Improving Quality of Life after Bariatric Surgery

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 12, 2016


After bariatric surgery, our patients report that they are able to move more easily, have increased energy, experience less aches and pains, and sleep better.

Today’s post is written by Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, LDN, Bariatric Nutrition Manager and Senior Clinical Bariatric Dietitian, Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is about much more than weight loss. In fact, it’s often called metabolic and bariatric surgery because it can lead to an improvement in many health conditions. Diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and sleep apnea may improve after metabolic and bariatric surgery. Many patients see improvements in their health before they begin to lose weight.

If your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 40 or greater than 35 and you have weight-related conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. It’s important to emphasize that bariatric and metabolic surgery is not a quick fix. It requires preparation and a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle.  The Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital comprises a team of experts that can support you throughout your journey.

Bariatric and metabolic surgery also can lead to significant improvements in the quality of patients’ lives. After surgery, our patients report that they are able to move more easily, have increased energy, experience reductions in bodily aches and pains, and sleep better. These improvements enable our patients to enjoy their lives more fully. They are able to try new activities, such as dance, take long walks, travel with their families, or perform activities of daily living without becoming winded.

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Raising Awareness about Diabetes Control and Prevention

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital November 14, 2013

November is National Diabetes Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. And over three times that many, an estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older, have prediabetes, a condition which puts them at high risk for developing this serious chronic illness.

We’ve gathered blog posts about Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) research and treatments for addressing an illness that has become an epidemic.

A Little Extra Coaching to Reach Your Diabetes Goals

Athletes aren’t the only ones who can benefit from coaching. A BWH research study found that diabetes patients who receive regular counseling take less time to lower blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.



The Sour Side of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may cause weight gain and lead to the development of chronic diseases like diabetes. Some research studies show that adults who consume the highest levels of  sugar-sweetened beverages had a 26 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to people who consume the lowest levels.


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Bariatric Surgery: It’s Not Just about Weight Loss

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 24, 2013

Evidence suggests that bariatric surgery can be an effective treatment for a variety of metabolic conditions, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Although bariatric surgery has proven to be an effective and lasting treatment for morbid obesity, mounting evidence suggests that the benefits go far beyond weight loss. Our patients Chuck and Theresa, both featured in our blog earlier this week, are just two examples of how bariatric surgery can improve your health in ways that aren’t experienced through other weight loss approaches.

According to Dr. Scott Shikora, Director, Center for Metabolic Health and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the ultimate goals of weight loss surgery should be the health benefits, not just the weight loss. He explains that most of us are aware that bariatric surgery can lead to dramatic weight loss and a corresponding increase in self-esteem, but many of us don’t realize how many metabolic diseases and conditions can be effectively treated through weight loss surgery.

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