Bariatric Surgery Success: Surgery as a Tool to Weight Loss

While bariatric surgery is considered the only known cure for obesity, producing results of excess body weight loss between 40-100%, it is only a tool - one piece of a very intricate puzzle. We hear that phrase used a lot when discussing bariatric surgery success - “Surgery is only a tool.” “You must see your surgery as ONLY a tool.” What does that mean? The definition of tool = a device or implement used to carry out a particular function. The function of bariatric surgery is to produce weight loss by means of restriction, malabsorption, or a combination of both. Bluntly, it means that after 12 to 24 months post op, you’re on your own. You need to adopt the lifestyle modifications during that time that will help you maintain the weight loss achieved by the aid of the tool = bariatric surgery. Most experts agree that no matter the choice of bariatric surgery, a person’s bo[...]

Prevent Dehydration in Adults After Surgery

Prevent Dehydration in Adults after Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Water is an essential nutrient in our diet. It can be a challenge to prevent dehydration in adults after bariatric weight loss surgery because the new small stomach pouch has a limited capacity to hold fluids. Another issue for a bariatric patient is the need to wait 30 minutes after eating before having something to drink. We lose water every day — as water vapor when we breathe, and as sweat, urine and stool. Nearly all body processes depend on water for proper functioning and to prevent dehydration, which happens when fluid loss exceeds the amount taken in through drinking. When you acknowledge that you’re thirsty, your body is already suffering from fluid loss. Many conditions can cause rapid and continued fluid loss and lead to dehydration, including:
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urina[...]

The Truth About Gluten

“I only eat gluten-free foods,” “Oh, I can’t eat that. It has gluten,” “Gluten is so bad for you.” These are some of the comments I have heard repeatedly from patients and friends in the last couple of years. Gluten free pizzas, breads, pastas, soups, baked goods and alcohol have recently popped up in all grocery stores and restaurants. This is great for people who actually need to avoid gluten; however, what does this mean for people who don’t need to eliminate gluten for their health?

What exactly is gluten?

It is a protein that makes up a portion of most grains. You can find it in these four grains: wheat, rye oats and barley. These grains are found in most breads, baked goods, soups, pastas, salad dressings, cereals, food colorings, beer and even some medications.

Why the big craze on avoiding gluten all of a sudden?

In the pa[...]