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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