Bariatric Surgery Can Reduce Your Risk for These 5 Medical Conditions

For those struggling to lose large amounts of weight, bariatric surgery is a life-changer. Not only can it lead to long-term weight loss, but the weight-loss surgery benefits your overall health. 

Losing the weight and keeping it off may reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions associated with obesity. Additionally, if you’re struggling with a weight-related health condition, surgery may reverse the disease.

At MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida, our board-certified general surgeon Abel Bello, MD, and our team specialize in bariatric surgery and weight loss. Here are some of the medical conditions that benefit from our interventions. 

1. Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease in the United States. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, bariatric surgery reduces your risk of coronary heart disease by 40% within one year after the procedure. 

Bariatric surgery also improves other factors that affect heart health, including blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. For long-term benefits from your weight-loss surgery, continue to eat healthy and exercise so you keep the weight off.

We consider this a major part of our bariatric program. That’s why we offer weight-loss services as well as bariatric fusion treatments to help you maintain good health. 

2. Diabetes

Carrying excess body weight increases your risk of developing diabetes; more specifically, Type 2 diabetes. When you have diabetes, your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, which increases your risk of developing other health complications like heart disease, sleep apnea, and neuropathy.  

Within two years of having weight-loss surgery, many people lose 50-80% of their excess body weight. This rapid weight loss significantly improves blood sugar numbers and may reduce your risk of developing diabetes. 

In addition to preventing diabetes, bariatric surgery may be recommended as a treatment for the chronic health condition. After undergoing weight-loss surgery, many people with diabetes may eliminate or decrease their use of diabetes medication.  

3. Certain types of cancer

Like other medical conditions, obesity is a risk factor for cancer. According to a July 2018 study published in the British Journal of Surgery, bariatric surgery may decrease your risk of developing hormone-related cancer, such as:

After losing 20% of their total body weight, people with severe obesity decrease their overall cancer risk by as much as 50%

4. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear arthritis that develops over time. It causes joint pain and inflammation that may interfere with your daily life. Carrying excess weight increases stress and strain on your joints, which may accelerate the joint degeneration that leads to osteoarthritis. 

Losing as little as 10-15 pounds significantly reduces pressure on your joints and lowers your risk of developing osteoarthritis. So imagine the benefits of losing 15 or more pounds within the first month of your bariatric surgery and how it may reduce joint stress and your risk of arthritis. 

5. Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that disrupts breathing while you sleep. 

Obesity is a risk factor for the development of obstructive sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in your throat obstructs your breathing tube periodically while you sleep, causing you to temporarily stop breathing.

In addition to reducing blood flow to vital organs, sleep apnea increases blood pressure and your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. 

Within one year of bariatric surgery, 80-85% of people with obstructive sleep apnea experience remission of their sleep disorder. 

Bariatric surgery is more than just about helping you reach your weight goals. This life-changing surgery has a profound impact on your overall health and wellness.

Let us help you achieve your weight goals and improve your health. Call our office or book a consultation online today.

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