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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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Bariatric surgery can help treat type 2 diabetes, says new study

Bariatric surgery can help treat type 2 diabetes, says new study

Growing evidence from the Swedish Obese Subjects trial shows that bariatric surgery may help treat type 2 diabetes and improve remission. The study has 20 years worth of follow-up data, and more long-term follow-up research may be needed.

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Bariatric surgery less popular among men, says study

Bariatric surgery less popular among men, says study

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified a major disparity with demographic, socioeconomic, and cultural factors among US men and women undergoing weight-loss surgeries. The conclusion is that men choose to undergo bariatric surgery in far fewer numbers than women.

The Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques published the study in March, stating that 80 percent of patients who choose to undergo bariatric surgery procedures are women.

“The results of this study should raise awareness in men about the complications that obesity brings to their health,” said senior author Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at UC San Diego Health System. “Even though we have 50/50 percent split in obesity rates among US men and women, women get 80 percent of the bariatric surgeries and men only 20 percent. That’s a very uneven distribution.”

Read more about the studies findings on ScienceDaily.com.

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Bariatric surgery improves results of hip replacement surgery

Bariatric surgery improves results of hip replacement surgery

Bariatric surgery can help individuals lose weight, as well as resolve various health problems such as hypertension, asthma, and type 2 diabetes. Now, it’s believed that bariatric surgery can help boost the results of total hip arthroplasty, according to research presented at this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. The results show that those who are overweight and need hip replacement surgery experience better results if they have bariatric surgery before the hip arthroplasty procedure. 

Tacking the cost of bariatric surgery on top of hip replacement surgery may seem daunting to some, but your quality of life could improve more than with total hip arthroplasty alone. “Obesity is linked to less-favorable outcomes after joint replacement surgery, such as longer hospital stays, higher overall costs and higher failure rates,” states Emily Dodwell M.D., a contributor to the research. Allowing bariatric surgery to help you lose weight can help keep you out of the hospital longer after having hip surgery.

Learn more about the results from Healio in “Morbidly obese patients experience greater utility with bariatric surgery prior to THA

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Bariatric surgery can benefit your psychological health

Bariatric surgery can benefit your psychological health

Weight-loss surgery can benefit those who carry excess weight from both physical and psychological standpoints, according to a new study. National University of Distance Education (UNED) researcher Alejandro Magallares co-authored the weight-loss study, which analyzed 21 scientific articles about the relationship between weight and quality of life in people who underwent bariatric surgery. 

The articles gauged data based on a questionnaire that was filled out by almost 2,680 weight-loss surgery patients before surgery, and nearly 2,251 patients after surgery.

“An increase was found in the quality of life related to both psychological and physical aspects after the surgical intervention,” said Magallares to SINC. “Both physical and psychological health improve after the operation, and that increase in quality of life is especially significant in the physical area.”

check out this article on MedicalXpress.com.

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A young girl’s weight-loss success

A young girl’s weight-loss success

It can be difficult to be a parent of a child who is overweight, especially when you feel as though you can’t do anything about it. Alexis Shapiro’s mother Jenny wanted to see her daughter become mobile again after brain surgery caused Alexis to gain excess weight.  

“I was just holding onto hope,” Jenny told Yahoo Parenting. “This was our last resort.” 

Jenny took Alexis in to undergo sleeve gastrectomy one year ago in an attempt to reduce the 150 pounds she had gained on her small frame. Alexis was 13 years old at the time of surgery, and has since lost an impressive 60 pounds.  

“We’re just so excited,” said Jenny. “It’s great to see her move around better and be happier and be part of the family more -- all because of her weight loss. Her life isn’t consumed by thinking about food anymore.”

Read more about Alexis’ journey on Yahoo Parenting.

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