Weight loss surgery is a medical option for combating obesity – but losing weight and reversing obesity is not the only benefit. In addition to combating obesity, weight loss surgery also helps a variety of other medical ailments. Depending on which weight loss surgery option a patient selects, the success in countering other health issues varies greatly.
But here are a selection of the other medical diseases, both obesity-related and not related directly to obesity, that can be helped by weight loss surgery:
Diabetes: One of the most common co-morbidities from obesity is diabetes, specifically type 2 diabetes. “Not only does weight loss surgery almost immediately help the body lower and control its blood sugar, the surgery also aids in improving other health problems which are related to diabetes,” according to the Center for Weight Loss Surgery. Weight loss surgery can help reduce the risks of diabetes, and in some cases, like with the Duodenal Switch procedure, blood sugar levels completely normalize.
Sleep Apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is another medical condition found in many of those who are obese. Weight loss surgery can help reverse this as well, improving sleep as an added benefit.
Heart Disease: The number one cause of death is heart disease, attributed to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Helping these risks can help save lives. “Weight loss surgery decreases a person’s risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral heart disease,” reports Cleveland Clinic.
Joint Pain: Many people aren’t aware of the benefits weight loss surgery can have on your joints and in relieving joint pain. “Bariatric surgery might be an option to improve your joint health as well as your overall health,” reports Everyday Health.
Cancer: Another leading cause of death is cancer, of various types. Excess body fat can produce hormones that raises the risk of several varieties of cancer. “Current data demonstrate that bariatric surgery is protective against cancers including breast and endometrial cancers for women long-term,” reports Bariatric Times.
Depression: Of course, it’s not just physical health that can be affected by weight loss surgery – it’s mental health as well. “Losing this excess weight can improve emotional health in these patients,” reports Cleveland Clinic.
Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? Learn more about the weight loss surgery journey at Texas Health Flower Mound by contacting our navigator, Sharon Hillgartner.