB. Chiropractors are becoming more and more on demand with sports teams because of how quickly players bounce back from injuries. The reason is simple: chiropractic immediately improves the function of the musculoskeletal system through a series of adjustments. It can also prepare athletes for better performance by keeping their spines in alignment, ultimately preventing injury.

Have you ever found relief at a chiropractor?
Are you a sciatica sufferer, have frequent headaches, have a frozen shoulder, need help with a scoliosis, or have a sports injury? For any of these purposes, chiropractic is the solution. There are a ton of other benefits that we haven’t mentioned—so go see for yourself what chiropractic can do for you.


Have you ever found relief at a chiropractor’s office? Was your spine manipulated back into function, or was a pain problem resolved? We want to hear about it! Leave us a comment in the comment box below.

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.


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Friday, June 17, 2016

How Do Weight Loss Plans Work?

Have you ever heard of a weight loss center? At these facilities dedicated to the eradication of your extra weight, different weight loss plans are offered to clients so that they have a range of options for what suits their bodies and lifestyle best.

But what exactly happens once you sign up for a weight loss plan? Let’s take a look at the nuts and bolts of weight loss centers and their strategies so you can see for yourself if a weight loss center is for you.

What happens at a weight loss center?
When you sign up at a weight loss center, you will be partnered with a weight loss team. This team usually consists of a doctor and several clinicians. This team helps you focus your weight loss strategy, introducing you to activity changes, changes in your eating habits, changes in the way you think about food, changes in your actual diet, and extends a support system your way. You will need all of these components to change your lifestyle and make your goal weight attainable and sustainable.

Plan Options
Every weight loss center has varying degrees of difference in their weight loss plans. There are usually three or four to choose from, sometimes more. Each plan has a different aspect that appeals to different clients.

For example, a weight management center might have an introductory plan that caters to those who have never considered a weight loss plan before, usually at a lower price than other plans. The next two levels of plans will increase the types of activities and services available to you. A second tier plan might include follow-up visits, while third and fourth tier plans extend the length of time that you are able to attend the weight loss center.

There is usually a plan for every level of need and price point at a weight loss center like True Weightloss Solutions in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Choosing the One for You
Take some time to consider which plan best suits your needs and schedule. Are you trying to keep to a tight budget and feel confident of being able to get a new eating plan to implement on your own? A first tier, introductory plan might be what’s best.

Do you tend to struggle with following guidelines and need some extra encouragement? A second tier plan that includes two or three follow-up visits can be the one thing missing from your lifestyle, the key to unlocking true weight loss.

Finally, do you need a team to hold you accountable, maybe a little boost to keep you going while you develop a new lifestyle? The extend follow-up visits included in upper-tier plans may be what you need. Just expect to pay a little extra for the luxury of keeping the weight loss team on your speed dial.

Have you ever been on a plan at a weight loss center?
Joining a community of individuals who are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, or who want company as their reach their own, is well worth it. Weight loss centers are a good place to start if you think that changing your mindset about food and exercise is what you need to keep losing weight. Instead of getting discouraged about your weight loss and giving up, get yourself to a weight loss center to see if they can get the next few pounds off instead.

Have you ever been a member of a weight loss center? If so, did the plan work for you? Did you find the team helpful and the community support worth it? Leave us a comment about your experience!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Your Vet vs. the Internet



As technology gains a stronger and stronger foothold into our lives, it becomes easier to look up symptoms rather than talk to a professional. We can look up symptoms by tapping our smartphones a few times and accessing an app or website that gives us all the possibilities and treatments we could ever think of.

The only problem with the flood of the information age for our pets is that it’s very easy to misdiagnose their symptoms (and our own) because an app or website runs on logarithms, not experience.

Here’s why you should call your vet the next time Spot looks a little worse for wear.

Your Vet is Educated
Becoming a veterinarian is not unlike becoming a “people” doctor. You must obtain a 4-year bachelor’s degree, pass certain exams, and then join a throng of very competitive applicants for the 30 accredited vet schools available in the US. And when we say competitive, we mean competitive—less than half of the applicants to all vet schools in 2013 got in.

