Monthly Archives: September 2015
Women return to corsets as a weight-loss tool.

Women hoping to attain hourglass figures are fastening around their midsections so-called waist trainers or trimmers, promoted as vehicles for weight loss and maintenance. But health experts say these garments, which resemble corsets with hooks and zippers rather than laces, fail to promote fat loss and should simply be considered fashion accessories.

“It makes them look better on the street,” says Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. “But in the end, there’s no good science that suggests this is somehow going to train the waists to stay in that position. No way.”
Kim Kardashian has posted selfies in waist trainers on Instagram, saying she is “obsessed.” Kardashian wasn’t available to comment for this article, according to her publicist, Ina Treciokas.

Nakeitha Thomas, owner and founder of Waist Gang Society—whose products Kardashian has promoted—says perspiration while wearing the waist trainer for three hours creates the equivalent of a 30- to 40-minute workout for the user. On the company’s website, WhatsAWaist.com, a section titled “Health Tips” begins by saying, “Waist training is a gradual process of waist-reduction using our corset.”

Sales of waist trainers on the retail website HourglassAngel.com jumped to $8.1 million last year from $4.7 million in 2013, says Ruben Soto, founder and CEO of the website. Prices range from $50 to $75 for most waist trainers on the site, where “shapewear” is offered in a category described as “slimming, shaping and sculpting foundation garments.”

Soto says that while users may shed pounds while wearing the garment, they are likely losing water weight due to perspiration. He says his retail website doesn’t make its own claims regarding whether the waist trainers actually help with weight loss because of a lack of scientific evidence.

Celebrity promotion has helped build “huge hype” for waist trainers, says Simon Wilkins, sales manager at TruFigure, a manufacturer based in Hewlett, N.Y. Wilkins says the company’s latex garments “train your waist to change or redefine its shape” to create a “long-term transformation.”

“Since the waist trainer applies pressure to your abdomen area, that makes it so when you eat lunch, you eat a little bit less because your stomach has more pressure on it,” Wilkins says. “The claims for weight loss, I’m not a doctor, but I do believe they are true, based on reports from customers and customer reviews we have seen.”

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care in 2010 sought to determine whether corsets could be used to maintain a reduced weight after participants followed a low-calorie diet. Participants were instructed to wear the corsets for at least five hours a day, five days a week, for nine months. According to the study, most found them too uncomfortable, leaving the researchers to conclude that regardless of whether the bodywear would have been effective or not, “corset treatment doesn’t appear to be an option for sustained weight control.”

Boston Medical Center’s Apovian says there could be negative side effects to wearing waist trainers. Waist trainers compress the wearer’s midsection, potentially causing dehydration if worn in hot weather, and reflux by putting pressure on the stomach, Apovian says. And while the garments are intended to flatten bellies, she adds, they decrease core strength when worn during exercise because the wearer doesn’t have to keep muscles tight.

Thomas says she launched Waist Gang Society in 2013 after creating the product for herself to lose weight after giving birth to her second son. Her own waistline has shrunk to 26 inches from 38 inches. She says after weight-loss surgeries, patients are often given compression belts for support. In response to doctors’ concerns about waist trainers, she says she tells them, “If this product is so dangerous, then why are you guys performing surgery and putting the same product on a patient after you cut them open?”

But Apovian says that after surgery for weight loss, compression devices often support sagging skin until it can be removed.

“What the general population needs to realize is this is not something that is going to permanently help them maintain their hourglass figure,” she says. “If you really want to help your waist, you’ve got to eat well and exercise and do your crunches.”

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Why I Chose to Keep My Loose Skin After Weight Loss.

I need to fess up about something. After I had lost 150 pounds, I was deeply disappointed with how my body looked. When my weight loss journey began back in 2009, I had false expectations of what I would look like naked after losing half of my body size.

With every piece of skinless chicken breast I put into my mouth and every bicep curl I did, I believed I would look like that smiling, perfect fitness model on the cover of every mainstream fitness magazine.

