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Rosie O'Donnell underwent gastric sleeve surgery

Source:Fox News

At a luncheon sponsored by the American Heart Surgery Association in Detroit on Friday, Rosie O'Donnell revealed that she underwent vertical gastric sleeve surgery according to TVGuide.com.

The story which first appeared in People magazine reports that since having the procedure in July, O'Donnell says she has lost 40 pounds and currently weighs 190 pounds.

The weight loss surgery reduces one's stomach size by approximately 25 percent and thereby limits the amount of food your stomach can hold. "I did it to save my life," O'Donnell, who suffered a heart attack in 2012, said. She also had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic.

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Gastric banding patients should closely monitor nutrition following surgery

Source: Medical Xpress

Patients who have had bariatric surgery may need to take dietary supplements and pay closer attention to their nutritional intake, a UT Southwestern Medical Center study suggests.

The study, published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, tracked a group of gastric banding patients and found that despite nutritional counseling over a three-month period, most still did not meet recommended daily requirements for important nutrients such as protein, vitamin D, and calcium.

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Diabetes improved regardless of procedure for weight loss surgery

Source: wlshelp

Gastric bypass surgery is no better at treating diabetes than gastric banding or vertical banded gastroplasty, according to researchers of a large ongoing study known as the ‘Swedish Obese Subjects’ study.

The study found that the improvements to diabetes in weight loss surgery patients was more likely associated with the degree of weight loss rather than the type of weight loss surgery.

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What studies show about robotic bariatric surgery

Source: wlshelp

The study, “Robotic bariatric surgery: a systematic review,” was conducted by researchers at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The researchers concluded that “the application of robotics appears to be a safe option within the realm of bariatric surgery.”

Robotic-assisted surgery has been used by bariatric surgeons to perform gastric bypass, gastric banding, and the gastric sleeve. The advanced technology allows these surgical procedures to be performed through smaller incisions with more precise movements and an excellent magnified view of the surgical area. Robotic bariatric surgery is an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy.

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Weight loss reduces cancer risk in overweight women

Source: FoxNews.com

Overweight or obese women who lose at least 5 percent of their body weight may lower their levels of the type of inflammation linked with cancer, according to a new study.

Women who dieted, but were not assigned to exercise, saw drops in inflammation similar to those of the women who dieted and did exercise, the findings showed.

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Sleeve gastrectomy for gastroparesis

Source: Healthpoints

As advanced as modern medicine has become, in some cases, it still falls short. Patients who develop a condition called gastroparesis are among those who may exhaust the limits of available therapies. It is for patients such as these that physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia have once again stepped up and found new avenues of treatment – and hope.

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'Obesity Genes' may influence food choices, eating patterns

Source: ScienceDaily

The findings suggest it may be possible to minimize genetic risk by changing one's eating patterns and being vigilant about food choices, in addition to adopting other healthy lifestyle habits, like regular physical activity.

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How many calories should I eat?

Source: MedicalNewsToday

The number of calories people should eat each day depends on several factors, including their age, size, height, sex, lifestyle, and overall general health. A physically active 6ft 2in male, aged 22 years, requires considerably more calories than a 5ft 2ins sedentary woman in her 70s.

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Most weight loss supplements are not effective

Source: Science Daily

Melinda Manore reviewed the evidence surrounding hundreds of weight loss supplements, a $2.4 billion industry in the United States, and said no research evidence exists that any single product results in significant weight loss -- and many have detrimental health benefits.

A few products, including green tea, fiber and low-fat dairy supplements, can have a modest weight loss benefit of 3-4 pounds (2 kilos), but it is important to know that most of these supplements were tested as part of a reduced calorie diet.

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Blood vessel function improved by weight loss

Source: dailyRx

Weight loss, especially in the belly, is key to improved blood vessel function. The improved blood flow was noted regardless of whether the pounds were shed from a low-fat or low-carb diet.

They evaluated blood vessel health before and after the weight loss program by constricting circulation with a blood pressure cuff for five minutes and measuring the amount of blood that reached the fingertips before, during and after the artery was constricted. Investigators found that participants who lost more belly fat had better blood flow, suggesting better blood vessel function.

