Why Weight Loss Surgery Has Such an Impact on Other Health Conditions

As obesity reaches epidemic proportions in the United States, many people are turning to weight loss surgery to help them shed pounds. As they do, not only is obesity being successfully addressed but so are such related conditions as weight-related forms of cancer, type 2 diabetes and so on.

Hoping to gain a better understanding of the trend, researchers recently looked at a large group of obese patients ages 18 to 74. All told, the group included nearly 49,000 people. Just under half had bariatric surgery. The other group did not. Researchers found the mortality rate in the group that did not have weight loss surgery had a 4.21 percentage increase in deaths within a five-year timespan versus the group that had surgery.

Researchers have found that one of the most common causes of death in obese people involved cardiovascular disease. That causation is followed closely by obesity-related cancer. The most common causes of death in the surgical group included accidents and suicide. Cardiovascular disease and cancer were also present. Overall, however, the morbidity rate in the surgical group was much lower than the non-surgical group.

A number of studies have shed light on the potential health benefits of bariatric weight loss surgery. Procedures like the gastric bypass can help regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol and may even assist in treating and/or eliminating the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. It is estimated, in fact, that between 30 to 63 percent of people who undergo weight loss surgery enjoy long-term remission from type 2 diabetes.

People who are obese are urged to talk to their doctors about weight loss options. Weight loss surgery might not be recommended in all cases, but when it is indicated it can have very positive results. This type of procedure, however, does require careful deliberation. In many cases, patients will find they have to make a long-term commitment to lifestyle changes to enjoy the greatest benefits from surgical intervention.

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Benefits of a Gastric Bypass

The gastric bypass procedure is one of the most popular weight loss surgery options meant to address severe obesity. This operation, typically reserved for those with a body mass index of 40 or higher, has showed tremendous results in patients over the course of years. Also used for people with somewhat lower BMIs when co-morbidities are present, the surgery has shown itself to have tremendous benefits for those in need of a serious weight loss option.

The gastric bypass procedure involves the surgical shrinking of the stomach. To achieve this, doctors create a smaller stomach pouch and stich off the portion that will no longer be used. Digestion is also rerouted somewhat to prevent the full absorption of calories consumed. The outcome is a body that holds less food and absorbs fewer calories. Although among the more invasive of the bariatric surgery options, the bypass has long been proven to show tremendous results. Here are just a few of the potential benefits:

• Dramatic weight loss – Most people experience dramatic weight loss following this procedure. While the exact amount may vary from patient to patient, the overall results are typically quite pleasing to doctors and their patients.
• Potential improvements for type 2 diabetes – A number of studies have been performed that indicate gastric bypasses can help type 2 diabetics better control their disease. In some cases, this surgery may even help people eliminate symptoms.
• Better blood pressure control – Many gastric bypass patients report sizeable improvements in their blood pressure numbers.
• Better cholesterol control – A number of studies have revealed gastric bypass patients enjoy much better lipid counts following this procedure.
• Sleep apnea resolution – For many patients, gastric bypass procedures also help resolve issues related to sleep apnea.

While it is not a panacea, the gastric bypass can have a number of benefits that go beyond weight loss alone. people who are obese are urged to talk with their doctors about all their weight loss options.