Generally, when people think of weight loss surgery, they think of the drastic weight loss associated with it, as well as the cosmetic benefits – the shrinking waist lines, fitting into skinny jeans and so on. However, it’s the fundamental health benefits attributed to weight loss surgery, if you qualify for it, that make it a compelling option for many. You should only consider weight loss surgery if your efforts to lose weight through diet and exercise have been unsuccessful, your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 35+ or if you have a weight-related health issue like sleep apnea, hypertension or type 2 diabetes. If you do meet the criteria, here are some reasons for bariatric surgery that you can look forward to once you start shedding those pounds.
Reasons for Bariatric Surgery: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity is the primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes. A study in the American Journal of Medicine revealed that not only did 82 percent of patients who underwent bariatric surgery reverse their type 2 diabetes diagnosis, but 62 percent also stayed diabetes-free for the two years after they kept the weight off, a major health benefit.
Reasons for Bariatric Surgery: Improving Fertility
Although higher weight women are not necessarily infertile, the excess weight tends to impact ovulatory functions. Losing weight improves a women’s bodily functions and pregnancy rates frequently improve after weight loss.
Reasons for Bariatric Surgery: Hypertension Improvement
In the United States alone, 75 million people suffer from hypertension, with more fatalities resulting from the illness than from any other cardiovascular disease. Hypertension is an abnormally high level of blood pressure, usually brought on by stress, physical activity or other health-related factors. Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve or eliminate hypertension completely. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that hypertension was eliminated in 61.7 percent of surgery patients and significantly improved in 78.5 percent of patients.
Reasons for Bariatric Surgery: Joint Pain
Every pound of excess weight equals 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees. Additionally, weight gain adds extra pressure on joints. This pressure increases significantly with excessive weight gain. The result is a higher risk of osteoarthritis, a common joint disorder caused by joint wear and tear. Inflammatory factors associated with weight gain also contribute to joint pain. However, weight loss surgery offers significant relief from joint pain by reducing pressure on the knees, ankles, and hips.
Reasons for Bariatric Surgery: You Live Longer
Studies in the Netherlands concluded that obesity can shave off 20 years from a person’s life. Bariatric surgery leads to weight loss. Additionally, when combined with a proper diet and exercise routine, it promotes a healthier lifestyle and increases the patient’s lifespan.
So whether you are considering weight loss surgery for health reasons, cosmetic reasons or both; the benefits are endless. Start your weight loss journey today with IBI Healthcare Institute, and see what bariatric surgery option is right for you.