Dr. Devika Umashanker

Obesity Medicine Specialist

Dr. Devika Umashanker is an Obesity Medicine Specialist who holds her Board Certification in Internal Medicine. She comp ...More leted her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and her Obesity Medicine Fellowship at  Weill Cornell - New York Presbyterian hospital. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Management and a master's in Healthcare Finance from Fox School of Business, Temple University. Dr. Umashanker is committed to an individualized approach to the medical care of patients with an emphasis on the comprehensive treatment of nutrition, weight management and exercise counseling. ...Less

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Detox Tea

Detox Teas: Are They Really Healthy?

The so-called “detox teas” creating a buzz on social media may not be healthy after all, according to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who spoke at a press conference June 17 at Hartford Hospital. Many of these teas, sold under a variety of names, claim to promote weight loss and a...

Healthy Diet, Exercise

How to Keep Those Healthy Eating, Exercise Resolutions

The beginning of the New Year is an opportunity for change. Sustaining your New Year’s resolutions is often difficult. If healthier eating and exercise habits are among your resolutions, consider the following when deciding what changes in your life are sustainable throughout the year and many years to come. 1) ...

Weight regain after bariatric surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery: What Happens if I Regain Weight?

When patients see me for medical weight loss, most have considered surgical weight loss at some point in their lifetime. One of their  greatest fears is gaining weight after surgery. Why? Because every one of these patients knows somebody who regained all the weight lost after bariatric surgery. It’s not...

Make A Change

Shedding Pounds Safely, Effectively

Need to know more about your weight loss options? Click here for your free informational guide.  For some, losing weight is a lifelong struggle. But there are ways to safely and effectively get rid of those unwanted pounds, according to obesity medicine specialist Dr. Devika Umashanker with the Hartford HealthCare Medical...

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Top 5 Myths About Weight Loss

As an Obesity Medicine Specialist, I know losing weight is not an easy task, and many myths persist about how to do it—which end up making it even harder. Below are the most common misconceptions on weight loss and physical activity I commonly hear during an office visit and hope...

Pills on a plate.

Natural Weight-Loss Supplements to Avoid

Have you considered trying natural weight-loss supplements? There is no shortage of products that promise to melt away the pounds, but how do you find the best one? It’s difficult because many weight-loss supplements are produced by the very people selling the product. So it’s important to gather unbiased and...

Mac and cheese.

The Best (And Worst) Mood-Altering Food

Can what we eat affect more than our waistline? Many times, during our visit to a doctor’s office, we’re told how to eat to keep us physically healthy. For example, a DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet may help lower blood pressure while a low-glycemic diet can help with...

Make A Change

Obesity Summit, With its Focus On Research, a First for State

MASHANTUCKET — More than 20 nurses, surgeons, physicians and other health providers from Hartford HealthCare attended the first Obesity Summit Jan. 25-26 presented by the Connecticut State Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (CT-ASMBS) at Foxwoods Casino. The conference, the first of its type in Connecticut,...

Christmas Dinner

Ask A Doc: How Can I Eat, Drink, Be Merry Without Weight Gain?

Q: What can I do to prevent myself from gaining weight during the holiday season? How much weight do people really gain during the holidays? A: The holiday season can be challenging with the numerous food temptations surrounding us.  Many of us tend to eat more and exercise less during...


Healthy Holiday Eating

You may have worked hard all year in building and tweaking that perfect diet, only now to be swept into a tunnel of temptation during the holiday season. How can you stay on track despite the holidays? What I tell people is that during the holiday season enjoy it,” said obesity medicine specialist...

Soy foods.

What You Need To Know About Soy’s Link To Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when awareness is raised about the importance of early detection screenings, including mammograms, and breast health education. Many may wonder what role nutrition plays on breast cancer risk.  Over the years, soy-based foods and their association to breast cancer has generated a lot...