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Gastric bypass surgery satisfies long-term

Source: wlshelp.com

As obesity continues to pose a significant health challenge to people in the United States, it is worth our time and effort to learn more about the various treatments currently available as well as continuing to search for other safe and effective options.  To date, the research shows that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass weight loss surgery continues to offer an acceptable and effective treatment for morbid obesity with satisfactory long-term results.

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Kidney cancers: Major rise 'linked to obesity'

Source: BBCNews

Obesity is fuelling a major increase in the number of cases of kidney cancers diagnosed in Britain, experts say.

Obesity increases kidney cancer risk by about 70%, compared with smoking which increases it by about 50%.

The experts say that being overweight increases the risk of this cancer, as well as others including breast, bowel and womb cancer, because it causes the higher levels of certain hormones to be produced, compared with those seen in healthy people.

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Diabetes drug 'may aid weight loss'

Source: NHS choices

A “fat-busting jab could be the key to battling Britain’s obesity crisis”, the Daily Express has reported today.

The news is based on a study looking at drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists that can regulate blood sugar and suppress appetite. The drugs are currently used to control blood pressure in some diabetic patients, but this new study looked at whether the drugs could aid weight loss, both in people with diabetes and without. To examine the issue researchers combined the results of 25 previous studies involving GLP-1R drugs, looking at weight loss and other outcomes. The review found that those taking the drugs for at least 20 weeks lost an average of nearly 3kgs (7lb) more than those who were not on the drugs. Those on the drugs also had reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Further research into the risks and benefits of these drugs – both in people with diabetes and without – is required before they could be considered to be a possible treatment for weight loss in the wider population.

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Obesity and pain linked, study of one million Americans shows

Source: Science Daily

A clear association between obesity and pain -- with higher rates of pain identified in the heaviest individuals -- was found in a study of more than one million Americans published January 19 in the online edition of Obesity. In "Obesity and Pain Are Associated in the United States," Stony Brook University researchers Arthur A. Stone, PhD., and Joan E. Broderick, Ph.D. report this finding based on their analysis of 1,010,762 respondents surveyed via telephone interview by the Gallop Organization between 2008 and 2010.

"We wanted to explore this relationship further by checking to see if it was due to painful diseases that cause reduced activity, which in turn causes increased weight," says Joan E. Broderick, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and School of Public Health at Stony Brook University, and lead investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded study on how arthritis patients manage their own pain.

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Lumbar disc degeneration more likely in overweight and obese adults

Source: Medical News Today

One of the largest studies to investigate lumbar spine disc degeneration found that adults who are overweight or obese were significantly more likely to have disc degeneration than those with a normal body mass index (BMI). Assessments using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show elevated BMI is associated with an increased number of levels of degenerated disks and greater severity of disc degeneration, including narrowing of the disc space. Details of this study now appear in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

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Stress and weight gain - a vicious circle

Source: Medical News Today

Stress can make you fat - and being obese can create stress. A new hypothesis seeks to explain how.

Diet and lack of exercise are not sufficient to explain the worldwide rise in obesity. Stress is one of many other factors which could contribute, according to human biologist Brynjar Foss from the University of Stavanger.

The researchers review a number of studies, which show that weight gain and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels are noticeably higher in people who became fatter because of stress.

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Quality of eating best after gastric sleeve

Source: wlshelp

A recent study found that food tolerance and gastrointestinal quality of life was best after sleeve gastrectomy approximately 2 to 4 years after surgery compared to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding.

The diet after sleeve gastrectomy is the least restrictive in the specific types of food that can be consumed, as it primarily works by reducing hunger and limiting the quantity of food rather than the types of food that can be eaten. Gastric bypass forces avoidance of sweets due to dumping syndrome, while adjustable gastric banding limits many food types due to difficulty in digestion.

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Best practice guidelines for sleeve gastrectomy

Source: wlshelp

An international panel of leading bariatric surgeons has reached consensus on several essential aspects of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, including patient selection, proper surgical technique, and prevention and management of complications.

