More Americans are overweight today than ever before. In fact, the ‘American Diet,’ as it has been dubbed in recent years, is loaded with fattening foods and fattening habits that have led to our nation’s highest rate of obesity. Yet losing weight tops the list of not only New Year’s resolutions, but nearly every other wish list imaginable. But what does it take to lose weight? And why is such a difficult, even elusive, prospect for so many of us? Perhaps the answer lies in the facts and myths about the prospect of losing weight itself. For instance, did you know that not all calories are equal? It’s true. When you’re planning out how many calories you plan on consuming on your new weight loss program, it’s important to know that not all calories are created equal. There are a number of other important myths to discover about losing weight, and until you learn them, you’ll likely ride that roller coaster of weight loss for a long time. Following are top health tips about the myths of losing weight that will aid you in your journey to a more healthy weight.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Obesity is common, serious, and costly.” The CDC’s website reports that more than one third of all American adults are obese, adding that “obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer can be prevented.” Pretty shocking to think that many of these diseases are largely preventable when obesity is overcome. The cost as well is shocking, as the CDC reports that the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States is close to $150 billion. Sadly, these statistics do not surprise top gastroenterologists. If you are facing obesity-related health problems now or in the future, you may be considering weight loss surgery, but you may also be reluctant to take such drastic measures. Clearly, invasive weight loss surgeries are not for everyone. Thankfully, there are newer, noninvasive weight loss procedures.
An intragastric (or gastric) balloon is an inflatable medical device used to aid in weight loss. In a non-invasive medical procedure, the intragastric balloon is placed into the stomach on a temporary basis in selected obese or overweight patients when diet and exercise have failed. One such device is the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon, which is made of soft silicone. The ORBERA Intragastric Balloon can be beneficial to patients because it stays in the stomach temporarily, about six months, during which time it encourages a patient to eat a healthier diet. Following is more information from top gastroenterologists in Queens regarding the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon that may assist you in making an informed decision concerning this noninvasive weight loss surgery. If you are interested in learning more about non invasive weight loss procedures contact a gastroenterologist near you.
Though most of us enjoy good health, we should never take it for granted. Always there is the fear of the unknown, something catastrophic that would take our good health away and that is the scariest notion. Like the Zika virus for instance. Or last year’s widespread flu epidemic since the virulent virus did not match the flu serum for the 2014-2015 flu season.
But how about type 2 diabetes? While it is not classified as an infectious or communicable disease, the incidence of adult-onset diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, even showing up in teens and children. It is estimated that more than 29 million Americans have diabetes; unbelievably, about 8 million don’t even know they have the disease.
Over the last few years liposuction has grown in popularity and has become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the US. In 1974, the original form of liposuction was invented by a gynecologist from Italy named Dr. Giorgio Fischer. In 1978 two more French physicians Fournier and Illouz continued the development of the procedure. By the early 80s liposuction had become very popular in the US but had a lot of negative publicity because of some negative results such as excessive bleeding and unsightly rippling of the skin following the procedure. In its early years liposuction was a “dry” method which led to the many adverse side effects and complications.
It used to be that only the rich and famous like celebrities who had the opportunity to take advantage of these types of cosmetic weight loss procedures. Today cosmetic weight loss procedures are very accessible as well as more affordable and many more people are opting for the benefits of these physical changes. Making the choice to pursue a weight loss surgery is a huge decision and even after the decision is made there can be several different choices. It is advisable to discuss all the possible and reasonable options with a plastic surgeon that can help a patient choose which is the most appropriate treatment option.
Two Basic Types of Weight Loss Surgeries
Cosmetic weight loss procedures fall into two categories. They are either restrictive or malabsorptive. Occasionally the two are combined to make a single treatment option. A restrictive weight loss surgery will work by restricting the stomach size and slowing down the process of digestion. A stomach normally holds about 3 pints but post surgery it will only hold about an ounce. It will stretch out after awhile to hold 2 or 3 ounces. The premise behind these types of methods is that when the stomach is smaller the patient cannot eat very much and this will translate into lost weight. A malabsorptive procedure is usually more invasive and it will change the way food is taken into the body and how it is processed. Not only will these types of procedures restrict the stomach size, it will also remove parts of the digestive tract so that the body cannot easily absorb calories.