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Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president, visited his doctor in early 2016 where he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. His A1C level—the average blood glucose level for the last three months—was three times the normal level at 17%.

Adams decided to approach his diabetes untraditionally, without medication. He adopted a vegan diet and attempted to bring himself into remission through weight loss.

He succeeded!

According to the New York Times, “By adopting a vegan diet, preparing his own meals and working exercise into his everyday routines, he’s shed 30 pounds and completely reversed his diabetes… Within three months, his A1C level was down to a normal 5.7%.”

Adams hopes his success will inspire others. He works to inform his constituents in Brooklyn of the diet and lifestyle changes that can help counter diabetes.

At Advanced Surgical, we know bariatric surgery improves more than appearances. Bariatric surgery improves your quality of life. We offer bariatric options such as sleeve gastrectomy, LAP-Band, gastric bypass, and the Obalon Balloon System, to help you meet your weight-loss goals.

Between his exercise schedule and vegan diet, Adams is leading by example. He wants his community to find their own healthy routine.

“I don’t want to become an annoying vegan. My hope is that [by making dietary changes]… they’ll eventually only have room for the healthy [foods],” says Adams. He calls these “reasonable alterations” to diet and exercise.

At Advanced Surgical, we know that making the switch to a vegan diet isn’t for everyone and isn’t always a fix for obesity, but we are here to help with you throughout your weight-loss journey.

In fact, studies find diet and exercise alone aren’t as effective as bariatric surgery for losing and keeping the weight off. Ten studies found that obese people who undergo bariatric surgery lose 57 more pounds on average than those who diet and exercise alone.

However, even with bariatric surgery, you will need to build your own well-balanced diet. This doesn’t mean you will need to adopt a vegan diet, but you will need to make those “reasonable alterations!”

There are many for bariatric-friendly recipes online and on our Facebook. Bariatric-friendly recipes are healthy and nutritious!

Make sure any diet you build is well-balanced. Dietitians are a great resource when building your well-balanced diet. At Advanced Surgical, we work with our patients on both their pre- and post-operative diet plans. We encourage and help patients find their well-balanced diet.

Remember, not all vegan foods are healthy! French fries cooked in vegetable-base oil are vegan, but not part of a well-balanced diet. Diets should always have protein, good fats, and lots of vitamins and minerals.

Our team is passionate about helping you achieve success in your weight-loss goals! Our resources at Advanced Surgical are built to help our patients at every step of their bariatric journey to reach long-term success. Talk to our experts at Advanced Surgical about what bariatric option is right for you! We offer sleeve gastrectomy, LAP-Band, gastric bypass, and the Obalon Balloon System.

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Dr Sadek

Dr. Ragui Sadek is a premier surgeon who established a state-of-the-art and one of the safest bariatric surgery programs in the state. Dr. Sadek has fellowship training in both laparoscopic/bariatric surgery and surgical trauma/critical care, allowing him to safely perform complex surgeries on patients who have been turned down by other practices. As a Clinical Assistant Professor of surgery at RWJ Medical School & the Director of bariatric surgery program at RWJ University Hospital, Dr. Sadek offers a cutting-edge range of laparoscopic, robotic, & bariatric surgical procedures with a complication rate substantially below the national average.

Dr. Sadek is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Having performed more than three thousand advanced surgical procedures, Dr. Sadek has established a strong patient satisfaction rate and a solid reputation among the surgical community and is renowned as a top physician in his field by International Association of Healthcare Professionals. As a board-certified surgeon, he holds affiliations with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastro Endoscopic Surgeons. More about Dr. Sadek

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