Gender Disparity: Bariatric Surgery Much Less Common in Men

A recent study published in the March 2015 edition of the Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques found that men are far less likely to undergo bariatric surgery than women. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a number of factors, including culture, socioeconomic status and demographics, contribute to a large gender disparity between United States men and women who choose to undergo bariatric surgery.

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Despite having equal rates of obesity between US men and women, an astonishing 80 percent of bariatric surgery patients are women. These surgeries include procedures to limit food consumption as well as reduce food absorption.

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine took into account a large number of non-biological factors that may be causing men to avoid bariatric surgery. Factors identified include insurance coverage, perception of body image, age, surgery eligibility and health awareness.

Researchers also examined data from 190,705 U.S. patients who had weight loss surgery (93 percent gastric bypass, 7 percent sleeve gastrectomy) between the years of 1998-2010. One study pointed out in particular was a 2014 study conducted at Kansas State University. Researchers found significant differences in the health satisfaction of obese women and men.

Researchers found that 72.8 percent–94 percent of obese men were satisfied with their health opposed to 56.7 percent–85 percent of obese women.

Researchers also believe that part of the gender disparity issue is the result of culture. Women have a tendency to be much more aware of the health concerns associated with obesity. Women are also much more likely to explore bariatric surgery options at a much younger age than men. Men have a tendency to wait until they are experiencing adverse health conditions to explore surgical options.

Researchers believe that this study should bring awareness to the health of obese men and the health risks and complications associated with being considered obese. If you’ve recently undergone bariatric surgery or are considering bariatric surgery, check out Bariatric Advantage products, a complete line of products designed to meet the needs of bariatric surgery patients. Bariatric surgery helps to improve medical conditions associated with being obese. Bariatric surgery can help to control arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Researchers are encouraging men to be aware of these facts and take action in order to control their obesity.

8 Great Protein Snacks to Enjoy on the Run

Life can get pretty chaotic sometimes. However, a lifestyle does not mean you should neglect healthy eating habits. One of the easiest ways to eat healthy on the run is to choose a snack that has staying power. Choosing snacks that are packed with protein can help keep you feeling satisfied longer. Why? Protein slows digestion and keeps your blood sugar levels steady. Protein can even help you lose weight because it increases satisfaction. When you are full, you are much less likely to stray from a healthy eating plan. Stock your kitchen with these protein-packed snacks to help you enjoy a healthy lifestyle even when life gets crazy.

  1. A single-serving of cottage cheese. If you thought Greek yogurt was the only way to go when it comes to high-protein dairy snacks, guess again. A single serving of nonfat cottage cheese contains 20 grams of protein, which is three more than your average Greek yogurt.
  2. A single-serving peanut butter pack. It’s not practical to carry an entire jar of peanut butter with you on-the-go, but single-serving peanut butter packs can give you a protein-packed treat no matter where you are. These packages contain 8 grams of protein in just over an ounce of product. To reduce sugar intake, look for natural peanut butters. For a snack with added staying power, enjoy your peanut butter on a banana.
  3. Kay’s Naturals Cookies, Chips, Pretzels and Cereal. If you want to enjoy the crunch of pretzels or potato chips without the guilt, give these snack packs a try. With zero cholesterol and 12 grams of protein, your old guilty pleasures no longer have to be guilty.
  4. String cheese or mini, single-serving cheeses. With 6 to 8 grams of protein, you can enjoy your dairy and feel full too. These packages are individually packaged and great for tossing in a purse or backpack. If you are trying to lose weight, look for a part-skim cheese.
  5. Edamame. With 8 grams of protein in just a half of cup, 90-calorie edamame gives you 3 grams of fiber as well. Protein and fiber work well together to help combat hunger. If you are looking for a crunchy snack, dry roasted edamame contains 14 grams of protein.
  6. Ostrim-Meat-Stick-NashuaOstrim High Protein Meat Sticks. You may not always have time to cook up a chicken breast on-the-go, but high protein meat sticks can help satisfy your want for something hardy. Whether you like turkey or elk, there is a meat stick for you. With 14 grams of protein, meat sticks can easily be part of a sensible diet.
  7. ProtiDiet. If weight loss is your goal, ProtiDiet offers a wide-variety of snacks that are perfect for the busy professional or the mom on the go. From bars to cold drinks and cookies, you can get your protein and satisfy a sweet tooth all at the same time. With 15 grams of protein, you’ll be feeling full until it’s time for dinner.
  8. Turkey Roll-ups. Turkey roll-ups are perfect for when you have a few extra minutes in the morning to prepare a snack for the day. Simply roll-up some of your favorite vegetables in a slice of turkey for a satisfying snack. With 18 grams of protein, this hearty snack is perfect for work or school.

