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Quit Artificial Sweeteners To Stay Fit And Healthy

Over the years, various studies have been conducted around the artificial sweeteners side effects. While all the reports were against, people were still considering taking the sweeteners, thinking they are harmless. Hold your horses if you are still hoping that science will give a green signal to the use of artificial sweeteners, you are completely wrong.
As per the latest statistics, 40 percent of American adults are obese and the contributing factor is processed foods and sweetened beverages. Because the manufacturers are using artificial sweeteners rather than sugar doesn’t mean sweeteners are healthy. If you ask me, these sweeteners are as harmful as sugar to the body.artificial sweeteners side effects

Artificial sweeteners – major cause of obesity and diabetes

As the time evolved, people switched to artificial sweeteners which in turn increased the risk of diabetes and obesity. Although sugar is harmful, the sweeteners are even more dangerous as the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body are detrimental. However, they affect vascular functioning causing impairments and many more disabilities.

Either it is sugar or artificial sweetener, continuous intake for three weeks harm the blood vessel lining to a greater degree, as seen in animals. More than sugar, the sweeteners appeared to be the worst. A study conducted recently showed that artificial sweeteners modify your body processing of fat thus producing energy at the cellular level. Another research by lead author Brian Hoffmann, it is seen that continuous consumption of sugar weakens the body because your body has the machinery to control sugar levels which break when overloaded for longer duration. And when we talk about sweeteners, they wear that machinery down. Why?

Because when you take sweeteners instead of sugar, the body is not getting the desired amount of sugar and lack in energy it needs. Here sugar is required to let the body function properly which sweeteners cannot provide – thus causing the body to wear down as your body will make the muscles its sugar source.

Artificial sweeteners promote fat storage

With regular intake of artificial sweeteners, your body gets prone to appetite, carbs cravings which further promote fat storage. Also, due to metabolic dysfunctions, the body tends to gain weight. Other than weight gain, these sweeteners have adverse effects like crossing the blood brain barrier to attack your brain cells and creating cellular overstimulation. Few disabilities linked to the increased use of artificial sweeteners are:

  • Signs of anaemia due to decreased red blood cells.
  • Increased male infertility because the sweeteners interrupt sperm production.
  • Kidney enlargement
  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • Increased death rate according to a study done on rabbits

Other health issues

According to an in-depth scientific review published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental health, it has been revealed that sucralose (a sweetener) can cause cancer and endocrine disruption. As sucralose can destroy gut bacteria, an animal research showed it is capable to kill 50 percent of your microbiome. Since gut bacteria is important for the body, destructing it makes your body prone to unfriendly microorganisms, causing more health problems.

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Next, sucralose alters glucose and insulin levels and responses, pushing you towards diabetes. Not only do artificial sweeteners impacts insulin sensitivity, they also promote weight gain which is further related to many health problems like strokes and cardiovascular disease.

Drink lots of water for good health

Well, you now know how sweeteners can take a toll on your health, don’t you? To get rid of these artificial sweeteners, what you can do is drink clean water and say goodbye to adverse health effects. Like you know, the sweeteners are often linked with appetite stimulation, increased carb cravings, fat storage and weight gain, they can worsen your health beyond your expectations. In addition to that, artificial sweeteners have a long list of harmful effects, most of which are related to brain damage and intestine damage. So it is important for you to know how serious your health can be if sweeteners are taken regularly. Sugar is much better than sweeteners but of course, excess of everything is bad. As sugar promotes unhealthy bacterial growth, people lack in healthy bacteria already due to the consumption of highly processed foods.

Drink pure clean water as a zero calorie drink as there is nothing better than that. Water is the only beverage containing fewer calories so it is the best drink to ever have. Want some flavour to savour your taste buds? Squeeze fresh lemon into the glass and drink it. In addition, you can put a pinch of salt or sugar but just a pinch to add more flavour to your water drink. Rest, it’s your choice!

Be mindful about your health as processed foods are really bad unless you are doing yourself this favour of quitting such foods.

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Benefits Of Bariatric Surgery For Diabetes Treatment

Currently, there are more than 150 million individuals in the world who have diabetes, and the number is increasing quickly. Most of these people have the type 2 diabetes type, that is associated with overweight and obesity, old age, family history, and insufficient exercise.

