What is a gastroenterologist?

Gastroenterology is an area of medicine that focuses on the health of the digestive system, or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Gastroenterologists can treat everything from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to hepatitis C. Here’s a look at what these specialists do and when you should consider seeing one. What is a…

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Brown fat: Researchers identify brown fat signalling lipid

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have shown that a lipid called 12,13-diHOME that circulates in the blood signals brown fat cells in mice to fuel up with other lipids. In one experiment, obese mice given low levels of the molecule produced reduced levels of blood triglycerides. Although the Joslin team…

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ZG16 protein Newly discovered bacteria-binding protein in the intestine

Deficiency in a certain protein in the gastrointestinal tract has been shown to lead to both inflammation and abdominal fat accumulation in mice. The discovery of a bacteria-binding protein provides yet another piece of the puzzle of how humans are affected, or not, by the large quantities of intestinal bacteria…

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Post-surgical weight loss increases work productivity

Patients who had bariatric surgery that resulted in weight loss, improved physical function or reduction in depressive symptoms also reduced their absenteeism at work, according to a Researcher Letter published in JAMA. It is well-known that obesity is associated with sick leave, disability, and work-place injuries and bariatric surgery is…

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Post-surgical assessments aid weight loss

Assessing certain weight control practices and eating behaviours after bariatric surgery can significantly influence the amount of weight loss after surgery, according to a study published by researchers from the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Fargo, ND. The paper, ‘Postoperative Behavioral Variables and Weight Change 3 Years After Bariatric Surgery’, published in…

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EndoBreak: Meet ‘Glucoracle’; Mental Health & Bariatric Surgery

News and commentary from the endocrinology world byKristen Monaco  Contributing Writer, MedPage TodayApril 28, 2017 Source: https://www.medpagetoday.com/endocrinology/generalendocrinology/64887 A new app — Glucoracle — may help people with type 2 diabetes to manage glucose levels. “Our algorithm, integrated into an easy-to-use app, predicts the consequences of eating a specific meal before the food is…

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microRNA breakthrough may protect against obesity

Using a pre-clinical model of obesity, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have discovered that a small, non-coding RNA molecule called miR-181b is an important determinant of obesity-induced changes in adipose tissue by controlling the function of the vessels in adipose tissue. The study, ‘MicroRNA-181b Improves Glucose Homeostasis and…

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Mental health conditions common among bariatric surgery patients

Date: January 12, 2016 Source: The JAMA Network Journals Summary: Mental health conditions, such as depression and binge eating disorder, are common among patients seeking and undergoing bariatric surgery, according to a study. Bariatric surgery is an accepted method of promoting weight loss in severely obese individuals. Mental health conditions…

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Can a Drug or Surgery Solve Your Weight Problem?

In a word, no. Can they help? Perhaps… Last month I wrote an article that spoke somewhat favorably of the new weight loss drug, Saxenda. I said it was perhaps the most important weight loss medication ever developed. Wow! Did I get lambasted! I got all sorts of email blasting…

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Cancer Study finds surgery eliminates precancerous uterine growths

Cancer Study finds surgery eliminates precancerous uterine growths

Cancer Study finds surgery eliminates precancerous uterine growths – A study evaluating the effects of bariatric surgery on obese women most at risk for cancer has found that the bariatric surgery eliminated precancerous uterine growths in those that had them. Other effects included substantial weight loss, improving patients’ physical quality…

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Surgery should not be considered as the last option

For diabetic morbidly obese patients, surgery should not be considered as the last option, but as an appropriate treatment, in particular when diabetes is not controlled or when other obesity-related comorbidities are poorly controlled, according to researchers from Università Cattolica del Sacro, Rome, Italy. In their systematic review, ‘Assessing the…

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New mechanism controls glucagon secretion in humans

New mechanism controls glucagon secretion in humans; TYPE 2 DIABETICS who are resistant to insulin have an excess blood glucose level, which they are now trying to reduce using a new class of DIABETES drugs known as the gliflozins. These new drugs lower the sugar level but also produce a paradoxical…

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After Surgery?

After Surgery? Gastric bypass surgery is a major abdominal operation and like all other major surgeries can affect a patient well after the surgery is over. Aside form the physical aspects, patients may have trouble adjusting psychologically to their drastic weight loss after the operation. For example, the rapid change in weight…

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5 Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Had Weight-Loss Surgery

5 Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Had Weight-Loss Surgery;Weight-loss surgery has always been a topic of conversation and intrigue. After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie underwent Lap-Band surgery (in which a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to shrink it) in 2013, the…

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Nutritional concerns during post-op pregnancy

Nutritional concerns during post-op pregnancy;Women who become pregnant after bariatric surgery are at high risk for low micro-nutrient levels, especially for vitamins A and B-1 and albumin, according to research published online at PlusOne. The researchers from the University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, prospectively evaluated micronutrient levels during pregnancy and…

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Pearls of Wisdom – Event at The Oyster Box

We recently held a very successful presentation on Bariatric Surgery entitled Pearls of Wisdom on Weight-Loss Surgery at the Oyster Box ( see what we did there- Pearls of Wisdom + Oyster Box…clever don’t you think so too!) Have a look at some photos of this gala event : pearls-of-wisdom-event-at-the-event-at-oyster-box