On-the-go snacks do not have to be bad for you. With a little planning, you can eat healthy no matter what life throws your way. To avoid vending machines or fast-food runs, always have a couple of high-protein snacks on you.

Healthy Protein Cheesecake Recipe

It’s very easy to think that protein and baked goods do not mix. However, you can have your cake and your protein at the same time with this health, protein cheesecake recipe. Protein powder and low-fat dairy products can create a delicious and healthy dessert that will leave you forgetting about the local bakery.

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Regular desserts may taste great, but they are not beneficial for your health. Sweets tend to be lacking nutritional benefits and are often times full of detrimental ones — such as sugar, saturated fats and artificial flavorings. Too often individuals find themselves consuming way too many sweets, mainly because they taste great and after often readily available. Consuming too many sugary desserts can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, tooth decay, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, reduced bone strength, increased chances of developing heart disease, cancer and acne as well an increase in bad cholesterol levels. Additionally, sugar can be addicting! Research has shown that sugar can be just as addicting as drugs. The more sugar you consume, the more you are going to want to eat. Foods with sugar, salts and fat play a large role in contributing the obesity epidemic.

On the other hand, a protein-packed dessert can help to:

  • Stimulate muscle protein synthesis, which means stronger and healthier muscles.
  • Keep you feeling full, which can help lower your daily caloric intake. When you are feeling full, you are much less likely to reach for unhealthy, high-calorie snacks.
  • Lose weight easier. Protein increases the amount of calories your body burns when digesting it. This is known as a thermic effect. Protein requires nearly two times the calories required to breakdown carbohydrates.
  • Increase bone density and decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis. Research has shown that increased protein intake is beneficial in keeping bones healthy.

It’s hard to believe that enjoying cheesecake can help you enjoy the benefits of protein. Check out the recipe below we found on Builtlean.com.

Healthy Protein Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12oz cup Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 10 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 1-2 Tbsp Stevia
  • 1/4 cup of Milk
  • 1.5 scoop of Whey Protein Powder in Vanilla
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Soften cream cheese in a large mixing bowl by pressing down with a spoon.
  3. Add eggs and stevia and mix using an electric mixer.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue mixing for 2-3 min.
  5. Pour in baking pan (6" pan works best) lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 325 for 25 min then turn down the oven to 200 and continue baking for an additional hour.
  7. Let cool in the fridge for 4-5 hours
  8. Enjoy!
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Know the Warning Signs: 5 Signs You Should be Consuming More Protein

Protein is important to your health. If you do not consume enough protein, your body suffers. Proteins are the body’s main building blocks. They are important in making skin, muscles, organs and tendons. Proteins are also necessary in making neurotransmitters, enzymes, neurotransmitters and more. Without protein, your life would simply not be the same.

