Small changes can make a big difference. Checkout this video we just filmed that can really help explain what you can do.
Checkout Dr. Stegemann during the Alive Lunch and Learn event!
Why it Might Be the Only Way
For many people weight loss problems may have been an issue their entire life. Clearly caloric intake helps us equate roughly how much potential weight any food item may contain, but the distribution among individuals is very different.
What we now know about weight loss is that it isn’t just a battle over eating less, but fighting our own metabolisms, and bodies defense mechanisms. According to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine dieters that undergo strict diets often have to counter defense mechanisms their body initiates during the weight loss portion. A noticeable increase in the hormone ghrelin the infamous ‘hunger’ hormone was up nearly 20 percent, compared with pre-diet levels. Another hormone known for suppressing appetite leptin was also lower than before the diet.
The findings were not conclusive but for many people who have dieted and felt strong cravings, along with an inability to maintain weight loss, these factoids may provide a glimmer of truth to these experiences.
Dr. Stegemann has his own views about how this study helps clarify weight loss surgery in the big picture.
With bariatric surgery we are learning that we are changing the “internal weight” that the body is trying to protect. So if someone is 250 lbs and they try dieting, as the study pointed out, the body will try to get them back to that 250 lb mark. With weight loss surgery, because we are changing GI physiology and thereby affecting the body on a hormonal level, the body will now try to protect the final weight the patient achieves. So if that same patient had a gastric bypass and got to 150 lbs, the body would now fight to keep them at 150 lbs. This appears to only happen with gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
A new 15 year study has shown results that weight loss surgery patients were 80 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, in comparison to dieters that chose lifestyle modifications.
The study went on to show that patients that were most likely to develop type 2 diabetes maintained a separate statistic of 90 percent prevention.
The study which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine is the first of it’s kind to show proof of type 2 diabetes prevention after weight loss surgery.
With nearly 60 million Americans on the verge of diabetes the implications of the study could have a large effect on the shape of how we view type 2 diabetes prevention.
The majority of the patients surveyed in the 1,658 size group were adjustable gastric banding patients, with a smaller subset being gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve procedures.
Weight Loss Surgery Guidelines
Bariatric surgery guidelines maintain that a patient must meet the following BMI requirements.
How Do I Lose Weight?
Patients rely on a method known as restriction in which the amount of food intake is literally impacted by a smaller stomach pouch. Patients that receive a gastric bypass in which the intestinal track is re-routed do see stronger evidence of metabolic changes to their body, in addition to the restrictive pouch.
Metabolic changes can include prevention of type 2 diabetes and more substantial weight reduction. Information from a study at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana does suggest that all procedures enjoy metabolic benefits by gut reduction, which causes a reduction in hormones that can affect appetite and metabolism.
Regardless of restriction or metabolic advantages, patients that commit to bariatric surgery must maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. These good habits will improve overall health and ensure that weight loss remains long after surgery.
Open & Closed Surgery
Today most procedures conducted using laparoscopic instruments. Surgeons make small incisions about a half inch long and insert complex instruments known as trocars. Using small cameras the stomach is shown in high resolution on a large screen in the OR allowing Dr. Stegemann a clear precise image of your stomach. This approach is preferred as it allows for smaller incisions, quicker after surgery recovery times, and fewer problems such as hernias.
Open procedures are no longer common and consist of a larger surgical incision and visually observing the stomach. These procedures are reserved for patients dangerously obese, and have complex medical conditions, or previous stomach surgery.
Check out this special report by KIII and their reporting team.
KIII Special Report: Weighing the Options
Just a brief update that tonight’s Support Group will be at the Bay Area Hospital.
Corpus Christi’s Bay Area Hospital
7101 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Visit our Support Group page for the latest dates, and to register.
As part of our new ongoing series, ‘The Sleep Monster’ we’re exploring how sleep affects our health. To get started, we’d like to kickoff by asking our readers to share, around how much sleep they get each night. The hope is to come up with some cool ways to get some extra rest in our lives. Of course all of this comes ahead of the YWM conference in August.
Have you had sleep problems before let us know in the comment box underneath? Remember this is the internet and anything posted is on public forum!
We’ll share the full poll results and more on Monday in the next piece of our series.
Join us and Dr. Stegemann from Thursday August 13th-16th for the National Your Weight Matters Conference.
When: August 13th-16th, 2015
Where: San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Check it out here:
This year I’m helping organize the National YWM conference in September with one of the nation’s largest advocacy groups, the Obesity Action Coalition.
The Facebook page is a great place to ask about hotels, find a roommate, or stay connected.
the event is:
September 25th-28th in ORLANDO, FL
I hope to see you there!
Thank you friends,