Does Obesity cause Diabetes, or does Diabetes cause Obesity?

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Even those of us in the bariatric science community can become prejudice to the familiar and can and be blinded by the science of public consensus.

Perhaps it is because we often recognize overweight/ obesity prior to a diagnosis of type II diabetes that we leap to a cause and effect relationship and thus conclude that obesity causes diabetes?  Maybe we are wrong. What we know now about Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome is that insulin resistance prevents glucose from entering our cells and results in elevated blood glucose. The elevated glucose is then converted in fatty acids and with the aid of insulin gets stored as fat in adipose tissue, resulting in obesity. Continue reading

Ida-Stiliana Gjinali Awarded National Board Certification

awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC)

Ida-Stiliana Gjinali, MS, CBC

Ida-Stiliana Gjinali, MS, CBC, a resident of Bayside NY has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program she was credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Gjinali completed her graduate education at Touro College in NYC and received a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling.  As a post-graduate at Touro she enhanced her education and received an Advanced Certificate in Bariatric Science.

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What is the Metabolic Factor? AABC Research News

What is the Metabolic Factor?

The American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC) is a professional collegial association that has developed an important and essential health care specialty for the 21st Century. The goal of AABC is to provide specialized bariatric education and credentialing standards for already licensed/certified health and education professionals from diverse disciplines. In addition, a specialized accredited core curriculum in the bariatric sciences will be available for Master’s-level and Doctoral-level students pursuing professional health and education careers.

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American Association of Bariatric Counselors Receives Accreditation

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Stephen Phillips, Director of Public Policy and Legislation

Stephen Phillips, Director of Public Policy and Legislation

Stephen Phillips, Director of Public Policy for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC), has announced that AABC has successfully met all standards of education, and has become a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider for The Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Director Phillips stated that, ìthe Commission’s certification programs are fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence based in Washington, D.C. AABC’s accreditation reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing. Continue reading