Category: Research

Your Guide To Lowering Blood Pressure

A person getting their blood pressure taken by a doctor to illustrate your guide to lowering your blood pressure.

More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure. As the American Heart Association puts it, that’s about half of all American adults. And while high blood pressure is a problem in and of itself, it’s also linked to other health issues, including: Heart attacks Strokes Aneurysms Heart failure Metabolic syndrome Memory problems Dementia As…

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Do Diets Even Work?


Our patients have tried more diets than you can name. Mostly, two things happen: they see an immediate drop, and then the weight gradually comes back on; or, they see zero results at all. The chief misconception here is that people blame themselves. They chalk up their weight gain to lack of willpower. This is…

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Groundbreaking New Type 2 Diabetes Research Links Remission to Weight Loss Surgery


A new clinical study reports that for diabetic patients, weight loss surgery can help improve blood sugar levels more than any lifestyle changes or pharmaceutical intervention. Weight loss surgery may even help with long-term remission. The study appeared in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association, endorsed by 45 professional societies around the…

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The Best Ways to Relieve Joint Pain

Relieve joint pain by losing weight.

Our joints endure a lot of stress over an extended period of time. If you’re experiencing joint pain for any reason, it can be frustrating, and of course, painful. Luckily, there are steps we can all take to minimize joint pain and live a more active, comfortable life.  Exercise Exercise can relieve joint pain on…

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Gastric Bypass and Diabetes – Why Such Fast Improvement?

Over the past decade, bariatric surgeons have noticed that weight loss surgery is extremely effective in improving diabetes, with many patients showing improvement as quickly as days after surgery. Prompted by these observations, several noteworthy studies published in recent years have provided evidence that weight loss surgery is an effective diabetes treatment in obese patients….

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Exercise Has Positive Relationship to Mental State

Physical activity is an important aspect of both our pre-surgery and post-surgery treatment plan at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery. There have been many health benefits linked with physical activity, including both physical and mental benefits. At the recent Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS) Consortium attended by Dr. Emma Patterson, there was an interesting study presented showing the…

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Male Obesity May Affect Fertility

When couples are trying to conceive, the woman’s weight and age are often the focus. But now a new study shines the spotlight on men and how their excess weight may affect their fertility, as well as fetal development. Australian scientists at the University of Melbourne Department of Zoology found indications that a man’s obesitymay…

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Sleep Apnea & Weight Loss

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while sleeping. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea, often called OSA for short, is the most common.  As a result of the disruption in…

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