Gastric Sleeve Surgery to Kick Start Weight Loss

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as tube gastrectomy, is a weight-loss surgical procedure that involves removing a large portion of the stomach in order to induce weight shedding in severely obese patients. OSSANZ (the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand) claims that in the first 1 to 2 years, patients on average lose 40-60% of excess weight with this procedure.

Basically, a large portion of the stomach is removed along the major curve and the remaining parts are then stitched together in the shape of a tube or sleeve. This reduces stomach size so that the patient feels fuller after eating smaller meals. In fact the amount of food that can be taken in is often only about 10% of that which could be consume before the procedure. The technique also removes the portion of the stomach that produces hunger-inducing hormones thereby helping to control appetite. It is performed laparoscopically, meaning using minimally invasive methods, which also allows for a quicker recovery. Sometimes it is used as part of a two-phase operation in conjunction with gastric bypass, particularly in patients who have a BMI of greater than 60.

According the Healthline.com, many employees in the U.S. are now missing work days due to obesity-related illness to the point of costing employers more than $13 billion per year. There’s little doubt that a similar problem is developing in other western countries. Obesity and the complications from it are becoming more common than at any time in history. While we have solved the issue of inadequate food, we have at the same time created a new problem thanks to excess food and sedentary occupations and means of travel. With more food intake and less daily exercise, it’s not hard to see why our society in general is becoming obese each year.

Of course the best way to deal with this problem on an individual level is through diet and exercise. However for some people, attempts result in continual failure as they go through the yo-yo effect of losing weight and putting it back on again. Their weight often increases over time, despite frequent dieting.

Gastric sleeve is quite a radical surgical procedure but it can help the severely obese to lose weight quite quickly and effectively. It is not a solution on its own as it requires the co-operation of the patient in changing their lifestyle and diet. Unlike gastric banding, the operation is permanent and irreversible.

All surgery carries some degree of risk and it is important to be well-informed of this if you are considering gastric sleeve surgery to help you lose weight and improve your health. The important thing is to discuss it thoroughly with a specialist medical professional and consider your options before making a decision. If you have struggled for years to lose weight and your health is failing as a result, gastric sleeve surgery may well be an option.

5 Important Medical Findings You Should Know About – That Could Affect Every Member of Your Family

Maintaining good health is something we all want to do. Everyday the science and medical communities uncover new information that sheds light on ways to improve our health and discoveries on what can harm us. Here are 5 new medical findings that can affect every member or your family;

Children who constantly develop ear infections may benefit from a visit to an osteopathic physician (DO). An osteopathic physician are licensed to practice medicine just as MDs are but are trained to perform osteopathic manipulation to relieve pain and can use this skill to relieve the pressure in the Eustachian tube which is affected by ear infections. Children who received osteopathic manipulation in addition to routine care ie., antibiotics, ibuprofen, and ear tubes had fewer ear infections and required less antibiotics and no surgical care.

It has been discovered that common bacteria may lead to heart attacks in younger men, particularly the Chlamydia pneumonia bacteria. Chlamydia pneumonia is a flu like upper respiratory bacterial infection that can turn into pneumonia. Young men infected with Chlamydia pneumonia produce antibodies called IgA and IgG. Men between the ages of 30 to 50 with high levels of IgA antibody are likely to experience a serious heart attack. The more recent they have experience this particular bacterial infection, the more likely they are to experience a heart attack. Research for a preventative and cure is under development.

Ginkgo Biloba, Echinacea, Devil’s Claw, and Garlic herbal supplements increase risk of certain ailments when taken with certain arthritis medications. Echinacea increase the risk of liver toxicity in individuals taking the arthritis medication methotrexate. Ginkgo Biloba, Devil’s Claw, and Garlic were discovered to increase the risk of bleeding problems in those who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. If you are taking any of these drugs and using these herbal supplements you should discuss this with your treating physician and your pharmacist and seek advice on how to proceed.

The combination of Vitamin D and Calcium have been found to prevent premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Women who consumed four servings a day of skim and low-fat dairy products which contained Vitamin D and calcium or calcium fortified orange juice were 40% less likely to experience PMS symptoms such as anxiety, depression, headaches, and cramps.

The cholesterol in egg yolks have relatively little effect on cholesterol in the blood, however, if the yolk is broken, the cholesterol in the egg yolk oxidizes and produces inflammatory by products. Poached or boiled whole eggs are fine to eat, but you should avoid scrambled eggs and whole egg omelets. Use only egg whites or unbroken egg yolks when preparing eggs to eat.

Lifelong health maintenance includes staying aware and up to date on new medical and health related information. Regularly visiting web sites such as healthline.com, medlineplus.gov, and webmd.com is one good way to stay informed.

Weight Loss – Problems From Weight Gain

Problems from weight gain are very numerous within the human body. These include obesity, thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, coronary heart disease, and more. I’ll discuss some of the more common ones that occur as a direct result of weight gain.

This article is only to define what can happen as a result of having problems with weight gain. It does not address causes and preventions. Those topics will be reserved for other articles.

Obesity

Obesity is defined simply as too much body fat and is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have adverse effort on health. It can be a significant health risk and for adults is defined by using the “Body Mass Index” (BMI). If you have BMI between 25 and 30, you are considered overweight. If your BMI is between 30 and 40, you are considered morbidly obese.

Thyroid Problems

When your thyroid doesn’t function, it can affect every aspect of your health, and in particular, weight, depression and energy levels. Weight gain problems are one those conditions that can occur when the thyroid is under producing hormones. Fortunately, most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated.

Diabetes

Excessive body weight in itself does not cause Type 1 diabetes but it is not uncommon to become overweight after being diagnosed with diabetes. However, if you are overweight, it may make it much more difficult to control your blood sugar levels and being overweight or obese increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is the most common chronic adult illness in the United States and being overweight increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. Obesity is one of the strongest predictive risk factors for developing high blood pressure.

Asthma

It has been shown that those who experienced problems with weight gain when first going on asthma control were significantly more likely to have problems with their asthma control than those who maintained their weight levels.

ModernMedicine reported on Aug 27, 2009, that in adult women, obesity and abdominal obesity are independently associated with adult-onset asthma.

Coronary heart Disease

Obesity is now recognized as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease which can lead to a heart attack. Your risk of heart disease increases if you are more than 30 percent overweight.

Cancer

In 2001, experts concluded that cancers of the colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), kidney, and esophagus are associated with obesity. Obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers-colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrial, kidney, and cancer of the esophagus.

As you can see, there are many problems with excessive body weight and especially if you are considered obese. Obesity is involved in each of the major health factors in one way or another. If you are overweight, getting your weight back under control will most likely improve your way of life and will go a longs ways towards either maintaining or improving you heath.

For more information on any of the topics, refer to the references below.

References

  • Medline Plus
  • Wikipedia
  • WebMD
  • Weight and Diabetes
  • Healthline
  • About.com:High Blood Pressure
  • Athma Health Center
  • America Heart Association
  • National Cancer Institute