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Gastric Bypass Surgery Saves Money with long-term Medical Costs

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(Best Syndication News) - Bariatric surgery helps people lose weight and might also save money spent on future obese related medical expenses said a recent study. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found long-term financial benefits for obese, whether mild or severe cases, that could benefit from the weight loss surgery. The study was published in the journal Maturitas.

The financial savings were calculated from patients who has undergone bariatric surgery and lost weight. They tended to keep the weight off compared to other methods. Because they kept the extra weight off, this reduced their chances for developing medical complications from diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. The researchers said that most severely obese patients usually have these diseases already. Losing the weight could improve their health situation.

Health Quiz on 'The Dr. Oz Show' points out Symptoms and Signs of more Serious Medical Conditions

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(Best Syndication News) - On today’s ‘The Dr. Oz Show’, Dr. Oz had a quiz asking ‘How Healthy Are You?’ He said sometimes we take our health for granted. Working with a panel of medical doctors Oz came up with this questionnaire. Doctors say that there are warning signs that happen before a big health problems occur and Doctor Oz wanted people to be aware of these signs. He gave the viewers and the audience a questionnaire that a panel of doctors helped to put together.

Here are the Questions asked on the show:

1. Do you wake up more than twice a night?

If you answer Yes give yourself 1 point, if No 0 points

Carol Ash DO is a sleep medicine specialist that was on Doctor Oz’s panel of experts on the show today. She explained that you need an average of 8 hours of sleep at night. If you have chronic lack or disrupted sleep you are at risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Lack of sleep can also impair your immune system. Additionally, not having enough good sleep at night can interrupt your thinking and can cause daytime accidents.

Diet Soda Drinkers had Larger Waists than those who drank Sugared Sodas

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(Best Syndication News) - Two studies are suggesting that diet sodas may be related to weight gain. The diet soda itself may not be packing on the pounds, but other factors may be going on that are causing the pounds to accumulate. The two studies were presented the end of June at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego.

The two studies came from researchers at the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. They found an association with the people who drank diet soft drinks had a 70 percent greater waist measurement than those that did not drink diet sodas. The Second study found that mice that had a predisposition to get diabetes and ate a diet with aspartame had increased fasting blood glucose levels.

Doctor Oz gives five ways to lower Cholesterol Numbers on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

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(Best Syndication News) - Doctor Oz had an interesting segment on ‘Dr. Oz’ TV show today about five things that everyone can do to help reduce cholesterol numbers. He explained that everyone should know their cholesterol numbers just as if they know their body weight.

Doctor Oz’s list of five things to lower cholesterol

1. Reduce the amount of belly fat, which will help the liver produce less cholesterol in the bloodstream. Dr. Oz explained that the belly fat sends a chemical to the liver. This chemical then poisons the liver and cause the liver to make more LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol increasing the amount in the blood.

2. The next way to lower high cholesterol is to walk for 20 minutes everyday.

Blueberry and Cholesterol Levels – Hamster study showed improved blood lipid levels

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) completed a study that investigated the effects on cholesterol levels in hamsters that were fed blueberry peels and pulp leftovers. The study was led by USDA chemist, Wallace H. Yokoyama. The results of the study showed that the hamsters fed the blueberry enhanced high fat diet had better cholesterol levels compared to the hamsters that had just a high fat diet. The study will be published in the May/June 2011 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

Since the study was conducted on hamsters, more research would be needed for humans to confirm the same health benefit. The control group was just fed the high fat diet, there were three test groups that were fed the high fat diet along with either blueberry skins, fiber extracted from the peels, or polyphenols which give the fruit its color.

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