Can Weight Loss Surgery Overcome Genetics?

Just because a family has a long history of members who are obese doesn’t mean that outcome is inevitable. Even if a person is already obese, there is hope. The sleeve gastrectomy procedure can make a very big difference in helping people overcome genetic predispositions for obesity.


The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is designed to limit the amount of food a stomach can hold. The procedure involves the removal of a portion of the stomach. The remaining stomach is reshaped to resemble a sleeve or banana. While not as intensive as the gastric bypass, the gastrectomy may have exceptional results for people with genetic tendencies toward obesity. The procedure not only shrinks stomach holding capacity, it also modifies the mechanisms in the brain that promote hunger. People who undergo the procedure often report they no longer feel hungry and they tend to no longer crave the higher-calorie foods they once did. While specific results may vary, many patients who undergo the sleeve procedure lose about 50 percent of their excess body weight within a two-year period.


People who are obese may find that surgery offers them a way to address genetic predispositions. This procedure alone, however, cannot guarantee success. In order for any bariatric procedure to be truly successful, patients must commit to lifestyle changes that promote weight loss and eventual maintenance of it.


Obesity is a serious concern for about a third of the American population. Whether genetics play a role or not, losing weight can dramatically improve overall health. Obesity is strongly linked to diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer, among other serious health complications. Losing weight through any means can help safeguard health. It is strongly recommended that people who are obese talk to their doctors about all weight loss options. Genetic predisposition or not, shedding pounds can have positive and lasting impacts on health.



Gastric Bypasses Can Lower Diabetes-Related Death Risks: Study

The link between obesity and type 2 diabetes has long been established. People who are obese are simply more likely to develop this disease, which has consequences that can be deadly. A recent study is shedding light on the potential weight loss may have for lowering the morbidity risks associated with diabetes. Specifically, people who undergo gastric bypass procedures to address obesity may see their diabetes-related mortality risks drop significantly.


The study in question involved more than 3,200 people who underwent gastric bypasses to promote weight loss. These patients were matched with a set of controls based upon such factors as age, the existence of diabetes before surgery and body mass index. Members of the control group did not undergo bypasses. Researchers followed up on diabetics within the study around the 5.8-year mark. Those without diabetes were tracked for about 6.7 years.


Researchers ultimately found marked overall improvements in health in the study group that underwent gastric bypasses. Many of the patients who had diabetes saw the condition go into remission after surgery. In fact, nearly 40 percent of gastric bypass patients experienced complete remission after two years. Other health concerns, such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory concerns, were improved in the bypass group. Of particular note, however, was the finding that bypasses lowered diabetes-related mortality risks by about 56 percent.


It is estimated about a third of the American population is considered obese. This condition is strongly associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain forms of cancer and other serious conditions. Taking steps to lose weight can dramatically lower the risks for health-related complications. Weight loss surgery may provide the most viable option for some people to effectively lose weight and keep it off. As the study’s authors found, bypasses may even lower the risk of dying from obesity-related health conditions. People who are obese are strongly urged to talk with their healthcare providers to explore all weight loss options available to them.