Your BMI is 38

A BMI of 38 not only places you among the people considered obese, but you also fall in the higher end of this category, meaning that gaining even more weight would put you in the danger of classifying as extremely obese. You need to be aware of the health risks of your weight. You qualify for weight loss surgery and existing obesity-related diseases make it even more important for you to consider some of the surgical options.

Each person’s body is unique and may have different caloric needs. When your body’s caloric balance status is in caloric excess, it means that you are eating more calories than your body is using and you will store these excess calories as fat. Besides diet and behavior, the environment and genetic factors may also have a significant effect in causing people to be overweight or obese. It is important to understand the risks you are facing if you do not take any measures to lose weight.

Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • Hypertension27%
  • Dyslipidemia60%
  • High LDL
    Cholesterol
    41%
  • Low HDL
    Cholesterol
    28%
  • High levels
    of
    Triglycerides
    33%
  • Gallbladder
    Disease
    12%
  • Type
    2 diabetes
    90%
  • Coronary
    Heart disease
    21%
  • Stroke22%
  • Osteoarthritis40%
  • Sleep
    Apnea
    78%
  • Some
    Cancers
    18%

If you are seriously overweight, have tried dieting and exercise but you fail to lose weight, weight loss surgery is a viable option to consider. If your weight is impacting the quality of your life, bariatric surgery can help you regain control of your life and improve your health.

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Dr. Jeremy Korman - Lap Band Surgery

Lap Band Procedure For a BMI 38

The lap band procedure is recommended for BMI over 35, it can also be done for obese patients whose BMI is between lower than 35. This surgically implanted device helps adults lose considerable weight by limiting the stomach’s capacity, thus giving the patient the feeling of being full. Placed around the upper part of the stomach during a minimally invasive surgical procedure, the lap band creates a small stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food.

The narrowed opening between the stomach pouch and the rest of the stomach can be adjusted by inflating (adding saline fluid) or deflating the band (removing saline fluid). For obese patients who have failed to lose weight through non-surgical methods, the lap band is a recommended surgical option. The weight loss surgery costs will range from $7,000 to $23.000.

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Dr. Jeremy Korman - Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass Procedure For a BMI 38

Gastric bypass helps you lose weight by changing how your stomach and small intestine handle the food you eat. It is performed in 2 steps: making your stomach smaller by dividing it into a smaller upper section and a larger bottom section, and the bypass. Doctors often use the BMI and health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure to determine who is a candidate for weight loss surgery.

Gastric bypass is done for patients who have a BMI over 40, but can also be recommended for obese patients with a BMI of 35. You may lose half or more of your extra weight in the first 2 years and most people lose about 10-20 pounds each month in the first year after surgery.

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Marina Weight Loss - Gastric Imbrication

Gastric Plication Procedure For a BMI 38

Ideal candidates for gastric plication are obese patients with a BMI of 30 or more with a willingness to make significant lifestyle changes. The procedure, relatively new in the field of bariatric surgery, reduces the size of the stomach capacity to approximately 3 ounces and is completely reversible. Gastric plication does not involve the use of an implanted device, nor does it involve rerouting and reconnecting the intestines.

After the procedure, patients are placed on a postoperative diet that typically involves progression from fluids to semi-solid foods. Solid food intake must be avoided for approximately 6 weeks after the gastric plication surgery. Patients will experience consistent weight loss of more than 50% of their excess body weight.

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Dr. Jeremy Korman - Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Sleeve Procedure For a BMI 38

Gastric sleeve surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a restrictive bariatric operation designed to make the stomach smaller, in order to help obese people lose weight and regain control of their life. Lifelong changes need to be done after this procedure in order to maintain your weight. If your BMI is between 30 and 40, you may be a candidate for the gastric sleeve surgery.

During this procedure, more than half of your stomach is removed, leaving only a thin vertical sleeve about the size of a banana. This is not a reversible procedure! Your doctor will give you specific instructions before and after the surgery. Even if you had surgery, you will still need to have a healthy diet and get regular exercise, in order to reach your weight goal and avoid regaining weight.

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When you are engaged in the process of losing weight, you need to avoid the pitfalls of malnutrition and undernourishment. Your body needs a daily minimum of most of the vitamins and minerals. Check out the following list and use it as a guide in planning your meals.

Your Daily Nutrients Need
Total Carbohydrate 130.0 g
Dietary Fiber 25.0 g
Linoleic Acid 12000.0 mg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1100.0 mg
Protein 33.0 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A 2333.0 IU
Vitamin C 75.0 mg
Vitamin D 200.0 IU
Vitamin E 15.0 mg
Vitamin K 90.0 mcg
Thiamin 1.1 mg
Riboflavin 1.1 mg
Niacin 14.0 mg
Vitamin B6 1.3 mg
Folate 400.0 mcg
Vitamin B12 2.4 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 5.0 mg
Biotin 30.0 mcg
Choline 425.0 mg
Minerals
Calcium 1000.0 mg
Chromium 25.0 mcg
Copper 0.9 mg
Fluoride 3.0 mg
Iodine 150.0 mcg
Iron 8.0 mg
Magnesium 310.0 mg
Manganese 1.8 mg
Molybdenum 45.0 mcg
Phosphorus 700.0 mg
Selenium 55.0 mcg
Zinc 8.0 mg

Disclaimer

The above recommendations are only estimates of your minimum needs, and illness or any genetic individuality is not taken into account. Furthermore, these recommendations are specific to women with ages between 19 and 30, and may differ from the standardized Daily Values used on nutrition facts labels.

The first step before taking on any exercise routine must be to consult your doctor about incidental risks due to obesity-related health conditions. Make sure that your chosen sort of physical activity presents no danger to your health. Start movement gradually and increase duration and intensity slowly over time, in as your body gets stronger. Include in your daily routine cardio exercises for fitness, strength training for improved muscle strength and increased muscle mass, as well as stretching for improved flexibility and a sense of balance. Whatever you choose and like to do, the most important thing is to make movement a daily habit. Among the welcomed benefits of regular physical effort you will find:

  • better endurance and stamina
  • better sleep
  • better resistance to stress
  • improved sex life
  • a renewed zest for life