Here are 5 signs that your body is not getting the protein it needs to function properly:

  1. Do you crave a lot of sweets? If you suddenly develop a sweet tooth and you never feel like you’ve had enough to eat, you are likely low on protein. One important function of protein is to keep your blood sugar levels steady. When you are lacking protein, there is a good chance that you reach for a piece of candy or a cookie as a quick fix. Instead of reaching for an unhealthy fix, consider reaching for a protein smoothie. We offer a variety of protein smoothies including Protein Wealth Fruit Smoothie. This drink is high in protein and will help put an end to your sweet tooth.Protein- nashua nutrition
  2. Have you noticed your hair falling out or thinning? Protein is a key building block for all of the cells in your body — including your hair follicles. Your hair follicles are strong and meant to keep your hair on your head. If you are not getting the appropriate nutrients, you may notice that your hair may start thinning.
  3. Do you feel foggy all of the time? If your brain is feeling foggy, a lack of protein may be to blame. Balanced blood sugar levels are a must for staying focused throughout the day. If you are depriving yourself of protein and your glucose levels are fluctuating, you may have some trouble performing your normal daily tasks; such as staying focused in class or getting those numbers to add up in a report for work. A steady stream of carbohydrates is a must-have to help fuel your brain. Consuming protein with your meals can help to time-release carbohydrates to be used as energy opposed to spikes in your energy levels. If you are looking for a boost in your protein intake throughout the day, consider Proti-Boost.
  4. Do you feel weak? If you know one thing about protein, it’s the fact that protein is a must-have for strong and healthy muscles. If you do not get enough protein, your muscles may begin to shrink overtime.
  5. Do you find yourself feeling sick more often than usual? Protein is a must for a strong immune system. If you catch colds easily, a protein deficiency may be to blame.

How much protein should you be consuming each day? If you are the average person, meaning you aren’t a bodybuilder and do no exercise all that often, it is reasonable to aim for .36 to .6 grams per pound. This means:

  • 56-91 grams/day for the average male.
  • 46-75 grams/day for the average female.

If your job is demanding on your body or you are very active, you are going to need more protein. Endurance athletes need about .5 to .65 grams of protein per pound per day. Older individuals are also in need of more protein. Daily protein intake should be about .45 to .6 grams per pound.

If you suspect a protein deficiency, it is important to talk to your doctor. Keep in mind that a weakened immune system or hair loss may mean something other than a protein deficiency.

Nashua Nutrition “2015 Best of Nashua” Award Winner

We are excited to announce that Nashua Nutrition won the “2015 best of Nashua” award. The category of the award was for best in weight-loss and bariatric. The Nashua Award program awarded Nashua Nutrition based on its commitment to customer service, and quality.

Best of Nashua Award - Nashua NutritionEach year the Nashua Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in the local community and business category. They claim Nashua Nutrition enhances the positive image of small business through their service to the community and customers.

The award program recognizes us as a small business that supports people on their weight-loss journeys by providing supplements and products that work with common diets and eating plans, and patients facing pre or post-operative bariatric surgery.

To read the entire press release click here.

Your Bariatric Journey: Pre-Bariatric Surgery Diet?

It’s not uncommon to want to enjoy some of your favorite foods and restaurants before undergoing bariatric surgery. However, it is very important to develop a new and healthy relationship with food including practicing portion control and sticking to a mostly good-for-you diet. It is important to remember that bariatric surgery requires you to make dietary changes before and after surgery. While your physician will provide your pre-bariatric surgery guidelines to you, it is important to adopt a healthy, low-calorie diet before your surgery.

A pre-surgery diet provides surgical patients with a large number of benefits including:

  • Reducing the amount of body fat in the abdominal region (including the liver). If your liver is too large, the surgery may have to be rescheduled. Alternatively, an enlarged liver may to having opened-surgery instead of having a laparoscopic procedure. If your stomach and liver are near each other, an enlarged liver can make it more difficult for surgery to be performed.
  • A pre-bariatric diet helps to increase protein intake. By consuming a diet that is high in protein, you can help to preserve and protect your muscle tissues following surgery.
  • Patients on a pre-surgical diet are likely to have improved surgical outcomes and a reduced recovery time. By reducing the amount of fatty triglycerides around the spleen and liver, you are at lower risk for developing post-surgical complications.
  • Eating healthy prior to surgery can help you to prepare for a healthier lifestyle after your procedure. A low-calorie, high-protein diet that is also lower in fat and carbohydrates can help increase favorable results after surgery.

