New research is leading the way in the belief that food capsules that fool the body into believing it has a full stomach may be the key to managing the obesity epidemic that seems to be afoot in Britain. London scientists think that capsules that replicate the results of gastric bypass surgery and making the body feel as if the stomach is full could be the answer. The research may be a path to new treatment options for type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to researchers from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. (more…)
Bariatric surgery is one of the most common methods of taking control of obesity. The weight loss from surgery can be dramatic and not every patient is a good candidate for weight loss surgery. Even the individuals that are good candidates for the surgery can often benefit from a preoperative psychosocial evaluation. (more…)
In a controlled study of 45 patients in San Francisco, California, hypoglycemic episodes seemed common while primarily unnoticed.
A three-day monitoring period of regular activity showed that symptomatic hypoglycemia appeared in 22% of 15 individuals following gastric bypass surgery. Additionally, 20% of 15 individuals who underwent biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch showed symptomatic hypoglycemia. Out of the 15 obese patients that did not go through a weight loss surgery, none of them had symptomatic hypoglycemia. These non-symptomatic patients were non-diabetic and were a match to the surgical patients in their body mass index (BMI). (more…)