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Obesity and Diabetes: Diabetes patients are considered obese when they have a Body Mass Index over 30. Such patients are at greater risk for a host of other problems cardiovascular disease, cancer, sleep apnea, and poor quality of life. Tremendous research is being done to control, manage, and reverse obesity in diabetics and the educated healthcare professional can help.

Take a Second Look at Surgery Recommendations

Patient is male, 48 years of age, type 2 diabetes with hyperglycemia for eight years, class III obesity,  and very symptomatic GERD. Patient planned to have laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. I asked him why he chose that particular surgery. He said, "Because it's less invasive." I asked if his surgeon told him the sleeve gastrectomy could increase his GERD, and is not as effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes nor for weight loss as is a bypass. He said, "No, the surgeon just left it to my choice. I said I wanted the sleeve and he was good with that."

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Scott Isaacs Complete Interview

Scott Isaacs, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E. is a board-certified endocrinologist and obesity medicine specialist in Atlanta, Georgia, and a faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine. He is a medical expert for ABC Television Networks and the medical director for the HMR Program for Weight Management at Atlanta Endocrine Associates. Since 1998, Dr. Isaacs has focused his medical practice on obesity medicine and endocrinology. Dr. Isaacs attended Emory College and Emory University School of Medicine, continuing for his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Endocrinology, Lipids, Diabetes and Metabolism. Dr. Isaacs is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology.  Dr. Isaacs is past president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and currently serves on the national AACE board of directors and chairs the patient education and awareness committee. Dr. Isaacs is past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the Atlanta Diabetes Association.

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