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Be Aware of Dumping Syndrome

Dumping syndrome, also called rapid gastric emptying, occurs when food, especially sugar, moves from the stomach into the small bowel too quickly. The condition can develop after surgery that removes all or part of the stomach or after surgery to bypass the stomach to support weight loss. Dumping syndrome can also develop in people who have undergone esophageal surgery. Most people with dumping syndrome experience symptoms, such as abdominal cramps and...

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The Importance of Follow-Up Appointments After Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a life-changing decision often made after exhausting weight loss efforts through diet and exercise. Patients with a BMI of 30 or higher may benefit from surgery and will need to attend follow-up appointments to ensure rapid weight loss. Here’s what you should expect after bariatric surgery. Symptoms And Side Effects As the body experiences rapid weight loss, clients will experience symptoms over the course of about six months; these...

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Your Holiday Survival Guide

Just when you’ve fully recovered from bariatric surgery and made positive changes in your diet, along come the holidays. Family feasts and holiday parties are packed with tempting dishes, tantalizing desserts, and heaping portions, threatening to reverse the results of weight loss surgery. To minimize temptations and maintain weight loss, here are a few tips to help you get through the holiday season. Stick to The Basics It’s important to adhere to the...

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Average Weight Loss After Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery is a form of weight loss surgery designed for people with body mass indices of 35 or higher. Weight loss is achieved by limiting the amount of food patients can eat, helping to remove 75% to 85% of the stomach. By decreasing levels of a hormone called ghrelin, patients feel less hungry and eat smaller portions. Other benefits of the procedure include reduced risk of heart disease, high...

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Get Water From Your Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and veggies may not immediately come to mind when you think about hydration, which helps with everything from preventing dry mouth and cleansing your body of impurities to keeping your muscles, joints, and spinal discs working right. While water is certainly something you should be enjoying on a regular basis, there are some other ways you can get the level of hydration your body needs to function properly and...

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Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?

Weight loss surgery, more generally referred to as bariatric surgery, includes several different surgical procedures that are intended to make it easier to lose weight. Some types of bariatric surgery force patients to eat less by reducing the size of the stomach. Others bypass parts of the digestive system, preventing the body from efficiently absorbing nutrients from food that has been consumed. A few procedures do both. Is it a quick...

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What Excess Weight Does to Your Body

Practically everyone knows that being overweight can create health problems. However, many individuals don't understand exactly what excess weight can do to the body. If you happen to be overweight, you should know that excess weight can adversely affect nearly every component of the body. Once you fully comprehend the dangers of excess weight, you should have the motivation necessary to lose weight if necessary. How to Determine If You Weigh...