Type 2 diabetes has reached the level of a full-blown worldwide epidemic, bringing crippling complications like stroke, blindness, heart disease and amputations. In the US, the occurrences of diabetes have tripled over the past three decades, reaching a staggering number of over 20 million, with the majority of cases being type 2, which is closely
Dealing with stubborn weight issues can be frustrating and even overwhelming at times. All the good intentions, resolutions and various diets might not do the trick. Here at we help thousands of patients get on a healthy track and put their struggles behind for good. Recently, SSL’s Dr. Tom Lavin was interviewed about when

How To Gain the Advantage over Weight Re-gain

According to new research, older women who lose weight are likely to gain it back again, and as fat rather than muscle. At the beginning of the study, 78 postmenopausal women had shed about twelve percent of their body weight through a weight loss program. Six months into the study, 68 percent of the women
A study of two popular bariatric surgery procedures—Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and gastric banding—found that both had very good weight loss outcomes at 6 years after surgery. Weight loss was faster, greater and remained “significantly better” six years after gastric bypass compared with patients who received a gastric band, according to the researchers. However, patients with

New Year’s Resolution – More Chocolate?

There's good news for chocolate lovers everywhere: A study, from the University of Cambridge in the UK, found that eating chocolate on a regular basis can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. The study consisted of 114,000 people and determined that those who regularly ate the most chocolate had a decreased risk of heart disease (37% decrease), diabetes (31% decrease), and stroke (29% decrease). Cocoa products, like chocolate, have been found to promote cardiovascular health in many studies.

Are you pre-diabetic?

Have you recently gained weight? Does anyone in your family have diabetes? When was the last time you had blood work completed? Pre-diabetes is “the state that occurs when a person’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes”. Most importantly, people with pre-diabetes have an
Dr. Thomas Lavin of the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana was quoted in an article last week about a study finding that weight loss programs can be more effective when combined with a program to improve body image and acceptance. The Study The study consisted of 239 overweight and obese women. The researchers divided the women

Dietary Guidelines For Americans

Rising concerns about the health of the American population has been a topic that has swept the nation and caught the attention of most local and national news organizations. The public at large has become much more aware of this growing problem, and consequently numerous high profile individuals and companies are stepping up to lead the fight on “the battle of the bulge”.
There are many benefits of the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure, which include fewer surgical incisions, a quicker procedure time, and more immediate results. Additionally, other health conditions improve such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.
As one of the busiest groups for sleeve gastrectomy in the region, during the past five years, the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana (SSL) have helped to change the lives of over 1,000 individuals with the laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure.