Prostate Facts


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01) One in 10,000 men under the age of 40 develop prostate cancer, where as one in eight men between the ages of 60 and 80 suffer from the disease.

02) For some reason, not yet fully understood, the rate of prostate cancer among black men is higher than that of other race groups. A possibility exists that higher levels of testosterone may be responsible.

03) Many men die with prostate cancer, but not from it.

04) Although it has not been proven conclusively, it is thought that a diet high in fats could lead to increased testosterone production.

05) Lack of exercise can lead to general ill-health and makes someone more susceptible to all sorts of diseases, prostate problems included.

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06) A man with three immediate relatives with prostate cancer has ten times the increased risk of developing prostate cancer himself.

07) The prostate needs time and male hormones to develop cancer. Testosterone does not cause prostate cancer, but is essential for prostate cancer to develop.

08) Men whose mothers or sisters have developed breast cancer are also at increased risk for prostate cancer.

09) Because prostate cancer generally takes so long to develop, many doctors opt for the so-called ‘watchful waiting’ as a treatment option.

10) Besides castration at a young age, which is obviously not a viable option, there is no certain way of preventing prostate cancer.




Sleeping Fun Facts

01)We are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep.

02)Have trouble waking up on Monday morning? Blame “social jet lag” from your altered weekend sleep schedule.

03)Finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning is a real condition called Dysania. It may signal a nutritional deficiency, depression or other problems.

04)Insomnia is not defined by the sleep you lose each night, but by the drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, headaches, irritability and other problems it causes each day.

05)Today, 75% of us dream in color. Before color television, just 15% of us did.


06)Being awake for 16 hours straight decreases your performance as much as if your blood alcohol level were .05% (The legal limit is .08%).

07)Going without sleep is likely to make you hungry as levels of leptin (an appetite-regulating hormone) fall.

08)Sleeping on the job is less of a problem in Japan. Companies may accept it as a sign of exhaustion from overwork.

09)Regular exercise usually improves your sleep patterns. Exercising sporadically or right before bed may keep you up.

10)If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep, you’re probably sleep deprived. Ideally, falling asleep should take 10-15minutes.


Sleep Apnea Fun Facts


01) More than 22 million Americans are dealing with sleep apnea right now.

02) 80% of moderate to severe sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed.

03) Sleep apnea symptoms include chronic snoring, waking up abruptly to the sensation of choking or gasping, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, awakening with a dry throat, morning headaches, and irritability.

04) Snoring doesn’t always equal sleep apnea, and sleep apnea doesn’t always equal snoring. Many sleep apnea patients don’t snore at all.

05) Individuals dealing with sleep apnea may awaken abruptly gasping for air upward of 30 times per hour during sleep.

06) Being male, overweight, middle-aged or older, and having a thick neck circumference are all risk factors for sleep apnea.

07) Sleep apnea affects women, too. Though women are eight times less likely to receive a diagnosis.

08) Up to 4% of children are dealing with sleep apnea, but it’s commonly misdiagnosed as “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”.

09) Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes.

10) Managing sleep apnea is entirely possible with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and/or lifestyle changes. Some lifestyle changes include losing weight, avoiding alcohol at night and quitting smoking.

3 Weight Loss Terms You Need to Know

Dr. Fazil of the Weight Loss Center of Yuma has his own terms that he uses around the clinic. Below we have Dr. Fazil explain these terms and how they came about.

  • yummuWhat is the yummy diet?
    Since this weight loss program originated from Yuma, we say eat Yummy, that means you can eat whatever you want to eat – just watch total daily calories. Hence Yummy diet as there is no restriction on the type of food you eat.
  • What are ninja calories?
    Ninja calories are what sneak into yoninjaur mouth without intention to eat it in the first place and ultimately causes you weight gain. These are hidden calories that you don’t count for when planning meals. For example, ninja calories are when you want to restrict your calories, but then you hear an advertisement about buy one burger get the second one free and you eat twice as much. The second burger contains ninja calories.
  • What is low rider pants syndrome?low rider
    This term was coined by the patients of the Weight Loss Center of Yuma. They were losing weight so fast that their pants keep falling off and they refuse to buy new clothes. People in their neighborhood started saying they were wearing low rider pants! Now the Weight Loss Center of Yuma tells its patients at the start of the program that they will have to buy new clothes or they will develop “low rider pants syndrome”.


