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Episode 33 of The Pound of Cure Weight Loss Podcast is titled, Do You Have the Obesity Gene? The title comes from our In the News segment, where we dive into an article by CNN titled, Researchers Have Found A ‘Clear Genetic Trigger for Obesity’ that Applies to Some People. According to the University of Exeter, a gene typically responsible for thyroid function and baseline energy expenditure named SMIM1, may be partially to blame for Obesity in those that carry two faulty copies of the gene. So, how does this affect the treatment of Obesity? Tune in to find out!

In our Patient Story, we talk to Kate who had rapid weight gain after a partial hysterectomy due to PCOS. She needed bariatric surgery to get the weight off, but her insurance wouldn’t cover it. So, she went to Mexico for the surgery and joined our nutrition program for her post-op care. She has lost 100 pounds since her surgery and 130 pounds off her highest weight!

In our Nutrition segment, Zoe offers tips on how to add more movement into your day if you work a desk job, without going to the gym or adding an exercise routine into your already hectic schedule.

Since the approval of GLP-1 use for the treatment of Obesity, one of the most frequently asked questions has been, “Why won’t my insurance company cover the medication?” It all comes down to the acronym, QALY. In our Economics of Obesity segment, I break down QALY’s and explain their purpose.

Finally, we answer 3 of our listeners’ questions including, whether or not a sleeve patient can have the LINX procedure, how to maximize protein without eating meat, and how to minimize hair loss after bariatric surgery.

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