• Weight Loss Surgery Improves Glucose Control in Diabetes Patients

    July 25, 2012

    Compared to Medical Therapy, Bariatric Surgery Results in Better Glucose Control and Long-Term Weight Loss Cases of obesity-induced type 2 diabetes continue to increase at an alarming rate worldwide. Recent studies have shown that bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, which includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese, results in better glucose ...

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  • Sisters "Happier and Healthier" Than Ever After Weight Loss Surgery

    July 24, 2012

    Amy and Kristin Lanham, sisters who work at the University of Maryland Women’s Health Center and Medical Center, had struggled with weight issues for most of their lives. After being referred to Dr. Mark Kligman by their primary care physicians and attending one of his weight loss surgery seminars, both were eager to undergo bariatric ...

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  • Americans Rate Obesity as Biggest Health Threat

    July 22, 2012

    The obesity crisis handily beats smoking and drinking as the most serious US health concern in a new poll. According to a new Gallup poll, 81% of Americans feel that obesity is an “extremely” or “very” serious problem in society—significantly more than those who worry to the same degree about smoking (67%) or alcohol (47%). Gallup ...

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  • Obese kids face liver, cancer 'danger'

    July 21, 2012

    Obese children face a high risk of suffering from liver cirrhosis or cancer as they get older unless parents intercept the problem early. Malaysian Liver Foundation president Tan Sri Dr. Ismail Merican, quoting Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity, said that as many as 15 percent of Malaysian toddlers were overweight or obese while 30 ...

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  • Mother of Four Reaches—and Maintains—Weight Loss Goals with Gastric Banding

    July 20, 2012

    Pregnancy wreaks havoc on a woman’s body and over a period of five years, Nancy Steman-Federle welcomed four wonderful sons into the world. Six days after the birth of her son in 2000, Steman-Federle suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency surgery. Four months later, she lost her mother. “I was dealing with so much stress ...

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  • Bariatric Surgery Most Common Elective Surgical Procedure

    July 19, 2012

    SAN DIEGO – Within the setting of academic medical centers, bariatric surgery is the most common elective general surgical operation and it has the highest use of laparoscopy. In addition, the in-hospital mortality rate of laparoscopic bariatric surgery is now comparable to those of laparoscopic appendectomy and antireflux surgery, and is currently lower than that of ...

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    July 19, 2012

    Iron supplementation can be beneficial for some people who are at risk of deficiency such as pregnant women, female athletes or women with heavy menstrual cycles. To get the most out of iron supplements, avoid taking them with coffee, tea or milk. These beverages contain substances that can inhibit the absorption of iron. Wait 90 ...

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  • Child obesity can have serious consequences

    July 18, 2012

    Child obesity is becoming an increasingly dangerous trend in America. A plethora of diseases are being linked to child obesity such as Type 1 diabetes and heart disease. If we don’t do something about this generation’s obesity, what will happen to the next one? Will they be bigger than mine or will they be more active ...

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  • Weight loss counseling key to long-term success

    July 17, 2012

    Ray Medina of Ovid has lost 230 pounds since undergoing bariatric surgery last summer. Experts say his weight loss is higher than typical, but only slightly. “Patients end up losing weight very fast in the first year to year and a half,” said Dr. Jaime Ponce, a bariatric surgeon from Georgia and president of the American ...

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  • Father, son lose 260 pounds after weight loss surgery

    July 16, 2012

    Mike Cianciullo hated the stares. Whenever his family went out to eat, strangers’ eyes would follow — gawking at the sizes of father and son, judging the food on their plates. At 5 feet 7 inches, Cianciullo weighed 321 pounds. His son, Matt, was 5 feet 3 inches and weighed 333 pounds. “It’s like they’d never seen ...

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