Weight loss is a common struggle for millions of Americans. Many people attempt to lose weight, yet few are able do so successfully. Extreme exercise programs and starvation diets can leave you feeling like a failure and lead to even more weight gain. And for diabetes patients, losing weight can be a matter or life or death.
Support and Minimally Invasive Surgical Options
At Fairview Park Hospital we know that many factors can contribute to weight gain and obesity, including genetics, environment and lifestyle choices. With our gastric/weight loss surgery options (many minimally invasive), our non-surgical weight loss treatments, and our education and support resources in diabetes management, we’re here to help you on your journey to a healthier body.
Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?
You may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery if you have a high BMI (Body Mass Index) and have obesity-related health conditions such as type II diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis or other obesity-related conditions. To help make the decision, we often use the following criteria:
- You are more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight.
- You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40.
- You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight.
- You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting.
Calculate your BMI
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
Your BMI Score is:
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Our team of board-certified bariatric surgeons, nurses and registered dietitians will work with you to uncover what has led to your weight gain, and to understand your life and your goals. We will also help you choose which surgical or non-surgical weight loss option is right for you, through medical and psychological screenings, as well as a nutritional evaluation.
If you've got diabetes, losing weight can lower your blood sugar and improve your health. It can also help you reduce or eliminate the need for insulin and other medications. However, before you start a diabetes weight loss plan, it's important to work closely with your doctor or diabetes educator -- because while you're dieting, your blood sugar, insulin, and medications need special attention. Our diabetes specialists can help you develop a customized, safe diabetes weight loss plan that can help you feel better and reduce your risk for future issues.