Weight Management Options

If your weight is starting to affect your health and your way of life, and you’ve tried other weight loss methods without success, it may be time to consider weight-loss surgery.

Now that the New Year is here, many are looking at ways to get 2019 on the right foot as losing weight and keeping it off can be is difficult.

Many people struggle to lose weight and keep it off. With so many options out there, what is the best option to achieve your desire for a healthier lifestyle?

“Anytime we talk about weight loss we talk about the kind of the foundational components of weight loss, being nutrition, exercise and behavioral health,” says Dr. VanOsdol from Regional Health Spearfish Hospital. “Exercise is probably the single biggest predictor as to whether or not somebody will be successful in weight loss. A big part of that is muscle mass and the more muscle mass you have, the more your metabolic rate is going to be.”

He goes on to say that everyone has on emotional relationship to food that needs to be controlled.

If you’ve tried all other weight loss methods without success, it may be time to consider weight-loss surgery.

Bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and adjustable gastric banding, work by changing the anatomy of your gastrointestinal tract (stomach and digestive system) or by causing different physiological changes in your body that change your energy balance and fat metabolism.

VanOsdol adds, “The surgeries are for people, realistically, that have metabolic problems. People with diabetes, we can give them insulin shots, we can do all these things, but it won’t cure their diabetes. It really just helps them to live another day. With the surgeries, we can actually cure their diabetes. They walk out of there no longer needing insulin, no longer needed the medicines for it. These are procedures for people who want to improve their quality of life and improve the longevity of their life.”

For more information on Bariatrics at Regional Health, click here.


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