Obesity and Bariatric Surgery

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Early weight loss surgery associated with better outcomes

A new study has shown that only one in three patients who undergo bariatric surgery succeed in getting their BMI under 30. However this rate was much higher for those that had surgery under the BMI of 40, regarded as ‘morbid obesity’. The findings...
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Blood tests can help predict surgery outcome

New research suggests that by calculating the ratio of circulating fatty acids, we may be able to predict the outcome of bariatric surgery. The study examined whether the ratios of serum stearic acid/palmitic acid (S/P) would be a reliable marker in predicting...
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Teenage gastric bypass surgery and future complications

In a long term follow up study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology it has been found that gastric bypass surgery helps severely obese teenagers keep weight off. The study aimed to assess the long-term effects of gastric bypass and any...
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Gastric bypass patients have reduced risk of death after 10 years

Patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery have a reduced risk of death from obesity or other disease by up to 48% after 10 years. In a Obesity. new study researchers followed almost 2,700 gastric bypass patients over a period of 10 years and...
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Sustained weight loss after gastric bypass surgery

A study published online in JAMA Surgery has evaluated the preoperative factors that are associated with long term weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). Weight loss trajectories following gastric bypass have been variable from person to person...
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BEATing hunger with a nonsurgical intervention

BEATing hunger with a nonsurgical intervention A novel, safe and minimally invasive treatment has been developed that may help people struggling to lose weight. Researchers designed the Bariatric Embolization of Arteries for the Treatment of Obesity (BEAT)...
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The high rate of symptoms post-gastric bypass

Although most patients report improved well-being after Roux-en-Y bypass (RYGB) surgery, the prevalence of symptoms was high, and nearly one-third of patients were hospitalised. These are the conclusions from a danish study of 2,238 individuals who underwent...
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Bariatric surgery alters your food cravings

A new study claims that weight loss surgery can alter the reward pathways in your brain and therefore limit your sugar intake. Patients often report a change in food preferences after they undergo bariatric surgery, but clinicians have never really been...
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Bariatric surgery has lasting health benefits for teens

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that bariatric surgery can drastically reduce weight-related health problems in teens. The study is the first report from the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS)...
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Can weight loss surgery be a cure for diabetes?

Gastric bypass surgery can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes. A recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology — Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, aimed to find out why Roux-en-Y bypass surgery improves insulin...
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Bariatric surgery alters our brains

A finnish study has shown that bariatric surgery along with weight loss normalises the brains opioid neurotransmission, which is involved in generating a feeling of pleasure. The research highlights how obesity has an effect at the molecular level within...
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Bariatric surgery before pregnancy – Is this a solution to a big problem?

In the UK, 33% of pregnant women are overweight or obese and may experience gestational diabetes. Bariatric surgery commonly leads to greater and more sustained weight loss than do lifestyle approaches, and evidence that bariatric surgery can prevent,...
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Benefits of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy diminish with time

Five years after weight loss surgery, patients can regain the weight that they had initially lost, according to a recent Israeli study. It has long been known that surgery remains an effective treatment for weight loss, however long-term follow-up data...
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FDA approves temporary balloon device to treat obesity – but is it needed in the UK?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new balloon device to treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System is intended to facilitate weight loss in obese adult patients. The ReShape Dual Balloon...
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Is bariatric surgery justified for the super-obese elderly?

Ample evidence supports the safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery in the general adult population, but more information is needed in patients age 60 years and older (elderly). In England, in 2012/13, the annual Health and Social Care Information...
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