Tips on How to Lose Weight

Tips on How to Lose Weight

An interview with Dr. Irfan Fazil at Medical Weight Loss Center of Yuma

Dr. FazilThis month, Health Tips Magazine had the opportunity to interview Dr. Fazil about the Medical Weight Loss Center of Yuma.  The Weight Loss Center of Yuma has helped patients to lose over 30,000 pounds in the last year alone.

Health Tips Magazine (HTM): Dr. Fazil, how did you come up with the Medical Weight Loss Center of Yuma’s successful weight loss program?

Dr. Fazil: First, not all weight gain is due to overeating. One has to be careful and rule out other hidden medical conditions that can cause weight gain like low thyroid function, overproduction of cortisol, and other factors. Many medications can cause weight gain that needs to be addressed along with weight loss.

HTM: What kind of adjustments need to be made as a patient loses weight?

Dr. Fazil: In particular, when patients start to lose weight, we have to continuously adjust their medications. For example, if they are diabetic we have to lower medications they might be taking for diabetes. We also monitor their electrolytes to adjust electrolyte imbalances.

HTM: So, Dr. Fazil, what is the secret sauce to losing weight?

Dr. Fazil: There is no secret sauce! We find out basal metabolic rate of the patients and then prescribe the daily average calories to be consumed less than what they are burning. We train patients how to find calories in each food. We use proprietary software throughout the course of weight loss. We obtain graphs and we show them to patients. Obviously, the doctor has to know their medical conditions as well and treat them also to get the optimal results.

HTM: What is your success rate for weight loss with patients?

Dr. Fazil: I think it is more than 90 percent. We have hundreds of patients treated at our center and a majority of them have lost weight and graduated from our program.

HTM: What does graduating from the weight loss program mean?

Dr. Fazil: It means once a patient’s body mass index drops below 30, they no longer need to be on a medical weight loss program. Most patients continue to lose weight on their own successfully without needing to be supervised by a doctor constantly.


Michele’s Weight Loss Transformation

Michele’s Weight Loss Transformation

For many years, Michele knew she was having problems with her weight. Her active job required her to be fit, but her weight was making her work increasingly more difficult to manage. Furthermore, she was starting to notice additional medical problems due to her weight. That’s when she decided to seek the help of The Weight Loss Center of Yuma.

“I was skeptical at first,” Michele said, “But after finding out how the weight loss program works, it made perfect sense!”

Many weight loss programs are conventional programs that try to sell a diet program or an exercise regimen that is difficult for the average person to maintain. These programs rarely give people the success they are looking for because they are so difficult to follow.

The program at Bio Clinic’s Weight Loss Center of Yuma is different. This program focuses on a goal of total calories consumed per day.

“They use state of the art software to achieve that goal. So, this program is modern software driven. I was amazed at the power of software doing its magic,” said Michele.

In the first three months alone Michele:

  • lost 50 lbs. in weight
  • dropped from 38% to 29% body fat content
  • dropped her waistline from 43 inches to 31 inches

Michele still continues to lose weight and is happy with her progress. She says she can use this program anywhere, where ever she goes. The program is very flexible and there are no restrictions on what kind of food you can eat. It really is all about calories!

Michele attributes her weight loss to herself and all the team members who work at the Weight Loss Center of Yuma, a division of Bio Clinic. This program is pioneered and managed by Irfan Fazil, M.D.

Do vitamin supplements and hormone replacement play a role in weight loss?

Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally.  You can usually get all the vitamins you need from your diet, but your body can also make vitamin D and K.  At times, vitamins may need to be given as supplements when deficiencies are causing problems within the body.

Vitamins are nutrients essential for health and will help you lose and maintain your weight. While Vitamins alone can’t help you lose those unwanted pounds, not getting enough of certain ones may make the weight loss a little harder.

There are 13 vitamins your body needs, but these are the vitamins that may play a role in weight loss:

  • Vitamin A

Most Americans don’t meet the recommended intake of Vitamin A, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. This fat-soluble vitamin plays an important role in regulating thyroid hormones. Therefore, not getting enough Vitamin A could result in lower thyroid hormones.

Adding Vitamin A rich foods like carrots, red peppers, spinach, mangos, cantaloupe, apricots, eggs, and salmon to your daily diet can keep your metabolism up.  Each person should get approximately 700 to 900 micrograms of Vitamin A daily.

  • B Vitamins — Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7 (biotin), Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid

B Vitamins make up a group of eight water-soluble vitamins that play an important role in metabolizing food into energy. B vitamins help control appetite and keep your energy level up.

