Gastric Sleeve Versus Gastric Bypass: Comparison of Bariatric Surgeries

i Dec 19th No Comments by

Individuals that have tried other kinds of weight loss programs and failed often look to weight loss surgery as a means to lose weight and keep it off. This is especially the case if the individual is in danger of developing comorbidities due to obesity such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Two of the most common types of weight loss surgery include the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. These two surgeries have some similarities and some differences. Before selecting one of them it is important to know what these are. (more…)

Free Bariatric Surgery Protein Samples

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Because of how restrictive and malabsorptive so many weight loss surgeries are, it’s important to take extra care to your nutrition post-surgery. Since most of the food consumed is bypassed in the body, a lot or more of the nutrients are not absorbed. Because of this, regular nutritional supplements and minerals are needed for optimal health. (more…)

List of Bariatric Surgery Support Groups, Forums

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Support groups help weight loss surgery patient stay on track following their surgical procedures. While patients are required to go on several post-op visits, attention weight loss support groups or participating in one online has proven to help these patients continue to lose weight, stay on track and stay motivated to remain committed to their new lifestyle change. Experts believe that patients who participate in these weight loss support groups are more successful with losing their excess weight and maintaining that weight loss in the long term more so than those that go at it on their own. (more…)

FDA Approves Contrave, Prescription Weight-Loss Pill

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Approved in early September 2014, Contrave offers another weight loss option for the more than one-third of Americans who are obese. The new drug is the third prescription weight-loss drug to be approved since 2012, the others being Belviq and Qsymia. It has been approved for both obese patient as well as those overweight with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes among other risk factors. (more…)

Study Shows Gastric Bypass Provides Better Results Than Gastric Banding Weight Loss Surgery

i Oct 20th No Comments by

According to a new review by UT Southwestern Medical Center, gastric bypass surgery has much better outcomes than gastric banding for a long-term weight loss experience. It also controls Type II Diabetes better as well as high blood pressure and lowers cholesterol levels in patients. This is a result of nearly 30 long-term studies done to compare the two types of bariatric surgeries and the patients who endured each of them. (more…)

Retrain Your Brain with Bariatric Surgery

i Oct 15th No Comments by

With one-third of the adults in the United States being considered obese, it is clear that obesity is a difficult issue to treat. The typical solution from physicians is a major change in diet and exercise along with medical therapy, all of which seem to fail for the most part. (more…)

Is a Nerve Blockage Device More Effective than Lifestyle Change Alone?

i Oct 9th No Comments by

Obesity is about more than just the way a person looks. Obese individuals face a greater chance of suffering comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and sleep apnea. It is for these reasons that many individuals are seeking alternatives to changing their diet and exercising. Those suffering from obesity are looking to bariatric surgery for resolution. Along with bariatric surgery are some side effects and recovery that patients are not excited about. (more…)

Food Capsules Instead of Weight Loss Surgery for Combating Obesity

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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…)

The Connection Between Mental Health and Bariatric Surgery

i Jul 24th No Comments by

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…)

After Bariatric Surgery Hypoglycemia Seems Common

i Jul 23rd No Comments by

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…)