Loose skin is a real concern for anyone with a large amount of weight to lose. Maybe that’s why Google returns 3,800,000 search results for the term ” No matter how much I read up on the subject, I was left feeling like maybe (just maybe), I was the lucky one with a good genetic background that would not have an issue with saggy skin.

Even though I lost weight rapidly (150 pounds in less than a year) without weight loss surgery, I did everything else right. I ate my vegetables and lean meats. I took supplements. I drank tons of water. I lifted really heavy weights. All of this probably saved me from some of the saggy skin issues I could have faced, but I was still left with about 5-10 pounds of excess skin just hanging on for dear life.

Because I allowed myself to have such high (false) hopes about my weight loss, I often felt more dissatisfied with my new 150-pound body than I was with the 300-pound body I once lived in. However, it wasn’t my body’s fault that it wasn’t living up to my mind’s flawed expectations.

Naturally, I considered other options for banishing flabby skin. As recently as just three years ago, I was still spending hours on my computer researching surgical options and payment plans.

Initially, I delayed surgery because I read somewhere that it was important to sustain a weight loss for at least a year before going under the knife. It seemed like sage advice since most people gain the weight back soon after losing it.

After a couple years of maintaining, I continued to want surgery but postponed because my new husband and I wanted to start a family. Once again, it didn’t seem like a clever idea to have a tummy tuck if I planned on pregnancy.

Eventually, I realized that if I had skin removal surgery, it would have ONLY been for the sake of vanity. My extra skin did not hold me back from enjoying any bit of my life. In the last six years of maintained weight loss, I’ve run two marathons, five half-marathons, and countless other races. I’ve climbed a mountain, jumped from an airplane, and worn a swimsuit in public… all without my loose skin being a hindrance. Excess skin is not hazardous to my health.

As the years continued to pass, and my weight loss maintained, I started accepting my new body more and more (without shame and disgust). Now, I want more than anything to continue being a good example for my clients and other women who are on weight loss journeys of their own. I stand for what is possible with weight loss that anyone can do (without dropping a small fortune on an elective surgery).

The only perks of skin removal surgery for me would be the fact that I would be able to fit into a clothing size 2-3 times smaller than what I currently wear, and I would appear slightly smaller in photos. Now, I’m smart enough to know I don’t need that to be happy with myself.

The downside to this surgery is a bit more extensive. It would have resulted in irreversible scars all over my body, I would run the risk of complications due to the surgery, I could still gain some weight back and the surgery would have been pointless, it certainly doesn’t fix emotional problems, I would lose some of the respect and admiration from others (because I did something many others can’t possibly do), and I would feel like a complete fraud.

The only time my loose skin is a problem is when I allow myself to feel self-conscious about it. When I run, it whips back and forth on my upper arms. It jiggles on my butt when I’m in aerobics class. It takes a nap on the floor when I’m doing pushups. And it’s like gravy freshly ladled into my B-cup bra (you’re welcome for the visuals).

Long story short: You won’t see me get bent out of shape if The Huffington Post chooses not to use my “bikini photo” for this blog post because of my saggy abs, and I certainly won’t decide one month later that I want to have abdominoplasty surgery because of it. Aint. Gonna. Happen.

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Overcome infertility with weight loss.
Making changes in the way of living, including focusing upon losing excess weight, might help against infertility in women, especially those suffering from the disease polycystic ovarian disease.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is an androgen-excess disorder that influences between 5% and 10% of all women. Signs and symptoms of androgen excess include infertility, irregular ovulation and menstrual cycle, acne, weight gain, excess of facial hair growth, thinning and loss of scalp hair.
It is one the leading cause of infertility among females.
In the United States, around 5 million women are experiencing polycystic ovarian disease and are infertile owing to it.
A study was performed in this regard which included 150 female participants of the age group 18-40 years. The subjects were divided into three groups, and the criterion for this division was:
 1. Birth control
2. Life styles changes
3. Mixture of both
Live birth was given by 5 women in the first group, 13 in the second group and 12 in the third group.
PCOS is a disease that causes the female body to produce excess male hormones like testosterone which leads to development of masculine characteristics in that body.
Dr. Richard Legro from Penn State College of Medicine, lead author of the study, stated that, “the results showed significant improvements in the last two groups, especially the women who had seen a combination of the two treatments. They took into consideration weight loss, live births, and ovulation rates.”
Rate of ovulation according to the evaluated result was 46% for the group which followed birth control, 60% for the women who had observed an improvement in lifestyle, and 67% for the group who had gone for the third option, that is, mixture of both. 12%, 16% and 24% were the rates of live births among the respective groups.

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Amazing weight loss of woman who lost 11stone to stop people abusing her in the street

Small acts of kindness have the strangest effect on Stephanie Roberts.

Every time someone holds a door open for her, or smiles at her in the street, she does a double-take.

Because it has never happened to her before – even though she is now 37.

For most of her life, Stephanie hasn’t been used to strangers being nice to her or treating her like a human being.

All because, until 12 months ago, she was very, very fat.

Every walk down the street was a hostile experience.

“I’ve had people spit at me in broad daylight, tell me I was ‘disgusting’. That was always their favourite word,” says Stephanie.

“They thought I should be ashamed for getting that big. People would loudly pass comment on my size  and I’d shout back, ‘I’m fat not deaf’.

“But others would just abuse me to my face.”

If she wasn’t being bullied by strangers she was being blanked. But now the abuse has stopped.

Since she decided to go on a diet in November last year, losing more than 11st, the world has been a kinder, very different place for 5ft 7ins tall Stephanie.

She shakes her head in puzzlement.

“Now I’m a normal size, cars stop to let me cross the road. People want to talk to me. Men chat me up. It amazes me,” she says.

“But it angers me too. Before I lost the weight, if I wasn’t being sneered at I was being ignored. Invisible. Are appearances that important?

“As a size 32, I was a non-person. Now I’m a size 12 I’m suddenly acceptable.

“Yet I’m the same person inside. What does it say about how we treat fat people?”

It’s only now she is slim that she realises just how badly others treated her. Stephanie, from Cardiff, was a picky eater as a child.

She only started gaining weight when she reached her teens.

“At 14, I was a size 14,” she explains.

“At 18, an 18, and then I just got bigger and bigger. By then I was greedy, I suppose. I love food but I am a hopeless cook so I ate out of  ike petrol stations.

“I ate man-sized portions of food and I never stopped eating.”

She was a confident and intelligent young woman, a tomboy who loved motorbikes and travel.

She started a good career working with adults with learning disabilities in the NHS.

She had lots of compassion, and faith in herself – but strangers seemed determined to squash that self-esteem.

“I remember my first really public humiliation,” she says.

“I was in my 20s and out at a pub with friends and I was feeling good. I knew I was no Kate Moss, I knew I was a big girl, but I loved ­socialising. A good-looking lad asked me to dance.

I was chuffed but as we danced we were surrounded by a group of his jeering mates. They
were pushing a pint glass stuffed with money at him and the penny dropped.

“They’d been playing ‘pull-a-pig’ – a game to see who could pull the ugliest woman in the club and win the kitty. My guy had won. I was the pig.”

Stephanie put on a brave face, shouted the men down, then slipped away home to cry.

Every night out after that was fraught with worry.

“At parties, I’d hang back and end up going back and forward to the buffet.”

But the larger she became, the more abuse her big body attracted.

“As I used a cashpoint late one night, a man walked past me, stopped and came past again,” she says.

“He said, ‘you are absolutely disgusting’ and then he spat at me. In the supermarket, people would stare at my trolley to see the ‘revolting, fatty’ things I was buying.

“They’d stare at me as I ate in restaurant

“Once, on holiday in New Zealand, I was eating in a fish restaurant – fish!… healthy – and a woman came up to me, stared at me like I was an exhibit and then said, ‘you’re very fat’.

“Did she think I didn’t know?’”

