Posts Tagged ‘bariatric surgery’

Last Resort: A False Premise for Bariatric Surgery

December 10, 2019 — Entrenched habits die hard. So it is with treating bariatric surgery as a last resort. In case you had any doubt, a new study in PLOS Medicine provides more reason to rethink this is a false premise for bariatric surgery. Jans Anders and colleagues found that when more time passes between the onset of diabetes […]

Ten Years, Ten Milestones in Obesity and Health

December 9, 2019 — We’re just about done with this decade that started in 2010. And if you look back over these ten years, it’s plain to see that we’ve marked some big milestones in obesity and health. Here are ten that stand out. No doubt, others will seem big to you. So please, use the comment function below […]

Does Bariatric Surgery Make Pregnancy Safer?

December 8, 2019 — Obesity presents many challenges, but perhaps some of the most troubling can be with pregnancy. It can make getting pregnant more difficult. Also, it can lead to complications in pregnancy. So the news that obesity treatment in the form of bariatric surgery might make pregnancy safer is good news indeed. An Observational Study First and […]

Better Life and Health for Teens After Bariatric Surgery

November 22, 2019 — New data this week adds to our view of life and health for teens after bariatric surgery. Both are better for most of them after bariatric surgery. This week’s data deals with quality of life, pain, physical function, and kidney function. Two new studies document important benefits from the surgery. One other study offers an […]

A Sad Tale of Two Bypass Surgeries

November 18, 2019 — Let’s talk about two different kinds of bypass surgeries. Both of them are the subject of studies presented at the American Heart Association’s scientific meeting this past weekend. But that’s where the similarities end. Operation C We’ll call the first of these procedures Operation C. More than 200,000 people have these surgeries done every year. […]

ObesityWeek: Ten Top Take-Home Messages

November 9, 2019 — We’ve had our full dose of Las Vegas. But ObesityWeek has given us more to think about than shows and casinos. With record attendance of 5,800, it was more than any one person could absorb. No doubt, everyone has returned home with a different experience from ObesityWeek. So here are our ten top take-home messages. […]

Bariatric Surgery for Youth: Progress and Fear

October 28, 2019 — The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with new guidance that says something a very few teens and their families already know. Surgery can be a safe and effective option for a young person with severe obesity. But health systems, ignorance, and bias make it hard for youth with obesity to get the care they […]

Fewer Birth Defects After Bypass Surgery

October 18, 2019 — A new study in JAMA will be quite important for thinking about pregnancy and severe obesity. That’s because pregnancies for women with severe obesity carry a high risk for complications. Birth defects are more common with obesity. They’re also more common with poor glucose control that’s more likely when a pregnant woman has obesity. But […]

The Switch Effect on Diabetes: More Than Weight Loss

October 6, 2019 — Why is the switch so much more effective for reversing diabetes than gastric bypass? It’s an uncommon procedure more specifically known as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. New research in Cell Metabolism provides some answers. Hint: it’s not all about the weight loss. Better Insulin Sensitivity Conventional wisdom holds that this procedure is simply a […]

Seeking Perfect Knowledge of Bariatric Surgery

September 4, 2019 — Is some knowledge ever enough? A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association begs that question. Researchers found that patients with diabetes and obesity were less likely to die or have other major bad outcomes if they have bariatric surgery. The list of bad outcomes includes heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, kidney […]