Where do you find a support network? You have family, friends, fellow patients and medical providers. Each one of these groups offer a different type of support for you. Your family, they could serve as your inspiration because you might want to be a healthier person to be with them longer or to be able to participate in activities with them. Your friends, they are like your family in that they inspire you to become a better version of you. Both groups are your main source of emotional support and encouragement.
Fellow patients or future fellow patients are in your support network because they give you a first-hand view of what it’s really like to go through this process. They are the perfect people to answer your questions in a patient point of view. Does it hurt? How long did it take? Does it really work? Was it worth it? These are just some questions you can have answered by fellow patients. Experience is a great teacher, as the saying goes!
Medical providers are there to answer your questions regarding the whole process. Here at Anchorage Bariatrics, we have a whole team to support you through it – our surgeons, nurses, clinical psychologists, dietitians, and office staff. There is always somebody you can talk to, whether your question is about how surgery works, diet, appointments, payment methods, or if you just want to see if you are ready for bariatric surgery! Visit or call us anytime with questions you may have.
Lastly, remember that support and inspiration is all around you, but the best one comes from within you – do you want this? Do you need this? Will this improve your well-being? In the end, it’s still you who gets to decide and when you decide on it, know that there are plenty of people out there who are willing to give you support and encouragement – count us in!
Thoughts on Online Support
Would you rather get support online? It might be convenient to just stay at home and read through forums but that would be one more reason to sit for a long time. Visiting the doctor’s office would be more beneficial because you get answers straight up from legitimate sources. One question usually leads to another, and you may end up disappointed or scared when asking online due to incomplete information, answers not customized to your unique situation, or no answers at all. So, venture out and have your questions answered by a real, qualified medical professional.
The Psychological Impact of Light and Color
(Because we don’t like stress!)
It’s been proven (through various studies) that natural light can make you happier, but colors created by artificial light can also evoke different emotions and have other effects on the body.
Blue/white light makes us energetic and can interrupt sleep patterns if you are exposed to it around bedtime, due to the fact that blue light suppresses melatonin levels. Brain cells tend to be the most sensitive to blue wavelengths and the least sensitive to red wavelengths. Blue wavelengths can even have an impact on those who are blind when it comes to circadian rhythms.
Red/amber light is the least likely hue of light to impact our internal clocks. Red light in the evening can help improve mental health. This is because red light in the evening helps increase the secretion of melatonin, which leads to better sleep at night. Better sleep at night leads to improved cognition and overall mental wellbeing.
Benefits of sustained weight loss through bariatric surgery
1. Long-term remission for type 2 diabetes.
2. Improved cardiovascular health.
3. Relief of depression.
4. Elimination of obstructive sleep apnea.
5. Joint pain relief.
6. Improved fertility.
7. Alleviation of other medical conditions.