Posts Tagged ‘bariatric surgery’

Compelling Outcomes in Metabolic Surgery Over Time

January 23, 2021 — Time ticks by. Millions of people live with obesity and its complications. Meanwhile, a steady stream of new studies offers compelling data on metabolic surgery outcomes. This week, it was a ten-year study in Lancet. This study provides the first data for an RCT of surgery versus medical therapy for type 2 diabetes beyond five […]

Bariatric Surgery Could Save the NHS Money

December 8, 2020 — What we have here is a bit of a love-hate story. In the midst of the COVID pandemic, Britain’s NHS has received an outpouring of love. But for folks living with obesity in the UK, it’s a little harder to find some of that love. Our own research suggests that some of the strongest weight […]

Health Gain vs Weight Loss After Teen Bariatric Surgery

December 6, 2020 — Looking back, treating obesity has often been framed in terms of weight loss. But looking forward, we see much more emphasis on health gain. This is certainly evident in the new Canadian obesity treatment guidelines. A new analysis from the Teen LABS study gives us further reason to look beyond weight loss in bariatric surgery. […]

Diabetes Remission Seven Years After Gastric Bypass

December 4, 2020 — Type 2 diabetes can be a brutal disease. It often, but not always, goes hand in hand with obesity. Thus, both of these conditions are rising throughout the world, exacting a terrible toll on human health. Once again, though, research tells us that a good option exists to turn this back for many people. A […]

Bariatric Surgery May Cut COVID Risk by More Than Half

November 29, 2020 — The coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on obesity because it is clearly a risk factor for worse outcomes. But now it’s becoming ever more clear that patients have options. A new study from the Cleveland Clinic suggests that bariatric surgery may cut the risk of hospitalization from COVID-19 by half or more. The lead […]

Health Plans Harming Health for People with Obesity

October 28, 2020 — It’s that time of year. Many people are picking health plans. For folks who get health insurance through their employer, that might mean looking through confusing options to pick the one that best suits their needs. For others with Medicare, that might mean choosing between insurance options that provide better coverage than bare bones Medicare. […]

Bariatric Surgery? Only if You Want a Longer Life

October 16, 2020 — We understand. Surgery is daunting. Bias against people living with obesity is rampant. Some friends and family will criticize. Some doctors will discourage. Health plans often make it hard. So many people feel reluctance about seeking bariatric surgery. But a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine reminds us. This is not right. […]

Bariatric Surgery: Essential, Underutilized, or Both?

September 30, 2020 — Somehow we find ourselves now in a puzzling situation with bariatric surgery. On one hand, we have Jane Brody, an icon of healthy nutrition for a healthy weight, telling us that bariatric surgery is underutilized. On the other, we’re hearing that demand for bariatric surgery is robust – despite or perhaps because of COVID-19. So […]

Stigma, Shame, and a Choice to Have Bariatric Surgery

September 7, 2020 — A new review in JAMA is unequivocal. The choice to have bariatric surgery is something that every patient with severe obesity should be considering: All patients with severe obesity – and especially those with type 2 diabetes – should be engaged in a shared decision-making conversation about the risks and benefits of surgery compared with […]

Meeting People on Own Their Terms in Obesity Care

August 30, 2020 — I am a psychologist working in a bariatric medicine and surgery program. To give some context, the average BMI for a patient referred to our program is approximately 45. We receive referrals from a wide variety of medical specialties in our practice. So I am constantly learning from meeting people with obesity who come with […]