After hearing the news about 1 in 4 Hawaii adults are obese, it is no surprise to hear that 1 in 5 Americans die from obesity in the recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
According to the online article from Bariatric News, One in Five Americans Die From Obesity, Obesity-related mortality accounts for 18% of deaths among Americans between the ages of 40 to 85.
“Two highly visible figures in American politics revealed they had weight loss surgery this week showing no American is immune from the disease of obesity,” said Jaime Ponce, MD, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s revelation that he had weight loss surgery
, and now a U.S. Congressman Tom Reed from New York announced that he too had a weight loss surgery. “Multiple indignities and a major health scare prompted Congressman Tom Reed to undergo gastric bypass surgery in February. His new lifestyle has left him 70 pounds lighter and diabetes-free.”
Many of you are aware of all the news hype last week surrounding New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie. He underwent LapBand surgery last February by Dr Fielding at NYU. He has told reporters that he underwent the surgery after years of failed weight loss. With recently turning age 50, and realizing the need for improved health, he made the personal decision to undergo bariatric surgery.
After bariatric surgery
follow up care is essential to long term success and health. Dr. Fowler
would like to see all his patients routinely:
- 1 week
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year
- annually for the rest of your life.
Yes, weight loss is the goal, but overall health is most important and can to be evaluated in follow up visits. At these regular check ups, Dr. Fowler will be making sure patients do not have any vitamin deficiencies.
Hair Loss after weight loss surgery can be a big issue for some people. Most of my patients would rather not deal with any hair loss, whatsoever! There is a ton of information available about what is the best thing to do to prevent this, but unfortunately a lot of the literature is poor on scientific facts and liberal on anecdotal marketing! Here’s the facts:
- Hair loss is a response to the stress on the body from a surgical procedure and significant weight loss
- Hair loss is temporary, and usually is most prominent at 6 months after surgery
- If hair loss is still present after one year, this is rare and can be associated with a nutritional deficiency
- Supplements may help, but your body needs to go through its normal response to stress
If you want to take something to try and minimize hair loss, be aware that results are not proven with any product out there. We do know that Iron and Zinc and protein stores should be at their normal levels to minimize hair loss. Taking a multivitamin (and iron if you’ve had a Bypass) should be adequate. Biotin has been a popular supplement, but there is no proof of efficacy.