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There’s good news for people who are considering a gastric balloon, one of the newer weight loss surgeries available today.  Intragastric balloons are now on the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s (ASMBS) list of “approved procedures and devices.” This is big, as it means that more insurers will start covering the costs associated Continue Reading→

The Heart of the Matter – Can Weight Loss Surgery Improve Heart Health?

It’s well established that obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease and that excess belly fat can lead to unhealthy changes in heart function and size. But new research suggests that bariatric surgery (and the weight loss that follows) can reverse these detrimental changes. Excess abdominal fat makes the heart muscle grow bigger; Continue Reading→

Six Ways to Reduce Anemia Risk Following Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery can be a true lifesaver, but it’s not without risk. New research shows that many who undergo this weight loss surgery have anemia — a condition marked by an insufficient level of red blood cells — 10 years after treatment shines a light on some of these potential risks. The findings, which Continue Reading→

FDA Warns of Deaths Following Gastric Balloon Surgery – Should you be concerned?

Recent headlines calling attention to a handful of deaths among people who received liquid-filled gastric balloons for weight loss are raising some eyebrows among people who have balloons in place and those considering these devices. But at least one expert cautions that these risks — while admittedly troubling — are relatively rare, and pale in Continue Reading→

The Real Skinny On Dietary Coconut Oil

From guzzling coconut water to stay hydrated at the gym, rinsing with coconut oil to stave off tooth decay and adding it our coffee to lose weight, we’ve all gone a bit cuckoo for coconuts. Fully 72 percent of us think of coconut oil as a health food, according to a recent New York Times Continue Reading→

Reality Check: Weight Loss Surgery Isn’t Easy

Mama June Shannon of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo “fame” stepped back into the world of reality TV recently with her show Mama June: From Not To Hot, which documented her 300lbs. weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery. The show is one of many depicting the travails of people opting for and recovering from weight Continue Reading→