Obesity-new treatments. Obesity continues to be one of the most significant health problems facing Americans today. It is a major contributor to the most common causes of death (heart disease, stroke and cancer) and causes a myriad of other health problems. I have worked with overweight and obese patients for 20 years now. My heart really goes out to them because it usually has been a lifelong struggle. Most people have tried the usual diets, weight loss programs, supplements, and weight loss pills. Unfortunately, most of these methods do not have good long-term success at keeping weight off. The one exception I know is the local PRO Sports Club’s 20/20 Lifestyles Program which has a much higher than average success rate at keeping weight off for 4-5 years+: https://www.proclub.com/Wellness/20-20-Lifestyles In recent years more patients have headed to the operating room for weight loss surgery, which typically has a higher success rate than the usual measures, but many are reluctant to take what they consider such a “drastic step”.
There is a new device that was approved this year called VBLOC Therapy. It is a pacemaker-like device that is implanted in the body by laparoscopic surgery and stimulates the vagus nerve which transmits signals between the stomach and the brain. It helps decrease hunger and makes patients feel full. As a result they eat less and lose weight. Long term results are not available yet. Here is the link to this interesting article which discusses the VBLOC device and other new treatments on the horizon that will hopefully help us treat obesity more effectively. There is hope! http://www.webmd.com/news/breaking-news/future-of-health/#obesity-treatment-toc/advances-in-obesity-treatment