Posts by: Blaney, MD Mike

In the last two decades, the United States has witnessed a troubling surge in obesity-related cardiovascular deaths—a threefold increase that cannot be overlooked. This stark rise, from 2.2 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 6.6 per 100,000 in 2020, uncovers a silent epidemic that’s been growing in the background, as reported by the American Heart […]

Cancer prevention strategies often highlight regular exercise, a balanced diet, avoiding tobacco, and regular medical screenings. Yet, there’s another treatment for cancer that might come as a surprise to many—weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery procedures, also known as bariatric surgery, are powerful health interventions that may significantly reduce the risk of developing certain types […]

Bariatric surgery has become an increasingly popular option for individuals struggling with obesity, providing them with a powerful tool to achieve sustainable weight loss and improve overall health. While the surgery itself can be life-changing, it is important to understand the tips for weight loss success after bariatric surgery.  One of the key aspects of […]

For individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery, the holiday season can bring unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While it’s a time of celebration and indulgence, it’s important for bariatric patients to be mindful of their dietary choices to avoid weight gain over the holidays. We want our patients to find […]

Managing nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery is a major concern for patients and physicians. Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure for individuals struggling with obesity. It helps patients achieve significant weight loss and improve their overall health and quality of life. However, one of the challenges faced by individuals who undergo bariatric surgery is managing […]

Maintaining good mental health is crucial for individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery, particularly as they navigate the months following their operation. While tracking weight can be essential for managing physical health, when you excessively weigh yourself after bariatric surgery, it can have a detrimental impact on your mental well-being. Several studies have suggested that […]

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, has gained significant attention in recent years as a potential solution for individuals struggling with obesity and its associated health risks. Beyond achieving weight loss, there is mounting evidence that suggests a link between weight loss surgery and cardiac health improvement. This blog aims to explore the […]

Hair loss after weight loss surgery is, unfortunately, quite common, occurring in nearly 80% of bariatric surgery patients. Losing hair is particularly common in the first few months when a patient loses weight rapidly. Hair loss after weight loss surgery is primarily due to the bodily stress associated with losing weight and nutritional deficiencies.  Most patients will […]

Emerging research has found a link between obesity and kidney disease, with evidence stating that a high body mass index is one of the most significant risk factors for chronic kidney disease. Obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure, leading to kidney disease.  Similarly, a higher body mass index will force the kidneys […]

Exercise is an important component of helping you lose weight after weight loss surgery. Exercising after bariatric surgery is also critical in maintaining that weight loss long-term. Patients eager to jump-start their weight loss journey may wonder, “when can I start exercising after bariatric surgery?” In this blog, we will give you guidelines for exercising […]

There is a strong correlation between obesity and hypertension. Many studies have linked obesity and essential hypertension, placing patients at an increased risk of long-term health effects.  Essential hypertension is a form of high blood pressure that is a result of lifestyle habits, not a medical condition. Essential hypertension is often caused by obesity and an unhealthy […]

A sleep study published by a group of Weill Cornell Medicine researchers found that a disruption to the circadian clock may cause obesity. The research suggests external factors, such as stress, may promote fat cell growth when the body’s internal clocks are disrupted.  As senior author of the study and associate professor of biochemistry, Dr. Mary Teruel […]

Food cravings after bariatric surgery are normal, but they can be pretty frustrating when trying to adhere to a healthy diet. The good news is that cravings are almost always a result of some chemical imbalance. By understanding this imbalance, you can better manage cravings after bariatric surgery.  Understanding the Science Behind Cravings Research has concluded […]

In a study conducted at Duke-NUS Medical School, scientists found that B vitamins may treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in overweight and obese individuals. In particular, they discovered that vitamin B12 and folic acid might reverse the effects of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.   Nearly 25% of adults suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common […]

In performing bariatric surgery, we will remove a portion of the stomach and, in the case of a gastric bypass or duodenal switch, attach the small intestines to the new stomach. Surgical staples are used to seal the connection of the surgery site.  I often get questions from patients about the risks associated with these […]

Emerging research has found that a high-fat diet can impair cognitive function. A study conducted by a group of neuroscientists at the University of South Australia found a definitive association between a high-fat diet and the development of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and the worsening of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in mice.  They […]

Constant sugar cravings can be frustrating if you are trying to eat healthier after bariatric surgery. There is a science behind sugar cravings, which can be explained based on our hormones and blood glucose levels. In this blog, we will talk about why we crave sugar and what we can do about it.  Often, cravings […]

