Thirty million people in America have diabetes, but only fraction actually know it. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death as of 2015, along with heart disease, stroke, and cancer. It’s also one of the comorbidities of obesity. Roughly one third of Americans are obese, which puts many Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help hasten a diagnosis, and being able to control blood sugar levels is crucial to limiting the harm that may come from the disease if it’s left unchecked.
Exercise is crucial for everyone’s health and wellbeing, but it’s especially important for those seeking to lose weight and improve their health. This includes obese and overweight individuals striving for weight loss through diet and exercise, but also gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band incorporating exercise into their new post bariatric surgery lifestyle.
"Eat your vegetables" is something you probably hear in your sleep. Between your doctor, dietitian, endocrinologist, and bariatric surgeon you probably have heard that adage a hundred times. And it’s true, you should eat your vegetables. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which are all great for diabetics. But, some vegetables could actually be causing spikes in your blood sugar.
Bariatric surgery, specifically gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, improves blood sugar in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes significantly more than medical nutrition therapy alone. These are the findings from the three year follow up by the researchers in the STAMPEDE clinical trial. In the study, 150 obese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes were split into 3 groups: medical nutrition therapy, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass. The goal researchers were trying to achieve was a glycated hemoglobin (or Hgba1c) of 6% or less, which indicates well controlled blood sugar levels.
People with diabetes often feel like their diet is restrictive, or like they are told what they can’t eat or that they can’t eat things that taste good. Enter this twist on a Cobb Salad and you have a fresh, restaurant quality meal that will not leave you feeling like you’ve been cheated. Though you may feel like you are cheating.
The old adage says “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Some people may debate this, but no doubt what you choose to eat for breakfast is important. It seems less and less people are eating breakfast at home. Gone are the days when families would gather around the kitchen table for a […]
Chicken is a popular choice of protein for bariatric patients because of its high quality protein, low fat content, mild taste, and it’s generally well tolerated on a post gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band diet. Chicken breasts with rib bones can also be found at the grocery store at a great price, so […]
Exercise is essential for good health and weight loss after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or adjustable lap band surgeries. For people who have not regularly exercised prior to their bariatric surgery, Tai Chi and other Chinese exercises (such as Qigong, and Baduanjin) can be a good gateway into exercising. Starting a new exercise regime […]
Would you eat a meal replacement bar that’s high in protein, low in fat, and a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin B 12? What if the main source of the protein is from edible insects? Crickets, actually. Although cricket based bars have been on the market since 2012, cricket bar brand Chapul’s […]
Breakfast has been touted as the most important meal of the day. Whether or not it is true, breakfast in an important meal to eat to ensure you get your daily requirement of protein and nutrients to help lap band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass patients stay healthy. This breakfast frittata is chock full of […]