Health Watch - Weight Loss: Medical Supervision

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about losing weight. If you have a lot of weight to lose, medical supervision is important for your health and for success, whether or not you have weight-loss surgery.

On diets restricted to 800 to 1,000 calories, it can be difficult to get proper nutrition and stay healthy. Dr. Edward Livingston, a gastrointestinal surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says medical supervision for a serious diet can help you meet your weight-loss goals safely, whether you’re preparing for weight-loss surgery or just trying to lose enough weight to avoid it. Many insurance plans require that patients follow a weight-loss diet for six months prior to surgery, and studies have shown that people who lose weight before bariatric surgery spend less time on the operating table. Food intake is also limited following the surgery, so patients may need help maintaining proper nutrition.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in bariatrics.


October 2009

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