Success is Sweet

More evidence is mounting to support the idea that bariatric weight loss surgery can help some patients overcome diabetes.

If you’ve been following the news about weight loss surgery, you know this is the real deal.

Bariatric Surgery Successful for Patients Below 35BMI

New research supports the idea that bariatric weight loss surgery is successful in treating overweight patients who do not meet the standard of obesity, defined as having a body weight index of 35 or more.

A small study shows that patients with a BMI of 30 – 35, some of whom had type 2 diabetes, benefited from weight loss surgery. For most, their diabetes went into remission.

Possible link between WLS and Alcoholism?

Is it possible that weight loss surgery can lead to problems with alcohol abuse?  Or is it just the Swedes?

A new study out of Sweden indicates the risk of alcoholism is higher among people who have undergone weight loss surgery.

This might be taking the idea of a liquid diet too far!

The Cost of Obesity

Obesity can not only take a toll on your health and well-being, it can drain your finances as well, as documented in a new survey by the Canadian Obesity Network.

People suffering from obesity spend more on commercial weight loss programs, prescription diet pill and special diets.

Interestingly, a large portion of those surveyed choose these methods over weight loss surgery because wait times for surgery are longer in Canada and because consumers don’t get clear guidance on how to combat obesity, according to the survey’s authors.

Safe for Seniors

Research indicates weight loss surgery is just as safe for seniors as it is for younger patients.

The NIH recommends the age of 65 as the cutoff for weight loss surgery, but this is apparently an “artificial standard.”

After reviewing the records of 50,000 weight loss surgery patients, researchers have concluded that weight loss surgery is safe for seniors.

Weight Loss and Memory

As if you needed another reason to consider weight loss surgery, research indicates that weight loss might be linked to improved memory.

In a study to be published in the medical journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, patients who shed pounds after undergoing weight loss surgery showed improved scores in memory and concentration tests.

Changes in blood pressure may be part of the cognitive improvement, though this is far from certain. What is certain, however, is that the evidence supporting weight loss surgery continues to mount.

Heart Health Improves with Weight Loss Surgery

A new study from the Mayo Clinic documents improved heart health among patients undergoing weight loss surgery – even for those patients who lose weight but remain obese.

Although this is based on a very limited study – only 13 patients – cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic see the study as an indication that any weight loss can be beneficial for obese patients, even if they do not reach their ideal BMI.

Who is getting weight loss surgery – and which surgery do they choose?

We all know that weight loss surgery is helping patients across the demographic spectrum, but a new study in the journal Pediatrics notes a sharp increase in the number of white, adolescent girls undergoing weight loss surgery.
Why more white girls? Not sure about that, but we are more interested in the increased use of Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in this population segment.
The study also indicated patients whose procedures were covered by private health insurance were more likely to undergo the older Roux-en-Y procedure, while self-pay patients were more apt to choose the adjustable band.
What does this say about private health insurance and coverage of weight loss surgery?

WLSO and Gestational Diabetes

We already know that weight loss surgery can help patients overcome Type II Diabetes; now researchers are pointing to data that indicates the procedure may offer broader positive health effects for obese women who undergo weight loss surgery before becoming pregnant.

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that obese women who undergo weight loss surgery and later become pregnant have a much lower rate of gestational diabetes. This same group of patients also accounted for a lower rate of c-section deliveries.

While weight loss surgery (like all surgical procedures) has its own inherent risks, evidence of the efficacy and safety of weight loss surgery continues to mount.

Obese and Oblivious

More people are unable to accurately assess their own conditions of being overweight or obese, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. The poll shows that 30% of overweight people identify themselves as normal size and 70% of obese people identify themselves as overweight but not obese.

Why the confusion? One reason is that as more people become overweight or obese, the condition seems more “normal” than being at a truly healthy weight.

The epidemic of obesity is spreading, and weight-loss surgery is one of the most effective ways to fight this battle of the bulge.

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