6 Medical Conditions Improved by Weight Loss Surgery
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6 Medical Conditions Improved by Weight Loss Surgery
Severe obesity can be extremely isolating, making many individuals feel like they’re trapped without any options. But obesity isn’t just difficult to live with—it can be very hard on the body, and may cause or exacerbate numerous medical conditions.
This is one of the components of obesity that make weight loss without surgery so very difficult; individuals who are severely obese and also struggling with medical conditions such as heart disease or sleep apnea may feel low in energy and generally unwell, prompting them to avoid exercise and thus creating a cycle of unhealthy living.
Weight loss surgery isn’t perfect for everyone—but for many people who are living with existing medical conditions, it can provide relief and sometimes even complete resolution.
Here are just a few of the medical conditions which may be improved by weight loss surgery:
Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common and dangerous diseases that’s linked with obesity. Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to a litany of other ailments, including organ damage and even blindness. Whereas medication and blood sugar monitoring can help control type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery can make a huge impact and possibly eliminate the need for medicine.
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.
Even among weight loss surgeries - such as the traditional Duodenal Switch (DS) and the Duodenal Switch Single Anastomosis ( DS-SA) also known as Stomach Intestine Pylorus Sparing (SIPS) or Single Anastomosis Duodeno-ileostomy (SADI) are associated with a higher remission rate (over 99%).
Most weight loss advisors will tell you that poor sleep can lead to weight gain—but what does that mean for individuals whose weight is causing sleep disturbances, like sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea and obesity are closely linked, so it should be no surprise that weight loss surgery can aid in the treatment of this sometimes-dangerous disease. In fact, it’s extremely effective. One 2013 study, which studied the relationship between weight loss surgery and sleep apnea, found that “over 75 % of patients saw at least an improvement in their sleep apnea” following bariatric procedures 1.
Though asthma is a chronic disease, some obese patients have found reduced flare-ups and fewer hospital visits following weight loss surgery—and the research supports it. A study from 2015 found that bariatric surgery reduced ER visits and hospitalizations from asthma-related by 50% “and remained significantly lower for at least 2 years”2.
Also known as high blood pressure, the causes of hypertension are usually difficult to pin down ( hence it is often referred to as "essential" hypertension) exactly but is commonly associated with obesity. In some obese patients, hypertension could be the result of another ailment, including kidney disease and sleep apnea (this is called "secondary" hypertension).
Weight loss surgery has been found to be an effective treatment for hypertension because it typically ameliorates the primary cause of the high blood pressure - if it associated with obesity or by curing the sleep apnea. High blood sugar may also contribute to hypertension, making bariatric surgery an effective way to reduce blood pressure.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and severe obesity greatly elevates a person’s risk of developing it. There’s also a strong link between obesity and heart failure.
Weight loss surgery can help restore healthy cardiovascular function, decreasing the risk of heart failure and reducing the impact of other kinds of heart disease. One 7-year study found that gastric bypass cut the risk of heart attacks in half for years following the surgery, demonstrating that “that bariatric surgery's impact on cardiac risk factors is not only effective treatment but enduring”3.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS, which is the most common endocrine disorder, impacts about 10% of all women of reproductive age. However, its symptoms can sometimes be mild, and treatment is often difficult.
Research has shown that bariatric surgery can be an extremely effective component of a larger PCOS treatment plan, in part because it helps achieve significant weight loss, but also because it helps a person’s hormones balance out. According to the study, weight loss surgery in PCOS patients may result in “restoration of the hypothalamic pituitary axis, reduction of cardiovascular risk and even in improving pregnancy outcomes” 4.
If you’re living with any of the aforementioned medical conditions or are simply curious about your weight loss surgery options, contact the experienced weight loss and medical professionals at the Center for Weight Loss Surgery.
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1Sarkhosh K, Switzer NJ, El-Hadi M, Birch DW, Shi X, Karmali S. The impact of bariatric surgery on obstructive sleep apnea: a systematic review. Obes Surg.
2013 Mar;23(3):414-23. doi: 10.1007/s11695-012-0862-2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23299507
3Morton J, Wohlgemuth S. American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, 29th annual meeting, San Diego, June 17-22, 2012.
4Malik SM, Traub ML. Defining the role of bariatric surgery in polycystic ovarian syndrome patients. World J Diabetes.
2012 Apr 15;3(4):71-9. doi: 10.4239/wjd.v3.i4.71. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22532886