bariatric & medical weight loss Articles

Diabetes Prevalence Expected to Double in Next 25 Years

12/23/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Another alarming study found in the December issue of the Obesity Action Coalition newsletter. By 2034, the number of Americans living with diabetes will nearly double and diabetes spending will nearly triple to $336 billion, even if the prevalence of obesity in this country remains stable, according to a study published in the November issue of Diabetes Care. A team of researchers led by the University of Chicago constructed a model of diabetes costs accounting for trends in risk factors (such as…

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How to Cope With a Love of Food During the Holidays, Part I

12/22/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

This time of year can be especially hard on all of us who have a love of food. I can honestly say that my love of food is an addiction. How do we cope each day with this type of love? What do we do right now when this time of year focuses around food? Life is hard and food is easy which can be detrimental to those of us who are addicted to food. Have you ever stepped back and thought “what is the real purpose of food?” The normal response might be that food is used to fuel our bodies.…

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News article: Benefits of Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents Persist After 2 Years: Presented at AHA

12/21/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Clarian Bariatrics has recently embarked on working with adolescents that are struggling with weight issues. We have seen improvement in the health of our adult patients and are excited about helping the younger population. As this article states the rapid improvement in the cardiac risk factors alone is impressive. Obviously there are many other positive gains when an adolescent losses 100 lbs or more. If you know an adolescent that would benefit from our help have them talk to their primary care…

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Keeping Kitchen Staples Fresh Longer

12/19/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Previously I wrote on how to store vegetables and fruits so now I think it is time to do other staples. From Cook’s Illustrated March/April 2009 Charles Kelsey offers the following information. Spices and Dried Herbs - If whole spices can be kept for two years, ground should only be kept for one year. Grinding the whole spice releases compounds that give a spice its flavor and aroma. Don’t store spices and herbs on the counter close to the stove, heat, light and moisture shorten their…

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Study: H1N1 Poses ‘Special Threat’ to Obese People

12/18/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The following is from the December Obesity Action Coalition newsletter. H1N1 can cause severe disease in people of all ages and appears to pose a special threat to those who are obese, according to an analysis of H1N1 cases in California. Public health researchers analyzed the state's first 1,088 hospitalized and fatal cases of H1N1 infection between April 23 and August 1. Like other studies, they found the average patient who was hospitalized with H1N1 flu was younger than what is commonly seen…

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Did You Know? Part II

12/17/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The reason: Thiosulfinates don’t form until the clove is crushed or cut. “At the moment of cutting, thiosulfinates are formed,” Simon explains. “The more cells you break, the more of the compound is released, so shop garlic as best you can into little pieces.” Let chopped garlic sit for 10 minutes to allow time for thiosulfinates to develop, then cook briefly, or not at all. When preparing a meal, chop the amount of garlic you need and set it aside while you complete…

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News article: Obesity and Diabetes

12/16/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The following is from the Chicago Daily Herald. Local researchers have found an alarming increase in the rate of obesity among people with diabetes. A Loyola University Health System study found that one out of five people with Type 2 diabetes is 100 pounds or more overweight. Among African-Americans with Type 2 diabetes, the morbid obesity rate is one out of three. People with a body mass index greater than 40 are considered to be morbidly obese. Between the survey periods of 1976-1980 and 2005-2006,…

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Did You Know? Part I

12/15/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

They way you use garlic can have vastly different health benefits? I sure did not know this! Clinical trials have shown that eating about two cloves of garlic per day may help prevent platelets in blood from clumping, which may help keep your arteries unobstructed and reduce your risk of heart attack. Lab studies have linked those benefits to thiosulfinates, compounds that also give garlic and onions their pungent smell. To test how different preparation and cooking methods affected thiosulfinates,…

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News article: Fad Diets May Fuel the Obesity Crisis

12/14/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

In my time with Clarian Bariatrics, I have heard patients say many times that they have tried this diet or that diet with no success. For some people eating smaller portions and exercise (the only proven "diet") still yields no results and that is where weight loss surgery can help. If you are interested in learning more, please join us for a FREE informational seminar by clicking the icon to the right. Full text of the article can be found here. According to a survey commissioned by the British…

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Be Someone’s Life Preserver

12/12/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The following is a daily inspiration by Katie Jay: Most weight loss surgery patients know what they should be doing to be successful but almost everyone struggles from time to time. When you are struggling, do you find it hard to reach out for help? A lot of people feel so bad about what they are doing, they retreat in shame. So if you are in a good place, reach out to someone who may be struggling. You don’t need to judge them; just let them know you understand and that you’re there…

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