Obesity is a problem that plagues Singapore due to our dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle, putting us at risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Eating in a caloric deficit and exercising can help us to shed some weight, but what if you’ve tried them all and nothing seems to work? Well, you might want to consider medical intervention to help you, such as through the use of bariatric surgery or gastric balloons.Continue reading
Still at a loss because your weight loss regime hasn’t worked? There’s one option that could help you – bariatric surgery. If you’re obese with a BMI over 40 and have other weight-related problems, bariatric surgery may be able to help you. When all else fails, bariatric surgery can help you to eat less, feel full and eventually lose weight. Let’s find out exactly how.Continue reading
Almost everyone desires a nice, svelte body that’s free of health problems. Depending on how far you’re willing to go, some attempt extreme crash diets to lose weight fast, while others take a slow and steady approach that can last from months to years. For a small pool of individuals, surgery might come to mind.Continue reading
Besides tobacco, obesity contributes to almost 40% of cancers, including kidney, liver, pancreatic, colorectal and post-menopausal breast and endometrial cancer. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is responsible for 20% of cancer-related deaths in women and 14% in men. Surely this should mean that by reducing obesity rates, we could bring down the risk of cancer in many at-risk individuals. Currently, bariatric surgery is an effective strategy for individuals with morbid obesity who fail to lose weight despite a supervised diet and exercise program.
But does bariatric surgery, that brings about weight loss, have potential cancer prevention effects? So far, the literature demonstrates a positive link mostly in post-menopausal endometrial and breast cancers only. Why is this so? Let’s find out more.Continue reading
Gastric balloons are an alternative for those who wish to lose weight but do not qualify for bariatric surgery. There are a few types of gastric balloons in the market, with the latest one being the Elipse gastric balloon, which we will be launching soon. I’ve written a comprehensive article on the Elipse gastric balloon in a previous post, you may check it out here.
A few patients have reached out to me regarding the Elipse balloon, specifically its pros and cons. Let me address those queries in this post together with other information about the balloon that’s good to know.
First, let’s quickly recap how gastric balloons work.Continue reading
Obesity is a serious problem not just in Singapore but worldwide. Not only is obesity associated with poorer mental health and reduced quality of life, it’s also one of the leading causes of health conditions like diabetes, stroke, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Apart from the standard weight loss protocol, bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is something severely obese options can consider. It involves changing the anatomy or position of the stomach and small intestines. Doing so causes a decrease in appetite and food absorption, thereby leading to weight loss.
There are a few types of bariatric surgery procedures to choose from. How can you decide which is best for you? In this article, I will compare the two bariatric procedures most commonly performed in Singapore: a gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.Continue reading
Previously, I introduced something called a gastric balloon, a revolutionary treatment that allows overweight individuals to lose weight without bariatric surgery or a gastric sleeve procedure. I’m excited to announce that I will be one of the first in Singapore to launch the Elipse Balloon, a new generation of gastric balloon from Europe that is swallowable like a pill.Continue reading
Despite the plethora of information out there on weight loss and exercise, many are still misinformed about how to go about shedding some kilos, as evident by the number of crash diets I see. Now, don’t get me wrong — while some effort is still effort, wouldn’t you want to sustain the results of your hard work? While fad diets may help temporarily, you’ll most likely gain back weight as fast as you lost them.
A caloric deficit is king when trying to lose weight. Combine that with exercise, you’ll be able to reach your goals even faster. On the surface, it may sound simple, but I understand it may not be that way for some due to reasons like genetics and hormones. The biggest hurdle seems to be overcoming the feeling of hunger. “If only I wouldn’t feel so hungry all the time” — a line I commonly hear from patients.
To solve this solution, allow me to introduce something called a gastric balloon.Continue reading
Gastric band surgery or gastric banding is another surgical option I recommend to treat obesity. Similar to gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, gastric band surgery helps in weight loss by restricting the number of calories the patient consumes. It does not, however, involve any cutting or removing any parts of the stomach. So how does it work?
Let’s find out!Continue reading
Obesity is a serious condition. Those with obesity often have a series of medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Worldwide, there are about 2.8 million obesity-related deaths every year.
At a fundamental level, increasing physical activity and consuming less calories would naturally lead to weight loss. But eating behaviour and our ability to lose weight is also driven by genetics, hormones and neural circuits — so thinking that combating obesity with just eating less is over simplifying the matter.Continue reading