Greater weight gain linked to higher likelihood of heart attack, stroke

Research findings published in the European Heart Journal indicate “the more overweight people become, the more likely they are to have a heart attack or stroke and to develop risk factors for heart disease.” Reuters adds, “Contrary to some past research suggesting there might be a heart-protective effect of being overweight or obese, the study team found the opposite, according to their report.”


This is just another report of the information which has been suspected over the history of medical treatment for significant excess weight.  The science now confirms it.  The #1 and #3 sources of death in the U.S. are escalated by obesity. 

The logical next step for anyone is to research how to get rid of the obesity which is the root of this problem.

The research leads to a single endpoint, Bariatric surgery.  Its safe, available and effective.

It can extend and improve your life.


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The Team at NJBI


Researchers map variations in death rates, causes of death across the US

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association researchers found wide variation in death rates and causes of death among different regions.

Researchers used data from the Global Burden of Disease study, which is compiled from “various data sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys and state inpatient databases. “The top five risk factors – diet, obesity, elevated blood pressure, tobacco and physical inactivity – explain an awful lot of the differences across states.


The top five risk factors sound AWFULLY familiar to anyone who is involved in bariatric care. 

Death is the final endpoint. 

No one is in a hurry to get there. 

The five factors above represent the fast lane to getting there.

Bariatric surgery has been repeatedly PROVEN to help to slow this progression and reduce your risk to the same level as everyone else.

Relief and an explanation is a phone call away. 


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The Team at NJBI

Obesity may damage livers of children

Obesity may damage livers of children as young as eight, research suggests

Research published in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests “obesity can damage the livers of children as young as eight.”

Investigators “found the larger a child’s waist circumference is at the age of 3 the more likely that by the age of 8 that child will have markers for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.”


Non alcoholic liver disease is now the #1 source of disease leading to liver transplantation in the world.  It has surpassed cirrhosis and other causes.  The incidence has paralleled the obesity epidemic and the rising rates seen across the world.  It is certainly disturbing that the signs are seen in children of such a young age and likely means that their length of life will be limited.  Another good reason to avoid the weight if possible and deal with it as soon as possible if not able to avoid it.

One of the first things to respond after bariatric surgery is fatty liver disease.  Changes are seen for the better in the first post operative month!

Bariatric surgery changes lives.  It eliminates risk factors for premature death and preserves quality and length of life.  Certainly, its something to consider early for our children.


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The Team at NJBI


Neurons from extremely obese people could lead to personalized treatment

Research led by Dhruv Sareen at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is examining cells from people who are extremely obese in hopes of finding “weight-related dysfunction” and “giving science an active tool to better understand one of the single largest determinants of health in the world.” The team’s research findings were published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell. The researchers “took blood and skin samples from people whose body mass indexes were 50 or higher … and from people with what’s considered a healthier BMI, 25,” and then they “reprogrammed cells from those samples to a more stem cell-like state,” and “bathed them in different molecules that would convince them to become hypothalamic neurons.”


This is an interesting approach.  The area in the brain which is triggered by the operation of gastric bypass or gastric sleeve is called the hypothalamus.  The prevailing theory says that although science cannot pinpoint the trigger molecule or hormone, the immediate effect of altering the anatomy inside the abdomen is activation of the hypothalamus.  The two operations somehow each stimulate the tiny hypothalamus differently, and then each trigger further changes in the brain which differ, but both are responsible for the weight loss which results.  It appears that the brain causes the weight loss, not the organs inside the abdomen! 

When you consider this information, the cellular experimentation that is being investigated at Cedars-Sinai doesn’t seem so crazy.  Maybe they will find an answer and be able to reproduce surgical weight loss without having to perform abdominal surgery! 

Stay tuned……..


Best in Health,

Dr Bertha and the Team at NJBI

Five habits that may decrease risk of heart disease and cancer

Research published in the journal Circulation found that “following five healthy habits could drastically cut your risk for heart disease or cancer and potentially add more than 10 years to your life.” The five habits are: “eating healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking, and moderate alcohol consumption.”

In “Science Now,” the researchers found that women with the five healthy habits “lived about 14 years longer than women who followed none of them,” while “the difference was about 12 years” for men.


