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Obesity & Liver Disease | Comorbidities for Obese Individuals

Obesity affects far more than the number you see on the scale. Millions of Americans suffer from obesity comorbidities like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis. Fatty liver disease, also called hepatic steatosis, can be devastating to your overall health. Additionally, you may suffer from metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance from being obese. Luckily, the Lap-Band® Program can help. But before exploring adjustable gastric banding, you first should understand some of these comorbidities and their potential effects.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NASH, simply means that a person carries more fat than average in their liver. This condition is one of the most common obesity comorbidities. Those affected may not suffer from any symptoms at first, but there is a risk of this condition progressing to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

NASH is far more serious than NAFLD. Those with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis have inflammation in their liver. Inflammation of the liver can lead to severe, life-altering conditions like cirrhosis and fibrosis. Any liver scarring resulting from NASH may put you at greater risk of developing cancer. Only about 20% of NAFLD cases progress to this stage, but it is essential to notice symptoms like swelling of the abdomen, reddened palms, enlarged blood vessels, and jaundice.

Metabolic Syndrome and Other Disorders

Another obesity comorbidity is metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors stemming from obesity. If not adequately managed, these risk factors can lead to further health problems, like arterial plaque, blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. It is unclear why metabolic syndrome develops, but experts believe it probably has many causes. Some of the potential causes of metabolic syndrome are insulin resistance, obesity, hormonal imbalance, and alcohol and tobacco abuse.

How the Lap-Band Can Help

Reducing weight is one of the best ways to mitigate obesity comorbidities. The Lap-Band is a fully adjustable gastric band that limits the amount of food you can intake. Placed via minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, the Lap-Band helps patients gradually and sustainably lose weight. In addition, the Lap-Band Program works with you to establish lasting healthy eating and exercise habits. For help getting started, contact Utah Lap-Band.

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Utah Obesity

utah obesity treatmentChances are you know someone who is at an unhealthy weight, since over 60% of adult Utahns are either overweight or obese. Obesity can affect people of any gender, age, income, and racial/ethnic groups. The number of Utahns that are obese is at a record high. Over 1,156,000 Utah adults are overweight and over 461,000 are obese.

The facts:

  • More than half of Utah adults are overweight or obese (60.1%, Utah BRFSS 2008).
  • Over one in three of those Utah adults at an unhealthy weight are obese (24.0% Utah BRFSS 2008).
  • Utah is only doing slightly better than the US where 63.1% of adults are overweight or obese and 26.6% are obese (US BRFSS 2008).
  • The percentage of obese adults in Utah has more than doubled (a 128% increase) since 1989.
  • 52.4% of Utah women 52.4% are overweight or obese compared to 67% of men.
  • In 2005, 35% of Utah women who delivered a baby were overweight or obese prior to becoming pregnant. This is a 21% increase since 1996.

 Obesity is a Risky Business

New data show higher BMI ups risk for chronic diseases
“We had known that a person at higher weight was at risk of having other co-morbid conditions”, said Michael Friedrichs, UDOH Epidemiology Manager, “but we were surprised at the significance of the findings. For example, a person classified as obese class III (BMI>40) is 19 times more likely to have diabetes and 11 times more likely to have high blood pressure than a person with ideal an ideal BMI.”

Obese adults were also more likely to have high cholesterol, asthma, and arthritis and their risk increased with each class of obesity. Rates of major depression were higher for obese adults as well.

The report can be found at:

If you are significantly overweight and have not been able to loose it by any other means, HAVE YOU CONSIDERED LAP-BAND?

Call Dr. Hansen today at 801-787-4379 to schedule a consultation.

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The Hourglass Effect

The whole eating factory function of the stomach is very complicated and still not understood completely. One of known triggers for us to feel satisfied after eating is volume. In the stomach wall, there are small switches that are turned on when we eat a significant volume. These switches then send a signal to the brain to lower or turn off our hunger. If we eat a lot, then we fill “full.” If we keep eating, then we become sick.