Up until the efforts of this expert panel, however, there has been little standardization in best practice guidelines for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and few resources for surgeons to learn how to achieve the optimal procedure results while minimizing complications.

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Duodenal switch superior to gastric bypass for severe obesity

Source: wlshelp

This study adds to previous evidence that the duodenal switch produces superior weight loss results, significant improvements in obesity comorbidities, and high satisfaction rates in the super obese population.

Although the duodenal switch is the most drastic weight loss procedure commonly offered, it is an acceptable alternative for patients with severe obesity. The duodenal switch promotes weight loss by food restriction (via vertical sleeve gastrectomy – reduction of the stomach volume) and calorie absorption (via duodenal switch – intestinal bypass).

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New hypothesis seeks to explain how stress can cause obesity

Source News Medical

Stress can make you fat - and being obese can create stress. A new hypothesis seeks to explain how.

Diet and lack of exercise are not sufficient to explain the worldwide rise in obesity. Stress is one of many other factors which could contribute, according to human biologist Brynjar Foss from the University of Stavanger.

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Obesity: At a loss to lose the gain

Source Deseret News

Americans are not gaining ground in their efforts to drop extra pounds. But they're not gaining lots of weight, either. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that while more than a third of adults and nearly 17 percent of kids were obese in 2009-10, it's the same number found in 2007.

"It's good that we didn't see increases," CDC researcher Cynthia Ogden said. "On the other hand, we didn't see any decreases in any group."

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Fewer heart attacks seen after weight-loss surgery

SourceReuters

In a new study of obese Swedes, those who had weight-loss surgery were less likely to go on to suffer a heart attack or stroke, or die from one, compared to people who were managed without surgery.

The results jibe with an earlier report by the same group of researchers, suggesting that those participants who underwent bariatric surgery were less likely to be diagnosed with diabetes or die from any cause over the following decade.

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Gastric band port flip reduced with synthetic mesh

Source - Wlshelp Weight Loss Surgery News

A study published online in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases highlights one surgeon’s experience in using mesh fixation of the gastric band port to reduce port flip complications in patients following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

Port flip, one of the more common complications associated with laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, happens in about 2% of lap band patients. In this study, only 2 patients out of 564 required a reoperation to reposition the port, representing a 0.3% port flip rate.

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ASMBS updates position statement on sleeve gastrectomy

Source - Wlshelp Weight Loss Surgery News

The American Society For Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recently issued an Updated Position Statement on Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Bariatric Procedure.

The ASMBS statement highlights the “substantial comparative and long-term data now published in the peer-reviewed literature demonstrating durable weight loss, improved medical comorbidities, long-term patient satisfaction, and improved quality of life after SG (Sleeve Gastrectomy).”

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STARR treatment next step in weight loss surgery

Source - Wlshelp Weight Loss Surgery News

Bariatric surgery continues to advance with improvements in procedures and techniques that can benefit patients with safer, quicker, and better surgical outcomes.

One of the latest advances to emerge in weight loss surgery is a new surgical platform known as the STARR Treatment. STARR, an acronym for Surgical Tiny Access and Rapid Recovery is not a new type of weight loss surgery, but an innovative laparoscopic system that improves upon current techniques for minimally invasive weight loss surgery.

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Future obesity clues could surface in 6-month-olds, study suggests

MONDAY, November 7, 2011 — Early signs of childhood obesity could be detected in the weight gains of infants as young as 6 months old, suggests a new study.

Babies were twice as likely to become obese by the age of 5, and 75 percent as likely to become obese by the age of 10, if their weight during their first two years jumped up two or more "percentiles," as measured on growth charts. The charts, called weight-for-length charts, show how an infant's weight compares to that of other babies of the same length,and are marked with lines that highlight the 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th and 95th percentiles for age and sex.

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Exercise Fights Effect of 'Obesity Gene'

TUESDAY, November 1, 2011 — Daily exercise reduces the effect that the so-called "obesity gene" has on a person's chances of becoming severely overweight, according to a new study.

