If you have decided to have gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, congratulations! You’ve made the first step in a journey that will change your life forever. While you wait for your surgery date there are some things you can do to prepare.
A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at obese patients with type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric banding, or duodenal switch).
Some people use chewing gum as a weight loss aid. The idea is that if their mouth is occupied by calorie free gum then they aren’t eating calorie laden foods, which helps reduce their overall caloric intake and promotes weight loss. Yet, bariatric patients are told not to chew gum. Why?
Obesity is a worldwide problem. The World Health Organization estimates that 13% of the word’s adults are obese. In America, that number is closer to 40%. 93 million Americans over 18 are obese. The problem is not just obesity, but the risk of other health conditions that often accompany obesity, like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Mother's Day is just around the corner, have you gotten the mom in your life a present? While traditional Mother's Day presents of chocolates or other sweet treats are delicious, at Dr. Shillingford's office we think the mothers we know would enjoy something that made them feel good not just something that tastes good.
Cholesterol is a fat-based, waxy substance that is produced by our liver and also introduced to the body from animal based foods. Our bodies need cholesterol for the production of sex hormones, vitamin D, and digestive enzymes. But too much cholesterol can be bad. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), high cholesterol is often the result of lifestyle choices such as diet, combined with genetic factors.
Stamina describes a person’s ability to maintain mental and physical activity and focus. A person with low mental stamina may find it difficult to concentrate on tasks or they can become easily distracted. A person with low physical stamina may tire quickly. After bariatric surgery, as with any surgery, it can be normal to have a decline in your stamina levels. Once you have had time to recover and have been cleared to begin exercising by Dr. Shillingford, MD or your bariatric surgeon, you may feel yourself becoming stronger as you experience weight loss and have more energy than you used to have.
If there was one pose you could do everyday to help improve your body would you do it? Well, there is. Plank pose is a strength training pose that works several muscle groups (including abdominals, arms, legs, chest, back, and glutes) at one time. It’s done isometrically, meaning the pose works by contracting your muscles and holding one steady position. Planks won’t take the place of aerobic workouts which burn a lot of calories.
Did you walk out of your doctor’s office with a prescription for an abdominal ultrasound? Maybe you complained about abdominal pain, or your hormone levels are abnormal, or you are experiencing inflammation in your abdomen.