South Nassau Communities Hospital Healthy Outlook Spring 2017 : Page 1

Spring 2017 a health & wellness newsletter Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases With Weight Loss Surgery t 5 feet 10 inches tall and 360 pounds, Angelo C., then 62, knew he was a walking “time bomb.” Not only was he obese, he also suffered from diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and gout. “I’d be looking at coffins and urns and thinking, ‘I’ll be dead in a year,’” recalled the grandfather of two. But what a difference a couple of years can make. Since undergoing weight loss surgery at South Nassau in 2015, Angelo, now 64, is 180 pounds and healthy. “My cholesterol levels are normal, the diabetes is gone and so is the sleep apnea and gout,” he said. “I don’t need any medications now.” BEFORE Spring-Clean Your Fitness Routine If you’re constantly checking the clock during your workout, it may be time for an exercise overhaul. Spring-clean your fitness routine by following these fitness tips: Team up: You’re more likely to stick with your plan if you’ve got a pal. Get together at the same time each day, whether it’s before work or dinner. Update your workout wardrobe: Throw away worn-out running shoes and outdated pieces. Replace with shorts; tanks and tees in breathable fabrics; and a new, shiny pair of sneakers. Download a fresh workout playlist on your MP3 player. Jump rope: This childhood “workout” can burn 208 calories in just 20 minutes. Velcro on free weights: Tone up your arms and legs by doing your regular routine while using wrist and ankle weights. Sign up for a race: Positive goals will make you feel better and give a purpose to your training. It’s also a great way to meet others! Shake up your workout with interval training: Alternate bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. Finally, take care of your hard-worked body and reward yourself with a sports massage. It will work wonders on your aching muscles! Continued on page 2 Angelo suffered from  diabetes and weighed in  at 360 pounds before he  underwent weight loss surgery  at the Bariatric and Metabolic  Institute at South Nassau’s  Center for Digestive Disorders  and Metabolic Disease. AFTER Today, Angelo is a lean 180 pounds and is  diabetes-free. Photo caption:

Spring-Clean Your Fitness Routine



If you’re constantly checking the clock during your workout, it may be time for an exercise overhaul. Spring-clean your fitness routine by following these fitness tips:

• Team up: You’re more likely to stick with your plan if you’ve got a pal. Get together at the same time each day, whether it’s before work or dinner.

• Update your workout wardrobe: Throw away worn-out running shoes and outdated pieces. Replace with shorts; tanks and tees in breathable fabrics; and a new, shiny pair of sneakers.

• Download a fresh workout playlist on your MP3 player.

• Jump rope: This childhood “workout” can burn 208 calories in just 20 minutes.

• Velcro on free weights: Tone up your arms and legs by doing your regular routine while using wrist and ankle weights.

• Sign up for a race: Positive goals will make you feel better and give a purpose to your training. It’s also a great way to meet others!

• Shake up your workout with interval training: Alternate bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity.

Finally, take care of your hard-worked body and reward yourself with a sports massage. It will work wonders on your aching muscles!

Read the full article at http://bluetoad.com/article/Spring-Clean+Your+Fitness+Routine/2783376/406540/article.html.

Reversing Diabetes And Other Chronic Diseases With Weight Loss Surgery

At 5 feet 10 inches tall and 360 pounds, Angelo C., then 62, knew he was a walking “time bomb.” Not only was he obese, he also suffered from diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and gout. “I’d be looking at coffins and urns and thinking, ‘I’ll be dead in a year,’” recalled the grandfather of two.

But what a difference a couple of years can make. Since undergoing weight loss surgery at South Nassau in 2015, Angelo, now 64, is 180 pounds and healthy. “My cholesterol levels are normal, the diabetes is gone and so is the sleep apnea and gout,” he said. “I don’t need any medications now.”



BEFORE

Angelo suffered from diabetes and weighed in at 360 pounds before he underwent weight loss surgery at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at South Nassau’s Center for Digestive Disorders and Metabolic Disease.



AFTER

Today, Angelo is a lean 180 pounds and is diabetes-free.

Angelo was once a statistic. Some 90 percent of the estimated 18 million Americans with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. And obesity is the primary cause of Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Numerous studies have shown that blood sugar levels improve after weight loss or metabolic surgery.

Guidelines, released last year and endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, recommend weight loss/ metabolic surgery to treat Type 2 diabetes in people with obesity as defined by a BMI (an estimate of body fat based on height and weight calculations) of 40 or greater — whether or not normal blood sugar levels are maintained. Surgery should be considered for those adults with a BMI of 35 or greater when abnormally high blood sugar is inadequately controlled by medications and lifestyle change. The guidelines also say that surgery should be considered for individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher if high blood sugar is inadequately controlled by either oral or injectable medications.


“Metabolic [weight loss] surgery has become a more routine treatment option for resolving Type 2 diabetes."


“It’s true that fewer than half of adults with Type 2 diabetes are able to meet thei r blood sugar goals and other healthy targets for cholesterol and triglyceride levels, for example,” said Rajeev Vohra, MD, FACS, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at South Nassau’s Center for Digestive Disorders and Metabolic Disease, who performed a sleeve gastrectomy on Angelo, which shrinks the size of the stomach. “Metabolic surgery has become a more routine treatment option for resolving Type 2 diabetes.”

Says Angelo: “After the surgery, I did an about-face. I eat low-fat, low-sugar and low-carb and walk two miles every day, plus weight-train six days a week. I’ve been given a second chance at life, and there’s no going back.”

ARE YOU …


A CANDIDATE for weight loss/ metabolic surgery?



8. 2 HAVING TROUBLE controlling your type 2 diabetes?


FOR MORE INFORMATION or to ATTEND A FREE SEMINAR, go to southnassau.org/bariatrics or call 877-SOUTH-NASSAU (877-768-8462).

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