The reduced risk appeared to be the same across genders and races among carriers of that version of the gene, but the researchers found that the effect was more pronounced in North Americans than in Europeans.

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Weight-loss surgery may improve memory

Weight-loss surgery may help individuals not only shed pounds but improve their memory and concentration.

Obese people participating in a new study were tested on their mental abilities. They showed, on average, slightly impaired memory and concentration. Twelve weeks after surgery, subjects' scores registered in the normal range. Meanwhile, the obese study participants who did not undergo surgery actually showed a decline in their mental abilities over those 12 weeks, but the researchers aren't sure why this occurred.

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Bariatric surgery benefits not just patients, but their family members too

MONDAY, October 17, 2011 — Obese family members of an obese patient who underwent bariatric surgery lose an average of 22 pounds (10 kgs) within a year of the operation, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine reported in Archives of Surgery this week. The authors explained that bariatric surgery encouraged family members, and not just the patient, to adopt better healthy behaviors.

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Initial Gastric Plication Results Positive

THURSDAY, October 6, 2011 — A recent study finds that laparoscopic greater curvature plication, compared to other restrictive bariatric procedures, is a feasible, safe, and effective procedure for short-term excess weight loss with low complication rates.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy Compares Favorably to Gastric Bypass

MONDAY, September 26, 2011 — The results of a three year case controlled study show that laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy compares favorably to laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in terms of surgical results, weight progression, and resolution of comorbid conditions.

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Weight Loss Procedure Curing Diabetes

WEDNESDAY 24 August, 2011 - One of the greatest threats to world health today is the pandemic of diabetes. The number of cases worldwide is expected to grow to 380 million by 2025. Now, a cure may be closer than ever before. In fact, a type of surgery is sending this disease into remission.

"Some patients who take insulin for type 2, they have an operation, and very often, we don't put them back on insulin," Francesco Rubino, M.D., from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, told Ivanhoe.

Dr. Rubino is spearheading the studies of gastric bypass surgery and its effects on diabetes. It started back in 1999 when he noticed an unexpected side effect to the surgery he was performing on morbidly obese patients.

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Gastric Bypass may Dampen Desire for High-Fat Foods

FRIDAY 05 August, 2011 - The most common type of weight loss surgery in the United States appears to help patients shed pounds by reducing their intake of fatty foods and helping them stick to a healthier diet, a new study indicates.

In Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the stomach is reduced to a small pouch and connected to the middle of the small intestine. While many patients who undergo this type of surgery lose large amounts of weight, it hadn't been understood exactly how this happened.

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Smaller Plates, Bowls Key to Weight Loss

SUNDAY 07 August, 2011 - "People don't think that something as simple as the size of a bowl would influence how much an informed person eats," said Brian Wansink, psychologist at Cornell University who led the study.

In Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the stomach is reduced to a small pouch and connected to the middle of the small intestine. While many patients who undergo this type of surgery lose large amounts of weight, it hadn't been understood exactly how this happened.

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Avoiding Perils of Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea in Bariatric Surgical Patients

TUESDAY 02 August, 2011 - A study published online in the July 26, 2011 issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases found that a significant amount of morbidly obese patients who were evaluated for weight loss surgery were previously unaware that they suffered from sleep apnea syndrome (SAS).

Sleep apnea syndrome is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing. It is not uncommon for an individual with sleep apnea to be unaware that they have breathing difficulties while asleep, even upon awakening.

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The North Cypress Medical Center is recognized for high-quality care in Bariatric Surgery

The ASMBS Designates North Cypress Bariatric Surgery & Weight Loss Program as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Cypress, TX, 07/07/10 - The Bariatric Surgery & Weight Loss Program at North Cypress Medical Center announced today that it has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. This designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

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Weight Loss Surgery

Also called: Bariatric surgery, Bypass surgery, Gastric banding, Obesity surgery

If you're very overweight and can't lose pounds with a healthy diet and exercise, surgery might be an option for you. The surgery is usually for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women who are at least 80 pounds overweight. If you are somewhat less overweight, surgery still might be an option if you also have diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea.

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