Unlike in patient with type one diabetes where the pancreases produce less insulin the type two patients have their pancreases producing enough insulin for no reason. Diabetes leads to strokes, blindness, blood vessel and heart disease, amputations, kidney failure, and nerve damage. Therapies such as diet, oral anti-diabetic drugs, exercise, and insulin do not cure this disease always.

Obesity is the potential risk factor for developing and progressing type 2 diabetes and losing weight is the component for managing this disease. The results of bariatric surgery are usually remission and weight loss in many patients. After this surgery, glycemic is put under control by combining an enforced caloric restriction, increasing insulin secretion, and enhancing insulin sensitivity. If your BMI (Body Mass Index) is 35 kg/m2 and above, it is necessary to consider undergoing this surgery to assist in curing diabetes.

However, data relating to the effects of the surgery on type 2 diabetes come from observational studies which lacked appropriate group controls, and the antagonistic medical antidiabetic therapy vs. relative benefits of the surgery. Randomized trials need to be put in place for those patients with mild obesity. You can argue that different procedures of treating diabetes vary from patient to patient because of the only existent evidence point to hormonal alterations, better insulin sensitivity, and weight loss as the solutions to this ailment.

Why Bariatric Surgery?

weight loss surgery mexicoSevere obesity is a critical stage when you have diabetes. You might find yourself in a struggle against weight and feel being in the weight gain cycle trap.
Additionally, you will have put in place diet monitors, but they fail making your weight to continue increasing.

More than ten years ago, the National Institute of Health (NIH) made a report that those people affected by unadorned obesity have resistance to conventional therapies that maintain weight loss like consuming fewer calories, commercial weight-loss programs, and increasing exercise. This institute recognized the bariatric surgery as the only treatment that can combat obesity and maintain long-term weight loss.

Bariatric surgery combined with a comprehensive treatment plan can be a useful tool for providing long-term weight loss and helping in increasing the quality of your health. This medicine has been helping in improving and resolving obesity-related conditions like heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. In most cases, those individuals that improve their weight will find themselves reducing their medication and treating obesity-related conditions.

How Does This Surgery Work?

Bariatric surgery like the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and laparoscopic adjustment banding, work by altering your gastrointestinal tract anatomy or by causing various physiological changes to the body which improve your fat metabolism and energy balance. Despite the bariatric surgery procedure, you will settle on with your surgeon; it will be imperative to mind that this surgery is your health tool and you need it for healing diabetes. Losing weight will also depend on complementary factors like behavior modification, exercise, nutrition, and much more.

By changing the gastrointestinal anatomy, some bariatric procedures will affect intestinal hormones production that will in some way reduce appetite and hunger, increasing feelings of satisfaction. This will result in the reduction of eating desires and the eating frequency. Fascinatingly, the surgically-induced hormonal changes are directly opposite to those dietary weight loss produces. Below are some of the differences in hormones produced by the dietary weight loss and surgery.

i. Hormonal Changes and Bariatric Surgery
Hormonal changes after the bariatric surgery improve weight loss by enhancing and maintaining energy expenditure. As a matter of fact, various operations usually increase energy expenditure concerning the body size. Therefore, unlike the dietary weight loss, weight loss from surgery has higher lasting changes as a result of creating appropriate energy balance.

ii. Hormonal Changes and Diet
In diet-based weight loss, expenditure of energy reduces to lower levels than it would reduce by changes and weight loss in the body composition. The unbalanced energy change in most cases will lead to weight gain.
Losing weight can be associated with several other shifts in the body that help in reducing fat metabolism defects. As weight loss increases, you will engage yourself in more physical activities. Those people that find themselves in weight loss trends always participate in activities like walking, swimming, biking, and more. Furthermore, increased physical activities in conjunction with weight loss will improve your body’s capability to burn fat, decreased stress levels, thus leading to a positive attitude. Mass weight loss resulting from bariatric surgery reduces hormones like insulin and cortisol, which improves production of several factors that reduces the storage and uptake of fats in the fat storage depots. It is very imperative to engage in physical activities for combating weight loss.

Bariatric surgery usually improves biological actions and other conditions for reversing obesity progression. According to studies, about 90% of bariatric surgery patients have the ability to maintain the long-term loss of weight by almost 50% of their weight. This surgery is a useful tool for helping you break the rancorous weight gain cycle helping you to achieve weight loss and improving the quality of your health and life.