Placement of a Lap-Band creates an hourglass contour of the upper stomach. As food enters the upper portion, the restricted neck creates pressure on the upper pouch and gives the sensation of fullness. Most people have had this phenomenon to a lesser degree. It occurs when you don’t eat for a significant period of time and then notice that you don’t eat as much at the next meal. The common belief is that the stomach shrunk. In reality, the stretch switches were turned on sooner due the stomach recoiling back to its usual size. The Lap-Band magnifies this effect so you are more easily able to eat small portions without feeling so hungry. Not drinking with meals and waiting for a while after eating will help the hunger stay away.

The Lap-Band is adjustable to customize how much restriction there is around the stomach.

A Backhoe Against Hunger

Hunger is one of the main challenge we face in trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Sometimes it is physical process, and other times it is a mental process. This struggle is more difficult when there is high caloric food easily accessible around us. Most diet techniques include cutting back how much we eat or choosing food with fewer calories. And diets work, right? So what is the problem? You have to stay on that eating regimen consistently or the pounds return and the hole you have been digging against the extra pounds starts to fill in again.

There are many tools out there to help people lose weight, and when there are a lot of pounds, the job is more difficult. To keep weight controlled, there needs to be a permanent plan and tool. Renting a shovel can help you dig, but when you need it on a daily basis, it is better to own one.

Digging out a basement for a new house takes a lot more work than planting flowers. The tools are different for different needs. You need a more powerful tool than a shovel, like a backhoe.

If you have significant pounds to lose, you may benefit from using a more powerful tool like a Lap-Band. It can be the backhoe against your hunger. It will help you fill full faster to more easily cut back on the volume of food and dig a bigger hole against the extra pounds to help you keep it off and get the job done.

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Which Way to Weight Loss

Find your weight loss road map for success

Where are you going? If you know, then what is keeping you from getting there – and are you headed in the right direction?

We all have limitations in life: some we can control and others we are required to accept and do the best we can.

navigating weight lossIf excess weight and the many health problems it can bring are baggage in your journey through life that you wish could be left behind, now is the time to make a change for the better. A vehicle can allow you to get where you may not be able go on your own. Most people will choose a safe, effective option.

Lap Band weight loss surgery is the safest weight loss surgery available. It is a reversible, adjustable out patient procedure that can change your life. It can help you get to where you want to be or allow you opportunities that may not otherwise be available.

Recently the FDA lowered the indication of using the Allergan Lap Band for those with a BMI of 30 (30-50 lbs over normal weight) and above who have conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.

These conditions have a significant chance of improving or resolving with weight loss and Lap Band can help. If you have ever wondered whether weight loss surgery is right for you, we can help. Get to where you want to go with Lap Band.

If you or someone you know could use this remarkable advancement help is only a call or click away.

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Time to Make a Change

Do something that will improve your health and life. Excess weight can cause many medical problems, including, but not limited to the following.

weight lossObesity Risk List:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints)
  • Sleep apnea & other breathing problems
  • Some forms of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial, and kidney)
  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Asthma
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Urine leakage
  • Depression
  • Heartburn (GERD)
  • Increased surgical risk
  • Increased mortality

These conditions can improve or resolve with weight loss. If weight loss has not been maintained by non surgical options consider looking in to a Lap-Band procedure.

If you or someone you know could use this remarkable advancement help is only a call or click away. Please visit for more information.

The Incredible Impact of Lap Band

Many people will define a miracle as a positive event that was not expected to happen unexplainable with presumption if divine providence. Much of technology, Medicine, Transportation, and Communication we use today would be considered a miracle not too long ago. A tool can be a gift or even a miracle for some who do not have a access to it. Even though we know so much more about many conditions of the human body many treatments seem to be a miracle even though we know how they work.

For some, one of those little miracles is the Lap Band. It has helped thousands improve their health through significant weight loss. High blood pressure, heartburn, joint pain, sleep apnea, even the treatment of diabetes can go away, not just simply be controlled. Exactly how it works is not completely known but, it acts to lessen hunger. It creates a narrowed area at the top of the stomach so smaller volumes of food will satisfy an individual during a meal, less calories are consumed and weight loss follows. It is a tool to literally funnel eating to a more manageable controlled event. there are no guarantees but, many have seen tremendous results that have changed their lives for the better in ways that were not thought possible. To some this is a miracle.

If you or someone you know could use this remarkable advancement help is only a call or click away. Please visit for more information.