Lisa Lampanelli had her weight loss surgery April 2012 and she went from 248 pounds down to 142 pounds within a year. She’s in the news again because she’s is staying thin. In a December 4, 2013 Examiner article Lisa said her weight gain began at age 18 and then over time she gained over 100 pounds.

Lisa, who has been the brunt of many “fat chick” jokes over the years blames her weight gain on emotional eating resulting in lifelong food addiction. Her decision to have the procedure came after 32 years of yoyo dieting using every diet plan that came out. Lisa’s success with her procedure has been so amazing that her husband, Jimmy Cannizzaro got the procedure only two months after Lisa had hers. It was noted that Lisa doesn’t follow a special diet to work with her bariatric procedure. We feel that is a mistake.

Because this procedure limits food consumption to only about 4 ounces. Compared to the Lap-band where the patient can eat up to 10 ounces of food, it’s easy to see why this procedure is so effective. But, it’s also easy to see why eating such a small amount of food makes it extremely important for Sleeve Gastrectomy patients to concentrate on eating a well balanced diet geared for nutrition.

Lisa stresses the fact that she is an emotional eater and that’s what drives her to overeat. She calls it using food as medication. So Lisa can’t be completely dependent on her bariatric procedure to keep her from binge eating. She has had to learn the emotional triggers that cause her to binge eat and constantly be mindful of them.

Gastric Sleeve surgery can cure Type 2 Diabetes

A while back the Cleveland Clinic did a study finding that weight loss surgery cut blood sugar more than drugs. The study was named STAMPEDE (Surgical Therapy And Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently). First off, we want to say that you don’t need a weight loss surgery to lose weight or diabetes. We always want you to know that a bariatric procecudure should only be considered after diet and exercise have failed under professional guidance. These results from the Cleveland Clinic are astounding because obese people with Type 2 Diabetes are three times more likely to regain a normal blood sugar after having a bariatric procedure than those who do not have an operation and are treated with drugs.

Why should an overweight person worry about Type 2 Diabetes? Because many diseases associated with aging are greatly enhanced by diabetes. Particularly your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys can very quickly deteriorate because of diabetes. Ultimately insulin injections may be required to control the disease. Most people want to avoid living that way. The easiest way to do so is to lose weight – become skinny. Some overweight people do lose weight upon learning they have diabetes – out of fear. Some people can’t lose weight despite valiant attempts working with weight loss professionals. Those people should highly consider weight loss surgery. It can save your life and make the life you have so much more enjoyable. The Cleveland Clinic study emphasized the damage diabetes can do to the heart. It was reported that half the patients in the Cleveland Clinic’s critical care unit are diabetic.

What is particularly interesting is that within hours after their bariatric procedure most patients who were Type 2 diabetics have normal blood sugar counts. Patients who have diabetes for a longer time before having a procedure are less likely to have such an immediate remission. For this reason, weight loss surgery is being considered for becoming a standard treatment for diabetes. Again, we believe that over the long run merely losing weight will have similar results. A bariatric procedure can help you get rid of diabetes. Considering the cost of treating amputations, kidney dialysis and heart procedures caused by diabetes, it may make more economic sense for insurance companies to loosen up their standards for paying for weight loss surgeries.