It’s common to associate inflammation with arthritis and joint pain. But a recent finding gives us one more reason to watch what we eat! Research conducted at Methodist Hospital in Houston found that fat tissue can become inflamed, causing numerous health problems for overweight and obese people. More importantly, certain diets, like those high in fat, may be responsible for increasing inflammation risks.
According to a study published in Cell Metabolism, fat cells themselves are partly to blame for this process. High caloric diets cause cells to make a group of proteins called MHCII that are used by the immune system to fight off bacteria or viruses. These fat cells send out false distress signals making the immune system think that it’s in danger, initiating inflammation to try and protect itself.
It’s long been known that fat cells store and release energy; many researchers now believe they are the reason for inflammation in fat tissue. This inflammation can cause serious consequences to a patient’s health, including diabetes.
Diets high in fat and calories are the cause of many illnesses and, unfortunately, are the norm in the western diet. Reducing caloric intake is important for weight loss, but equally important is the type of calories consumed. High protein, low carb, and low fat diets are the goal for weight loss and inflammation control. After bariatric surgery at our Louisiana or Mississippi weight loss centers, patients are encouraged to follow a careful diet focused around high-protein, low-fat, and nutrient-rich foods. With the help of a nutritionist, and guidance from our surgeons, your progress, health and weight loss will be carefully monitored after surgery for optimal results.
Additionally, the Surgical Specialists of LA & MS offer a successful, non-surgical treatment program called MyWeight for overweight individuals who may not meet the requirements for bariatric surgery or who prefer to try a non-surgical method for weight loss. With the guidance of our clinical professionals, a diet that meets your needs is customized for you. You will also enjoy one-on-one lifestyle coaching to effectively manage health concerns you may face on your weight loss journey. To learn more about our MyWeight program, gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass, or gastric band surgery, attend one of our free seminars or chat with a patient advocate by calling us at 877-691-3001.