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Flabby tummy comes with age

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    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 5 feet 6 inches tall and weigh 120 pounds. I am a very active 73-year-old. I take Centrum Silver once a day, niacin and omega 3 twice a day. My problem is I have a fat stomach. I have tried sit-ups and leg lifts with no help. I was told stress causes this. I have been under a lot of stress, as my husband died very suddenly. It has left me with a lot of decisions to make alone. Is there any way I can get rid of the fat stomach?
    DEAR READER: Both men and women tend, as they age, to develop prominent abdomens. You are not overweight, so dieting and exercise probably won’t help you. You might be a candidate for liposuction. Ask your physician to refer you to a doctor who can perform the procedure.
I also recommend that you seek out therapy and counseling. This may help you cope with your loss and the resulting stress. Ask for an appropriate referral.
    DEAR DR. GOTT: On Nov. 8, 2002, I was in a car accident. I ended up in a coma with a traumatic brain injury. After spending 4-1/2 months learning how to walk, talk, eat and drink again, I was finally released from the hospital. I don’t remember my accident or a single day I spent in the hospital. I feel like a prisoner in my own body. It’s like they saved my mind and put it into a body that can’t function.
    Every night when I go to sleep I hope I won’t wake up. Every morning when I wake, I think, not another day of this. My family always says to me, “at least you’re still alive.”
That’s what they think. I am not alive. I am half a man. I am useless and I can’t support myself or my family. What good am I? I think this is God’s way of putting me through hell on earth. What is your opinion?
    DEAR READER: You appear to have suffered major brain dysfunction as a result of your accident. You should be examined and tested by a neurologist. Although your brain should have healed by now, you may be suffering the consequences of scar tissue in the nerves that, at the very least, should be diagnosed and treated with an intensive rehabilitation program. The neurologist can advise you.
    You also appear to be suffering from depression and would benefit greatly from counseling and possibly medication. You have gone through an extremely traumatic event and need to come to peace with what has happened and learn how to move on and make your life fulfilling again.
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