Stephanie shot back with the obvious: you’re very rude. But every insult smarted.

Her love life was nonexistent.

“I went six years without so much as a kiss,” she says. “When a man did spend the night with me, I never saw him again. Men don’t want to be seen with ‘a fat bird’.”

And now that she is slim – which society deems ‘normal’ – she can’t forget how it felt to be on the fringes like that.

“I’ve lost all the weight I was carrying, and that’s wonderful, but I’m still myself,” she says. “I still see the world the way I always did. What has changed is how the world sees me.”

It was advice from her doctor that provoked Stephanie to try to diet.

She signed up with lighter life  “I’d been having health problems and my GP told me my weight wasn’t helping so I decided to do it and something clicked,” she says.

Out went the supermarket family-sized lasagnes she was using as a dinner for one; the tube of Pringles she’d munch her way through in front of the telly; the petrol station pasties and sausage rolls.

The weight began to come off. But there was a lot to lose. For much of the diet she was still very large, so she was still getting stared at, shouted at, ridiculed.

“It really didn’t help,” she says. “I’m an emotional eater. Happy? Eat. Sad? Eat. Lots of people with weight problems are. So if they are being bullied and called names, it makes them want to eat more.”

Stephanie’s work with as a behaviour specialist with the disabled makes her think too.

“My clients face prejudice because of their learning disabilities – something they can’t change – and it was just the same for me but because of fat,” she says.

“It’s illegal to discriminate against disabled people, or against a person’s race or religion. But you can do what you want to a fat person.”

“And that’s why it happens, I think. Strangers are rude to big people because they are allowed to be. Can’t everyone see there are feelings underneath all those pounds of excess weight?

“And maybe if we were a bit more understanding, overweight people would find it easier to get to a healthier size .”

Stephanie’s life has been transformed. She is happier than she has ever been and wishes all people struggling with their weight could experience it too.

She is just back from South Africa where she was a bridesmaid at hersister,s  wedding slinky in a size 12, floral dress.

She has started dating, though warily insists it is early days.

Being attractive takes some getting used to after the humiliation of pull-a-pig.

But, for all the happiness, she will never forget how it felt to be treated with such casual cruelty by people she’d never seen before.

“When I was big, I thought people were just rude. Then I got thinner and found it was my weight that had been the problem.

“Their problem? They didn’t know me but they didn’t like me because I was big. I wasn’t even a person to them. I still can’t get my head around that.

“If you are fat you are lazy, greedy, out of control, smelly – that’s what some people think. But really what you are is ashamed and sad, and it’s other people who make you feel like that.

“People have terrible struggles with weight. I tried to pretend that it didn’t bother me but it did.

“We need to be kinder about it. No one should expect abuse every time they walk out their front door.”

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Super slimmer drops six dress sizes and ten stone in weight loss journey
 A SUPER slimmer is not half the woman she used to be — after losing nearly 10 stones.

Amazing Weight Loss Tips To Know

Weight loss is on everyone’s mind. If your one of those fanatics trying desperately to lose weight via diets and exercise, let us tell you that there are some foods on this list which does not aid in weight loss.A new study shows that drinking water to lose weight doesn’t exactly lead to you reducing on the pounds. Water is an ingredient which helps to provide your body with energy, it removes toxins from the body but it doesn’t aid in weight loss.When you combine drinking water with a whole lot of healthy exercise, this is when you begin to lose weight. Likewise, following a rich fruit diet, is not going to aid in dropping the pounds.Here are some amazing weight loss tips to know.

Amazing weight loss tips are:

1.Turning Vegetarian: By turning vegetarian you are in no way going to lose weight. Along with changing your diet, you should also add exercise to your schedule. If you thought that only green veggies can make you thin, you’ve been wronged.

2.Drinking Only Water: Skipping meals and drinking water to fill your tummy is another weight loss tip you shouldn’t believe. Water helps to fill the void and not cut on the calories.

