Did You Know?/Information Share

I opened the MSN news this morning and under the title, “50 Weight Loss Breakthroughs” I found these three interesting things.

I thought I would share them. I have never heard these facts or finds.

Learn about a new stomach pump

The Aspire Assist is a tube-like device that runs from inside your stomach to a valve on the outside of your abdomen. Doctors can install it without major surgery: A tube is inserted through a small incision into the stomach. After each meal, you can empty—aspirate—up to 30 percent of your meal into the toilet by opening a valve on the tube. It sounds bizarre, but ‘it works,’ Dr. Aronne says.

Avoid chemical exposure

Studies out of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York has found links between everyday chemicals called phthalates and obesity. Phthalates are found in fragrances, vinyl flooring, shower curtains and more. ‘Research has shown that exposure to these everyday chemicals may impair childhood neurodevelopment, but this is the first evidence demonstrating that they may contribute to childhood obesity,’ says the study’s lead author Susan Teitelbaum, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in a news release. ‘This study also further emphasizes the importance of reducing exposure to these chemicals where possible.’ There are other household items that may be causing your weight gain.

An appetite-suppressing pacemaker

The Maestro Rechargeable System is an implantable pacemaker that controls appetite through electrical stimulation. Pulses interrupt hunger signals from the brain to the stomach. And ‘it works even better when supported by a dietitian,’ says Louis J. Aronne, MD, an obesity medicine specialist at The Comprehensive Weight Control Center of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. A healthy lifestyle program that combined online support from a dietitian with the implant ‘doubled the weight loss we see with this device,’ he says.



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