Social isolation doesn’t help

Sometimes, we can get into a viscous downward spiral.  Feeling bad, isolating, eating more ice cream, feeling even worse…

In mice, social isolation leads to obesity and diabetes.  I’m sure that this is true in people, too.  That’s why getting a weight loss buddy can be such a good idea – you two (or a larger group) can hold each other accountable, motivate each other, and do active things together.  Like going out to dance!

Unfortunately, the average American has fewer friends that they can confide in that in previous generations. The worst possible companion is the TV, which shows us commercials that encourage us to each unhealthy food, generally has us sitting (which is lethal!)

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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