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Weight Loss Surgery May Improve Kidney Function

In addition to helping patients shed pounds, weight loss surgery may also improve kidney function.

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Poor-Quality Weight Loss Advice Often Appears First in an Online Search

More than 40 percent of U.S. Internet users use online search engines to seek guidance on weight loss and physical activity. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that high-quality weight loss information often appears after the first page of search engine results.

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Study Shows Vegan Diet Best for Weight Loss Even with Carbohydrate Consumption

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A new study by the University of South Carolina finds that people shed more weight on an entirely plant based diet, even if carbohydrates are also included. Other benefits of eating a vegan diet include decreased levels of saturated and unsaturated fat, lower BMIs, and improved macro nutrients.

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New Cleveland Clinic Study Finds Risks of Diabetes Surgery No Higher Than Commonly Performed Surgeries

Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in patients with type 2 diabetes, once considered a high-risk procedure, carries a complication and mortality rate comparable to some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in America, including gallbladder surgery, appendectomy, and total knee replacement, according to new research from the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

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Diabetes Remission Rates After Sleeve Gastrectomy Highest Among Those with Less Severe Disease

The less severe type 2 diabetes is before sleeve gastrectomy, the greater the likelihood patients will be disease free afterwards, according to new research presented here during ObesityWeek 2014, the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity.

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New Tool Prepares Health Care Providers to Discuss Weight and Health With Adult Patients

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The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance released a tool for health care providers today that offers guidance and suggestions on how to initiate conversations with adult patients about weight and health. Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients is a unique tool designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight.

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Medicare May Need to Expand Options for Behavioral Weight Loss Counseling in Primary Care Settings, According to Penn Research Review

An important addition to the “eat less, move more” strategy for weight loss lies in behavioral counseling to achieve these goals. But research on how primary care practitioners can best provide behavioral weight loss counseling to obese patients in their practices — as encouraged by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — remains slim, according to a systematic review of this topic published today in JAMA. The study was led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Intragastric Balloon Beats Diet and Exercise Alone for Weight Loss

After six months, people with intragastric balloons in their stomachs lost more than twice their excess weight, compared to people who tried to lose weight under a medically supervised diet and exercise program alone, according to new research from a randomized clinical trial presented here at ObesityWeek 2014, the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity.

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Patients Taking Significantly Fewer Medications After Weight-Loss Surgery

Patients with obesity take significantly fewer medications after weight-loss surgery than their non-surgical counterparts, and end up spending 22.4 percent less on drugs for diabetes and heart disease after four years, according to new research.

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Sixty-Five Percent of American Adults Are Recommended Behavioral Weight-Loss Treatment, Study Shows

Researchers used data from the 2007 - 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to estimate the proportion of adults in the United States recommended for treatment based on The Obesity Society (TOS), The American Heart Association (AHA) and The American College of Cardiology Guidelines (2013) for Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults, released in November 2013. Data show 131 million American adults – about 65 percent – are recommended for behavioral weight-loss treatment, with 83% of those (or 116 million) also recommended for pharmacotherapy. Another 25% (or 32 million) of adults recommended for both pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatment are also potential candidates for bariatric surgery.

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