Diabetes and The Gastric Sleeve


Obesity is the number one concern patients have when coming to me in regard to their weight loss surgery. They want to be thinner, healthier and more energetic. The number two concern that my patients have is reducing or eliminating their weight related illnesses.    Of those illnesses, diabetes is at the top of that list of concerns.   About 8.5% ...
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Why Doesn’t My Insurance Cover The Gastric Sleeve Procedure?


That's a question I get just about every day. And my answer is usually the same! The insurance company says your policy doesn't cover it! You pull out the policy and read all the fine print, then discover that although it looks like it might be covered there are some stipulations.    Unfortunately, the insurance company dictates the rules and in most cases ...
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Holidays and Your Sleeve


The holidays are probably one of the biggest hardships to overcome right after having bariatric surgery. While everyone else is indulging in the festive foods, you are being quietly critiqued as the non-conformer. Some of your relatives might be privy to your weight loss journey, others probably don't have a clue. Family gatherings turn into ...
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The 3 Words That Could Stop You From Being Healthier


You see all those beautiful before and after pictures of people who have lost 50, 100, 150 pounds or more with the gastric sleeve surgery and then you start to dream about the results you'll achieve. You see yourself being thinner, able to do things that you couldn't do before, and immediately make plans for ...
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Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery And Your Contribution To Research


Have you ever wondered what happens to the part of your stomach that gets taken out during a sleeve gastrectomy? A few months ago, I had the privilege of teaming up with 12 international doctors and the resulting science became an article that was published in the prestigious Journal of Gastroenterology. The article was titled, ...
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Overcoming Adult Obesity


According to a recent article published online by “The State Of Obesity” (A project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) Arkansas now has the highest adult obesity rate in the United States. Almost 36 percent of Arkansas' adult population is over weight. Sadly, West Virginia and Mississippi are only ...
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Treating You Like A Celebrity


Last week while in Los Angeles, California to attend the Surgical Conference Of The American Society my wife and I took a break and walked around Hollywood and Rodeo Drive. Wowza! If you've never been to Rodeo Drive it's the place where actors, Beverly Hill's elite and the rich and famous go to feel great, to look ...
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The Skinny On Fruit Sugars And Fiber


The other day I posted a picture of a fruit smoothy on my Facebook fan page and one follower commented it was too much sugar for her to drink. And, it got me thinking. There's a lot of confusion when it comes to sugars, especially fruit sugars. People hear the word “sugar” and automatically assume fruit ...
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