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Physical exercise, diet and supportive counseling are the first steps of any weight-loss program. But sometimes that's not enough to take large amounts of weight off, and keep it off, doctors say.
November 6, 2015 Three years after bariatric surgery, more than 200 severely obese teens studied had dropped about a third of their weight and improved their metabolism, heart health and self-esteem.
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January 19, 2015 Bariatric surgery works for severely obese patients because it shrinks the size of the stomach. But years later, the stomach starts to expand and some patients regain the weight they lost.
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A lap band displayed on a model of a human stomach. It creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach that makes people feel full more quickly.
January 6, 2015 People considering weight-loss surgery haven't had much evidence on long-term risks or benefits. A study finds lower death rates after surgery, even for people who were older and less healthy.
About 23 million adults have Type 2 diabetes, and most of them are overweight or obese.
March 31, 2014 People with diabetes who had gastric bypass surgery had much better control of blood sugar three years later. But most still hadn't met the goal of returning to normal sugar levels, a study finds.
Just knowing that someone is obese doesn't mean they would benefit from bariatric surgery, doctors say.
November 4, 2013 Three years after bariatic surgery, most people experienced health improvements. Yet some people benefited much more than others. Figuring out those differences would help doctors and patients understand who should have surgery and who should avoid it.
Evidence is growing that bariatic surgery reduces health risks of obesity.
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May 27, 2013 Bariatric surgery has a good track record in combating the health risks of obesity. But new health exchanges in Mississippi and other Southern states won't pay for it, even though those states have some of the nation's highest rates of obesity.
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March 26, 2012 Two studies that compared outcomes for patients on diabetes drugs versus those who underwent bariatric surgery found the latter group was much more likely to see blood sugar go down. Many of these post-operative patients were able to stop taking any diabetes drugs altogether.
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