Obesity comes with a cost. First, there is a cost to an individual’s health. At least nine health conditions are associated with obesity. Second, there is a financial cost to obesity. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the US is $147 billion dollars (in 2008 dollars). For each individual with obesity, annual medical costs are estimated to be $1429 higher than their normal weight peers.
Thirty million people in America have diabetes, but only fraction actually know it. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death as of 2015, along with heart disease, stroke, and cancer. It’s also one of the comorbidities of obesity. Roughly one third of Americans are obese, which puts many Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help hasten a diagnosis, and being able to control blood sugar levels is crucial to limiting the harm that may come from the disease if it’s left unchecked.
The 2018 State of Obesity report has been released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results are not heartening. Seven states have adult obesity rates over 35%. No states reported a decline in adult rates of obesity.
Exercise is crucial for everyone’s health and wellbeing, but it’s especially important for those seeking to lose weight and improve their health. This includes obese and overweight individuals striving for weight loss through diet and exercise, but also gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band incorporating exercise into their new post bariatric surgery lifestyle.
"Eat your vegetables" is something you probably hear in your sleep. Between your doctor, dietitian, endocrinologist, and bariatric surgeon you probably have heard that adage a hundred times. And it’s true, you should eat your vegetables. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which are all great for diabetics. But, some vegetables could actually be causing spikes in your blood sugar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]