3.Adding No Carbs To Your Diet: When you skip the good carbs you become weak and get tired soon, which in a way is not good for your health.

4.Getting Rid Of Sweets: Getting rid of sweets off from your diet is no way going to help you lose weight. If you want to skip the juicy sweets and candies, you can, but never say no to dark chocolate as it has multiple health benefits.

5.Consuming Only Fibre: Fibre will provide you with en amount of energy, it will also help in digestion, but only consuming fibre in your diet is not the right way to loose weight. This is another weight loss tips you shouldn’t believe.

6.Just The Salad: There are a lot of diet freaks who only turn to salads to help lose weight. If you want to lose weight, add some protein in that salad, example chicken.

7.Only Juicing: Turning to only juice will not help you lose weight. You need to include food items in your diet too. However, drinking lots of fresh juice is important when wanting to cut pounds.

8.Slimming Pills: Never turn to slimming pills to lose weight. They have severe effects on your health and can ruin your body.

9.Over Exercise: Over exercising and eating way too much is not the right way to lose weight. Think smart by choosing the right foods and exercising for an hour or half to help lose weight.

10.Crash Diets: If you’ve been following a crash diet, remember it doesn’t help in the long process. Experts state that after a certain period of time you will put on more weight that what you initially had.

These are the amazing weight loss tips to know.


5 fingers of weightloss

Remember those ‘united we stand, divided we fall’ ads that used to play on DD? Those cute little short films, about the importance of unity?

The funda was simple: five fingers by themselves will not be effective unless you close your fingers and make a fist. The same principle works for your body as far as a balanced meal is concerned.

5 fingers of weightloss
By themselves, the Five Fingers of Weight Loss — proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals — have their own functions. But the various nutrients must act in unison for effective action. In other words, for long-lasting weightloss or weight management, you need to eat all five nutrients. Every day. There is no other way.

The Five Fingers of Weight Loss can further be broken down into three macronutrients (proteins, carbs, fats) and two micronutrients (vitamins, minerals); the reason it is divided this way is because it represents the relative importance on your plate. Don’t overload your vitamins at the cost of carbs, or cut fats and go crazy about protein. Too much emphasis as well as the absence of any one nutrient will compromise your health and result in short-term gains – sending you right back where you started. Any meal plan that is skewed towards any food group, including proteins or raw veggies, will give rise to a host of medical problems, and will result in a diminishing effect on your system. If you think your diet is unbalanced, it is. You cannot be short-sighted about it as the ills will eventually catch up with you.

On your plate lies the answer to many issues plaguing your life – from the mental to the physical. Your plate holds not just fuel for your system, but carries all the tools you need to do more with your body and your life. Because food is not just fuel. Food is power.

Collectively, these five nutrients are your defence against disease, obesity, heart attacks and almost anything else you need to ward off. Diabetes? Make a fist. Heart disease? Hey, you’ve got your fist. Obesity? Talk to the fist, baby! So many diseases are lifestyle-related and can be eradicated — not just improved — by the rule of the fist.

Breakfast ideas
Cereal with milk and fruit
Idli or dosa and sambhar (with veggies)
Poha with sprouts and vegetables
Bread with masala omelette
Oats with apple
Ragi and chana dal pancake with veggies (vegetable omelette)
Lunch and/or dinner ideas
Roti/rice with sabzi and dal
Pasta with chicken and bell peppers
Noodles with tofu and vegetables
Quinoa with fish and mushrooms
Appam with chicken and vegetable stew.

