Health Benefits Associated with Weight Loss Surgery
Severe obesity can lead to a shorter life and many potentially life-threatening health problems, often referred to medically as comorbidities. Scientists have shown that those struggling with severe obesity are twice as likely to die an early death as someone who is non-obese. Conversely, with treatments that effectively fight obesity, patients have a greatly increased chance of enjoying good health and a longer life.
Obesity-Related Health Conditions
If have a BMI (body mass index) of 35 or over and you find yourself struggling with one or more obesity-related health conditions, weight loss surgery may be right for you. A list of some of the more common obesity-related health conditions follows. (Your doctor can provide more complete information.)
Type 2 Diabetes. This common condition related to excessive blood sugar has been associated with an increased risk of numerous serious health problems, including heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, and many other life threatening issues.
Heart Disease. Often related to high blood pressure caused by obesity, the increased blood pressure can damage the heart, greatly increasing the chances of heart attacks and heart failure.
High Cholesterol (Dyslipidemia). Excessive levels of damaging cholesterols and other harmful lipids, often related to weight issues and poor diet, can increase the risk of numerous conditions, including heart attacks and strokes.
Bone and Joint Pain. The excess strain placed on the joints associated with severe obesity can greatly worsen or increase the risk of osteoarthritis. Fortunately, reducing the weight on joints can quickly lessen or eliminate this type of pain.
Depression. People with severe obesity must deal with a number of factors – physical, social, and psychological – which can increase their risk of developing a mood disorder. Depression is more common in obese individuals when compared to the rest of the population, but losing weight can definitely improve or prevent this potentially life-threatening condition.
Sleep Apnea. This is a common ailment where improper breathing causes often imperceptible sleep interruptions, resulting in fatigue and increasing the likelihood of numerous serious health matters.
GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Known commonly as heartburn, GERD is not only uncomfortable, it is a risk factor for a number of serious illnesses including esophageal cancer and is often associated with obesity.
Urinary Incontinence. Involuntary urination is a frequent issue affecting obese women, because excess weight can weaken pelvic muscles. Studies have shown that bariatric surgery can help to reverse the issue in the large majority of cases.
Reproductive Health Issues. Severe obesity can cause women to experience a number of problems that may interfere with the menstrual cycle, and cause infertility, discomfort, and other distressing symptoms. Many women experience a reversal in these issues following a weight loss procedure.
Studies show that bariatric surgery can successfully improve and resolve many weight-related health conditions. A review of more than 22,000 bariatric surgery patients showed improvement in or complete resolution of conditions, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea.
If you have a BMI of 35 or over and suffer from any of these comorbidities, you may qualify for a bariatric procedure. If your BMI is 40 or over, you also may qualify before these issues develop. To find out more about the very latest in weight loss medicine, please contact Dr. Feiz & Associates at the phone numbers on this page. You can also reach out to us via e-mail through our contact page.