The number of bariatric surgeries done each year in the United States has ballooned. Now, in an August 27 state-of-the-art review in The BMJ and a September 3 editorial in JAMA, David Arterburn, MD, MPH, weighs the evidence on the benefits and risks of the various types of this surgery.
Where’s a dietitian when you need one the most? The e-Care for Heart Wellness study– which tested ways to help patients lower their blood pressure and risk for heart-disease and stroke–sought to solve this common need.
Research-proven treatments for childhood and adolescent obesity exist, but they rely on regular one-on-one meetings with a trained health coach. These “behavioral” treatments are seldom available outside of research studies in specialty medical centers.
Group Health tests behavioral treatment for obesity in real-world setting
Group Health Research Institute’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation conducted a three-year evaluation to assess the impact of health impact assessments in the United States and to identify elements critical for success.
After gastric bypass surgery, diabetes goes away for some people—often even before they lose much weight. So does that mean gastric surgery “cures” diabetes? Not necessarily, according to the largest community-based study of long-term diabetes outcomes after bariatric surgery. For most people in the study, e-published in advance of print in Obesity Surgery, diabetes either never remitted after gastric surgery or relapsed within five years.
Obesity-related illnesses cost more than $190 billion annually. Interventions that introduce healthy behaviors in one family might have a ripple effect, spreading through networks and possibly reducing health care costs.
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