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Katy's story: New year, new goals

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 2/3/2015 4:30:00 PM

Community Bariatrics first spoke to Katy in July. Since that time she has worked hard to maintain her weight loss and lead a healthy life. Here is an update on her progress.  

I have truly been blessed with my hard work paying off. I have lost a total of 110 pounds since my surgery in May 2013. However, I have struggled to lose the last few pounds that I need to in order to reach my goal weight. 

So I have set up some goals I hope to meet within the first few months of 2015:continue reading ...

Kristen Shaw's story: The obstacle is not just weight

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 11/18/2014 6:30:00 AM

Kristen Shaw is a dedicated wife and mother and in the mix of daily life she didn't prioritize her health. She had Lap Band® surgery in August of 2012.

Kristen Shaw before and after Lap BandI grew up in a family where my mom and dad were overweight. I struggled with my weight from adolescence on, in part because I was abused. I felt if I was "chubby" I wouldn't be hurt. I had become an emotional eater and food was my drug of choice numbing the reality.

Then, as a mom of a 13-year-old daughter and wife to a wonderful man, taking care of them became my job. With them as my main priority, I did not prioritize my own personal health. continue reading ...

How to ward off the flu

Written by Keith McEwen, M.D. on 11/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

Female with fluThe signs are out – 'get your flu shot today!' According to the CDC, influenza has been reported sporadically throughout Indiana, and adults who are overweight are typically more susceptible to the flu because they usually have other health issues. 

I think every Lap Band® patient needs to focus on eating healthy nutritious foods that boost our immunity. Remember to stay well hydrated and wash your hands often. Flu season typically doesn't peak until January, February or even March. So it's a long flu season, be prepared. continue reading ...

Lap Band patients walk to fight obesity

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 10/1/2014 5:00:00 PM

Walk from ObesitySponsored by Community Health Network, the Indianapolis Walk from Obesity takes place this Saturday, October 4. The Walk from Obesity is an event that brings together those who are directly affected by obesity and those who wish to prevent it.

Participating in the walk is key to drawing attention to obesity and the need for treatment and prevention efforts. Dr. McEwen and his staff at Community's Hamilton Bariatric Services have a team of staff and Lap Band patients participating for that very reason.

The walk is also a fun way to exercise and raise money for a worthwhile cause. The funds raised through this event support the ASMBS Foundation and the Obesity Action Council’s independent educational missions and fund programs focused on research, education and advocacy for all those affected by obesity.

If you are participating in this walk (or any activity) be sure bring water along and stay well-hydrated.

To kick-start your morning try this Paleo Pancake from Lexi Yoo, nurse practitioner at Hamilton Bariatrics. It takes just 3 ingredients: banana, egg whites and Formulx vanilla protein powder. Lexi uses coconut oil to grease the pan, and adds life brand chocolate chips (optional). This pancake will be crepe-like. continue reading ...

The benefits of sleep

Written by Keith McEwen, M.D. on 7/30/2014 2:00:00 PM

By Keith McEwen, MD, bariatric surgeon, Hamilton Bariatric Services

One of the major reasons men and women seek a proven weight loss treatment is they are so tired all the time. Sleep apnea is an obesity-related health condition. If you are only getting 4-5 hours of sleep, that typically is not long enough for your body and brain to recharge and heal.

Better sleep helps with obesity and weight loss

Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself:

  • Does it take you longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep at least three nights a week?
  • Do you have sleepless nights?

Bariatric surgery can help with sleep issues

Bariatric surgery has been proven to help with sleep issues including snoring. Losing weight around your abdomen, throat and face helps to open the airway. As you lose weight on your Lap Band® journey, you'll begin to regain higher levels of energy. Make taking an evening walk or bike ride part of your evening routine. You may just find that this activity helps you sleep better. continue reading ...

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