Since 1980 the obesity rate has doubled globally resulting in 600 million obese individuals as of 2014. This epidemic is a frightening one with many implications in the world of health and nutrition on top of negatively impacting the health and longevity of those suffering from this obesity. Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is a great way to help those with a weight management problem to gain back control over their life.
“Studies show that bariatric surgery can successfully improve and resolve many weight-related health conditions,” Beverly Hills, CA bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D. said. “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 are on the fence on whether to go through with bariatric surgery or not, consider the following three benefits:
Improvement of Quality of Life
Living a fulfilling life is completely possible when one is obese, but there are some considerable drawbacks that can be relieved and/or resolved by bariatric surgery. After the surgery patients experience improved health, mobility, self-esteem, work, social relationships and sexuality. Risks of singlehood, unemployment, disability and anxiety are all greatly reduced after the surgery. This is a form of surgery that truly changes the lives of many for the better each year.
Losing the weight and keeping it off is especially challenging for obese individuals. Studies show that of those who go through with the bariatric surgery, 80 percent are at least able to maintain the weight. What is even more impressive is that 50 percent actually lose more weight after the surgery. The fact is once the extra weight is gone it is a lot easier to move and exercise making it easier for individuals to pursue their weight loss goals.
The big problem with obesity is the health risks. After bariatric surgery, several studies examining large populations found that those who had bariatric surgery had a lower risk of death than those who did not bother with surgery. One of the studies found that there was an 89% reduction in mortality in just five years of observation. Gaining your life back is one of the priceless rewards of bariatric surgery, and it is by far the greatest benefit.
Weight loss surgery is the type of procedure that changes the lives of patients for the better. They enjoy benefits that range from improved ability to exercise to loss of worry about health problems. There is no price tag on such a transition, and it is definitely a procedure worth considering for overweight and obese individuals.
To find a qualified board certified bariatric surgeon, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more about weight loss surgery.