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The Biggest Losers Make for the Biggest Winners

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on October 19, 2018

The more weight you lose, the greater the health gains, but weight loss doesn’t come easy for most, according to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. According to the study, those who lost more than a fifth of their body weight more than doubled their likelihood of good metabolic health, compared with those Read More →

Weight Loss Surgery Saves Lives – Why Don’t Insurers Cover It?

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on October 16, 2018

This much we know: Weight loss surgery not only saves a lot of money but also improves quality-of-life and extends life expectancy. But now the exact benefits have been quantified. The lifetime cost saving associated with having weight loss surgery is $28,999 per patient. Every diabetic weight loss surgery patient gains an extra 3.7 years of Read More →

BREAKING: MORE INSURERS TO COVER COSTS OF GASTRIC BALLOONS

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on March 23, 2018

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 with Read More →

Weight Loss Surgery & The Growing Role of Post-procedure Cosmetic Treatments

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 23, 2018

The growing rate of obesity throughout the U.S. has helped to shine a spotlight on what is a serious health epidemic. Not surprisingly, this increased attention on how to combat the general health consequences of obesity has helped pave the way to a surge in the number of bariatric surgery procedures being performed. Just ten years ago, the number Read More →

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

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 30, 2018

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; which is Read More →

Six Ways to Reduce Anemia Risk Following Gastric Bypass Surgery

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 23, 2018

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 appear Read More →

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

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 23, 2018

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 comparison to Read More →

The Real Skinny On Dietary Coconut Oil

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 23, 2018

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 poll. Read More →

Reality Check: Weight Loss Surgery Isn’t Easy

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 23, 2018

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 loss surgery. Given their Read More →