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’ […]


June 29, 2012

Nothing says summer like a meal cooked out on the grill. For you grill lovers, this doesn’t have to mean eating high-fat meats and sausages, which can add a hefty load of calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol to your diet. Here are a few tips for grilling without guilt: Start with fish or a […]

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 […]

Success Story: Robert of Buda

June 28, 2012

As he matured, Robert’s health began to deteriorate; “the older I got, the more mortal I was becoming”, he noted. He developed diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar and became what he knew to be a high insurance risk – “a walking time bomb”! He now walks 7 miles a day! Learn how […]

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 […]

Bariatric Surgery Achieves Diabetes Type 2 Remission In 67% Of Cases

June 25, 2012

67% of gastric bypass patients were in complete remission for diabetes type 2 after 12 months, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center reported at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). They added that 96% of those not already on insulin and who did not have […]

AMA supports requiring obesity education for kids

June 24, 2012

The American Medical Association on Wednesday put its weight behind requiring yearly instruction aimed at preventing obesity for public schoolchildren and teens. The nation’s largest physicians group agreed to support legislation that would require classes in causes, consequences and prevention of obesity for first through 12th graders. Doctors will be encouraged to volunteer their time […]

Weight-Loss Surgery May Improve Diabetes-Related Kidney Damage

June 23, 2012

Weight-loss surgery may reduce the risk of kidney disease in obese people with diabetes, according to a small study. The study included 52 patients, mostly female, who were obese and had type 2 diabetes. Nearly 40 percent of the patients had diabetic nephropathy, a form of kidney damage that can require dialysis and lead to […]