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Your Closet After Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is effective. Depending on the procedure chosen, the patient can lose 50 to 70 percent of their excess weight (although results do vary). Losing all that weight would improve the patient’s health significantly and very likely prolong their life. It also means they will go through several clothing sizes. Sort Through Old Clothes First Many heavy people cling to old clothes that no longer fit them in the hopes...

Diabetes and Weight Loss Surgery

For some patients, shedding extra pounds may also minimize diabetes symptoms. Within days of surgery, it's not unusual for diabetic patients to naturally improve their insulin production and have less of reliance on metformin, insulin, and other common diabetes medications. The weight that's lost within the first six-months or so after surgery may also improve insulin sensitivity and improve overall health. Long-Term Reversal of Diabetes The form of diabetes that's associated with...

Recent Advances in Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery, in one form or another, has been around for more than 50 years. For patients considering any of the procedures available today, it should be comforting to know that recent advances in weight loss surgery have improved the reliability of frequently performed procedures. There are also promising new procedures and techniques that could be readily available in the future. Consider some of the recent advances in weight...

Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery

An obese pregnancy presents many health risks to both the mother and the baby, so having a baby after weight loss surgery is ultimately safer in most cases. Losing a substantial amount of weight can also make it safer to become pregnant due to a reduced risk of pregnancy problems such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. Even so, there are certain precautions that should be taken during pregnancy...

Understanding BMI

Body mass index, or BMI, is a useful tool in guiding health care providers and patients towards a healthy body weight. Typically, a larger BMI is correlated with a higher risk of disease and possibly death, and there are ranges that are recommended for a given height. Your BMI is calculated by taking your weight in kilograms and dividing it by the square of your height in meters. To convert your...

Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgeries change how a person digests food and how many nutrients that a body can absorb. Exercise is an important factor in healing from the surgery to help lose weight and keep it off. It is important to check with the surgeon first, but a person should be able to start walking for 20 to 30 minutes per day as soon as the patient gets home. However, divide...

New Year, Your New Shape

Losing weight is one of the most common resolutions people make for the new year. And for many people it may be an achievable goal to shed an unwanted 10-15 pounds. Losing a substantial amount of weight, however, involves more of an effort. Sometimes standard weight loss methods won't be effective regardless of your motivation. If you've tried trendy diets, doctor-recommended diets, fitness classes, and various forms of exercise without...