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Top 10 Obesity and Bariatric Surgery Stories of 2017
The year 2017 saw new reports from the CDC on the higher than ever prevalence of obesity in America and the rise of obesity-related cancers. There was also a troubling report that most of America’s children, if current trends continue, will have obesity by the time their 35.

The New Normal: New Guidelines Lower Threshold for High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure begins with a reading of 130 over 80, not 140 over 90, according to sweeping new guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and nine other health professional organizations. These lower systolic and diastolic measurements mean 30 million more Americans have high blood pressure, bringing its prevalence to nearly half (46 percent) the U.S. adult population.

Metabolic Surgery Remains Key Treatment Strategy in ADA 2018 Standards of Care in Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) continues to recommend metabolic surgery to treat type 2 diabetes in patients with severe obesity (BMI>40), regardless the level of glycemic control or complexity of glucose-lowering regimens. This is among the treatment strategies included in the ADA’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2018, issued this month.