It’s no secret that obesity is a worldwide problem with the percentage doubling in the last 25 years in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Researchers also noted that many European countries are just as close to that level of with nearly 40-50% of their populations being overweight or obese.

Unlike diet and exercise. weight loss surgery is the most effective and long-term treatment for morbid obesity. Obesity is a dangerous health condition as it increases the risk of:

Bariatric Surgery vs. Diet and Exercise

Dr. Valenzuela with Patient Before Surgery at Hospital Mi Doctor

According to the study, weight loss surgery was determined to be more efficient than just diet and exercise alone. The study’s author Viktoria Gloy noted that bariatric surgery patients lost nearly 57 pounds more and had higher rates of recovery from both metabolic syndromes* and Type II Diabetes than individuals who avoided the surgery.

The 2 years of research revealed that surgery patients had an increased quality of life as well as a lower chance of taking medication than those who just dieted and exercised. The researchers also examined the different treatments patients used to lose weight and found that 11 of the weight loss surgeries resulted in greater weight loss.

Not only did bariatric patients lose more weight but also had a higher rate of remission for Type II Diabetes, nearly 22 times higher than the group that didn’t have bariatric surgery. According to their analysis, metabolic syndrome rates also dropped significantly for patients who endured weight loss surgery.

Triglycerides fell and good cholesterol levels increased more in weight loss surgery patients but there were no real significant differences in blood pressure levels. While the research presented is comprehensive, Gloy and researchers understand that further research is needed to fully understand the connection.

*Metabolic syndrome is understood as a group of symptoms that can increase a patient’s risk for the onset of diabetes or heart disease.

Benefits of Bariatrics

The researchers, however, understand that with any surgery comes risk and the most common complications were the need for re-operation or iron deficiency anemia. Surgery is also obviously more expensive than a regular diet and exercise routine, like the Shark Tank diet. According to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, weight-loss surgery averages as much as $25,000.

When choosing Bariatric Surgery

Surgery is recommended for patients with a body mass index (BMI) above 40 or over 35, especially if they have medical conditions related to obesity such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Others with high BMI who are still considered overweight and unable to control their diabetes with medication can qualify for surgery.

If you plan to undergo bariatric surgery, remember diet and exercise are still essential for long-term weight loss success. If you don’t follow the proper post-op diet or exercise program, you might regain weight. Revision surgery is possible but you will most likely have similar results as before. Weight loss surgery is an effective tool to lose weight but you can’t do it without diet and exercise.

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