Tools & Resources
What is BMI?
A measure of body fat based on height and weight. Having a BMI of 35 or over increases your risk of serious health problems. Calculate yours today:
Women with BMIs of 35 and over, and men with BMIs of 40 and over are at risk for serious weight-related heath problems that can often be controlled with bariatric surgery.
- Obesity Help.com
- Bariatrics 4 Diabetes
- American Heart Association
- The Obesity Society
- Article: "Stomach stapling leads to longer lives" (MSNBC)
- LAP-Band System (official website)
- Obesity Law.com - Advocacy
- Bariatric Surgery Center Network
- American Diabetes Association
- Our Resolution: Resolve Type 2 Diabetes/Obesity
- February 16, 2011: The Food and Drug Administration has approved marketing the Lap-Band weight-loss surgery to patients who are significantly less obese than those who now use the device. Read the complete article.
- Bariatric Surgery in Patients With Morbid Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes (Diabetes Cares, February 2008)
- Is Type 2 Diabetes an Operable Intestinal Disease? (Diabetes Cares, February 2008)
- Discuss all exercises with your Doctor. You will want to exercise as soon as possible, but don't rush into against your doctor's advice.
- Commit to making a daily exercise program part of your new lifestyle after Bariatric Surgery.
- Walk, Walk, Walk... During the initial recovery period. On day one of hospital discharge walk one block.
- Avoid abdominal exercises until they have been approved by your Doctor - usually at least four to six weeks after surgery.
- Lift weights after your Doctor has informed you that your wounds are sufficiently healed. Gastric Bypass patients are at a greater risk for osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercise is a great way to battle bone loss.
- Enroll in a water aerobics class after your doctor has released you to be in water. Swimming really works the abdominal muscles, so delay actually doing that until you have received the go ahead from your physician.