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Weight loss for obese women as a long-term success.Obesity, characterized by a Body Mass Index of over 30, is not just considered to be a very preventable chronic disease but has also become a national epidemic. More than a third of US adults or 78 million citizens are now obese and are at risk to diabetes and heart conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It’s no secret that weight gain occurs easily, and weight loss can be a bit more challenging. Although there are genetic and hormonal influences on body weight, obesity occurs when you take in more calories than you burn through exercise and normal daily activities,” explains OB-GYN physician, Dr. Seanna Thompson from the Mayo Clinic Health System. “Your body stores these excess calories as fat. As fat cells accumulate, so do the pounds you carry around your body each day.” Thompson added. However, for healthy women, weight and stature can be very important. Not just for aesthetics but for the over-all wellness of the body. Maintaining a normal BMI or losing at least 3-5% of the body’s excess weight can already produce very good results and noted progress for patients with other medical conditions. Obesity can open a lot of doors for more diseases to come in. And that aside from diabetes and heart problems, cancers, especially reproductive tumors have been linked to excess weight. Irregular menstruation periods as well as infertility can also become a problem over time. Diet and exercise are the two most important pillars of weight management. Proper balance in the foods we eat in consideration with good choices of food stuff as well as regular exercise can go a long way to help boost mood, improve blood flow and have a healthy outlook. There are also medications that can help with weight loss. There are FDA approved drugs like Orlistat, Phentermine/Topiramate, Naltrexone/Bupropion, Liraglutide and Lorcaserinmore radical approach like surgery to counter overweight. “Monitoring food intake and incorporating regular physical activity is important to achieve long-term success. Talk to your health care provider about the risks and potential benefits and which weight-loss solution might work best for you,” Dr. Thompson adds.

Obesity, characterized by a Body Mass Index of over 30, is not just considered to be a very preventable chronic disease but has also become a national epidemic. More than a third of US adults or 78 million citizens are now obese and are at risk to diabetes and heart conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s no secret that weight gain occurs easily, and weight loss can be a bit more challenging. Although there are genetic and hormonal influences on body weight, obesity occurs when you take in more calories than you burn through exercise and normal daily activities,” explains OB-GYN physician, Dr. Seanna Thompson from the Mayo Clinic Health System.

“Your body stores these excess calories as fat. As fat cells accumulate, so do the pounds you carry around your body each day.” Thompson added.

However, for healthy women, weight and stature can be very important. Not just for aesthetics but for the over-all wellness of the body. Maintaining a normal BMI or losing at least 3-5% of the body’s excess weight can already produce very good results and noted progress for patients with other medical conditions.

Obesity can open a lot of doors for more diseases to come in. And that aside from diabetes and heart problems, cancers, especially reproductive tumors have been linked to excess weight. Irregular menstruation periods as well as infertility can also become a problem over time.

Diet and exercise are the two most important pillars of weight management. Proper balance in the foods we eat in consideration with good choices of food stuff as well as regular exercise can go a long way to help boost mood, improve blood flow and have a healthy outlook.

There are also medications that can help with weight loss. There are FDA approved drugs like Orlistat, Phentermine/Topiramate, Naltrexone/Bupropion, Liraglutide and Lorcaserinmore radical approach like surgery to counter overweight.

“Monitoring food intake and incorporating regular physical activity is important to achieve long-term success. Talk to your health care provider about the risks and potential benefits and which weight-loss solution might work best for you,” Dr. Thompson adds.

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Balancing exercise, sleep for weight-loss success

When thinking about fitness and getting in shape, people tend to focus on diet and exercise, but what about sleep? Burning calories is important when trying to slim down, but what’s so wrong about burning the midnight oil?

Eric Lindley, an interventional cardiologist at McKay-Dee Hospital, said “people who don’t get enough sleep or the right kind of sleep — good, deep, restorative sleep — have a higher risk of being obese.”

More and more evidence is stacking up to prove that sleep is a crucial part of fitness.

“We know that weight loss and weight gain is really intricately tied into both sleep and exercise,” Lindley said.

A good night’s rest not only maintains energy levels, but keeps muscles healthy and hormones balanced as well.

And for exercise: “All the good hormones and endorphins that exercise releases can actually be an appetite suppressant,” he said.

As people gain weight, Lindley said fat begins to take on a mind of its own.

“It releases its own proteins, its own hormones and becomes incredibly lazy,” he said.

The human body doesn’t require a lot of energy to maintain fat, but when it comes to muscle Lindley says “it takes a lot more calories to keep muscles alive and to keep muscle active than it does fat.”

