5 Health Conditions Weight Loss Surgery May Eliminate
Since obesity is responsible for causing such a range of different health conditions, it only stands to reason that weight loss surgery may be effective in easing these conditions. Every person is different, and no result is guaranteed, but bariatric surgery and the subsequent weight loss can help eliminate many obesity-related health issues. Here are five worth noting:
1) Type 2 Diabetes
Statistics tell us that up to 80 percent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Type 2 diabetes often produces devastating side effects, including heart disease, blindness, stroke, nerve damage and even amputations. According to the UCSF Medical Center, morbidly obese patients can reduce or eliminate their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by having bariatric surgery. If they already suffer from type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery can significantly reduce its severity or eliminate it altogether.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is often caused or accelerated by obesity. When you have extra fat tissue in the body, it requires oxygen and nutrients to live, which requires more blood. The heart is forced to pump more blood, increasing pressure on the artery walls, thus increasing blood pressure. After weight loss surgery, patients often return to a normal weight range, and weight-related hypertension may be eliminated.
3) Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious condition, where people actually stop breathing for short periods of time while sleeping. The condition is incredibly disruptive to both the person who has it, and anyone sleeping nearby. It can cause loud snoring and frequent bouts of waking up, gasping for air during the night. People suffering from sleep apnea are often fatigued during the day, and have trouble being productive. After bariatric surgery, excess weight in the chest wall that was squeezing your lungs while you slept will be gone, potentially eliminating the condition.
According to the American Psychological Association, obesity and depression often go hand-in-hand. Obesity is a leading cause of poor self-esteem and body image, and obesity and depression have a way of triggering and influencing one another. Many people binge eat because they are depressed, and feelings of depression can increase because they are obese. It is a dangerous cycle that is difficult to break, but if the depression has been brought on by obesity, then weight loss surgery can help. Binge eating is no longer an option, and as you lose weight, self-confidence and body image will improve, and depression will lessen.
5) Chronic Joint Pain
Anyone suffering from obesity knows the toll it can take on your joints. The added weight on your hips, knees and ankles can make every step a challenge. If a patient is obese for a long period, pain medication often becomes part of daily life, bringing a host of side effects and possible dependency along with it. Weight loss surgery won’t cure damage that has already been done inside specific joints, but it will eliminate the added stress placed on lower body joints, ease pain and prevent further damage from happening.
For more information on the weight loss procedures performed by the surgeons at New York Bariatric Group please contact us or call 800-633-8446. You can also register to attend a free informational seminar explaining the various options and procedures.