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Weight -Loss Surgery Advice

Article By Karmen Redman November 2014 Weight -Loss Surgery Advice; My advice to someone considering weight loss surgery is to do the research and talk to other people who have had the surgery; this helped me considerably in making my decision to have bypass surgery done. The surgery has changed my…

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Obese youths have a nearly six fold risk of hypertension, according to research in more than 22 000 young people from the Prevention Education Program (PEP) Family Heart Study presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress by Professor Peter Schwandt from Germany. “The prevalence of hypertension and obesity in children…

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A New Look Website For Us…and perhaps a New You in 2014

If you are a regular visitor to our website no-doubt you would have noticed a fresh new look and some awesome new features we have added: Read All About the Success Stories of some of the Bariatric Patients of both Dr Gert du Toit and Dr Ivor Funnell – Success…

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Banding patients must adhere to nutritional advice

Gastric banding patients do not meet recommended daily requirements for important nutrients such as protein, vitamin D and calcium, despite receiving nutritional counselling over a three-month period, according to the outcomes of a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers. “Our study clearly shows that there are issues regarding nutritional…

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Invitation to start a Bariatric Surgery Support Group in Durban

April 2013 – Due to the increasing demand for and at the request of our patients we ( Dr Gert du Toit and Dr Ivor Funnell would like to invite our post-operative Bariatric Surgery Patients to establish a Durban based Support Group for all interested parties. The aim of this…

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Women Should Wait at Least 12 Months Before Trying for a Baby Following Weight Loss Surgery, Experts Say

Women should wait at least 12 months before trying for a baby following weight loss surgery and need further advice and information on reproductive issues, suggests a new evidence-based literature review published January 11 in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG). The review looks at the safety, advantages and limitations of…

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Halo Effect: Family Members of Gastric-Bypass Patients Also Lose Weight, Study Finds

Family members of patients who have undergone surgery for weight loss may also shed several pounds themselves, as well as eat healthier and exercise more, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. A year after the 35 patients in the study had Roux-en-Y gastric…

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More Exercise, Eating Less Fat and Weight Loss Programs Are In, Popular Diets Are Out, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2012) — Contrary to popular perception, a large proportion of obese Americans can and do lose weight, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. What’s more, they say, the old tried and true methods of eating less fat and exercising are some of the most effective…

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Diabetes Improved Regardless of Surgical Procedure

ScienceDaily (May 7, 2012) — New research reports that no procedure for weight loss surgery is any better at treating diabetes than another. The study, presented May 7 at the International Congress of Endocrinology/European Congress of Endocrinology in Florence, Italy, uses a large ongoing study to show that improvements to…

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Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The cost of gastric bypass ranges from R130 000 to upwards depending on the procedure that is best suited for your individual case. The good news is that, increasingly, medical aid companies are offering gastric bypass surgery cover for all or part of the gastric bypass cost if your doctor…

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Diets High in Fiber Won’t Protect Against Diverticulosis, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Jan. 23, 2012) — For more than 40 years, scientists and physicians have thought eating a high-fiber diet lowered a person’s risk of diverticulosis, a disease of the large intestine in which pouches develop in the colon wall. A new study of more than 2,000 people reveals the opposite…

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Number of Laparoscopic Bariatric Procedures Continued to Rise Between 2003-2008, U.S. Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2011) — According to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, there was an increase in the number of laparoscopic bariatric procedures, an increase in the number of bariatric surgeons and a decrease of inhospital mortality rates between…

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Accomplish Your Weight-loss Goals and Resolutions

Don’t let your weight loss goals and resolutions for 2012 fall by the wayside. weightChances are that to achieve your dreams and live a life you love, those goals and resolutions are crucial. Goal setting and goal achievement are easier if you follow these six steps for effective and successful…

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I had a Gastric Bypass…so now what?

You have made the commitment to a lifestyle change. You have had bariatric surgery and now find yourself with a lot more questions than answers. The big-gest question after surgery usually is: I had a Gastric Bypass…so now what? No doubt you will need to make some serious lifestyle changes…

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Gastric Bypass Surgery Associated With Improved Health Outcomes, Studies Find

ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2011) — Gastric bypass surgery appears to lead to better long-term results including greater weight loss, resolution of diabetes and improved quality of life compared with sleeve gastrectomy and “lap-band” surgery, according to two reports in the February issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives…

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Your Consultation Session

 Preparing for weight loss surgery involves evaluations and recommendations by several health care professionals. They may include a bariatric physician, a bariatric surgeon, a nutritionist and a psychologist. This team works together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Let’s assume that you have a good understanding by now of the…

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2 in every 3 South Africans are overweight

South Africans are a nation of people in denial when it comes to perceptions of how overweight, unfit and unhealthy they are. In a recent national health survey measuring the health of the nation, it was found that 74% of South Africans think their fellow citizens are overweight, while only…

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Benefits Of Bariatric Surgery May Outweigh Risks For Severely Obese Patients

Bariatric surgery can result in long-term weight loss and significant reductions in cardiacand other risk factors for some severely obese adults, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, is the first by the American Heart Association…

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Welcome

Durban Bariatric Surgery provides pre and post surgical information and solutions to severely obese patients of Drs. Du Toit, Funnell and Partners. We proudly service Durban and surrounding areas of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. Our practice is situated at Suite 201 Caritas Wing L2 St Augustines Hospital, 107 J…

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