Treating Type 2 Diabetes With Bariatric Surgery

Type 2 diabetes is a long term metabolic disorder in which afflicted patients have elevated sugar (or glucose) in their blood.  It is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for approximately 95% of all cases according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Type 2 diabetes occurs because of a condition called Insulin resistance.  Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas in response to a meal containing sugar or carbohydrates.  Insulin’s job is to lower the amount of sugar circulating in the blood by making it enter the cells.  When people are Insulin resistant, their bodies
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Managing Excess Skin After Weight Loss Surgery

                                           Part of NJBC’s Bariatric FAQ Series   Having loose or “hanging” skin after weight loss surgery, whether Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass, is a very common concern among our patients, and rightfully so.  It can be upsetting to find that after losing a significant amount of weight, patients still might be unhappy with their appearance because of unwanted loose skin in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and arms.     A common misconception is that loose skin only
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Help! My Hair Is Falling Out! What You Need To Know About Hair Loss After Weight Loss Surgery

You’ve had weight loss surgery. You’re losing weight at a good steady pace and feeling great about yourself! Then one morning, you notice more hair than normal in the drain after your shower. What’s going on, you wonder. And more important, how can I stop it? Then the horrifying thought enters your mind: What if it’s permanent?! Many weight loss surgery patients are surprised to learn that hair loss is a common side effect of bariatric surgery and it doesn’t matter if you’ve had Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Band (also known as LAP-BAND). The truth is many patients
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