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Importance of diet consulting and why need bariatric surgeon | Texas Speciality Clinic

Diet consulting or nutrition consulting is an integrated approach towards helping people to understand their relationship with their food and also helps them in selecting the right diet for their body.

It is very important for oneself to incorporate the right/healthy diet to get most of the benefits into your everyday lifestyle. A healthy diet is mixed with a few physical activities like exercise, sports, cycling, yoga, and many others.

In the process of choosing what to eat and what not to eat, diet consultation can play a major role. There could be many reasons to choose diet consulting most people refer to this approach to lose weight or due to some serious health condition. A diet (nutrition) counselor provides one-on-one consultation to conquer your unhealthy lifestyle and gives you a new way of healthy living.

What is the procedure for Diet or Nutrition Consulting?

Before starting any treatment or counseling, healthcare professionals ask their patients to share any type of medical history or other information to understand what kind of treatment will be suitable for them.

In the case of diet or nutrition consulting, a patient’s medical history as well as how they live their life i.e. lifestyle, are also asked. If they find any unhealthy pattern related to food, then nutritional experts can provide them with some good programs related to the diet.

Health screening or physical exam can also be part of their examination. Diet (Nutrition) consulting should always be taken by certified and trained experts. These experts provide some interpersonal and interactive sessions to help patients with the best approach according to their lifestyles.

Who are these Diet Counselors?

These diet counselors are certified nutritionists and experts in suggesting a healthy lifestyle to people who want to lose some weight and also people who have severe health conditions.

  • Registered Dietitian (RN)
  • Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN)

Only the above-mentioned domain experts are advised to provide nutrition consulting on a clinical level. But, there is no specific board present to provide any guidelines for diet counselors, practitioners, or nutritionists. That is why qualifications can be subjective based on education, experience, and client satisfaction.

Why One Needs Consulting with Nutritionists?

Our food habits affect our health. To plan a proper food diet, these nutritionists are needed. There can be a few reasons why a client can go to seek help from a nutritionist. These are the following reasons :-

  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Or just as a motivator – inspire people to stick up to their diet plan.

Mentioned diseases are part of chronic diseases and if not managed properly can be a serious threat too. What we choose to eat describes what we will become. So, to be healthy and fit, our food choices should be right too.

In this blog, we have discussed so far about diet consulting and its importance. Now, let us understand Bariatric Surgeons and their role.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery that has various procedures and is performed on people who are obese. It is considered the best treatment plan to shed some pounds off your body. After many years of studies, in 2009 it showed, the procedures resulted in significant long-term loss of weight, recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, and a mortality reduction from 40% to 23%. As per recent studies, bariatric surgery is recommended for adults who are obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and also for people with a BMI of at least 30. And recommended for people who have type 2 diabetes with a BMI of 30.

Just because it is the best treatment for weight loss, it is not recommended to everyone.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

It includes the following types :-

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y), the most common method of reducing weight, is also non-reversible and it works by reducing the amount of food intake as well as decreasing nutrition absorption.

Gastric bypass surgery refers to a technique in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower “remnant” pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both.

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS), includes horizontal gastric resection with the closure of duodenal stump, gastroileal anastomosis, and ileoileal anastomosis, to form a 50 cm common channel as well as 250 cm alimentary channel.

Sleeve gastrectomy in this stomach is reduced to 15% of its original size. This is done by removing the large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature. The end result is a sleeve or tube-like structure.

What are Risks Factors included in Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery can have potential risks to health. Some can be immediate and some can be life-long. Risks factors can be the following :-

  • Infection
  • High rate of bleeding
  • Anesthesia opposite reaction
  • Blood clot
  • Problem in lungs
  • Gastrointestinal leak
  • Death (in rarest case)

Type of surgery also matters to count risk factors, which can be :-

  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Rapid gastric emptying
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Hernia
  • Vomiting
  • Ulcers
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Underfed or malnutrition
  • Acid reflux
  • Death (rare)

Why Need Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is needed when the patient is excessively overweight or suffering from obesity. Being severely overweight may cause other life-threatening diseases. Hence, it should be mandatory to follow a healthy diet.

Bariatric surgery is only recommended when there is a risk of life-threatening diseases that can be :-

  • Heart disease
  • High BP (Blood Pressure)
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Why go for Bariatric Consultation before Surgery for Weight Loss?

It is very important to consult with an expert before undergoing any type of surgery or treatment. And, a bariatric consultant can provide you with that facility. Before making any decision, it is advised to take into consideration both physical as well as emotional situations.

During counseling there is a time limit, one can not take forever to decide what type of information one wants from their counselor. Hence, clients can also start talking about the process with their family and friends and look into many factors.

At Texas Specialty Clinic, we perform Bariatric Surgery and provide Consultation Services regarding diet and lifestyle. To book an appointment call us at (469)545-9983.


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