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Does Health Insurance Cover Weight Loss Surgery?

Most major insurance companies offer some form of coverage when it comes to weight loss procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and lap-bands. While many plans have begun covering these surgeries, it’s important to do your research on which carriers do and do not offer assistance. Insurance providers make a distinction between bariatric procedures that are included in your coverage (required for your health) and those that are considered elective treatments (not necessary for your health).
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Quick View of Gastric Sleeve Procedure

Removes part of the stomach and creates a new, tube-shaped stomach or “sleeve”. This is sometimes referred to as a “weight loss sleeve.” Surgery is irreversible. In most cases, your bariatric surgeon will perform this gastric sleeve procedure laparoscopically, making several small 1/4- to 1/2-inch abdominal incisions.
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Gastric Sleeve 101

A gastric sleeve procedure surgically reduces the stomach to about 15 percent of its previous size. Since the stomach is smaller, people who have had gastric sleeve feel fuller faster and therefore, see a reduction in overeating. Post surgery, patients must follow a strict diet that enables the body to recover and adjust to a smaller stomach size. This includes eating smaller portions more frequently through the day.
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Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Are you significantly overweight and desperate to make a lifestyle change, but you don’t know where to start? Well, start here. Board certified surgeon, Dr. Michael P. Choi, will get you moving in the right direction! People with a BMI between 35 and 39.9 with obesity related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and other obesity related conditions are very good candidates for weight loss surgery.
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Iced Coffee Madness

If you haven’t had a long look at the number of calories in your favorite iced coffee, then you may want to sit down when you finally pull up the numbers. The reality is that many of those favorite iced coffee drinks are basically milkshakes—with added caffeine. If you are a frequent buyer at any of those fancy coffee shops, then you may be adding a lot of calories to your diet without having a single thing to eat.
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Being Positive for Weight Loss Results

You may remember Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, the loveable donkey with a pin-on tail whose catch phrase was “oh bother.” For Eeyore, the sun was never shining and anything that could go wrong always did. When you approach every day with this sort of negative attitude it can seem like negativity is everywhere.
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Six Ways to Boost Your Summer Body Confidence

You might long for straw-hat days, yet, feel distraught about the thought of wearing revealing clothes. Seasonal heat, plus fashion, mean people bare more flesh in the summer, and you can’t rely on winter layering to hide a less than perfect figure. Here’s how to boost your body confidence so you enjoy the summertime rather than dread it.
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Healthy Eating after Bariatric Surgery

After bariatric surgery the way you eat will never be the same again.  You will chew differently, eat smaller quantities and even feel different sensations of fullness than you did before.  Food may even taste different to you and you may lose your desire for some foods that you used to love. Learning new ways to eat will take time so let’s start by looking at some general guidelines for eating that you will follow from this point forward.
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7 Facts You Need to Know About Hydration

Hydration is an important topic in fitness because it affects pretty much every aspect of your workout. Your performance, recovery, mental focus, body composition, and even joint health are all affected by your state of hydration.
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Eating Healthy: A Family Thing

They say all good habits start at home. When it comes to healthy habits, this is certainly true. Living healthily at home can make a huge difference in not only your ability to lose weight, but the ability of your entire family to stay on track with their personal weight management goals.
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