• 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 ...

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  • 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 study ...

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  • 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 procedures may ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 to ...

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  • 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 kidney ...

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  • Bariatric Surgery Cuts Heart Attack Risk for Years

    June 22, 2012

    Bariatric surgery is known to reduce heart attack risk short-term.  Now, a new study presented in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery suggests that benefit is maintained long-term. It followed some patients as long as seven years. Researchers looked at numerous heart (cardiac) risk factors before and after ...

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  • Obesity Spread Likely Due To Environmental Factors

    June 21, 2012

    An international team of researchers’ study of the spatial patterns of the spread of obesity suggests America’s bulging waistlines may have more to do with collective behavior than genetics or individual choices. The team, led by City College of New York physicist Hernan Makse, found correlations between the epidemic’s geography and food marketing and distribution ...

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  • Complications Related To Bariatric Procedures Reduced By Minimally Invasive Surgery

    June 20, 2012

    A study by researchers at Stanford University Medical Center has found that a popular weight-loss operation is safer and reduces hospital bills when done with minimally invasive techniques rather than open surgery, which requires a large abdominal incision. The authors say that, to their knowledge, this is the first time the open and minimally invasive approaches ...

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  • Dr. Oz Advocates Gastric Bypass Surgery

    June 19, 2012

    Dr. Oz discusses the benefits of Gastric bypass surgery – what he terms “the underperformed surgery you should be getting.” Dr. Oz says “Gastric bypass surgery can help you lose weight, prevent heart disease and cancer, and reverse your type 2 diabetes virtually overnight – yet only 1% of eligible patients elect to go under ...

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