Digital News Report – Dr. Oz discussed the pros and cons of gastric bypass surgery for weight loss on his TV show this Monday. Later on, he discussed how sleep deprivation can cause weight gain, and offered solutions to get a better night sleep. The last segment of the show, had a dream interpretation expert discuss what certain dreams could mean about your health.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Dr. Oz explained that new research shows up to 80 percent reversal of type 2 diabetes of people that underwent gastric bypass surgery. Should people that have type 2 diabetes as well as the morbidly obese get gastric bypass surgery?
Denise Bruner MD is a Bariatric Physician was a guest on today’s show, and said that after undergoing gastric bypass surgery many of her patients have an instant reversal of type 2 diabetes and they often go home not having to take medication to treat the diabetes. She explained some reasons for the type 2 diabetes reversal is that a hormone produced in the stomach that stimulates appetite is reduced after the surgery, and the body increases the insulin sensitivity and the feeling of fullness.
Dr. Oz showed how the gastric bypass operation reroutes your stomach and digestive juices. The doctors cut off only a small part of the top of the stomach and stitch it shut, then they take the intestine and attach it to the newer smaller stomach. The large stomach remains and the intestines connected to the stomach are reconnected into the other intestine like a ‘y’ . The stomach juices combine with the food in the intestine and that is where the nutrition is gained from the food eaten.
James Rosser MD., a Professor of Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, weighed in at 450 pounds before he underwent gastric bypass surgery himself. Dr. Rosser explained that when he was at his highest weight, he started to have sleep apnea, early arthritis, and early signs of high blood pressure. He underwent the gastric bypass surgery procedure and now weighs 290 pounds and he stands 6’4” tall. He said that gastric bypass is not a cop out. He said that he was hungry even when he just after he ate. He said that the procedure helps to put you in a position to get that full feeling that he did not have before.
Dr. Bruner said that a good candidate for bariatric surgery is those that have made a sufficient effort to lose weight and have failed to do so. They also have to have a BMI of over 40, which is roughly about 100, pounds overweight. On the other hand, if they have a BMI of 35 or more and have a disease associated with obesity they could qualify. These diseases could include diabetes, sleep apnea, or heart disease.
Dr. Rosser said the biggest risk to be concerned with is a leak from the new connections that were made, especially within the first few hours to the first few weeks. He also said that you have to commit to a lifelong routine of taking vitamin supplements.
Dr. Oz followed a patient that underwent gastric bypass surgery at the hospital he works at. She came on the show after she had recovered from the procedure. She was able to get off her type 2 diabetes medications just days after the procedure. She thinks she has lost around five pounds so far.
Marc Bessler, Md is the Chief of Bariatric Surgery at NY Presbyterian said that the medical conditions are often more risky than the bariatric procedure itself. If someone has a BMI of 30 and has diabetes, the FDA might approve them for bariatric surgery in the future. Dr. Bessler added that those people could get lapband right now. Some health insurance is already covering the procedure he added because of the desirable results such as with reversing type 2 diabetes. Bessler said that 50 percent of the patients would not need to take their high blood pressure medication, and 80 percent would be taken off their type 2 diabetes medications. He adds that the patients still have to work on lifestyle change such as exercise even after the procedure.
One audience member lost a bunch of weight after the surgery and felt like she has a second chance at life.
Another audience member had underwent the procedure several years ago lost 110 pounds within 10 months. Then she got pregnant and had three kids and each time she gained weight. Now she is back to where she started and did not have a positive result.
Dr. Bessler said that the bariatric surgery procedure is only part of the solution. The person also has to make a decision to get control over their life.
Four Steps to Losing Weight just by Sleeping
The next segment on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ was about simple changes that could help promote weight loss. Dr. Oz said that you could lose weight if you get enough sleep. He said that research suggests that sleep deprivation could lead to weight gain. He adds that decreased sleep can increase appetite and you could eat an extra 300 calories daily, which could translate to 30 pounds of weight gain in a year. Dr. Oz said he did some math, and if you would add one hour (from 7 to 8 hours) of sleep we would lose on average about 14 pounds a year.
Michael Breus PhD is the author of the book, The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan. He said that sleep is definitely important for losing weight. The more sleep deprived, the more cortisol rise, which increase appetite and more snacking occurs. The metabolism slows down too. Many sleep deprived people will lose REM sleep where the most calories are used. Also hormones have a dramatic effect when sleep is deprived.
Step 1 – Calculate your body’s best bedtime. Count backwards 7.5 hours from the time you typically wake up. Then set your alarm clock to tell you it is time to go to bed. That is enough time for five sleep cycles of sleep to occur explained Dr. Breus.
Step 2 – Supplement of calcium and magnesium. Dr. Breus said that taking 600 mg calcium with 400 mg of magnesium before bedtime is beneficial because these minerals can work as a natural sleep aid.
Step 3 – Take antacids before bedtime because reflux occurs when you lay down interrupting sleep. There is such a thing as silent reflux, which can cause problem. Take the antacid 30 minutes before bed for seven days. If it does not work then you stop taking the antacid.
Step 4 – Sip a Valerian Root and Passion Flower Tea. Take one bag of each and steep in hot water to relax and calm down before bedtime.
Next, Dr. Oz showed four items you need to get a good night sleep.
Dream Meanings and your Health
The last guest on today’s ‘Dr. Oz Show’ was a dream expert and psychoanalyst, Lauren Lawrence.
The dream of falling – Lawrence said in general, this has to do with the desire to let go. She said that the dream has to do with control issues, and you are under a lot of stress. That might be a clue that a person needs to lighten up.
The dream of flying – She said that if you are flying, and if you feel heavy or lopsided, you could have pneumonia or bronchial issues and she would recommend the person to seek out a doctor.
Teeth falling out Dream Meaning – For women this dream means that they wish to have a baby. For men the dream is a masturbatory fantasy.
By: Robert Williams