Success Stories

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Silent Assassin: Experts weigh in on bariatric surgery, type 2 diabetes remission

Bariatric surgery is often a last resort for type 2 diabetics who have "tried everything" but experts say its effects on insulin levels tend to be immediate and sustained.

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Surgery on the Rise

Why this life saving surgery is on the rise.

Dr. Dhan Thiruchelvam said he has seen a 10 per cent growth in the number of weight loss surgeries he is performing.

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Success Stories are not just for Hollywood

Of late there has been a lot of media hype around Adele’s amazing weight loss.

We however would like to share some success stories, that are not only close to home (physically), they also show everyday real people.

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New weightloss procedure, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, hits the Hunter

WATCHING her father undergo a heart operation at the start of the year prompted Karen Forbes to take a closer look at her own health.

“I looked at what happened and thought, ‘I don't want to be there in 30 years. I can't go on being 30 kilograms overweight. I have to find something that will help me lose weight and keep it off’,” she said.

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Weight loss surgery has given Paul York a new lease on life.

Anita Beaumont
21 Mar 2017

  • Reducing the burden of obesity
  • Weight loss surgery blowout

Reducing the burden of obesity Weight loss surgery blowout FOR Paul York, it’s the little things he notices most.

Since losing more than 35 kilograms after weight loss surgery in December, he can now bend down to put on his socks and tie his shoelaces, and he no longer sees “that look” when people realise they are sitting next to him on a plane.

But the big things have been rewarding too.

He is no longer on medication for Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, his anxiety has taken a back seat, and he finds it easier to breathe.

“Everything is easier,” he said.

The Ellalong grandfather, 56, had been a “skinny kid,” but he has been spent the past 20 years yo-yo dieting. “I’d lose a bit of weight, then I’d put it all back on plus more,” he said. “If I lost 10 kilos, I’d put 12 back on.” Prior to the surgery, he weighed 125.8 kilograms. His BMI was in the low 40s.

“I was morbidly obese,” the 56-year-old said.

“With the weight I was, I could’ve dropped dead any minute from a heart attack.

“Now, I feel like I’ve added a few years back on to my life.” Mr York said he had not been able to walk more than a few hundred metres, he could not climb a set of stairs, or put the “tray down” on an aircraft prior to the surgery.

He had one knee replacement, and needs another.

Bit by bit, year by year, the weight had crept on, he said.

“How hard is it to put on two kilos in 12 months? You do that for 25 years. It doesn’t come on overnight. It took me 25 years to put on that weight.

“It sneaks up on you, and then you hit a level where it’s the point of no return.”

Mr York said he got a “big wake up call” when his body – his kidneys and liver in particular – started to “shut down.” That was when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Mr York said the recent arrival of a new grandchild had given him another reason to get on top of his health.

His goal is to lose another 15 kilos.

He paid $6000 in out of pocket expenses for the gastric sleeve procedure. His private health insurance had covered the hospital stay and part of his doctor’s fees.

Mr York said there was a stigma associated with weight loss surgery. He said there were risks, as with any surgery, but he hoped he might inspire someone else. He wishes he’d done it sooner.

“People think you’re a lazy shit, that’s the bottom line, they think that you’re a lazy, fat slob,” he said. “This is a very effective way of starting your life again, and people look at you differently – it shouldn’t be that way, but that’s the way it is.”

Mr York said he had chucked out all of his old clothes – everything but his socks.

People think you’re a lazy shit, that’s the bottom line, they think that you’re a lazy, fat slob.

- Paul York

Nothing else fits anymore.

“Now I don’t have to go to the big man’s section,” he said.

“I can choose from a variety of clothes.”

Courtesy: Newcastle Herald

Gut feeling: Sleeve surgery saved my life.

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