Are you ready for bariatric surgery? Before you dive in, there are certain things that you should know. For example, did you know that bariatric surgery is not for everyone? There are tests that your doctors will use to determine if you qualify (general overall health, blood work, medical history, etc.), in addition to the following qualifications.

What are the basic qualifications for bariatric surgery?

  1. BMI ≥ 40
  2. BMI ≥ 35 with obesity-related comorbidity (diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, etc.)
  3. Being unable to achieve healthy weight with in a period of time with prior weight-loss efforts.

Other considerations we take into account when evaluating a patient for bariatric surgery include:

  1. Nutrition and weight loss history
  2. Medical condition
  3. Psychological status
  4. Motivation
  5. Age

Bariatric surgery, like any other surgery, has its pros and cons, and that is why evaluations need to be made in advance. Making a decision to undergo bariatric surgery does not only rest with the patient, but it depends greatly on the opinions of your medical team. It is a big step and we understand that – our whole team of experts from every category are here to support you and walk you through this whole process. Whether you’re still considering bariatric surgery, getting qualified, waiting for surgery, or recovering from surgery, we are here to help!

Our next Support Group is NEXT WEEK on Wednesday, October 2 and the topic is “Circadian Rhythms” presented by Dr Ross Dodge of Peak Neurology. Support groups are FREE and open to everyone! The meeting will be from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in the Willow Room (adjacent to the cafeteria) at Providence Hospital. Click here to register!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, would like to view our free online or in-person seminar, or attend our Monthly Support Groups, please call us at 907-644-THIN.

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Why do I need a psychological evaluation for bariatric surgery?

Surgery is scary for anyone and doctors need to know that a patient is ready for it. Stress contributes to the body’s chemical imbalance and could cause medical issues that might disqualify someone from having surgery. Here at Anchorage Bariatrics, psychological support is provided from the time you consider bariatric surgery, during evaluations, after surgery, and during recovery. If you have questions, feel free to ask and we’ll get you the answer.

Gastric bypass surgery: Is it for you?

Gastric bypass surgery isn’t a miracle procedure — and it isn’t for everyone. Having gastric bypass surgery doesn’t guarantee that you’ll lose all your excess weight or that you’ll keep it off over the long term. Nor is it a way to avoid making changes in your diet and exercise habits. In fact, you can regain the weight you lose with gastric bypass surgery if you don’t stick with the lifestyle changes. All of these are reasons why our team is here to support and guide you if you do choose to have surgery. We know that support is a key factor in long-term weight loss success. If you think gastric bypass surgery might be right for you, please give us a call to schedule your consultation today.
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9 foods that help reduce anxiety

People can make a variety of lifestyle changes to help manage their anxiety. Eating a diet high in vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, and lean protein can be helpful.

  1. Brazil nuts
  2. Fatty fish
  3. Eggs
  4. Pumpkin seeds
  5. Dark chocolate
  6. Turmeric
  7. Chamomile
  8. Yogurt
  9. Green tea

Eating a healthful diet should provide all the nutrients needed for healthy brain function and anxiety relief.

A healthful diet that contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as vitamins and minerals might help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.

Reducing foods that are high in added sugar, salt, and fats (especially trans fats) may help also help reduce inflammation. Reduce alcohol, sugar, and coffee as these may increase episodes of anxiety and associated symptoms.
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