So what does a vet study? First of all, they’ve already prepared for vet school by obtaining a bachelor’s in a complementary field, such as veterinary or biomedical sciences. Usually something to do with biology or chemistry. Not only that, but they have maintained a higher than 3.5 GPA, garnered experience working with animals in a clinical setting, scored highly on the GRE or MCAT, and been highly involved in student clubs. Upon being admitted to vet school, students take an oath of ethical conduct and continuing education.

So you see, vets know their stuff, and pretty much have to be highly motivated individuals—great criteria for getting your pet the best help!

Your Vet is Experienced
Not only is your vet very knowledgeable, he is experienced. While internet databases of pet symptoms are also knowledgeable, they can’t compete with experience. Yes, you’ll find the equivalent of experience on the internet in forums where others have posted their pet problems, but those experiences are subjective at best.

Not to mention that your vet knows your pet by name, and likely knows his medical history. Can a logarithm compute that? The staff at NippersCorner Pet Medical Center in Nashville, TN, will tell you that having experience as a vet is one of the best ways—sometimes the only way—of diagnosing a pet’s symptoms.

Every Case Is Different
But what if it’s the middle of the night and you can’t find the number to your clinic and you need help fast, you say? You need a real vet if you’re facing an emergency in the middle of the night, and that’s what pet emergency clinics are for. You think you can’t look up the phone number to your local pet hospital just as easily as search databases for symptoms?

Every case is different. Every case. There simply is no substitute for having a rapport and history with a vet, who knows the nuances of Spot’s digestive system and his affinity for damaging foods over healthy ones. Vets and their techs and assistants can more accurately and quickly determine the source of your pet’s symptoms, and this is why you need your vet more than your internet.

Has looking up symptoms ever backfired on you?
That’s not to say that general symptoms can’t be identified and treated via online databases. It is sometimes useful to treat unconcerning symptoms at home before appealing for professional help. But in situations where you truly don’t know where to begin, dial the vet instead of the database.


What about you—have you ever tried to treat symptoms from the internet and found that it wasn’t effective? Leave your story in a comment below!



This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Why Chiropractic and Sports Are Best Friends

Did you know that the NFL hires a chiropractor for every team? Or that Tiger Woods visits a chiropractor during training?

It may not be well known, but chiropractors are some of the most important parts of any major league sports game, and it’s because their strategies help sore muscles repair faster than most other medical treatments.

If you’re an athlete, you need to be seeing a chiropractor. Let’s look at why.

Chiropractic in Sports

Chiropractors like Dr. Gil of the Dr. Gil Center in Franklin, TN are being seen more and more by athletes. In fact, chiropractic is becoming such a viable option for treatment of athletic injuries that the NFL is opening up to chiropractic as its go-to treatment.

Take Minnesota Vikings’ Munnerlyn. In 2014, he had an injury to his hamstring that traditionally would have had him in recuperation for a month. But he was back on the field in a week, convincing him of the virtues of chiropractic.

Sports chiropractic has recently become a specialty in the chiropractic field, involving extra schooling and certification. You can go see a sports chiropractor for both conditioning—to help your body get ready for the rigors of sports—and for faster injury recovery.

What Chiropractors Can Do for an Athlete
What exactly does a sports chiropractor do that a regular chiropractor does not?

For one thing, sports chiropractors target body parts that receive the most impact from athletic activity, such as joints. They learn how to manipulate these joints to eliminate scar tissue, which can build up and cause pain. Manipulation of joints also increases their mobility, reducing future risk of injury.

For another thing, chiropractic keeps the spine in alignment so that the body is better able to recover from impact. In high-impact sports like football, this is especially appealing. Spinal alignment is helpful for any athlete who has a history of overuse injuries to joints (like tendonitis) because it keeps the body in balance. Tiger Woods uses chiropractic to improve his golf swing without letting repeated matches ruin his ability—and since balance is key for achieving low scores in golf, why would he turn anywhere else?

