2018 Jul

Bariatric Surgery Helps Teens With Severe Obesity Reduce Heart Disease Risk

After three years, teens with severe obesity who underwent stomach reduction surgery to lose weight also significantly improved their heart health. A study published Monday in Pediatrics shows that blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation and insulin levels all improved, particularly among those who lost the most weight. "The potential impact of such risk reduction translates into [...]

2018 Jul

Bariatric Surgery May Help Lower Melanoma Risk

Researchers say obesity can raise risk for a number of diseases, including skin cancer. But not everyone thinks the connection has been solidly established. The benefits of weight loss surgery go beyond being able to shed pounds. According to a new study, losing weight can lower your risk of getting melanoma. Bariatric surgery was linked [...]

2018 Jul

Study: Patients maintain muscle mass 5 years after surgically induced weight loss

Newly-published research on surgically-induced weight loss provides important evidence supporting the long-term safety and viability of bariatric surgery. The study, appearing in the academic journal Obesity, finds that muscle mass and fat-free mass (organs, bones, tissues) levels are maintained in the body following a rapid post-surgical weight loss. The finding dispels fears that gastric bypass [...]

2018 Jul

Fighting 370 pounds and diabetes at 19, a monumental Children’s Hospital Colorado surgery gave Tray Shinault a new life to follow his passion

Last year, Travion Shinault weighed 370 pounds. In January, 19-year-old “Tray” had one of the first teen bariatric surgeries at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where doctors shrunk his stomach to the size of a banana. Now, the 6-foot-4 teenager weighs 325 pounds. “My biggest thing was losing weight because I wanted to feel like I belonged [...]

2018 Jul

6 Ways to Pay for Weight-Loss Surgery Without Insurance

If you’ve been battling weight gain, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the U.S. have obesity. That extra weight can cause other health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Bariatric surgery can be a literal lifesaver if you have obesity, but [...]

2018 Jul

The Diabetes Cure That Most Insurance Companies Won’t Pay for

For 15 years, Erez Benari’s struggle with his type 2 diabetes had been a losing one. A software engineer at Microsoft in Seattle, Washington, Benari had stuck to a restrictive diet that kept him off most carbs, along with regular insulin shots. But still, his high blood sugar levels never dropped, while his health continued [...]