Many patients are concerned about how to care for their incisions after bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery, as you are probably aware, is all done laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgery is a surgical technique in which the surgeon will make several small incisions, about 0.5 inches long, and use long, narrow instruments to perform the surgery.  Typically we […]

A recent study from the University of Utah Health has found that blood fat levels can predict diabetes remission after gastric bypass surgery. The study measured blood levels of ceramides to evaluate the likelihood of diabetes remission after gastric bypass surgery. From this study, it was concluded that high levels of ceramide made it harder to achieve […]

Loose skin after weight loss surgery is inevitable, especially if you have lost a significant amount of weight. Despite all the benefits bariatric surgery has, including improved health, longer life expectancy, more mobility, fewer health complications, and extreme weight loss, there is the risk of having loose skin after weight loss surgery.  Loose skin can […]

Ozempic has become an increasingly popular drug and has many people asking if they can use Ozempic for obesity treatment. Ozempic is an injectible medication that’s primary purpose is to help manage blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Although it is not labeled as a weight loss drug, Ozempic has recently garnered popularity in the […]

A new research study from the University of Copenhagen shows that obesity affects a man’s sperm count, and weight loss can double a man’s sperm quality. One study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that overweight and obese men are more likely to have lower sperm counts and sometimes produce no sperm at all.  Findings on How […]

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve for short, is a popular bariatric procedure due to its weight loss results and perceived simplicity. The gastric sleeve surgery is the most straightforward of the invasive bariatric procedures, leaving many overweight patients wondering if they would be a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery.  Who Is a Candidate for […]

A recent study has concluded that obesity increases a woman’s risk of bone fractures. In this study, 20,000 overweight patients between the ages of 40 and 70 were followed for seven years.  This study found that 497 (2.48%) women suffered a fracture compared to 323 (1.62%) men. “There were 415 major osteoporotic fractures (hip, spine, wrist or […]

An ulcer is a sore in the stomach lining that, if left untreated, can cause pain, bleeding, or even result in perforation (a hole). Ulcers after gastric bypass surgery are most common, although they may also occur after a gastric sleeve, a duodenal switch, or a gastric band. The incidence of ulcers after a gastric […]

Several studies have outlined the link between cancer and obesity. Although it is undetermined why obesity leads to an increased risk of cancer, it is believed to be due to the inflammation in visceral fat. Obesity increases the risk of 13 different cancers, which make up 40% of all cancer cases diagnosed in the United States […]

Obesity is quickly becoming the most significant health epidemic in the world. Studies have found that obesity shortens life expectancy by up to 10 years. Obesity is the 5th leading cause of death worldwide, with at least 2.8 million people dying due to health complications related to their weight. The sad reality is that the disease of […]

Several years ago, a study analyzed a group of patients and how bariatric surgery improves long term quality of life in type 2 diabetics. STAMPEDE (Surgical Treatment and Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently) trial is the largest randomized trial with the longest follow-up. The evidence presented found potential benefits of bariatric surgery for patients who have uncontrolled […]

Weight loss surgery is considered an elective procedure, defined as a surgery that “may be delayed for months without threat to life or organ damage.” Yet, surgeons and medical professionals recognize the dangers of obesity, pushing insurance plans to believe the same. Due to the decreased quality of life and the higher cost of care […]

Talking to a loved one about obesity can be a difficult conversation. Obesity affects nearly 42% of the American adult population, so the chances that you know someone who is suffering from this disease is very high. In most cases, your loved one likely knows they are overweight and are aware of the complications of […]

With bariatric surgery comes the risk of developing nutritional deficiencies. Bariatric surgery alters the anatomy and digestive tract, playing a significant role in vitamin and nutrient levels post-operatively. These nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery can cause neurological disorders if left untreated.  A nutritional deficiency is most commonly a result of malnutrition caused by not eating […]

Obesity is a dangerous disease linked to over 60 medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, hypertension, and other serious illnesses. Combined with the health concerns associated with a higher body mass index (BMI), a relatively new study has found a link between brain volume and obesity.  In this UK-based research study, the team at Biobank examined […]

Obesity in America is a growing concern within the last several decades. With over 40% of the American population considered obese, bariatric surgeons and medical specialists are beginning to treat this condition as a disease and an epidemic that must be dealt with.  Obesity is a significant driver of healthcare costs and can negatively impact […]

