Trimming down on "waist"

October 10, 2012

Did you know that if you carry fat mainly around your waist, you are more likely to develop health problems than if you carry fat mainly in your hips and thighs? Measuring your waist is a simple way to gauge your risk. Place a tape measure across your navel. Make sure the tape is snug […]

'Real Housewives' Lauren Manzo: 'Lap band surgery was great for me'

July 1, 2012

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Lauren Manzo has recommitted to her long battle to lose weight. Manzo’s struggle to shed excess weight has been a continuing story throughout The Real Housweives of New Jersey’s four seasons. In September 2011, she underwent a lap band surgery and has since lost 20 pounds. In an interview […]

Weight-Loss Surgery Works in IBD Patients

June 30, 2012

Obese patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) had weight loss and resolution of other obesity-related complications, similar to that of patients without IBD, after bariatric surgery, a small retrospective study showed. Weight loss varied substantially by the type of bariatric procedure used, ranging from 26% of excess weight with adjustable banding to 95% with sleeve […]

Rex Ryan Speaks About Lap Band

June 29, 2012

Today at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Rex Ryan, head coach of the New York Jets, spoke about his own experiences with weight loss surgery. Announcing that he’s lost 100 pounds, Ryan told the audience his goal is to lose another 25 pounds. His ‘lucky vest’ […]

State Spending for Weight-Loss Surgery Increases

June 28, 2012

As the numbers of obese in Texas have swelled, so has the comfort of state and federal lawmakers with spending taxpayer dollars on weight-loss surgery for the elderly and the poor. A Texas Tribune analysis of federal and state health care expenditures shows Medicare spending for weight-loss surgeries for Texas seniors — including gastric bypass […]

New study: Weight-loss surgery may cure diabetes

June 27, 2012

Could weight-loss surgery be a cure for type 2 diabetes? That’s exactly what a new study, published today by the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests. The study showed that weight-loss surgery is dramatically more effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes than a conventional treatment of diet changes and medication. Patients in the […]

Bariatric Surgery For More Than Just Weight Loss?

June 26, 2012

Gone may be the days of limiting bariatric surgery just to helping patients lose weight. Indeed, these weight loss surgeries, in all forms, do just as the name describes. But a slew of new research suggests bariatric surgery can also be used to help reverse medical complications of obesity, not just eliminate obesity itself. These […]