Bariatric surgery is a very successful treatment technique for helping people who are having difficulty losing weight. It is often recommended for patients who are obese and have a significant amount of weight to lose, and those who have serious health problems that could be improved via weight loss. Many of these patients have tried to lose weight through healthy eating and exercise but have been unable to achieve the level of success needed to make a drastic improvement to their lives.
There are various types of bariatric surgery, but they primarily focus on both reducing the amount of food you can consume and changing how your body processes it to ensure you absorb fewer calories. Of all the types of bariatric surgery, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are the most common and popular.
However, beyond simply losing weight and making your body smaller and your confidence grow, bariatric surgery can help to improve many obesity-related conditions. This is because health risks are naturally increased if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more. Since most people who have bariatric surgery have a BMI of 40 or above, it’s unsurprising that their weight loss leads to improvements in their overall health and wellness. Here are some of the most common health benefits associated with weight loss surgery:
Obesity is thought to account for around 80-85% of cases of type 2 diabetes – a condition that occurs when the body is unable to regulate its blood sugar levels. Experts agree that losing even 5% of your body weight could dramatically reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Many patients who have bariatric surgery can go into complete remission from their diabetes.
There are a range of cardiovascular diseases, which is a general term used to describe conditions affecting the heart and/or blood vessels. Some of the most known cardiovascular diseases include angina, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and vascular dementia. Being obese means that your body automatically has to work harder to function and the visceral fat that forms around your organs affects how well your body works. Any sort of weight loss can have a very positive effect on our cardiovascular health.
Unsurprisingly, being overweight can put significant stress on our joints, often leading to chronic, pain and even early degeneration of the joint. Losing weight can reduce the strain, enabling people to regain some mobility and reduce their reliance on pain medications.
Sleep apnea is very common in people who are overweight. It occurs when the soft tissues of the throat collapse when you sleep, causing severe snoring and interrupted breathing patterns when sleeping. Studies show most people who have weight loss surgery will achieve a significant reduction in their sleep apnea as their weight comes off.
Being overweight or obese can even impede your ability to have children. Women who are over the recommended BMI are more likely to suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome, better known as PCOS, which has a range of effects including interrupting the usual reproductive cycle. Weight loss could help to improve your natural fertility.
To find out more about the benefits of bariatric surgery for your health, contact our friendly bariatric surgery team at Clarity Surgical and Weight Loss Solutions in Huntington Station or Rockville Centre, NY. Call us at (516) 259-2525 to schedule a consultation today!