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Temporary Procedure Gives Patients 16 Weeks To Lose Weight With Minimal Side Effects
A balloon that can be swallowed and then filled with water while in the stomach can help obese people lose large amounts of weight without invasive surgery, a new study has shown.
The balloon is swallowed like a pill, but with a long thin tube attached. Ultrasound is used to determine when the balloon is in place in the stomach, and it is then filled with water through the tube. The tube then detaches and is pulled back up the throat and out.
Unlike gastric surgery, the balloon is a temporary measure. After 16 weeks, it bursts in the stomach, the water is released and the balloon itself is excreted.
“The technology in and of itself is interesting but you have really got to deal with people’s eating behavior before you intervene,” said Professor Jason Halford of the European Association for the Study of Obesity.
You can read the article in its entirety here.
Experts Say NHS Needs To Allow More Bariatric Surgeries
The saying goes that if you want to know current trends, watch the UK. This applies to up and coming popular music, news, and medical news. If that also includes bariatric surgeries, look for government-provided health services to begin covering weight loss surgeries at a higher number. The main points to consider from the article are:
Experts recently argued that the U.K. National Health System (NHS) should increase bariatric surgeries from the current 6,000 to 50,000 a year...
Studies showed the procedures cause significant long-term weight loss, by as much as 25-35%. (Current statistics reported in the US are far more conservative at less than 5%)
Research further indicates that bariatric surgery through the NHS is meeting less than 1% of the need. (That percentage is unacceptable for any country, but if trends are accurate, the US would be meeting even less of the overall need)
The cost of bariatric surgery can be recovered within three years by saving on medication prescriptions, daily monitoring of blood glucose, and improved physical activity which can help patients return to work and eliminate or reduce the need for disability benefits.
“Adopting the phrase ‘metabolic surgery’ might enable society and patients to talk about it and begin to establish a culture change.”
You can read the entire article as seen on Obesity News Today.
The Simeons Protocol Is Becoming Popular Again But Should You Contemplate This Non-Surgical Weight Loss Solution? Here Is What You Need To Know About The HCG Diet.
The HCG diet was developed by weight-loss guru Albert Theodore Williams Simeons and recorded in his book, Pounds and Inches. (You can read all 56 pages here) Briefly, through caloric consumption of only 500-800 calories a day and with the aid of HCG shots (human chorionic gonadotropin-also known as the pregnancy hormone) weight loss can be achieved as rapidly as 1 pound per day. Is this a safe alternative to gastric bypass, deeming its nickname-injection gastric bypass-worthy? Or do the concerns outweigh any potential results? The Mayo Clinic has gone on record as stating the strict caloric restriction added to the potential risks of the injection makes this method unsafe. This site provides a more in-depth, scientific view of the HCG Diet, how it works and how the body reacts on this diet.
As a personal trainer and researcher, I do not recommend this method of weight loss based on the calorie restrictions and inconsistency of results paired with the dangers of using HCG. If you are contemplating the HCG Diet, please consult your doctor-or one well versed in weight loss and bariatric procedures-and choose a healthier version to achieve the safest results for you.
Last Chance To Live-Written by Dr. Nowzaradan, who has been featured in hit TLC shows such as, "Half Ton Killer" and "My 600 lb Life". Diving into the reality of obesity, this book is a product of four decades of learning, understanding, treating, and helping patients with obesity.
About the author-Dr. Younan Nowzaradan has performed hundreds of bariatric (weight loss) surgeries. While most bariatric patients are considered to be favorable surgical candidates when they are no greater than 500 pounds, Dr. Nowzaradan is renowned for assessing and considering surgical candidates who exceed this optimum weight class. In fact, his techniques, his willingness to commit to results, his ability to assess candidacy on a range of variables, and his compassion for the morbidly obese have placed Dr. Nowzaradan in a class of his own. Several documentaries have been produced detailing the lives, struggles, dreams, decisions, surgeries, and outcomes of his more notable patients or potential patients.
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Size Does Matter When It Comes To Meal Portion Sizes
The Guardian asks the question, Why are we all eating too much? "Our problem with portions is partly this: no one likes the concept of “less”. We are conditioned from childhood onwards to yearn for the overflowing glass and the laden table."
Bariatric Embolization as a Treatment for Morbid Obesity Showing Promise in Clinical Trial
"BAE is an alternative treatment, and minimally invasive compared to surgery. This procedure targets the hunger hormone, called ghrelin, to reduce the sensation of hunger and eventually lead to weight loss." Read more about this groundbreaking new treatment that may soon be available for those considered medically obese here. If you would like to read an opposing viewpoint regarding ghrelin, Medical News Today recently ran an article that stated ghrelin may not affect appetite, but instead enhance fat buildup.
What Is Co-Morbid Disease And How Does Obesity Qualify As One?
This page offers a primer on co-morbidity and the diseases related to obesity. Other topics discussed include the psychological challenges associated with obesity, childhood obesity and obesity in the elderly, epidemiology, and surgical candidacy.
Visceral Fat vs. Subcutaneous Fat-Confused by the difference between visceral fat and subcutaneous fat? The University of Illinois at Chicago defines the difference in a recent report. "Visceral fat is strongly linked to metabolic disease and insulin resistance, and an increased risk of death, even for people who have a normal body mass index. Subcutaneous fat doesn't carry the same risks -- some subcutaneous fat may even be protective.
This Conversation is Long Overdue For Those Interested In Weight Loss Surgery. "Addiction transfer, or cross addiction, after bariatric surgery occurs when individuals trade compulsive eating for other compulsive behaviors. If someone is considering having bariatric surgery and has a significant risk of being affected by transfer addiction, it is important for them to take a pause in the pre-operative process to address these issues." You can read the entire article on Obesity Action Coalition's website.