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The Effect of Obesity and Diabetes on Patients With COVID-19

June 26, 2020

An article published in the journal Diabetologia in April of this year (Cariou, et al.) showed that of patients with diabetes who were hospitalized with the novel Sars-Cov-2 virus, obesity was associated with worse outcomes. In fact, BMI was the only independent factor that was associated with higher rates of being intubated and/or death within 7 days.

Grocery Shopping after Bariatric Surgery

June 16, 2020

It may seem trivial, but grocery shopping is one of the first lifestyle changes you have to get used to after surgery. For one, grocery shopping after bariatric surgery will never be the same as what it was before the procedure. There are many reasons for this, not least of which is that many products sold in the grocery store are simply unhealthful. These products may have caused the excess weight or obesity in the past and may be some of your favorite foods. However, grocery shopping does not have to be torture. Rather, it can be a catalyst for jump-starting healthy eating habits, not only for yourself but your entire family. In this blog, we will discuss the various tips and tricks that you should use when going to the grocery store. This will help ensure that it is both a successful and enjoyable experience.

Understanding Vitamin B12 Deficiencies after Bariatric Surgery

June 2, 2020

Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most common reasons for supplementation after any bariatric procedure, but especially after the gastric bypass. Most patients will get some vitamin B12 in their daily multivitamin, however, many will require additional supplementation in the form of a pill or a longer-lasting injection. Before we get started, it is important to understand a little bit more about what vitamin B12 does and where it is found. The key function of vitamin B12 is to enhance the growth and replication of cells in the body. The benefits here are wide ranging. However, B12 is also important in the proper functioning of the nervous system and how our brain and spine connect to and communicate with the rest of our bodies.