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Healthy Thanksgiving and Holiday Recipes

Stay The Course -- Healthy Holiday Recipes that Put Your Health First Thanks to our very own Helen Yuan, RD, for putting this menu together. The holidays are just around the corner! But with all the celebration and joy comes some fear, anxiety, and guilt as well. Year after year,  I have patients tell me “I’m going to work on building healthier eating habits, BUT you know the holidays are coming up and I want to enjoy myself”. What kind of dietitian -- no, what kind of human would I be if I were to shake my finger at people and tell them they can’t enjoy the festive season for the sake of maybe keeping off a few extra pounds?  In an ideal world, one single day of overindulgence should not completely unravel all the hard work that a person …

Dietary Fiber: Dr. Joe Galati Explains

Dietary fiber is an important part of our diet. Unfortunately, most American get far too little of this vital nutrient. In this video, Dr. Galati gives a brief outline to help get viewers started on a better path of wellness. Previously, Dr. Galati wrote a blog entry detailing what we all need to do in order to get the fiber we need.

The Dr. Joe Galati Podcast is Now Available

This past week, Dr. Joe Galati and his team rolled out the updated format of his weekly podcast. Over the past several years, the popularity of podcasting has increased and a favorite way for many to keep track of the topics they care most about. In the liver disease, obesity, and health/wellness space. Dr. Galati is a leader in communicating these important topics both to his patients, and the general public. To contact Dr. Joe Galati and his team, or see him as a patient, click this link. You can also call Dr. Joe Galati at 713-794-0700. The podcast homepage is located here. Subscribe through your favorite RSS feed, or through all of the popular podcast platforms the podcast is currently posted on. These include iTunes, Spotify, and many others. Each week, Dr. Joe Galati will discuss a wide range …

Dr. Joe Galati Explains MOVIPREP Colonoscopy Prep for Patients

In this video, Dr. Joe Galati explains the instructions for the MoviPrep colonoscopy prep. This is taken by patients preparing for a colonoscopy. It is very important that directions are followed carefully. If not taken properly, the colonoscopy may need to be repeated, and the bowel prep taken again. Prior posts showing a poor bowel prep are available here for review. Colonoscopy is performed to screen for colon cancer, and other disorder of the lower bowel.

Excerpts from Dr. Joe Galati's Book: Eating Yourself Sick

For all those interested in Eating Yourself Sick, Dr. Joe Galati has selected excerpts from the version of the book, narrated by himself. Keep posted to this website and all social media feeds for additional excerpt postings. MEAL PLANNING STRATEGIES   LIVER DISEASE: THE SILENT KILLER   UNDERSTANDING THE MELD SCORE FOR LIVER TRANSPLANT PATIENTS    

Dr. Joe Galati Discusses Vegetable Giveaways with His Patients

For the past 4 years, Dr. Joe Galati has been handing out fruits and vegetables to his patients at Liver Specialists of Texas. As he coined the phrase "The Great American Produce Giveaway", he noticed over the past 20 years that his patients were simply unfamiliar with the proper selection, nutritional value, and preparation of vegetables. This unfortunately has fueled the obesity epidemic. This past week, Dr. Galati was invited on the Fox26 Morning Show to explain his vegetable giveaway program in more detail.

Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.

The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.

Liver Transplant Resources

Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.

Indications for liver transplant include:

Online LIVER Second Opinion

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    From the comfort of your home, without the need to spend additional money on travel, lodging, and food, receive and expert second opinion from the expert physicians at Liver Specialists of Texas

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    There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.

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    Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process. The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.

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    To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.