The threats to health associated with obesity should not be underestimated

Netcare Waterfall City Hospital and Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital Media release   The threats to health associated with obesity should not be underestimated World Obesity Day should be used as opportunity to raise awareness of this global health scourge Wednesday, 11 October 2017, Many South Africans today do not fully…

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Couple gains a new lease on life after metabolic surgery

Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital Media release Couple gains a new lease on life after metabolic surgery Multidisciplinary support for patients at SASSO’s centre of the year Wednesday, 8 November 2017, Gastric bypass surgery is popularly associated with weight loss, however it is the health and wellness benefits, rather than the…

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Media release: Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital -Four hundred metabolic procedure milestone for KZN hospital

Four hundred metabolic procedure milestone for KZN hospital Metabolic intervention has numerous health benefits for many obese patients   Thursday, 19 October 2017, Surgeon Dr Gert du Toit and his partner Dr Ivor Funnell of the Durban Metabolic Surgery Centre at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban, yesterday completed their 400thmetabolic…

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Weight loss after surgery may reverse retinal damage

Early eye damage caused by obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes can potentially be reversed by bariatric surgery, according to a study presented at this year’s Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Lisbon, Portugal. Changes to the mircovascular structure of the retina can…

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Gut microbes RYGB dramatically alters gut microbes compared to LAGB

A study comparing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) has reported that bypass produces profound changes in the composition of microbial communities in the gut, with the resulting gut flora distinct from both obese and normal weight patients. The results are likely due to the dramatic…

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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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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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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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