Lindley said adults need at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night and at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day, no matter how physically demanding our jobs may be. The recommended 30 minutes can include activities like yard work, mowing the lawn, vacuuming and cleaning the house.

Lindley said exercise “just makes you feel better about yourself, and people who feel better about themselves are less likely to eat unhealthy.”

Another piece of advice: turn off the TV and stop checking emails at least 30-45 minutes before starting to falling asleep for a better night’s rest. Getting a good night’s sleep boosts workouts, and making time to exercise improves quality of sleep, creating quite a complementary relationship.

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For mildly obese diabetics, weight loss surgery may be helpful

The benefits of weight loss surgery for mildly obese people with type 2 diabetes can last at least five years, according to a new study.

It’s still to early to say whether mildly obese people with diabetes live longer after weight loss surgery than those who receive non-surgical treatments, however.

“The mortality data take a long time to show up,” said Dr. Robin Blackstone, a weight loss surgery expert who wrote an editorial on the new study in JAMA Surgery.

Weight loss operations, or bariatric surgery, use various methods to shrink the size of the stomach. They reduce hunger and limit the body’s ability to absorb food.

Over the years, bariatric surgeries have proved effective for treating type 2 diabetes, but most studies were done in people who are morbidly obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or above.

BMI, a measure of weight in relation to height, is considered normal between 18.5 and 24.9. A BMI of 25 or higher indicates that someone is overweight, and people with a BMI over 30 are considered obese.

For the new study, researchers from Taiwan’s Min-Sheng General Hospital used data collected since 2007 in a trial comparing two kinds of bariatric surgery – gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy – to medical treatments for type 2 diabetes in people who were mildly obese.

The average BMI among those who had surgery fell from 31 to 24.5 by the end of their fifth year in the study. Meanwhile, the BMI among those receiving non-surgical diabetes treatments stayed about the same at 29.

Among those who had surgery, diabetes resolved completely in 36 percent and partially in 28 percent. In the medically-treated group, by comparison, diabetes resolved completely in only 1 percent and partially in only about 2 percent.

In addition, control of blood pressure, triglycerides, and “bad” LDL cholesterol “was generally better in the surgical group,” the authors found.

The researchers also monitored patients’ blood levels of hemoglobin A1c, which reflect blood sugar levels over time. Hemoglobin A1c is best kept below 7 percent, the researchers write. After surgery, the average hemoglobin A1c level fell from about 9 percent to about 6 percent. In the medical therapy group, however, it remained steady at about 8 percent.

But this better “glycemic control” – as reflected by the improved hemoglobin A1c levels – did not reduce the mortality rate at five years, according to lead researcher Dr. Chih-Cheng Hsu and colleagues.

The research team also compared average outcomes with the two types of surgery. At the fifth year, compared to the sleeve gastrectomy group, the bypass surgery group had lost more weight (18.7 vs 14.2 kg), achieved larger drops in BMI (7.4 vs 5.1) and in hemoglobin A1c (3.1 percent vs 2.1 percent) and were more likely to have complete diabetes remission (46.9 percent vs 16.7 percent).

While the new study does not show a survival benefit or surgery after five years, there is evidence from a study of heavier people in Sweden that surgery does lead to a longer life, says Blackstone, of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.In the Swedish study, obese people who had bariatric surgery were about 29 percent less likely to die over 15 years, compared to a group who tried more conventional methods.

Though the new study didn’t show a benefit in survival among surgery patients, Blackstone said it’s reassuring for people with a BMI under 35 interested in the procedure.

“This is where this paper is critical, because it says this surgery is safe in that lower BMI group,” with no increased risk of death or renal disease, she said.

Blackstone added that people and their doctors should start taking weight seriously once the patient’s BMI falls between 27 and 30.

“I think we wait too long to get people to be serious about this,” she said. “I think that once they’ve accumulated these genetic changes that hardwired their bodies into obesity and diabetes, reversing that is really hard.”