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Get the latest news about obesity and childhood obesity, find out about new bariatric surgery studies, and read about others who have experienced success with weight-loss surgery. 

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WLS news, WLS studies, Childhood obesity

Is BMI the best way to prioritize patients for weight-loss surgery?

In the United States and in most other regions of the world, a weight-loss patient is deemed eligible for bariatric surgery based on body mass index (BMI). Generally, patients are eligible for surgery if their BMI is within the obesity range above 30 and if they suffer from one or more comorbidities associated with being obese.

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Lack of insurance coverage poses increased health risks for patients

Patients who are denied insurance coverage for bariatric surgery are at risk of developing new obesity-related medical problems in the near future, according to a study presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Initially, rates were relatively even between both groups for comorbidities including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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LAP-BAND associated with greater cost savings than gastric bypass

Results from a recent study have shown that gastric banding weight-loss procedures such as the LAP-BAND® are associated with greater cost savings for morbidly obese patients than gastric bypass surgery. The study was conducted by researchers at Duke-National University Singapore Graduate Medical School and published in a recent issue of the journal PLOS ONE.

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Benefits of weight-loss surgery for diabetic patients can last 9 years

New research conducted by investigators and surgeons at Cleveland Clinic's Bariatric and Metabolic Institute shows that patients with type 2 diabetes can reap the benefits of weight-loss surgery for up to nine years following surgery. In addition to helping with weight loss, bariatric surgery can help patients reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease and also reverse type 2 diabetes.

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Bariatric surgery improves control in type 1 diabetics

The results of a new case study are showing that overweight patients with type 1 diabetes can benefit from bariatric surgery in that it can improve their H1c levels and reduce their daily insulin requirements. Although bariatric surgery does not have the ability to reverse type 1 diabetes as it can with type 2 diabetes, diabetics can benefit from a lower risk of cardiac events and improved diabetes management.

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