Exercise or Diet Both Effective for Weight Loss

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Recent studies have indicated that exercise and diet are equally effective at helping people to lose weight. Whether through exercise or a restricted diet, weight loss for some individuals is essential to the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other weight-related health conditions.

Recent studies have indicated that exercise and diet are equally effective at helping people to lose weight. Whether through exercise or a restricted diet, weight loss for some individuals is essential to the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other weight-related health conditions.

Many people who have tried and failed to lose weight through conventional methods, such as diet and exercise, might find success with bariatric surgery (http://www.pbsmg.com), which involves dividing the stomach into two sections. One of the two sections is a smaller pouch that will act as the new stomach. The new stomach has the capacity of roughly two ounces, as opposed to its former size of about two quarts. This drastic reduction limits the stomach's ability to hold food, resulting in a feeling of fullness after eating only a small amount.

"Many of our patients come to us after years of unsuccessful dieting," according to Laurence Tanaka, M.D., F.A.C.S., bariatric surgeon at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com). "Patients who have bariatric surgery often see long-lasting results that greatly improve their quality of life and overall health."

Surgeons at Pacific Bariatric have performed nearly 10,000 procedures on adult and adolescent patients at Scripps Mercy Hospital. With the help of outstanding aftercare programs and support groups, patients at Pacific Bariatric see a success rate of slightly higher than the national average.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. and Scripps Mercy Hospital are nationally designated by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery. Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, also known as Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc., has an 80-year tradition of surgical excellence and leadership in San Diego County. For more information, visit http://www.pbsmg.com.

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego's longest established and only Catholic hospital. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California. For more information, visit http://www.scripps.org.

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