7 Bariatric Surgery Benefits Besides Helping You Lose Weight
Weight loss only one health benefit of many
Bariatric surgery offers people significant and sustained weight loss.
“Most people who need to lose 65 or more pounds have tried multiple times to lose the weight on their own. While they may have some success at first, less than five percent of people keep the weight off for five years or more,” says bariatric surgeon and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute Philip Schauer, MD. In fact, he says they usually gain the weight back in less than a year.
Losing the weight and gaining it back does nothing to mitigate the potential health problems associated with obesity. You must keep the weight off for a minimum of five years to consider the loss a success and one that can result in a happier, healthier you.
Benefits of sustained weight loss through bariatric surgery include:
- Long-term remission for type 2 diabetes. “A recent Cleveland Clinic study suggests that bariatric surgery causes long-term remission of difficult-to-control type 2 diabetes. The results of this study show the procedure is highly effective for obese patients with type 2 diabetes, allowing almost all patients to remain free of insulin and adjunct medications for at least three years post surgery,” says Dr. Schauer.
- Improved cardiovascular health. Weight loss surgery decreases a person’s risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral heart disease. “Blood pressure and cholesterol levels can return to normal, or near normal after surgery, reducing these risks and improving overall well-being,” Ms. Schulz says.
- Relief of depression. Many obese people feel depressed because of poor body image and social stigma. Even younger people who carry significant excess weight find it difficult to participate in activities they might otherwise enjoy, leading to social isolation and depression. Losing this excess weight can improve emotional health in these patients.
- Eliminate obstructive sleep apnea. Achieving and sustaining a normal weight range often allows people with sleep apnea to stop using a CPAP machine at bedtime.
- Joint pain relief. Carrying around excessive weight puts a lot of stress on your weight-bearing joints, often causing chronic pain and joint damage.
- Improve fertility. Weight loss surgery can also improve fertility during childbearing years.
- Alleviate other medical conditions. Weight loss surgery can alleviate metabolic syndrome, pregnancy complications, gallbladder disease and more.