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Bariatric surgery is more widely accepted today

Bariatric surgery is more widely accepted today

Maintaining an ideal weight includes exercising and eating a healthy diet, but for some people, these measures may not be effective on their own. Bariatric surgery is becoming a more widely accepted option for people who have excess weight and have tried everything else.

“Since the onset of minimally invasive procedures for weight loss, it has become a much safer procedure,” said Dr. Tammy Fouse, a general surgery resident at Affinity Medical Center. “Studies show it’s a safer procedure than having your gallbladder removed.”

Surgery may reduce the risks associated with other health conditions associated with excess weight, which can help save money on medication costs.

Read more about bariatric surgery progress and weight-loss trends on IndeOnline.com.

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New research finds small changes can lead to big weight loss

New research finds small changes can lead to big weight loss

With age comes decreased metabolic rate, which means it’s easy to pack on a few pounds without realizing it. But a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that changing your eating habits consistently can help lead to big weight-loss results over time.

The study analyzed 120,000 people for 16 years, paying particular attention to their dietary habits. It found that people who ate foods with a high glycemic load gained more weight than those who consumed low-glycemic foods. In the new study, other key habits were also found to make a difference between pounds on the scale.

Try making these small changes to help you lose weight:

  • Eat more yogurt, seafood, skinless chicken, and nuts
  • Be careful when choosing low-fat products as these are often packed with sugar or other additives to make up for taste lost in removing the fat
  • Decrease the amount of red and processed meat, as well as refined grains or starches
  • Eat a source of protein paired with low-GI foods like vegetables

Read more about the study on Yahoo.com.

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Some women may not lose weight with strength training

Some women may not lose weight with strength training

If you’ve tried resistance training at the gym and haven’t seen results, a new study may show why. New research indicates that some women do not lose weight with resistance training. The study suggests that genetic variations protect women’s bodies from fat loss and prime their bodies for weight maintenance.

Study participants included 148 women between 35 and 60. Those who carried few of the 21 genetic risk variants for obesity largely responded to a weekly regimen of resistance exercise. These women lost weight and trimmed fat -- especially abdominal fat -- and their body composition became leaner.

Read more about the study on The Seattle Times website.

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Undergoing bariatric surgery can lower risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy

Undergoing bariatric surgery can lower risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who undergo weight-loss surgery before becoming pregnant are less likely to develop gestational diabetes and give birth to large babies. However, these women are at risk for delivering smaller babies, according to the report.

“Since bariatric surgery followed by pregnancy has both positive and negative effects, these women, when expecting, should be regarded as high-risk pregnancies,” said Kari Johansson, PhD, a nutritionist in the Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

She suggests that doctors closely follow these women throughout their pregnancies and give advice on healthy eating and, if necessary, taking supplements.

Learn more about the study’s findings on EndocrineWeb.com.

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Weight-loss surgery for the severely obese can be covered by insurance

Weight-loss surgery for the severely obese can be covered by insurance

The cost of bariatric surgery can be high, especially for those living on a typical family budget. Choosing to have the procedure can weigh heavily on the minds of prospective patients if they are worried about whether their surgeries can be covered by their health insurance plans.

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