Blame it on the BBGC

On August 26, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

She’s done wondering what it’s like to be liked by everyone, and like everyone be just like anyone, and just wants to be so just like anyone, and wondering what they mean do they just mean to mean to be mean, and thinking about the scene do they just want to be seen, and try not to seem so just like anyone. – Soul Asylum

I’m back from the ObesityHelp Cincinnati Conference and I can safely say that of the now three events I’ve attended?  This was, by far, the most fun I’ve had.

And I place the blame squarely upon the shoulders of the BBGC – those bitches.

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Life Update

On August 10, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Squish squashed..

A quick update while I can, you know, concentrate.

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Calcium supplements and cardiovascular risk?

On July 31, 2010, in Minerals, by Andrea

A prime example of how media will take a study and leave out key points in order to scare people.  Gotta love it.

All over, the news outlets are talking about how people should maybe lay off the calcium because there may be too much risk for a cardiovascular incident versus osteoporosis prevention.  What they conveniently forget to mention is that the calcium used did not contain any vitamin D, which is pretty much standard faire in the US.  Vitamin D is renowned for lowering cardiovascular risk.. perhaps this study highlights that now more than ever?  I can say fairly confidently that people are waking up to the need of vitamin D and post-WLS folks are some of the most educated in that realm.  WTG WLSers!

Additionally, it should be noted that the problem is with fluctuating serum calcium levels — something that doesn’t happen as often with post-WLS patients as our absorption does not work the same way.  Food for thought:  how many post-ops, people who routinely take 1500-2000mg of calcium citrate a day (or should be..) are dropping like flies with heart disease?  Not many.

Am I worried?  No.

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A neat little study that is in the latest JAMA looking at values from 25 hospitals and 62 surgeons performing RNY, VSG, and AGB.  Basically, risk is minimal, and completely unrelated to COE accreditation.  Also, there is some discussion in the full listing about the efficacy of COE accreditation (which is something I question as well).

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Help for hypoglycemics?

On July 30, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea


One of my "high's"

There is extensive work being done to help diabetics’ lives easier.  The flipside is that the same research can be used to help hypoglycemics’ lives easier as well.. especially those who tend to drop very rapidly and without warning.

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