Although the rate of obesity in America continues to rise, the number of bariatric procedures performed each year remains relatively flat. In Georgia, like most states, comprehensive weight loss programs are predominately, if not exclusively, located in metropolitan areas. This leaves patients in more rural communities without access to care unless they travel considerable distances.  […]

Hormones play a significant role in how your body responds to stress on the body, causing many hormonal side effects of bariatric surgery. Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate processes in our body. The hormones leptin, ghrelin, insulin, sex hormones, and growth hormones influence our appetite, metabolism, and body fat distribution and are impacted after […]

The internet is a web of knowledge about bariatric surgery topics, yet there are still some side effects of weight loss surgery that no one really talks about. After any form of extreme weight loss, whether through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, your body will begin to react in various ways.  Bizarre Side Effects […]

Bariatric surgery alters the anatomy and digestive tract, playing a significant role in vitamin and nutrient levels postoperatively. In particular, bariatric surgery impacts bone density due to malabsorption, alteration of the intestinal tract, weight loss, and reduction of adipose tissue.  The gastric bypass and the duodenal switch are both malabsorptive procedures, meaning there is a […]

With almost half of our society considered obese and roughly 20% in a weight range that would qualify them for weight loss surgery, surgeons and researchers are looking at the various factors that contribute to obesity. We are beginning to focus more attention on treating obesity more as a medical problem and less of a […]

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and obesity are strongly correlated. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition in which an individual has excess fat stored in the liver cells. As the name suggests, this type of fatty liver disease is not caused by excessive alcohol consumption but instead is a result of excess weight. Non-alcoholic […]

Like any major surgical procedure, there is a risk of blood clots after bariatric surgery that could lead to serious health concerns if not addressed early on. A blood clot is a clump of blood that forms in the arteries (which carry blood away from the heart) or the veins (which carry blood back to […]

Diabetes affects nearly 463 million people worldwide. In America, where the standard American diet consists of high carbohydrate foods, diabetes affects about 10% of the population, with 90% of all cases being type 2 diabetes.  Given the rising trend in the rates of obesity, it appears the incidence of diabetes will continue to rise. Treating […]

The primary goal of diabetes treatment and management is to manage the blood sugar/glucose levels better while avoiding drops in the glucose levels to the degree that the patient develops symptomatic hypoglycemia. Treating diabetes through lifestyle changes is one of the most beneficial and effective ways to lower blood sugar levels, and also results in […]

Medication therapy options for diabetes can range from insulin to amylinomimetic drugs. Medication therapy is a common technique with the primary goal being to keep the blood sugar/glucose levels as close to a normal range as possible (around 100 mg/dl) while avoiding drops in the glucose level to the degree that the patient develops symptomatic […]

After bariatric surgery, strenuous exercise can be very challenging depending on your mobility. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t lead a healthy life. Thankfully, there are ways you can lose weight without exercise after bariatric surgery and without following an intense workout routine. We put together the following advice to help you lose weight when […]

Diabetes is a common hormone disorder that affects many overweight and obese individuals. There is a strong correlation between individuals who have a higher body mass index (BMI) and those who develop type 2 diabetes. Here is a breakdown of diabetes for the bariatric patient. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is an endocrine (hormonal) disorder characterized by […]

In this blog, we will go into everything you need to know about how to get started and how to stick to a routine so you can experience the long-term benefits of exercise.

If you are having weight loss surgery, you may be interested in how you can enhance your recovery after weight loss surgery so you can get back to normal activities and ensure optimal safety and success. This blog will address some of the things we tell our patients – the dos and don’ts after weight […]

Many patients have bariatric surgery with the intent to lose weight and feel full faster. Due to the restrictive nature of the gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and duodenal switch resulting from the surgeon making the stomach smaller, most patients will achieve weight loss by limiting their caloric intake. There is also a decrease in the […]

Diabetes is a hormonal condition in which an individual experiences consistently high blood sugar levels. When the glucose levels in the blood are persistently too high, this can ultimately impact the body’s organs and tissues, resulting in long-term damage. In understanding treatment options, we first have to detail the diabetes diagnosis options. Understanding Insulin Diabetes […]

Over the last several years, a growing trend has been medical tourism, with many patients seeking bariatric surgery in Mexico. Yet, aside from the appropriate aftercare that we discussed in last week’s blog, traveling internationally for weight loss surgery carries a considerable risk for your health and your wallet.  All surgeries carry a risk, and […]