Effects of Bariatric Procedures in Controlling Diabetes

bariatric surgery tijuana mexicoAfter undergoing this surgery, many patients lose more weight as compared to the traditional methods. Those patients with type 2 diabetes achieve better glucose control that leads to requiring fewer antidiabetic medications and achieving standard glycemic control.

However, not all bariatric measures will have a similar effect on diabetes and weight loss. There are two major types of bariatric procedure namely intestinal gastric procedures and restrictive gastric procedures.

i. Intestinal Bypass Procedures
Also, called biliopancreatic diversion, these systems restrict caloric intake just the way vertical gastroplasty and gastric binding do. However, since the small intestines are shortened, they possess an additional component of malabsorption for nutrients and fats. After intestinal shortening, patients will experience type 2 diabetes remission than in Restrictive gastric operations, even in patients with long-term diabetes and those using insulin.

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Therefore, you will experience different results from various procedures. The rate at which this disease reduces with the use of malabsorptive vs. restrictive procedures differs. After biliopancreatic gastric bypass, it takes a few days for diabetes to remit, even before the patient loses a lot of weight. The extreme loss in this procedure does not take place in restrictive gastric procedures.


ii. Gastric Restrictive Procedures
This method is also called the laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding, vertical gastroplasty, and sleeve gastrectomy. It limits the gastric volume, thus reducing calory intake by inducing satiety. After this surgery, the patient loses up to 20% of their weight.

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Several studies show that remission of type 2 diabetes takes place with vertical gastroplasty but not with the conventional medical therapy. The primary effect is mediated by loss of weight and improved sensitivity to insulin, which occur months after the surgery.


Benefits of the Bariatric Surgery

i. Improved Longevity
According to studies, those individual with obesity that undergo this surgery have a lower risk of death that those with obesity and those with obesity and do not undertake the operation. These studies show that more than 89% of patients who went for the surgery survived death over a period of five years. Another report states that deaths related to type 2 diabetes reduced by 90 % and 50% from heart diseases. Mortality rate with this surgery is remarkably low because people with obesity have poor health and complementary conditions at the time of surgery.

ii. Improved Psychological Status and Quality of Life
Besides improved longevity and health, weight loss from this surgery enhances the quality of life. The measure you can use to know that your life has improved are mobility, social interactions, work, and sexual functions. Unemployment, disability, anxiety, depression and singlehood is reduced significantly.

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April Solea

“Down below goal weight. Wearing a size 6-8. Thank you for the wonder tool. Thank you Dr. López.”

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Mandy Lopez

Lost 110 Pounds

“Dr. Alejandro López, Thank you so much!!! You have changed my life, and I will forever be grateful to you and your wonderful team.”

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Amy Gschwend Harrell

Lost 159 Pounds

“1 year anniversary today! 79 inches gone along with 159lb. 1st pic is day of surgery and I had already lost 20 lb. I am so happy that I did this! Thank you Dr. López.”

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Jessica Jalovec

Lost 95 pounds

“I had my gastric sleeve May 5, 2014. I’ve lost 95 pounds and couldn’t be happier! Thank you so much Dr. López! You’re an amazing doctor! I had a great experience and am so glad I chose you!”

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Ashley Michelle

Lost 165 pounds

“1 year ago today I had RNY with Dr. Alejandro López, I started 325lbs. I have lost 165lbs. and about 20lbs. away from my personal goal. I haven’t had any complications I only regret I didn’t do it sooner. If you are considering any type of weight loss surgery I highly recommend Dr. Lopéz and his staff.”

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Bishop Tyear

Lost over 100 pounds

“Many people decide that just beginning the process of change is much too hard for the effort. I’m so glad that I chose to make a change and transform my life, health and ministry by making one decision. I pray this inspires you it’s not where you came from it’s about how adamant and focused on what you’re going to do that’s important thanks to my doctor and a very special friend who introduced me to my new life. I am forever grateful with Dr. Alejandro López.”

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Macee Pierce

Lost 145 pounds
“I got my surgery done in Mexico! A week later got pregnant with my second! Lost 95lbs in 6 months during my pregnancy than I stalled until I had the baby! Then I lost an additional 45lbs! I have lost a total of 145lbs in less than a year! And if you’re wondering… The baby is very healthy! Born at 6lbs 8ozs, 21 inches long! She is almost 3 months old now!”

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