Would you really rather “die with the Sinners than live with the Saints?”  It looks like there is benefit to all of the things which we have all been taught by the world’s advertisers after all.

It has to be a choice.  It has to start somewhere.  It has to come from YOU.  If you value it, you will do it.

It’s never too late.  At NJBI, we specialize in turning lives around through the wonders of Bariatric surgery.  There’s no age limit.  It’s more often just a matter of desire.


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The Team at NJBI


Researchers identify enzyme an increased risk of colon inflammation in obese people

Researchers from University of Massachusetts Amherst have identified an enzyme, called soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH), “that might be responsible for increased colon inflammation in obese people.” As such, researchers hope that by inhibiting the enzyme they may be able to prevent colon cancer. Several drugmakers “are already in the process of developing sEH inhibitors for human trials for other conditions.” The findings were published in PNAS.

Hopefully this becomes a simple thing to measure and can make a dent in one of the “additional” risks of morbid obesity. It would be nice if they can tell us why some people have it and some do not, or whether the bacterial content of the colon is involved.
What we know now is limited: If you are obese, you are probably at a higher risk than if you were not.
If you are male and obese, you are at higher risk, especially over age 50.
It makes sense for anyone who is obese to follow the screening guidelines for first colonoscopy at age 50 or 10 years earlier than any blood relative who was diagnosed with cancer.
It also makes sense to consider bariatric surgery which will reduce ALL of your risks.
Bariatric surgery has the likelihood of adding 7-10 years to your lifespan.

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The NJBI Team

Patients with breast cancer more likely to delay care if their deductibles are high, research indicates

The New York Times (5/4, Abelson, Subscription Publication) reported that a study indicated that “women who had just learned they had breast cancer were more likely to delay getting care if their deductibles were high.” The “review of several years of medical claims exposed a pattern: Women confronting such immediate expenses put off getting diagnostic imaging and biopsies, postponing treatment.” Additionally, “they delayed beginning chemotherapy by an average of seven months, said Dr. J. Frank Wharam…one of the authors of the study, published earlier this year in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.”

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Substitute the words Obesity and breast cancer. The article is a concern because presumably the earlier the patients seek the therapy the better chance they have to not be killed by their disease. Breast cancer or obesity, they’re both killers. The tragedy is that the decision becomes a financial one. You can thank your local and federal politicians for that one, no matter which side of the aisle you favor.

At NJBI we aim to be as transparent as is possible about your care, your costs, and your outcomes. Nothing is cheap. “Value” is getting something which makes a difference for your money, not meeting some arbitrary federal benchmarks in paperwork.

We understand and are on YOUR team.

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Dr Bertha and the NJBI Team

Is Bariatric Surgery the Best Option for Diabetic Teenagers?

When comparing the progression of type 2 diabetes in teenagers with obesity treated with either medication or bariatric surgery, researchers found that surgery improved the control of diabetes better than medication alone, in a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study compared 30 teenagers who had bariatric surgery, and 63 teenagers who were treated non-surgically. Overall, the glycated hemoglobin decreased in the group of teenagers that had surgery and the glycated hemoglobin of patients who didn’t have surgery actually increased, demonstrating a deteriorating control of their type 2 diabetes. Additionally, the patients who had bariatric surgery showed more improvement in other complications that can occur with type 2 diabetes, such as high blood pressure. The researchers say it is becoming apparent that teenagers with type 2 diabetes show a faster progression of disease than adults and as a result bariatric surgery should be performed sooner rather than later to slow down the progression of the disease and the associated complications.

Pediatricians are fond of arguing that children are NOT just smaller sized adults, and that they require special treatment.  This study demonstrates exactly that.  Diabetic adolescents actually have a more significant type of diabetes and faster progression of the disease.  That means faster progression to blindness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and peripheral vascular disease and amputations.  Many parents are reluctant to allow their children to consider bariatric surgery, preferring instead to believe that their child will simply “grow out of it’, or that they are simply “big for their age”.  Diabetes is a chronic, deadly disease which should be taken VERY seriously.  Interestingly, morbid obesity is also a chronic, deadly disease which should be taken VERY seriously.

Bariatric surgery, in most cases,  can act as a “cure” for both.

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The NJBI Team