A common misconception with B vitamins is since they are necessary components of your metabolism, you may think getting more of the B Vitamins in your diet will speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight. However, that’s not the case, because they’re water-soluble. Your body is unable to store B vitamins, and any excess you take beyond what you need is eliminated in your urine.

Foods like grains, veggies, meats, and beans will help you maintain appropriate levels of B vitamins.

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another water-soluble vitamin. This vitamin is essential to losing weight and you may have a harder time losing fat if you are Vitamin C deficient. Increasing your intake of Vitamin C may help you burn as much as 30 percent more fat during moderate-intensity exercises, such as a brisk walk.

Oranges, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, and strawberries are all good sources of Vitamin C. Adults need approximately 75 to 90 milligrams of Vitamin C a day.

  • Vitamin D

Low levels of Vitamin D are more common in obese people. Vitamin D may play a role in regulating fat mass, which could contribute to weight gain and obesity,

To improve your Vitamin D levels, be sure to add a variety of Vitamin D rich foods to your diet. These include salmon, eggs, tuna, and Vitamin D fortified milk.


Testosterone Hormone Replacement

Testosterone is the hormone that helps to maintain muscle mass, increase the number of calories you burn and may keep you motivated to stay physically active — all of which are associated with a lower risk of weight gain and obesity.

Testosterone replacement may promote weight loss in obese older men who have low levels of the male sex hormone. Testosterone levels can naturally be raised by losing belly fat, strength training, and getting enough sleep.


About Dr. Irfan Fazil, M.D. 
Dr. Irfan Fazil, M.D. is the medical director of Weight Loss Center of Yuma. Dr. Fazil has been in private practice for more than 10 years and has a great interest in the treatment of obesity.

Dr. Fazil graduated from Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He did his Internal Medicine Board and passed the American Board of Internal Medicine with the highest score possible, nationwide. He also did his fellowship in Nephrology from Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NYC. He is also board certified in Nephrology.

Latest News

BREAKING NEWS: This year alone, the combined weight loss of fat from our patients  on our weight loss program in Yuma has reached more than TWENTY FIVE  THOUSAND POUNDS (25,000). For achieving this jaw dropping goal, our program have  been featured in various local news channels, including KYMA news.

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Medical Weight loss center of Yuma Expo 2017

Medical Weight loss center of Yuma Expo 2017

Dr Fazil Starting April 2017 weight loss seminar
Dr Fazil Starting April 2017 weight loss seminar

Exercise Machines That Help Burn Fat and Build Muscle


From the Desk of Irfan Fazil, M.D.

March, 16th, 2018

Exercise Machines That Help Burn Fat and Build Muscle

If you’re a fan of the exercise machines at your gym, you might put more thought into how to time your visit so there’s one free than to what you do when you’re on it, or how it’s benefitting your body. The truth is, getting the most out of a machine takes strategy, and if you’re looking to maximize your time at the gym, some machines are better than others.

If a low-resistance stationary bike session or leisurely elliptical hour feels easy, that’s probably because you’re not expending as much energy as you could be. There are plenty of benefits to going slow and steady — it’s great for cardiovascular health, and can help build your endurance and speed — but it’s not going to give you a hardcore calorie burn.

Quick note here: If weight loss is your goal, burning calories through cardio work alone isn’t going to do it. You also need to build lean muscle through strength training, and most importantly focus on eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and managing your stress.

With all this in mind, here are the ultra-efficient, expert-approved exercise machines you should focus on if your goal is to hit the gym, hit it hard and hit the road.


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  Rowing machines have become gym-floor mainstays, and are excellent tools for raising your heart rate and strengthening your legs, arms, and core—all while sitting down! Not that it’s a walk in the park. “Because the entire body is working at once, energy expenditure is very high,”

“They challenge the user to be powerful and efficient. They work using wind or water resistance, so the more effort you put in, the harder it becomes

The key to the cardio and strength benefits, though, is making sure you’re using the machine the way it’s designed to be used. Yes, you can hop on one and use it incorrectly and still get an OK workout, but learning the proper timing and technique will provide an even greater workout.

Start seated near the front of the machine with your legs bent and holding the handles in your hands and with a slight lean forward.

Push back powerfully with your legs then follow with your arms by bringing the bar to your ribs and lean back slightly. Pause here for a moment.

Straighten your arms back out, then bend your knees to bring your body back to the starting position (repeat: legs, arms, arms, legs).

