Patients Often Unaware That They Are Overweight or Obese

A new guideline focused on the role of weight management in treating adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been published online by the American Thoracic Society in the Sept. 15 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA )is a common disease that occurs when the…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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