Friday, October 24, 2014

Getting Off the Treadmill

Working in the trenches of the obesity epidemic, it's occurred to us that much of what we do is about breaking the kinds of vicious cycles that make weight loss seem all but impossible. It's one thing, for example, to be aware of the very real dangers associated with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; it's something else entirely to be able to make the changes that are needed in order to accomplish it.

In terms of weight loss, the problem often is that, the more weight we lose, the hungrier we begin to feel. In reality, what we're feeling is not so much genuine hunger as the body's production of such hunger hormones as ghrelin. The result is that most weight loss efforts don't last, we feel discouraged, and often end up "eating our pain" and worsening our weight problem over the long term. A weight loss procedure such as a gastric sleeve can break that cycle.

Of course, not everything in the world is about weight loss surgery in California and elsewhere The flight-or-flight-based impulses of stress can be another nasty merry-go-round that the right kind of therapeutic approach can help. Still, of course, weight loss is our specialty at Dr. Feiz and Associates, so if you're severely obese and think that weight loss surgery might be your way out, we're looking forward to hearing from you at 310-855-8058.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Could Weight Loss Surgery Beat Diabetes?

At Dr. Feiz & Associates, we're proud to be home to a truly first-rate weight loss surgery team. Dr. Michael Feiz and his staff are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art treatment for those struggling with obesity because we know that obesity and excess weight can have a truly negative effect on one's life. However, perhaps even more importantly, after several years of performing weight loss surgery in California, we understand that bariatric treatments like Lap Band and gastric sleeve can go a long way towards reducing the effects of hypertension, sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and even diabetes.

A recent article in Reuters discussed findings from a study that collected more than 20 years of evidence to find that bariatric surgery produces greater weight loss and more instances of type 2 diabetes remission than nonsurgical medical treatment. In fact, studies show that bariatric surgery might be the best option for reversing type 2 diabetes for individuals with a BMI as low as 30.

We're proud to see that the weight loss surgeries performed by Dr. Feiz are achieving better results each year. "In general, what we have learned in the last five years is it is very safe and extraordinarily effective when you compare it to nonsurgical options like diet and behavioral therapy," says Dr. Justin B Dimick, chief of minimally invasive surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

If you're looking to boost your health and self-confidence, don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Feiz & Associates for a free consultation!