Understanding the power of portion control for effective weight loss


Weight Management in Brooklyn area

If you struggle with weight management, treatment options readily exist for those who want to improve their diet to address their size and reduce common conditions associated with being overweight. Dr. Alexander Shapsis is a doctor at Atlantic Gastroenterology who can help you find effective weight management treatments to improve your overall quality of life–and ensure a healthy body! He continues to stress simple strategies to reduce weight to his patients, including a portion control diet plan. Understanding the importance of portion control When we hear the words “portion control,” we often think of serving sizes and restrictive eating. However, there is … Continue reading

A guide to minimally-invasive weight loss intervention with Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)


Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty in Brooklyn NY area

At Atlantic Gastroenterology, we celebrate those innovative, yet clinically-proven safe and effective diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Often, these cutting-edge treatments and techniques are conservative in nature. As such, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) is a great fit with and complement to the array of other advanced services administered by our Board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Alexander Shapsis, and available at our office in Brooklyn, New York. ESG explained Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is considered to be a minimally-invasive alternative to conventional surgical Bariatric interventions, such as gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, to support weight loss among patients afflicted by obesity. Instead of altering parts … Continue reading

Common Challenges People Face When Trying to Lose Weight


Challenges people face when trying to lose weight, Dr. Alexander Shapsis of Atlantic Gastroenterology located in Brooklyn NY

It has been determined that approximately 42% of Americans fall into the category of “obese.” The statistics continue to rise and become more and more concerning every year. Excess weight doesn’t just mean you need a new wardrobe–it also means individuals are at an increased risk of specific medical conditions and health problems, from cancer to diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. While there are several diets and ways to maintain a healthier weight in today’s day and age, there are many challenges that individuals face when it comes to losing excess weight and maintaining a healthier weight. Dr. Alexander Shapsis … Continue reading

Why should we be treating obesity as a disease? Answers from a Professional


Why should we be treating obesity as a disease? Answers from a Professional in Brooklyn Area

Obesity continues to be a growing problem in the United States. And with almost half of all patients on Medicare benefits, or those with a BMI over the score of 40, considered obese, it will cause increasing healthcare costs with time. Patients over the age of 65 with severe obesity are likely to double by the year 2030. The United States healthcare system spends over $500 billion each year to help individuals with obesity and other coexisting conditions that are often related, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Dr. Alexander Shapsis is a Board-Certified gastroenterologist at EndoSlim Clinic of … Continue reading

Pfizer’s Oral Diabetes Drug Could Freshly Join the Lineup of Sought-After Drugs for Weight Loss


Pfizer Weight Loss Drug in Brooklyn NY Area

In the news today, many patients are learning about certain Type 2 diabetes medications that can be used for those without diabetes to aid in weight loss. Patients who are obese are often fighting many coexisting medical conditions that are a result of excess weight on the body. Weight loss can be challenging for many, so by considering certain diabetes drugs such as Ozempic, patients have a fighting chance at getting their bodies to a healthier weight. However, patients considering injectables such as Ozempic and Wegovy may reconsider if they fear needles, as these medications are injected and not taken … Continue reading

What are the primary health risks of prolonged stress levels?


Health Risks of Stress Brooklyn NY Area

While stress is inevitable, there are many reasons why patients should take great care to control it and keep it in check. Our Board-Certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Alexander Shapsis, of Atlantic Gastroenterology of Brooklyn, New York, can educate patients on stress hormone imbalances and how cortisol and the body’s natural stress response can cause weight gain. The production of cortisol is just one of the many health risks of stress. What is cortisol? Cortisol is best described as a hormone produced by your adrenal glands and is best known as the primary stress hormone. When stressful situations occur, the body increases … Continue reading

A Look At The Long Term Effects of Ozempic and Wegovy


Ozempic and Wegovy in Brooklyn NY Area

Medications like Ozempic and Wegovy have proven to be highly effective in promoting weight loss and treating diabetes. But what many Brooklyn, New York residents who visit Dr. Alexander Shapsis at Atlantic Gastroenterology may not realize is that the long-term effects of these medications rely on you staying on them. Semaglutide is the active ingredient in both Ozempic and Wegovy. It is being hailed by many as a miracle drug in the battle against obesity. However, the long-term outlook entirely relies on how long you stay on the medication. As long as you are on it and are following your … Continue reading

EndoSlim: Shed weight, gain a new lease on life with safe bariatric surgery alternative


Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty in Brooklyn NY Area

A Board-Certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Alexander Shapsis of Atlantic Gastroenterology, is on the leading edge of minimally-invasive interventions to support safe and effective weight loss. Dr. Shapsis may recommend EndoSlim as a low-risk alternative to Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy from his state-of-the-art clinic in Brooklyn, New York.  EndoSlim Also known as EndoSlim or the “accordion procedure,” ESG is a minimally-invasive technique involving a device equipped with a flexible tube (endoscope) and stitching or suturing capabilities to reduce the stomach size. The stomach walls are sutured to achieve a smaller, tubular gastric reservoir or structure. ESG is in contrast to LSG, a bariatric procedure that involves … Continue reading

Irritable Bowel Syndrome / IBS


Irritable bowel syndrome in Brooklyn NY Area

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food,” this famous Hippocrates quote dates back to 400 BC. While since then, the birth of modern medicine has outdated the practices of those times, this particular quote (and many others) from the man known as the father of medicine still holds strong and true today. What we eat and the decisions we make about what to put into our bodies make all the difference. For many, that difference translates to the quality of life and resolution of symptoms. When it comes to irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, the standard of … Continue reading

Research connects the dots between depressive symptoms and “gut” bacteria; it holds promise for better treatments


Human Gut Microbiome in Brooklyn NY Area

When Atlantic Gastroenterology supports “gut” health, we are also doing our part to protect the mental and emotional health of our patients in Brooklyn, New York City, and the greater Tri-State Area.  A study published in the online edition of Nature December 6, 2022, represents significant strides in connecting the dots between the human gut microbiome and risk factors for mood disorders, including depression. “Microbiome” refers to bacteria, viruses, and fungi, while “gut” refers to the digestive tract. As a board-certified gastroenterologist, our own Dr. Alexander Shapsis specializes in preventing, diagnosing, managing, and treating conditions associated with the GI tract … Continue reading


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