For those patients who have undergone weight loss surgery and are working to improve their health, and for those who are considering weight loss surgery, sometimes it helps to have some inspiration.

Here’s a quote I find inspiring:

Risk a change, overcome fear and win.”

You can find more like this here.

Where do you find inspiration?

Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes

While most patients who undergo weight loss surgery meet the federal guidelines (BMI over 40 or BMI over 35 plus weight-related medical problems), doctors are increasingly considering weight loss surgery for diabetic patients only moderately obese in an effort to reverse diabetes.

Interestingly, the positive effects may be the result of something other than just the weight loss. Doctors think the rerouting of the digestive tract that occurs in bariatric surgery changes the way digestive hormones control blood sugar.

Research is ongoing.

All in the Family

A new study indicates that when two or more people from the same family undergo weight loss surgery, they achieve better results than those patients who go it alone.  The family’s built-in support system helps patients adjust to the new lifestyle that goes hand-in-hand with weight loss surgery.

Monitoring intake, adhering to dietary restrictions and committing to an exercise routine all become easier to master when you’re sharing the experience with other people who know exactly what you’re going through.

Better Coverage = Better Health

Insurance companies should be paying attention to the rising tide of evidence that weight loss surgery can prevent further medical problems.

In a recent study, patients who were eligible for the surgery according to national guidelines but were denied coverage by their insurance providers went on to suffer a host of medical issues, including Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Gastresophageal Reflux and Type 2 Diabetes.

The data is clear: weight loss surgery can help the people who need it to live longer, healthier lives. Insurance companies that deny weight loss surgery coverage to medically eligible patients are robbing them of the opportunity to live healthier, longer lives.

Read more about it here.