Dr. Feiz and Associates Answer November’s ‘Patient Submitted Question of the Month’: “How do Hormones Affect Appetite”

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Dr. Feiz has selected this query as the medical office’s November ‘Question of the Month’ in response to recent patient questions about the how weight loss surgery can help with hormone related hunger cravings.

One of Dr. Feiz's successful weight loss surgery patients.

Dr. Feiz explains that reducing the production of these appetite-related hormones is just one part of why the sleeve gastrectomy has quickly become the most popular bariatric procedure in the country.

According to Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., many of the hunger cravings that drive people to overeat are not necessarily caused by real hunger, but instead by a hormone called ghrelin which (often prematurely) signals to the brain that the stomach needs food. He notes that, while many patients are aware that weight loss surgery can help patients lose weight by restricting the capacity of the stomach, a great deal are unaware that the sleeve gastrectomy has hormonal benefits as well. Dr. Feiz explains that reducing the production of these appetite-related hormones is just one part of why the sleeve gastrectomy has quickly become the most popular bariatric procedure in the country.

Dr. Feiz explains that, because ghrelin is released into the body from the stomach, and because the sleeve gastrectomy involves the removal of about 80 percent of the stomach, the amount of ghrelin released into the bloodstream is greatly reduced after the procedure. Dr. Feiz says that past patients report not only feeling full by eating less at each meal, they have fewer hunger cravings and can go longer after a meal before feeling hunger again.

Dr. Feiz notes that both the hormonal effects and the new smaller stomach capacity work together to help patients develop a completely new relationship with food. When successful, weight loss surgery patients find that eating is no longer something that they do out of boredom or because of cravings, and can instead eat smaller meals at reasonable intervals and feel completely satisfied. Dr. Feiz also notes that patients can still eat their favorite foods after weight loss surgery, they simply have to eat them in significantly smaller portions.

He does, however, note that, because some weight loss surgery patients were found to have deficiencies with certain nutrients after weight loss surgery, it is still important that patients take nutrient supplements, or otherwise ensure that their food intake is balanced enough to avoid such side-effects. He explains that nutritional support is just one of the many advantages that patients get when they choose to have their procedure at Dr. Feiz and Associates.

While weight loss surgery surely produces different results for different patients, Dr. Feiz explains that it has more scientific backing than any other way to lose a significant amount of weight, hormonal or otherwise. For more information about weight loss surgery, and the success that patients have had with Dr. Feiz and Associates, call 800-868-5946 or visit the bariatric surgery center online at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

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