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An interesting read (medical article)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I came acrosss this link on Pubmed . It is an article published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. What I found interesting was the conclusion 'Weight loss can be achieved by many methods, but the surgical procedures appear to be the most durable.'

Although I am not a researcher, but I would love to see a study comparing a group of patients who had metabolic surgery vs. a group of people who are on a voluntary lifestyle changing program (i.e. Sparkpeople) over time. My 'beef' with the study published is it is based on evidence from a textbook, and not a clinical study.

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LILPAT3 1/26/2011 11:18PM

    I would think that the surgical method is only as "good" as the patient that receives it. If a person does not follow life-changing events in regards to eating and exercise...the surgery will be for nought.

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DDOORN 1/26/2011 6:10PM

    I've seen both sides of this myself...had stomach-stapling back in the late 1980's. Lost a 100, thought I was "cured"...then gained it all back!

This time it's been lifestyle change all the way!

Everybody has to find their own path, however and I don't mean to diminish WLS...have known some folks who've really taken full advantage of the opportunity PLUS made the lifestyle change so that they've been able to hold onto their improved way of living. Being psychologically ready to make that lifestyle change is the key. Magical thinking and WLS...? Terrible combo...take it from one who learned the hard way!


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BILLALEX70 1/26/2011 4:19PM

    I view the surgical methods as a 'quick fix' and as such you can fall back into old habits. I have several people in my life that Have had the surgery and that's fne for them. One of these people, a man, has regained enough to put him back into the obese category. Without exercise you just can't maintain the loss.

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AMCG2002 1/26/2011 1:20PM

    I have seen both sides of the Sx argument. I had an aunt who had the surgery, and after the initial weight loss, has not lost anything additional in several years. She never embraced better nutrtion or added any type of activity to her life. On the other hand, a friend of the family had the surgery, has lost almost 100lbs and is now off all of his meds (diabetes, hypertension and the list goes on...). When I run at my parents I see him out walking almost every morning.

I do think there needs to be more studying of the subject, like you suggested. However, there is plenty out there to document the long-term success of the old-fashioned eat better, move more position.

Hope you are doing well, my friend!

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IRISHLASS117 1/26/2011 12:26PM

    If the surgical patient does not embrace the lifestyle change that must accompany the surgery then they end up right where they started, overweight and unhealthy. I've seen it more often than I'd like to.

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TRIGFROST 1/26/2011 12:17PM

    I rather stay w/ emoticon

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MEOUTE 1/26/2011 11:34AM

    Good opinion the lifestyle change is better. Surgery is only a tool that may produce a quick result at first but over time if you do not follow a healthy lifestyle the surgery no longer works. I am talking from experience and after surgery....her I am on Spark prople having better results than ever before!

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The book I am reading right now is ...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

'Fit soul - fit body'

The book is written by six time Ironman champion Mark Allen and Brant Secunda, a Huichol shaman and I heard about it for the first time not too long ago on a podcast (endurance planet).

'true health and happiness is about developing a sustainable lifestyle where youn not only achieve long term physical health, but also long term emotional and spiritual health'.

In this book Allen and Secunda manages help the reader with developing ways to create the balance of physical, emotional, and spiritual balance, and I can highly recommend it.

Addendum: perhaps you can get it through your local library.

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    I will go look for it.

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FUNFROG79 1/24/2011 8:10AM

    Thanks for the tip! I love reading! emoticon

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DDOORN 1/23/2011 9:27PM

    Pursuing balance...always so important...! Hope to check it out!


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LAGREBE 1/23/2011 8:16PM

    Will check it out. Thanks!

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LAURIE5658 1/23/2011 8:14PM

    At the tender age of 53 I have a looong way to go with this very topic with plenty of time to learn LOL. I just may have to check this out. Thank you, my friend.

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CALIDREAMER76 1/23/2011 7:39PM

    I need to work on the emotionally healthy - esp. now that I got a handle on the physically and I work every day on the spiritual - thanks for the recommendation.

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IRISHLASS117 1/23/2011 7:31PM

    Sounds like a winner Jan. I'll look for it. Thanks.

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 1/23/2011 6:59PM

    That sounds very interesting. Being emotionally/spiritually healthy is every bit important as being physically healthy.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 1/23/2011 6:54PM

    Sounds good! Thanks. It's on my list.

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An interesting read

Saturday, January 15, 2011

In one of my many mailings I get at work, there is a summary of news clippings, and one caught my eye. A report from the society of actuaries "Obesity and its Relation to Mortality and Morbidity Costs' All statistics based on research (not surprising when you know who published the report). One statement in the summary was an eye opener:

'We estimate that total annual economic cost of overweight and obesity in the United States and Canada caused by medical costs, excess mortality and disability is approximately $300 billion in 2009.'

A pretty staggering number isn't it? Should you want to read the entire report ...

