Departmental Blog

Changes to follow-up

The Ontario Bariatric Network (OBN) has recently made changes to the way post-operative bariatric patients will be followed.

For several years, Bariatric Centres of Excellence and Bariatric Assessment and Treatment Centres across Ontario have followed post-surgical patients for up to 5 years post-operatively. These patients are then transferred back to their primary care physicians for all bariatric-related care.

As patients continue to fill bariatric clinic sites, the OBN has identified a need to transfer care back the primary care physician at an earlier time.

What’s the difference between probiotic and prebiotic?

Let’s first break things down so we can digest this information (pun intended).

Our gut is a giant host to millions of bacteria with approximately 300 to 500 bacterial species!  In fact, the number of bacteria within the gut is almost ten times that of all the cells in the human body (talk about a wild party!). These bacteria have multiple roles within the digestive system that help you digest food and absorb essential vitamins. However, when your system is disturbed, it can lead to digestive issues. This is where your probiotics and prebiotics come in!

BMI: The Limitation in Assessing a Healthy Weight

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement that is calculated using your weight and height squared (BMI = kg/m2). This number is then assessed by placing it into one of four categories:

underweight  <18.5kg/m2
normal weight 18.5-24.9kg/m2
overweight 25.5-29.9kg/m2
obese >30.0kg/m2

Sounds easy right?

As much as calculating your BMI can be easy, it doesn’t tell you the whole picture. The BMI calculation does not take into consideration the composition of your body weight.

Cooking for Camping

Hot dogs, chips, marshmallows, bacon, watermelon …

Yes, we understand. There are memories, traditions and conveniences to consider when it comes to camping fare. But we don’t need to compromise a healthy lifestyle for a few days or weeks of vacation fun. A body’s need for healthy food never goes on vacation. It may take some extra planning and a step outside of the food comfort zone, but these healthy camping options will keep your taste buds happy for your next campground cookout.

Breakfast

Constipation Problems? Try Insoluble Fibre

Fibre is an important part of having a healthy diet, but if you are having constipation problems, it’s best to turn to insoluble fibre.