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Should You Stay or Should You Go?

We all have those days when we wake up and don't feel like going to work or school. Whether you're feeling run down from the weekend, or have something a little more serious such as a cough or a headache, you might debate between pressing through your symptoms and taking the day off to rest.

Visit UPMC HealthBeat to learn when you or a loved one should stay home sick:

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Ed's Weight Loss Journey

Ed lived an active lifestyle until he blew out his knee in college. Over the next few years after college graduation, he was doing less of the activities he loved and kept gaining weight as the result.

Ed — a special education teacher and high school track coach — tried dieting, but eventually turned back to drinking soda and eating fast food and candy. Weighing 476 pounds, he was miserable and needed a change. 

On his 49th birthday, Ed went to see his doctor with a leg infection. His doctor warned him that it was only a matter of time until his obesity caught up with him. Deciding enough was enough, Ed scheduled a bariatric surgery appointment at UPMC Horizon. Ed went through 6 months of preoperative meetings, dietary counseling, and support groups. By the time of his gastric bypass surgery, Ed had lost 100 pounds. 

After surgery, Ed continued to lose weight and lost a total of 220 pounds since the start of his weight loss journey. He still plans to continue his weight loss regime of a 30-minute walk in the morning and then 30-minutes of recumbent biking in the evening to reach his goal weight.

Learn more about Ed's gastric bypass surgery at UPMC. ​​

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Tomorrow's Endocrine and Diabetes Treatments, Today

UPMC is a national leader in endocrine and diabetes research. Our team is constantly working to transform the most promising findings into the latest treatments. Our endocrinology services and specialties include:

  • ​Diabetes treatment, medical management, and patient education at our UPMC Diabetes Centers
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pituitary, adrenal, reproductive, and other hormonal disorders
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