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7 bariatric surgery benefits

7 bariatric surgery benefits

Bariatric surgery helps people lose weight by reducing the stomach’s capacity and making patients feel full after eating smaller portions of food. Weight-loss surgery is often successful for people who have not achieved long-term success with other weight-loss methods. Besides weight loss, bariatric surgery offers additional benefits to people who may be suffering from weight-related health conditions. 

Here are seven benefits of sustained weight loss through weight-loss surgery:

  1. Long-term remission for type 2 diabetes
  2. Improved cardiovascular health
  3. Relief of depression
  4. Elimination of obstructive sleep apnea
  5. Joint pain relief
  6. Improved fertility
  7. Alleviation of other medical conditions

Learn more about these benefits from the Cleveland Clinic.

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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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3 hormones that could interfere with weight loss

3 hormones that could interfere with weight loss

The human body naturally produces a number of different hormones that support healthy overall bodily function. Hormones play vital roles in your body’s cellular metabolism, reproduction and sexual development, heart rate, digestion, and more. When you’re in good health and your body functions optimally, your hormone levels can maintain a healthy balance. However, some unhealthy lifestyle habits could result in hormonal imbalance and increase the risk for diseases such as obesity and cancer. Contributing factors may include poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep.

If you’ve been experiencing difficulty losing weight through diet and exercise alone, it’s possible you’re not making progress due to hormonal imbalance. Here are three hormones that can affect your weight-loss progress, as well as tips on how you can balance these hormones in a healthy manner.

1. Cortisol

Cortisol is a stress hormone that rises and fluctuates when you experience any type of stress, whether it’s from coping with unruly family members or putting in too many hours at work. Cortisol can cause your body to store more fat, especially in your abdominal region, and makes your other hormones go into overdrive to counteract the rising cortisol levels. Hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin can rise when cortisol rises, and lead to overeating and cravings for junk food. Most individuals under stress tend to sleep less and make poor nutrition choices.

The most ideal way to balance your body’s cortisol levels is to find new ways to manage stress, or work on eliminating stressors from your life. Start exercising regularly, find new enjoyable hobbies, or if possible, remove yourself from situations that cause undue stress.

2. Estrogen

Estrogen is more commonly associated with females, but men also produce estrogen in smaller amounts. Estrogen imbalance, which is also sometimes be referred to as estrogen dominance, can lead to weight gain and increase your risk for other health problems, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and breast cancer. Estrogen imbalance can be caused by excess exposure to free radicals and toxins, poor nutrition, smoking, stress, and alcohol abuse. To balance your body’s estrogen levels, start exercising regularly and consume a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, protein, and healthy fats. Eating fresh, whole foods can help your body flush out excess estrogen.

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Bariatric surgery improves one woman’s life with amazing results

Bariatric surgery improves one woman’s life with amazing results

Jenifer Schon viewed bariatric surgery as the last option for improving her health, but has since been thankful that she had the procedure. Having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three and diagnosed with fibromyalgia later in life, Schon knew that she needed to control her weight, and turned to bariatric surgery as a solution. 

Amazingly, not only has Schon lost weight since having weight-loss surgery, but she has experienced improvements with her diabetes and fibromyalgia as well. Schon is now taking half the diabetes medication she needed before, and no longer needs insulin resistance medication. Additionally, her fibromyalgia strikes her with less frequent episodes than it did before weight-loss surgery.

Jenifer notes that the biggest challenge she has faced is changing her diet. She had already been monitoring her carbs, but after bariatric surgery, has had to monitor the amount of protein she consumes. Overall, Jenifer is happy with the results, understands she may face struggles with losing weight, and feels that the pros of surgery greatly outweigh the cons. “Patients aren't blindsided by this challenge, as they do go through a lot of education and preparation, but everyone goes through that adjustment to some degree," states Dr. Robert Quaid of Bariatric Center of the Rockies.

Now, Schon has more energy than ever before and can dedicate more of her time to hobbies she enjoys in life. Check out Schon’s story in the Coloradoan.

Photo credit: Provided by UCHealth for the Coloradoan.

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Anti-inflammatory foods that can help you lose weight

Anti-inflammatory foods that can help you lose weight

Inflammation is your body’s way of reacting to trauma, and is a vital part of the healing process when you become sick or injured. For example, when you fall down and skin your knees, the redness and sensation of burning that follows is your body’s way of mending and healing itself. However, inflammation can also occur inside of your body, especially when you consume drugs, chemicals, and other toxins that don’t naturally belong inside the human body.

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Drink tea to sleep better, lose weight, relieve stress, and more!

Drink tea to sleep better, lose weight, relieve stress, and more!

You’ve seen more and more teas available in restaurants and trendy coffee shops, and perhaps you’re a tea lover yourself. In the US, tea drinking is on the rise and that’s a good thing, since the different varieties and options keep your palette bubbling with anticipation of new flavors.

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Benefits of bariatric surgery [infographic]

Bariatric surgery, also commonly known as weight-loss surgery, has been proven effective at helping obese individuals lose weight and become healthier while also reversing or improving health problems associated with carrying excess weight. Bariatric surgery can help improve physical health problems such as asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes, and can even help improve depression and overall quality of life in patients. Check out the following infographic to learn more about the many benefits associated with bariatric surgery.

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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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Adjustable gastric banding provides cost-effective treatment for diabetes

A study published in the September issues of Diabetes Care indicates that both adjustable gastric banding and gastric bypass may be cost-effective methods of treating diabetes and reducing diabetes-related deaths in obese adults.

Researchers from RTI International and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention used the CDC's Cost-Effectiveness model to simulate the costs of bariatric surgery compared to continued diabetes treatment in adults with a BMI of 35 or higher. The research looked at two different groups of people: those who have had diabetes for more than 10 years and those who have been diagnosed with diabetes within the last five years.

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Low blood sugar rare after bariatric surgery

Having low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can occur as a result of many factors, including having diabetes, taking certain medications, drinking alcohol excessively, or having critical illnesses or deficiencies that affect insulin production.

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Weight-loss surgery decreases risk of diabetes during pregnancy

Weight-loss surgery decreases risk of diabetes during pregnancy

Women who undergo weight-loss surgery before becoming pregnant have a lower risk of developing gestational diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Gestational diabetes is a form of the disease that arises during pregnancy and usually resolves after childbirth. It can cause abnormal growth in the fetus, which can sometimes make a cesarean section necessary, and can also raise the risk of bleeding after delivery. Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy also have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

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Scoring system helps predict diabetes remission in weight-loss surgery patients

Numerous studies have shown over the past several years that weight-loss surgery can help treat type 2 diabetes in individuals who are overweight. Now, researchers have developed a scoring system that can determine a patient’s chances of experiencing diabetes remission after undergoing weight-loss surgery.

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Weight-loss surgery may expand to include more patients

With obesity-related healthcare costs expected to quadruple in 10 years, some medical professionals are wondering if bariatric surgery - typically reserved as a last resort for the morbidly obese - should be made available to a wider range of patients. Research indicates that weight-loss surgery could also benefit individuals who are moderately overweight or have difficult-to-control diabetes.

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