Significantly fewer heart attacks and strokes for bariatric patients

Bariatric surgery resulted in 60% fewer fatal and non-fatal heart attacks and strokes among 3,701 men and women who had surgery, compared to the same number of patients who did not, during an average of 11 years following the surgery. In addition, patients who had bariatric surgery lost significantly more weight (an average of over 10 kg more) and type 2 diabetes was more likely to improve to the point where the patients no longer required medication to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Significantly fewer heart attacks and strokes for bariatric patients

Bariatric surgery resulted in 60% fewer fatal and non-fatal heart attacks and strokes among 3,701 men and women who had surgery, compared to the same number of patients who did not, during an average of 11 years following the surgery. In addition, patients who had bariatric surgery lost significantly more weight (an average of over 10 kg more) and type 2 diabetes was more likely to improve to the point where the patients no longer required medication to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Bypass patients maintain 20% weight loss vs 5% non-surgical

People with severe obesity who underwent bariatric surgery maintained significantly more weight loss at five years than those who did not have surgery, according to a Kaiser Permanente study. Although some weight regain was common after surgery, regain to within 5% of baseline was rare, especially in patients who had gastric bypass instead of sleeve gastrectomy.

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Bypass patients maintain 20% weight loss vs 5% non-surgical

People with severe obesity who underwent bariatric surgery maintained significantly more weight loss at five years than those who did not have surgery, according to a Kaiser Permanente study. Although some weight regain was common after surgery, regain to within 5% of baseline was rare, especially in patients who had gastric bypass instead of sleeve gastrectomy.

Manipulating microbes could be an alternative to bariatric surgery

Researchers generally agree that genetic and gut microbiome composition and activity are important factors in determining who has and who does not have obesity. As interest and understanding of the human microbiome increases, researchers are increasingly looking to the gut for answers that can lead to new, more effective diagnostics and therapies.

Endoscopic treatment of LOAGB complications safe and effective

Endoscopic treatment of laparoscopic one anastomosis gastric bypass complications (LOAGB) complications are effective and relatively safe, according to researchers from Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. The study authors noted that anastomosis-related complications were more “amenable” to endoscopic treatment, compared to staple line leaks.

Bariatric surgery reduces CRC risk in patients with obesity

Bariatric surgery significantly reduces colorectal cancer (CRC) risk in patients with obesity to the extent that they share the same risk of colorectal cancer as the general population, according to researchers from Université Côte d’Azur, Nice, France. However, for patients with obesity who do not undergo bariatric surgery, the risk is 34% above that of the general population.

Why losing weight is a battle with biology and your environment

Weight loss should not be the primary motivation behind healthy lifestyle changes, according to researchers from the University of Alberta, Canada, who claim that there is a growing body of research showing that upwards of 95 percent of those who achieve any sort of meaningful weight loss will pack it back on, and then some, within a couple of years.

Blood test can highlight risk of weight gain and diabetes

Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, have developed a computer program that analyses molecules in blood plasma to search for biomarkers that identify individuals who are at risk of becoming overweight and developing obesity-related diseases. The project was conducted in Brazil with funding from Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) .

Endoscopic treatment of LOAGB complications safe and effective

Endoscopic treatment of laparoscopic one anastomosis gastric bypass complications (LOAGB) complications are effective and relatively safe, according to researchers from Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. The study authors noted that anastomosis-related complications were more “amenable” to endoscopic treatment, compared to staple line leaks.

Blood test can highlight risk of weight gain and diabetes

Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, have developed a computer program that analyses molecules in blood plasma to search for biomarkers that identify individuals who are at risk of becoming overweight and developing obesity-related diseases. The project was conducted in Brazil with funding from Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) .

Why losing weight is a battle with biology and your environment

Weight loss should not be the primary motivation behind healthy lifestyle changes, according to researchers from the University of Alberta, Canada, who claim that there is a growing body of research showing that upwards of 95 percent of those who achieve any sort of meaningful weight loss will pack it back on, and then some, within a couple of years.

Gut bacteria involved in the development of type 2 diabetes

Bacteria may be involved in the development of type 2 diabetes, according to a study by researchers from Université Laval, the Québec Heart and Lung Institute (IUCPQ) and McMaster University. The authors found that the blood, liver and certain abdominal fat deposits in diabetics have a different bacterial signature than in non-diabetics.

How obesity causes hypertension and potential treatments

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered why obesity causes high blood pressure and identified potential ways of treating that form of high blood pressure. Small arteries in our body control blood pressure. Scientists have suspected that hypertension in obesity is related to problems in endothelial cells that line these small arteries. The reasons for this, however, have been unclear, until now. The researchers have already confirmed their discovery in human tissue samples and used it to reverse high blood pressure in lab mice.

Engineers to develop Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic Training Tool

A team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a virtual reality-based training device that can help train medical professionals to perform endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG). The device, known as a ViBE (Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic) simulator is being supported by a grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Engineers to develop Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic Training Tool

A team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a virtual reality-based training device that can help train medical professionals to perform endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG). The device, known as a ViBE (Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic) simulator is being supported by a grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

How obesity causes hypertension and potential treatments

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered why obesity causes high blood pressure and identified potential ways of treating that form of high blood pressure. Small arteries in our body control blood pressure. Scientists have suspected that hypertension in obesity is related to problems in endothelial cells that line these small arteries. The reasons for this, however, have been unclear, until now. The researchers have already confirmed their discovery in human tissue samples and used it to reverse high blood pressure in lab mice.

Gut bacteria involved in the development of type 2 diabetes

Bacteria may be involved in the development of type 2 diabetes, according to a study by researchers from Université Laval, the Québec Heart and Lung Institute (IUCPQ) and McMaster University. The authors found that the blood, liver and certain abdominal fat deposits in diabetics have a different bacterial signature than in non-diabetics.

More persistent improvements in glycaemic control for RYGB vs LSG

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) was associated with larger and more persistent improvements in glycaemic control and 25% lower rates of T2DM relapse compared with sleeve gastrectomy (SG) patients, according to the latest analyses from the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORNet) Bariatric Study.

More persistent improvements in glycaemic control for RYGB vs LSG

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) was associated with larger and more persistent improvements in glycaemic control and 25% lower rates of T2DM relapse compared with sleeve gastrectomy (SG) patients, according to the latest analyses from the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORNet) Bariatric Study.