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DAVEINSEOUL 1/22/2011 8:29AM

    Punishing the food industry might not be the right approach, but it sure would help if they would take some responsibility for trying to come up with good tasting food that is healthy for you. I have really worked hard at changing my eating habits to include a lot more nutritional food, but with so many bad choices out there fostered upon us by the food industry, it doesn't make it easy. Since I have started Sparking, I rarely go out to eat in restaurants anymore because it is soooo hard to eat healthy in restaurants, and the portions are soooo huge.

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CHERYLD02 1/16/2011 12:10PM

    You are what you eat and you become what you are because of your actions.

That report has some really staggering information and all I did was skim a portion of it.

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FUNFROG79 1/16/2011 10:46AM

    Bottom line: Only YOU are responsible for YOU. You choose to walk into Mickey D's. You choose not to eat a balanced diet. You choose to eat more than one serving. If you choose to be lead by the corporations that's YOUR choice. Great read and totally eye opening!

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LAURIE5658 1/15/2011 10:02PM

    Don, I have to agree with Jan. Individuals are ultimately responsible for their own actions. The business community is punished enough by government but that topic can be debated elsewhere. Our citizens need to simply stop shoving food into their face AND get off the couch and MOVE.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 1/15/2011 9:25PM

    Don (DDOORN) I am not sure I agree with you that it will help punishing the food industry. I think, as Dr. Roizen is advocating, people like you and me who are actively improving their health should be rewarded.

I know Bobby (BOBBYD31) and his wife Anne did something recently with the American Diabetes Association (am I right?). I think it would be interesting if some of us could form groups and perhaps work with hospitals, professional groups (physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants) to have some public seminars. Just a thought.

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CALIDREAMER76 1/15/2011 9:15PM

That's amazing - thanks for sharing!

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LAURIE5658 1/15/2011 9:13PM

    Wow Jan, THAT is a true eye opener. Jim and I went out to eat tonight and there was a guy that is obviously MORBIDLY obese that barely fit in his seat. i will not even begin to tell you what he ate. Our society has serious issues.

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DDOORN 1/15/2011 9:10PM

    I agree with BobbyD!

Although we each are responsible for what we put into our bodies, I still can't help but feel that the CEO's and corporations of these food conglomerates should be held at least somewhat responsible, just as cigarette manufacturers were once upon a time.

Those of us choosing a healthier lifestyle are truly swimming against some mighty powerful currents and it shouldn't have to be this way!


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BOBBYD31 1/15/2011 8:33PM

    that is an understatement

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JEM0622 1/15/2011 7:49PM

    Wow. Thanks for the read. You know, since I have adopted healthier choices...I am at the doctor less. I don't want to just accept family issues (high BP, diabetes). I want to avoid it at all costs. I want to continue in this way.

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LYNNANN43 1/15/2011 6:59PM

    Totally staggering!

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DREMARGRL 1/15/2011 6:00PM

    I totally agree with Catherine! Such a tragedy.....Such a drain on the person, family, society and health care system....especially when there is a remedy (cure) for it that doesn't cost a dime.

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DEBBIEDAY 1/15/2011 3:41PM

    Stunned for sure....Still I doubt many of us really stop to consider that impact alone on future generations. Even 'personal wake-up calls' don't do it for some.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/15/2011 3:39PM

    Sobering. Especially when you add in the pain, suffering, and reduced quality of life.

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You thought one ironman was tough - how about the distance of 20

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Here is a link to someone who just did 20
the website - as you can see is the google translation of a Danish website.

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DEBBIEDAY 12/22/2010 9:19AM

    YIKES! That is unbelievable!!!! emoticon

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DREMARGRL 12/22/2010 6:37AM

    I agree...that's just crazy. I just don't understand. I'll take the diving with the turtles though. Thanks for sharing, Jan.
PS I love my feet! lol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILPAT3 12/21/2010 10:40PM

    I can't imagine! emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 12/21/2010 8:35PM

    wow !!!

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BILLALEX70 12/21/2010 4:46PM

    Is this your next challenge?

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JENN26POINT2 12/21/2010 10:39AM

    That's just crazy!! lol

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/21/2010 10:37AM

    I don't understand people like this....dedication, but still

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Worldrun II

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Fellow sparkers - Check out the Danish runner Jesper Olsen and his second world run . Unfortunately he had to take some time off to take care of illness he encountered on his first part of Worldrun II.

This is an amazing story - and make sure you check out the Worldrun I on the website.

I know he would like to have people run with him, but I am sure he will need all sorts of support when he run through the US. I am not asking you to help, but if you are interested in helping out - let me know. (send me a mail).

I have never met Jesper, but I am sure he is a fascinating person. So if you have a little time on your hand - check out and feel free to share with other sparkers.

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JENN26POINT2 12/6/2010 9:07AM

    What a monumental goal! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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FUNFROG79 12/5/2010 6:49AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 12/4/2010 9:40PM

    Thanks for sharing this info. I have bookmarked the website and will check it out more tomorrow. On first glance, it looks pretty cool!

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