It’s all about control and power — if you’re speeding through, you probably aren’t using proper form. A great rower looks like they’re are going ‘slow.’ Every stroke is powerful, so they don’t need to rush. This will help prevent you from getting exhausted too quickly.


Image result for stair climberUsing these machines (often known as StepMills or StairMasters) is like climbing a set of stairs that just never ends. It’s not pleasant, but it’s effective. I like the stair climber because the user is standing the entire time, is time efficient, and it forces the user to keep moving the entire time. It’s cardio on cardio on cardio.

But you’re also strengthening your lower body, too. After a few flights, you’re going to feel the burn in your quads, butt and hamstrings. Climbing stairs puts all your body weight on a single leg at a time in a lunge patter. The large muscle groups of the legs are being worked, so energy expenditure is very high.

In addition to expending a ton of energy while you’re on the machine, having strong leg muscles is particularly great for increasing your basal metabolic rate (BMR) — because these lower-body muscles are so big, they’re some of the most metabolically active muscles in your body (muscle mass requires more energy to maintain, so you burn more calories at rest). And when you’re climbing with proper posture your core is working to keep you upright and balanced, too.

To get started, doing minute-on, minute-off intervals for 10 to 20 minutes, alternating between a faster and a slower speed. (Make sure your entire foot hits the stair with each step.)

The cardinal rule of stair climbing, no holding onto the arm rails for support. You can lightly rest your fingertips for balance, but for max benefits, don’t put weight into them.


Image result for treadmill Like the stair climber, “I like the treadmill because it forces the user to keep moving throughout the workout. Two efficient ways to use it for heart-pumping cardio are high-intensity intervals and walking with the incline set high.

Treadmills are one of the simplest ways to incorporate high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which is an effective and efficient way to train. Because you’re “revving” your heart rate multiple times during a HIIT session, your body uses more energy to return to a resting state after the workout is over, burning more calories in the process. This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), or the “afterburn effect.

There’s no need to drive your heart rate through the roof during every workout session, though. It’s efficient for burning fat, but it puts a lot of stress on your body, so you don’t want to do it every day. Treadmills have an answer for that. Walking at a significant incline is an excellent way to burn fat without putting as much pressure on your joints. The afterburn effect isn’t as great, but because you’re keeping your heart rate in a moderate zone, you’ll still burn more calories from fat than from carbohydrates.

Walk at a moderate speed and increase the incline every couple of minutes until you get to about 8. Stay at 8 for 5 to 10 minutes and work yourself back down. You may also do an entire workout at 5 to 7 grade, increasing and decreasing the speed (slow walk to speed walk) every other minute.


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One of the most challenging cardio machines out there is the fan bike (also referred to as the Assault Air or Airdyne bike). It looks similar to a stationary bike, but it has a large fan as a front wheel, and two handlebars that are higher than the seat. Unlike a stationary bike though, this equipment requires you to move your arms as well as your legs to peddle, and since you’re expending more energy to get it done, you’re burning more calories. Like rowing machines, the bikes use wind resistance to create work. “Wind resistance is exponential, so the harder you pedal, the more challenging the workout.

Because this machine is so intense, I recommend starting with 10 seconds of all-out work followed by 50 seconds of rest, and repeat that for a total of 10 minutes. As you get more advanced, you can decrease your ratio of work to rest.

Ultimately, the machine you choose is up to personal preference. No matter what your goal is, the most effective and efficient machines are the ones you can be consistent with. So, if you consider the treadmill the dreadmill, no sweat—try the rowing machine. And if you enjoy the elliptical, that’s cool, too. It’s all about making sure the intensity is there and putting in the work.

5- Elliptical

Image result for elliptical   An elliptical trainer is a stationary exercise machine that simulates walking or running but may exert less pressure on the leg joints. It offers a minimal-impact, weight-bearing cardiovascular workout that can vary from light to high intensity based on the speed and resistance set by the user. Elliptical trainers use a lot of muscles in the legs, but on some models you can add upper-body motion as well, creating a full-body workout. To use an elliptical, you stand on top of the pedals and grab the handles. Move your legs in a gliding back-and-forth motion. Most elliptical machines have an option to use handles that are in a stable position or handles that move in an opposite arm-and-leg pattern, like cross-country skiing. Not holding onto the bars will work your core muscles (abdominals, hips and back) and allows you to exercise your balance. Because the elliptical is low-impact, and the resistance and speed are adjustable, not many modifications are necessary for people with arthritis.