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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Diagnosing obesity by mathematically estimating fat

Researchers from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, have proposed a new technique to evaluate abdominal obesity by estimating the thickness of subcutaneous fat using electrical impedance tomography (EIT). The paper, ‘Mathematical Framework for Abdominal Electrical Impedance Tomography to Assess Fatness’, was published in the SIAM…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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