At a cost of $15,000 to $20,000 for bariatric surgery, it’s no wonder that many Americans whose insurance does not cover weight loss surgery are seeking other options. Over the last several years, a growing trend has been medical tourism for bariatric surgery, with many patients seeking weight loss surgery in Mexico. The chance to […]

In the field of weight loss surgery, four standard bariatric procedures help patients lose weight and keep the weight off—the Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, and Duodenal Switch. In last week’s blog, we pointed out the critical differences between these procedures and highlighted some risks and benefits of each operation. In this week’s blog, […]

Weight loss surgery seems like a potentially radical or even a scary option for losing weight. However, when you take a closer look at the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery, most experts and patients usually conclude that the reward is much greater than the risks when the procedure is performed by an expert bariatric […]

Deciding to have bariatric surgery is something that should be researched. Read more on how to get started with bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgery is becoming a popular choice for many overweight and obese individuals. Within our own practice, we have seen a growth of over 30% in surgery volume when comparing 2019 to 2020. […]

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers produced by the endocrine system that regulate every function from breathing to eating and reproducing. In certain cases, an individual’s endocrine system will not function correctly, leading to a hormonal imbalances causing weight gain. When the hormones are out of whack, specifically for those weight-regulating hormones, it can make […]

Within the last decade, we have learned a lot about hormones and how a hormonal imbalance can contribute to obesity. Hormones are chemical messengers made by endocrine glands (glandular organs) in our body that regulate various processes from how we sleep, grow, reproduce, and metabolize food, to name a few. The most commonly known glandular organs […]

There is a common belief that men lose weight faster than women under the same circumstances. And this belief reigns true in most cases. I see this all the time in my practice, where men seemingly have to do very little to lose weight compared to their female counterparts. The weight loss men experience can be […]

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, is a virus that has gotten international attention in the last few months. Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, this virus has spread rapidly across countries, inciting fear in many individuals. But among all the media and news reports, what sources can you trust? And what does this […]

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning Americans about the spread of the coronavirus (officially called the Covid-19) in the U.S. So we wanted to take a pause from our regular blog conversations and address how to stay healthy from coronavirus. Today we are giving you all the tips you need to […]

There are many benefits to bariatric surgery, including improved health and extreme weight loss, of course. However, with extreme weight loss does come excess skin, or loose skin that has lost its elasticity. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of excess skin removal surgery. Loose skin can make everyday life harder and more painful. The […]

Dietary modifications may be the most direct and obvious way to keep your weight within healthy levels and help control your blood sugar. Yet, there are other techniques to supplement your journey along the way as well. 1. Get Bariatric Surgery We know that obesity is the main risk factor for developing diabetes or elevated […]

The most direct way to impact blood sugar levels is through a healthy diet. Blood sugar or blood glucose is directly affected by the foods that we eat as carbohydrates are readily converted into glucose, entering the bloodstream and becoming blood sugar. Dietary Changes to Lower Blood Sugar It’s important to make the right dietary […]

Have you noticed a spike in your blood sugar levels? Maybe you are under immense stress, or haven’t had the best diet lately, or have been fairly inactive. Even a big, carb-heavy meal will lead to higher blood sugar. So, just because you once registered high blood sugar doesn’t mean you’re immediately at risk of […]

Heart disease is one of the top killers in America. Even though there are heart problems that are a result of genetics, many heart conditions have been linked to poor diets and other unhealthy behaviors such as cigarette smoking and a sedentary lifestyle. Heart Diseases and Conditions There are many different types of heart conditions. […]

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel throughout your bloodstream to aid in optimal organ functionality. If your hormones are not functioning properly or are at abnormal levels, there can be an imbalance in your body that can cause weight gain, hair loss, infertility, and so much more.  In the first part of this […]

Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate processes in our body and are one factor in causing obesity. The hormones leptin, ghrelin, insulin, sex hormones, and growth hormones all influence our appetite, metabolism, and body fat distribution. People who are obese have certain hormone levels that encourage abnormal metabolism and the accumulation of body fat.  A […]

The thyroid, which is a small butterfly-gland in the front of your neck, regulates your metabolism. The thyroid produces a hormone that is responsible for many bodily functions. Thus, it is imperative to have optimal circulating levels. Yet, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and up to 60% of these people are unaware […]

I frequently get questions about taking supplements including how often you should take them, for how long, and what types of supplements you need to take. Contrary to some medical articles I have read that show no benefit to taking supplements, I am a huge advocate for supplements, for many reasons. The flaws is the arguments […]