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Weight-Loss Surgery Beats Meds for Obese, Diabetic Teens: Study

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 Weight-loss surgery may help severely obese teens with type 2 diabetes far more than medication and lifestyle changes alone, new research suggests. A small analysis found that bariatric surgery did a "far better" job than drug and lifestyle management in achieving significant weight loss and reversing diabetes, said study lead author Dr. Thomas Inge. His investigation – ...

Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – If you've been struggling with your weight for some time, you might be wondering if bariatric surgery is the answer. This surgery, which involves reducing the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can take in, isn't for moderate weight loss. You need to be at least 100 pounds overweight with a BMI of 40, or 35 if you also have serious health issues. You'll ...

Lasers, Freezes: Non-Surgical Fat Reducers Gaining Popularity

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Fat can be easy to put on, but much tougher to remove. Now, the latest data shows Americans are increasingly turning to non-surgical means of fat reduction. The annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) finds big jumps in the popularity of noninvasive "body shaping" techniques – everything from ultrasound to radio waves, infrared light, ...

Shedding Pounds Before Weight-Loss Surgery a Smart Move

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – By the time you've decided to have weight-loss surgery, you've probably given up on dieting altogether. But a new study suggests that if you can drop some weight in the month before your procedure, you might have a smoother surgery and recovery – and you could ultimately lose more weight. Researchers asked people scheduled for weight-loss procedures to go on a ...

Weight-Loss Surgery Alone Won't Keep the Pounds Off

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – If you think your battle against obesity ends on the operating table, you're mistaken. "Exercise and eating smaller portions have to be part of your lifestyle change in order to be successful" after weight-loss surgery, said Dr. Ann Rogers, director of Surgical Weight Loss at Penn State Medical Center, in Hershey, Pa. It's also important to keep a detailed food journal, ...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Curb Risk for Certain Cancers

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Weight-loss surgery could help some severely obese people reduce their risk for cancer by at least 33 percent, a new study suggests. The researchers examined medical data compiled by health insurance and health care delivery systems in the western United States, including Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. The analysis included ...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – For many obese Americans, weight-loss surgery can be a path to losing lots of unhealthy pounds. But new research suggests it can also lead to a long-term loss of healthy red blood cells, otherwise known as anemia. In a study of U.S. veterans who got a common form of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, "anemia rates are high 10 years after," conclude a team led by Dr. Dan ...

Don't Put Off Weight-Loss Surgery Till You're Heavier

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – Having weight-loss surgery before you become severely obese tends to achieve better results, a new study finds. Researchers found that people who underwent bariatric surgery when their body mass index (BMI) was less than 40 were more likely to achieve a BMI below 30 (overweight but not obese) compared to those with a higher body mass index, researchers. A BMI of 30 or ...

1 in 5 Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Using Opioids Years Later

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – About 20 percent of U.S. weight-loss surgery patients are still using prescription opioid painkillers seven years later, a new study finds. The finding has importance, given the epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse currently affecting the United States, researchers said. "Our study does not prove that bariatric surgery causes an increase in opioid use. However, it does ...

Gut Bacteria Changes After Some Weight-Loss Surgeries

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – A type of weight-loss surgery – called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – triggers major changes in the microbial population of the digestive tract, a new study finds. Specifically, the procedure leads to increased diversity of bacteria in the gut, and a microbial population distinct from obese and normal-weight people, researchers found. "Diversity is good," said study ...

Could a Weight-Loss Surgery Lead to Alcohol Abuse?

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – After a popular type of weight-loss surgery, nearly 21 percent of patients develop a drinking problem, sometimes years later, researchers report. The esearchers followed more than 2,000 patients who had weight-loss surgery at 10 hospitals across the United States. Over seven years, more than 1 in 5 who had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass weight-loss surgery developed a problem ...

With Nips, Tucks and Fat Transplants, Americans are Reshaping Their Bodies

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – From face-lifts to fat grafts, Americans are increasingly turning to cosmetic procedures to look their best. The number of these procedures in the United States rose 3 percent last year from 2015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That's 17.1 million surgeries, Botox injections, chemical peels and other minimally invasive procedures. "A decade ago ...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Obese Patients Beat Diabetes

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – There's more evidence that obese patients with type 2 diabetes can control the disease better with weight-loss surgery, compared to medication alone. New research shows that five years after weight-loss surgery, known as bariatric surgery, those who had the procedure showed better improvements in quality of life and overall health, and some no longer needed insulin, ...

FDA Issues Warning About Balloon Obesity Treatments

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Fluid-filled balloons placed in the stomach to treat obesity have been linked to serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports. The balloons treat obesity by taking up space in a patient's stomach, and are used in conjunction with diet and exercise. Two types of fluid-filled balloon systems – the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System and the ...

Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Lower Heart Risks

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Weight-loss surgery may significantly reduce obese people's risk of heart failure, a new study indicates. Researchers compared more than 25,800 obese people who had weight-loss (bariatric) surgery with more than 13,700 obese people who tried to lose weight through a program of major lifestyle changes. Both groups had no history of heart failure. Four years after the start ...

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