Every year, thousands of people are making the tough life-changing decision to undergo weight loss surgery. Once they make their way through the short recovery period, the vast majority of patients have their life and health transformed in dramatic ways. While most people think about the visual changes that take place, there are many health benefits that happen not seen with the naked eye. We've known for some time that weight loss surgery patients who have type 2 diabetes often reverse their condition, becoming symptom-free. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that shows the potential for the various surgical options (adjustable bands, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, etc.) not only reduces or eliminates the need for diabetes drugs in as many as 90 percent of patients. Now researchers are finding that the surgery can also help with people who have heart conditions. Medical experts found that the 10-year risk of suffering a heart attack dropped from a little over six percent before the bariatric surgery to less than four percent after. "The bariatric community has recognized the remarkable metabolic benefits of weight loss surgery for several years, so we were not too surprised by the findings reported in this study," said lead researcher Dr. Helen M. Heneghan. Dr. Heneghan and her colleagues reviewed 52 studies involving 16,867 patients who had weight loss surgery. Of those, patients lost about half of their excess weight on average. In 68 percent of patients, there was either a dip or outright disappearing of their high blood pressure. Diabetes improved in three-quarters of patients as early as three months after their surgery. There was one study that examined deaths from heart attacks. Surgery seemed to cut the death rate in half, from 1.2 percent to 0.65 percent. "We hope that after reading this (review), physicians will recognize that their obese patients with cardiovascular risk factors or established cardiovascular disease would benefit immensely from weight loss surgery," said Dr. Heneghan. While not everyone who has a weight problem is a candidate for weight-loss surgery, if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease and have found it difficult to lose weight, make an appointment with a gastric surgeon to see what is your best option. Related Articles - weight loss, weight loss surgery, gastric bypass, gastric surgery, Email this Article to a Friend! Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!Subscribe for free today!
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