1. Actual causes of death in Alaska: Obesity is the leading modifiable cause

    In an article published by Taylor & Francis Online, in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health, data from 2011-2015 revealed that the actual causes of death in Alaska were estimated to be: overweight/physical inactivity (20% of all deaths, 26% of Alaska Native deaths), smoking (18%/18%), alcohol consumption (9%/13%), firearms (4%/4%), and drug use (3%/3%). This updated methodology reve…Read More

  2. Jennifer D.

    Jennifer D. “People say bariatric surgery is the easy way out, and I’m here to tell you, it’s not. It was a big change. Changing my habits was a struggle, but once I started to get out and do more with my new life, it felt amazing and worth the challenge,” begins Jennifer D., a patient of Dr. Sean Lee at Anchorage Bariatrics. After seeing the results of her surgery at Anchorage Bariatrics …Read More

  3. Keeping Things Positive While Social Distancing

    Running out of things to do at home can negatively affect your mood and attitude. Sometimes it's hard to stay positive. Here are some simple things you can do to keep that positivity while social distancing! Be thankful. You woke up today - that's one big thing to be thankful for. Spend more time in nature, spend less time on screens. Light greatly affects the mood and studies show that natural li…Read More

  4. Living Healthy: Make It A Habit!

    It's good to make living healthy a habit especially now that we're in the middle of a pandemic. Having a healthy body and immune system is a good tool in protecting yourself from these diseases. Make sure you have in your daily schedule some physical activities. These need not be heavy activities - a good stretch or a simple 30-minute walk would do. You can also add a whole workout routine once a …Read More

  5. Healthy Eating During Quarantine

    Social distancing sure has changed a lot in our daily routines, including our eating habits... What kind of changes have you made to your eating habits? Good changes, we hope! Now that we're staying at home, we have a lot of time to think about, prepare, and consume food. Recipes online are readily available and we have time to practice cooking and preparing - let's use that advantage to prepare h…Read More

  6. NY Times: Obesity Linked to Coronavirus Severity

    In this article published by the NY Times, it appears that patients with obesity experienced more severe COVID-19 symptoms than other patients. This is particularly concerning for younger patients who have no other risk factors. Read the article here.…Read More

  7. A letter to our patients regarding COVID-19

    Dear Valued Patients: We at Anchorage Bariatrics recognize that the current national and world-wide COVID-19 pandemic has created serious concerns for everyone in our community. We also understand that as we are all forced by these circumstances to change our daily activities and restrict our interactions with others, each member of our community will have mounting worries regarding not only their…Read More

  8. Are You Immunocompromised?

    A person is immunocompromised when he/she has a weakened immune system. A weak immune system has a reduced ability to fight infections. Catching a cold often is one sign of a weakened immune system. So, what can you do about this and what's it got to do with bariatrics? The coronavirus has gone global and the best way for anyone not to catch it is to keep healthy. What's it got to do with bariatri…Read More

  9. Daylight + Exercise = Happy

    The cold weather sure makes you want to stay inside the house under your warm and cozy blanket, doesn't it? Don't stay there too long! Get some exercise and some sunshine! Now that our days are getting a little bit longer, it's the perfect opportunity to get out in the snow and grab some Vitamin D while you're at it. We Alaskans know that natural light improves moods and can help get rid of those …Read More

  10. Want bariatric surgery? Get info from reliable sources only!

    Bariatric surgery is a big decision. We know there are questions in your mind from what you might have read or heard. There are plenty of information sources out there, but be careful which ones to believe. We recommend talking to your doctors or other health professionals to make sure you get straight answers. Why talking to your doctor is better: 1. You'll get specific answers to your specific …Read More

  11. I didn’t care what other people said…

    When you choose to take good care of yourself, you are choosing to give the best of you to the people around you. Julie, a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, friend, and colleague gives just that to the people around her - the best of her! How does she do it? No magic involved - just hard work and pure love. Amazing what we’re capable of when we care. We become brave and strong and ad…Read More

  12. Progress Report: Where am I now with my health resolution?

    How are you 15 days into the year? We bet you're doing fabulous! Remember that list we talked about in the last newsletter (the resolutions list)? How are you doing with yours? Forgot about it after the shock of returning to your normal routine? It's absolutely normal! What matters is that you put it in your heart to start and to continue working on it. Remember, a health goal is continuous work…Read More