Teams with Chiropractors
Over the years, chiropractic has gained its footing in the sports world, namely football. Every professional football team in the NFL has a chiropractor or two on staff, and these chiropractors give 30 to 50 adjustments per week during football season. Football coaches have learned that anesthetizing pain only makes injury worse, so the quandary they have faced is how to get their players back on the field in the fastest way possible, without making their injuries worse. The answer is chiropractic.

The Major League Baseball organization also has a pool of chiropractors it draws from, and the NBA is in the same boat. The results can’t be denied. The conclusion is that chiropractic is the best treatment available for getting athletes back in action quickly.

Has a chiropractor ever visited your games?
Do you play professional sports? As you can see, if you don’t have a chiropractor available, it would be best to find one. And if you’re not a professional, that doesn’t matter—you probably still want to get back on the field! Chiropractic is a fast, natural solution (that’s right—no medication or surgery) for getting players back out there.


Do chiropractors ever visit your games? Even if you go to a chiropractor instead of having one available on site, leave us a comment. We want to know how well sports chiropractic works for the average amateur athlete, and your comment will help get the word out that chiropractic is one of the best solutions for sports injuries.


This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lots of Food Recalls May 9 2016

Before you eat your late afternoon snack or enjoy dinner, please check over today's food recall list. Seems to be quite a few today.  - frozen veggies, veggie chips, protein chewy bars...

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Why a Weight Loss Center?

If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you’ve probably run across something called a “weight loss center” in the midst of your research to find quick ways of thinning down. While these centers aren’t designed to be quick fixes, they do help a lot of people reach their realistic weight loss goals.

What is the idea behind weight loss centers? The answer to this takes more than just one sentence or even one paragraph. Let’s take a look at what started these centers and what makes them a great solution for your weight loss challenge.

What is a weight loss center?
 Also popularly referred to as weight loss clinics, or physician assisted weight loss programs, these facilities behave similarly to a nutritionist’s office in their endeavor to help patients lose weight quickly and keep it off. Clinics like True Weightloss Solutions in Chattanooga, TN, make losing weight an attainable goal and reasonable lifestyle change.

How do they do this? An on-staff physician takes your case at the beginning, and his staff, sometimes even including a nutritionist, gives you a weight loss plan. This plan is supervised by the doctor. It usually includes a strict low-calorie diet, an exercise plan, and monitoring your body functions like heart rate and blood pressure.

This intense level of supervision has lead to significant weight loss overall, better than patients who try to lose weight on their own. This can probably be attributed to the constant accountability.

The Idea Behind It All
Where did weight loss centers begin? How do they differ from group dieting models like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers?

Weight loss centers are nothing new to modern society; in fact, one might say they are a dime a dozen. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective. For example, Medi-Weightloss Clinics were started by one man nearly 15 years ago, and they have blown up across the country. He opened the chain because of a visit to his doctor just after his retirement in the investment industry—he wasn’t a doctor himself, but he knew how to hire doctors and develop a quality business model that helped many people lose the weight that keeps them from enjoying life.

Weight loss programs like Weight Watchers do provide accountability, but they are voluntary and largely unsupervised—they provide what you need to lose weight, but don’t offer the precise recommendations of a tailored medical team. Weight loss clinics provide accountability and motivation through a monetary fee and a team of medical professionals.

Why go to such a place?
Yes, when you join a weight loss clinic, you have to pay a fee. And yes, these programs aren’t as community-based as joining a dieting program. But the intense following by a doctor and his staff replaces the weight loss community, and many say the fee is well worth it.

Weight loss clinics are ideal for people who need to lose weight quickly and know they can’t do so on their own. They are for those who like to be instructed and held accountable, or who need to be followed closely. The fees are worth it for the results that members get.

Have you ever joined a weight loss center?
Joining a weight loss center is pretty much a guaranteed way to lose needed weight. You are part of an intense program that quickly gets your body where it needs to be.


Not everyone chooses to join a weight loss center when they know they need to lose weight, but it’s nice knowing that you have the option of intense accountability should you need it. Have you ever been assisted by a physician to lose weight? Ever joined a weight loss center? Leave us a comment about it!


This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.