 

Tips for eating a healthy, well-balanced diet:

  • Preparing for bariatric surgery does not mean you have to avoid a special meal (such as a birthday or holiday meal). Enjoy yourself, but opt to consume a protein shake or other low-calories options for your other two meals that day. For a filling meal replacement, consider our Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement.
  • Say no to sugar. When baking or making a cup of coffee, you do not necessarily need to add sugar. Consider replacing sugar with cinnamon, honey or applesauce for a healthy variation of some of your favorite treats.
  • Switch up your condiments. Replace mayo with mashed avocado. Swap out your sour cream for greek yogurt; a similar consistency but a much healthier choice.
  • Add cauliflower to your grocery list. Cauliflower can easily take the place of mashed potatoes or rice.
  • Make zucchini noodles. Say no to traditional pasta and make your noodles out of zucchini.

 

Remember, eating healthy does not mean you have to forgo all of your old favorites. With a little creativity and practicing portion control, you can prepare yourself for life after bariatric surgery.

Walk to a Healthier You!

Today is the 9th annual National Walking Day. For the past 9 years the American Heart Association has claimed the first Wednesday in April as National Walking Day. National Walking Day was created by the American Heart Association’s “My Heart, My Life” initiative to push Americans to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

These are some of the benefits of walking: (source: American Heart Association)

•Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
•Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
•Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
•Enhance your mental well-being
•Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
•Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer

Walking Benefits

Save or pin this infographic on Pinterest, as a constant reminder of the benefits of walking. Start your healthier life today!

Shutdown, Slim Down: Weight, Sleep and Stress

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Answer this question: when was the last time you got a good night’s sleep? Not sure? Would you be surprised to know that many Americans exist in a state of chronic sleep deprivation?

According to Dr. Priyanka Yadav, a sleep medicine specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center, “An estimated one-third of Americans are sleep-deprived in some way, which is an issue because a lot of important things happen as we sleep.”

Sleep deprivation may be small at first. You skip a REM cycle or two, or miss an hour of sleep here or there. Over time, the number of minutes and hours becomes more pronounced. And don’t even get us started on the quality of that sleep. We’ve all had those mornings where we wake up after a supposed seven or eight hours of sleep, but feel just as tired as we did when we went to bed!

We typically think of the consequences of sleep deprivation as being purely energy-related. That is, a bad case of head fog and relentless afternoon yawn sessions. It’s no secret to doctors and obesity researchers that the number of hours we sleep each night plays a powerful role in our ability to control food intake and maintaining a healthy weight.

Who makes good choices when they’re sleep deprived? No one. While you may not count yourself among the chronically sleep deprived (after all, you don’t look or feel like a member of the Walking Dead), even slight sleep deprivation can take a toll on your emotions – and your waistline. The less you sleep, the more you stress. The more you stress, the more you eat. It’s a vicious, loathsome cycle.

“When you’re sleep-deprived, the frontal cortex of the brain – which controls our ability to plan, problem-solve, and make decisions and naturally blunts the impulse to eat more fatty, carbohydrate-heavy, and caloric foods – is less active,” Dr. Yadav explains.

Think that lack of shuteye is a necessary evil in our go-go-go, 24/7 society? Think again. Too many of the hours we could spend sleeping are wasted on that extra

Netflix episode, or a few “harmless” minutes scrolling through Instagram before bed. If you commit to spending a full 8 hours in bed – without electronics – every night for a week, hopefully you will be well rested come morning.

Are you having trouble falling asleep at night? Try Bell Lifestyle: Sleep and Relax Tea or Bell Life: Sound Sleep. Your mind and your waistline will thank you.