The Bariatric Buzz: February 2020
Dr. Bilof's Corner
The Many Names of Sugar
Those of you who are religious (and even those who are not) may have learned in the past that the Devil comes in many guises and has many names, presumably to more easily tempt fallible human beings.

Well, the intentions of this newsletter are far more down-to-earth…nutrition, exercise and health. In our world there is also a “devil” and boy-oh-boy does he have many names. The devil of our world is….sugar. To be a little more precise, added sugar . If you read last month's newsletter we talked about eating ‘real food’. One of the advantages of ‘real food’ is there very little or no added sugar.

If you look at the list of ingredients how do you know if there is added sugar? Here are some of the names that added sugar can go by on the ingredient list: high fructose corn syrup, juice concentrate, agave, honey, molasses, evaporated or dehydrated cane juice, raw cane crystals, malt syrup, brown rice syrup, beet sugar, crystalline dextrose and fruit nectar.

The website Sugar Science keeps track of all the names sugar can be identified on an ingredient list. At last count there were 61 (not a typo!) names for ‘sugar’ that have appeared on ingredient lists. 

There is hope. If you really want to know the amount of added sugar in the foods your buying - that will be the subject of next month's “Dr Bilof’s Corner.”
Physician Insights
Your Point of Contact
Dominga Thompson is our surgical coordinator out of Millburn. Chances are, if you are scheduled for surgery with one of our physicians, you will be connected to Dominga.

Dominga is an integral part of the surgical process. She helps ensure surgeries flow smoothly and in a timely manner. In addition to processing incoming patients and completing all required paperwork, her role as a surgical coordinator includes scheduling all aspects of a patient's surgical procedure.

Dominga likes to think of herself as open-minded, flexible, accommodating and very supportive. She shares, "When you deal with bariatric patients, some are scared, some took years to even make an appointment.  When you have patients committed to a life change, you want to make everything as smooth as possible and be there for them every step of the way."

Patients consider Dominga a friend. She loves watching patients reach their goal and enjoying the journey. Dominga is an incredible asset to the practice.
Patient of the Month
Patients of The Month - Meet Karen
I had struggled with my weight since having children. Years of failed New Year’s resolutions, fad diets, diet pills, weight loss programs, etc. had taken their toll on my self confidence and my life. I was constantly exhausted, depressed, and wasn’t living the life I wanted...

Read more of Karen's reason for choosing bariatric surgery, and what made her make that initial phone call, by clicking on the button below:
Dietitian Corner
Recipe of the Month
Easy Bake Chicken with Vegetables

4 potatoes, sliced
6 carrots, sliced
1 large onion, quartered
1 chicken, raw, cut into pieces with skin removed
½ cup water
1 teaspoon thyme
¼ teaspoon pepper
(add additional vegetables as desired)

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Place potatoes, carrots and onions in a large roasting pan.
-Put chicken pieces on top of the vegetables.
-Mix water, thyme and pepper. Pour over chicken and vegetables.
-Spoon juices over chicken once or twice during cooking.
-Bake for one hour or more until browned and tender.

Nutritional Value
Serving size: 1/4 of recipe
Calories: 240
Carbohydrate: 25 grams
Sugar: 10 grams
Fat: 3.5 grams
Protein: 26 grams
Sodium: 130 milligrams
Fiber: 4 grams

Source: Froedtert
Tips From Your Dietitian
Heart Healthy Eating
In addition to eating healthy to lose weight, eating a healthy diet supports a healthy heart. In recognition of February as American Heart Month, we remind you what foods to chose to optimize cardiovascular health, which ties perfectly into your new found way of eating.

Eating heart healthy means choosing lean proteins, including fish, chicken, lean meat, beans and legumes. It includes a diet of whole grains vs. refined white grains. You also want to keep sodium and sugar levels low. In addition, choose healthy fats including olive oils, nuts, seeds and ghee butters. Tried to avoid processed foods that have a multitude of added preservatives, salt, sugars and additives. It's important to learn how to read ingredient and nutrition labels.

As always, daily activity is a key component of a heart-healthy lifestyle and should include 30 minutes of exercise daily.
Hot Topics From Our Blog!
Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Insurance?
We are often asked if Bariatric Surgery is covered by insurance. The good news, is it typically can be partially or fully covered - depending on your insurance coverage and plan.

In some states, coverage for bariatric surgery is mandatory under the Affordable Care Act. What’s more, insurance companies understand that people who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for some serious health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea.

The process to get your insurance to cover the procedure can still be tedious, with extensive paperwork. Find out all the details...
The GSBWC Podcast: Listen Up!
Life After Bariatric Surgery
O ur own Dr. Basil Yurcisin discusses what life is like for patients post-bariatric surgery. Your new perspective may include not being afraid to step on the scale after a life-time of frustration, or getting rid of that medication you've been on for years, or even having your doctor tell you your CPAP machine is a thing of the past. Join the conversation...(page 2 of the podcasts)
Interesting Fact
Interesting Fact
The average American consumes 57 pounds of added sugar every year

United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. (2012). USDA Sugar Supply: Tables 51-53: US Consumption of Caloric Sweeteners. 
Keep In Touch
At GSBWC, we pride ourselves in providing support before, during and after your surgery. One of the tools we use is the Baritastic app. Our GSBWC Baritastic app offers support before, during and after your surgery.
Have you subscribed to GSBWC's patient portal? It's the best way to stay connected, with 24/7 access to your health care. View your visit history, prescriptions, notes and make an appointment...all at your fingertips - any time of the day. Login or subscribe here.
Office Hours & Hospital Affiliations

Garden State Bariatrics is now affiliated
with Overlook Hospital.

To see a full list of our hospital affiliations
and office hours for each location, visit our website.
We're Always Here For You
Garden State Bariatrics is an MBSAQIP accredited bariatric practice that provides surgical and on-going medical care. The entire Garden State Bariatrics team is rigorously chosen for their passion for patients’ surgical, nutritional and lifelong success. We are privileged to be your health care provider of choice and we are always here for you, whenever you need us.
Please call us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Dr. Michael Bilof & Dr. Basil Yurcisin
Garden State Bariatric & Wellness Center

Millburn, NJ

Toms River, NJ

Browns Mills, NJ
200 Trenton Rd, Browns Mills, NJ 08015
(609) 893-6611 Ext:4727