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Month: July 2020

Dr. Husain Abbas Discusses Nutrition

July 31, 2020

Hi there, I’m Dr. Hussain Abbas, a general and bariatric surgeon with Memorial Advanced Surgery. One of the common questions I get asked by my patients is “what is the best diet that I can have, doc? What’s the diet that I can utilize so that either it helps me to lose weight or maintain my weight loss?” Well the simple answer it depends, right? Kind of the answer that you don’t want to hear. And what we’ve found is the science supports that. Because when we look worldwide, we can see that there are various different diets.

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Premier Protein Shake Mashups

July 24, 2020

If you’re a bariatric patient and lean on protein shakes to meet your daily protein intake goals, or anyone using shakes as meal replacements, you may be getting bored of the same old flavors again and again. Have you every tried to mix it up? We mean literally! Play around with flavors by mixing pre-made shakes. A few ideas below…

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Dr Abbas Discusses ASMBS Statement on Bariatric Surgery

July 22, 2020

Hello, this is Dr. Abbas and I just wanted to touch base with some of our patients and prospective patients because recently the ASMBS which is the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery put out a statement which essentially has been something that we’ve known for a long time. It’s of course composed of a very large number of bariatric surgeons and non-surgeons who specialize in metabolic surgery. Essentially the problem has been labeling. Calling bariatric surgery “purely elective” is… probably not very true.

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Chunky Fruit Protein Popsicles

July 10, 2020

After weight loss surgery, and in all healthy diets, getting adequate protein is key. For our bariatric patients, both before and after surgery protein shakes may be used to supplement protein intake to ensure protein goals are being met. However, plain shakes can easily become boring and the act of eating versus drinking our calories can help us set up healthy eating habits for the long term. Turning protein shakes into different forms is an easy way to up the protein, but not feel like you are constantly sipping a shake.

For summer, popsicles are a fun treat, but often high is sugar and offer little nutrition of value. Utilizing protein shakes makes them more worthwhile. Follow the recipe below to make your own protein packed popsicles for a day by the pool.

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Adolescent Obesity – Where We’re Headed and Why It’s So Dangerous

July 3, 2020

We often hear about the adult obesity rate in the United States because of the generally staggering numbers. In many southern states, we’ve hit close to 40% of the population suffering from obesity. As a result, the incidence of diabetes, colon cancer, esophageal cancer and more has increased dramatically as well. These numbers are even higher for Hispanic adults and African Americans.

And while we do see some reports of adolescent obesity, the percentages are not as high, and many believe that the problem may not be as severe as it truly is. Approximately 19% of adolescents from 2-19 are obese and this is even more pronounced in Hispanics (almost 26%) and blacks (22%) according to the CDC. And this presents an incredibly dangerous situation. During these young ages, our metabolisms are at their highest, and typically, we are at our most active. Imagine the difficulties these adolescents, and others who may be overweight, will experience when they are older, less active and more stressed with slower metabolisms.

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