NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The risk faced by obese people of having a heart attack or other cardiovascular “events” is reduced substantially after they undergo gastric bypass surgery to lose weight, according to a recent study.
The take-home message is that “bariatric surgery can be considered as a means to reduce cardiovascular risk (in obese patients) after conservative treatment options have failed,” Dr. John A. Batsis told Reuters Health. Continue reading →
First off, I can totally relate to the pain of being “the fat kid.” I remember being picked on, humiliated and ignored by boys. I know what it does to your self esteem, and how hard it can be to lose the weight.
I’m also a parent who’s struggled to help a child battle extra weight. It’s hard, and it can be expensive to buy healthier foods in place of the junk that kids would much rather eat. It takes constant vigilance, and a willingness to be “the bad guy” when your kid really wants that extra helping.
But even though I understand the difficulties, I just cannot imagine allowing my 13 year old son to undergo weight loss surgery. Too many things can go wrong, and besides – being 13 is tough enough without the extra mental roller coaster that weight loss surgery brings on.
Yet there are apparently a growing number of parents perfectly willing to shove their children under the knife rather than act like parents and help them lose weight on their own. Continue reading →
This story isn’t new. In April of 2008, 60 Minutes did a segment on Gastric Bypass and the benefits beyond weight loss. I ran across it today as I was looking at something else, and thought it would be a good counter-balance to the general negativity I’ve been flinging towards the media this week.
I’m often asked how I made the decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery as opposed to the Lap Band.
For me, the fact that the Lap Band is so easily reversible and adjustible was a negative. I know me all to well, and if there was a way out during the difficult times I’d take it. I wanted, needed, something permanent.
Not everyone feels that way. One of the plans I have for this site is a comprehensive section detailing the pros and cons of both procedures to help people make that decision. When I do, the following information will certainly be a part of it: Continue reading →
In this study, however, 310 people were checked 12 months after having surgery. The average weight loss was 60% of their excess. But 38 of those patients had lost less than 40% of their excess weight, at least one losing as little as 8%.
When they researchers tried to figure out what the people with poor results had in common, they found two things: diabetes and a larger pouch. Continue reading →
I know, I know – most of you are in shock right now. You mean to tell us that in addition to undergoing major surgery, having our insides re-routed and shrinking our stomach to the size of an egg, we actually have to (gasp) watch what we eat and (violent shudders) actually exercise?! No Way!!
Sadly, ’tis true.
Well, apparently, there are actually people out there who think like that – and I’m not just talking about the “you took the easy way out” crowd we all love to hate. Check out this quote from the article: Continue reading →