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  • Bariatric Surgery Improves Blood Sugar Control in Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

    Bariatric surgery, specifically gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, improves blood sugar in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes significantly more than medical nutrition therapy alone. These are the findings from the three year follow up by the researchers in the STAMPEDE clinical trial. In the study, 150 obese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes were split into 3 groups: medical nutrition therapy, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass. The goal researchers were trying to achieve was a glycated hemoglobin (or Hgba1c) of 6% or less, which indicates well controlled blood sugar levels.

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  • A New Treatment for Diabetes May Be Found in Platypus Venom… Wait, What???

    Yes, you read that right. Scientists are looking at how platypus venom can help people with diabetes. First, the obvious question: platypuses have venom? Apparently, platypuses are a rare animal that have fur, lay eggs, produce milk but have no nipples, and are venomous.

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  • An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, but are Apples Good for Diabetics?

    An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, but are Apples Good for Diabetics?

    We know the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but are apples good for diabetics? It’s quite a paradox: fruit is good for you (reduces risk of heart disease, obesity, and cancer), but fruit has sugar (sugar raises blood sugar levels, makes insulin surge, and can lead to obesity). It gets even more confusing if you’re talking about diabetics.

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  • Why Managing Your Blood Sugar is Important When You Have Diabetes

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    If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (often called adult onset diabetes or T2DM) you’ve probably been told by your doctor, nurse, and dietitian about managing your blood sugar. You’ve been told about eliminating refined sugars, reducing carbohydrates, increasing your fiber, and choosing a diet rich in lean meats, healthy fish, whole grains, heart healthy fats, whole fruits, and lots of vegetables.

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  • Link Between Obesity and Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It directly affects over 5.3 million Americans, most of whom are 65 years old or older. But the disease and its effects on loved ones affects millions more. The public health concern and financial impact of the disease on the nation are devastating. As most risk […]

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  • Are Your Sleep Habits Affecting Your Weight?

    Are Your Sleep Habits Affecting Your Weight?


    In today’s society we seem to have so many things that occupy our time: social media, web surfing, reading, 24 hour news, friends and family, movies, catching up on your favorite show before the season finale. One thing that can suffer as a result is sleep. Perhaps we now have a reason to make sleep […]

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  • Sleep Deprivation and Obesity

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    At Dr. Shillingford’s bariatric surgery practice, behavior modification is an important part of patient care. All through the state of Florida, from Fort Lauderdale Naples, to Tallahassee, to Miami, and Palm Beach, hundreds of patients are experiencing tremendous results following surgical weight loss procedures including the Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve), Lap-Band, and Gastric Bypass. Much […]

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  • Demographics of Obesity In Florida

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    In Florida, almost 3.7 million adults are physically inactive, and approximately 4.0 million adults are obese – according to recent statistics. We are overall ranked as 11th in the nation as a state in 2013 per obesity; Colorado was the leanest state in nation coming in with a ranking of one. The following counties ranked […]

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  • Weight or Waist ?

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    Dr. Shillingford’s weight loss surgery practice in South Florida oversees the care of clinically obese patients for surgical treatment of their conditions. Much in the same way that the place in Florida they call home varies between Miami, Daytona Beach, Naples, and Jacksonville so does their level of obesity. Patients range from obese to morbidly […]

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  • Weight Loss Apps

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    Overweight people rack up hundreds of dollars more a year in health care expenses than those of normal weight. More than ever, it is has become important for those who struggle with obesity to finally get the help they need. Fortunately advances in medicine make it possible for surgical treatment of obesity such as the […]

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