Morbid obesity may lead to many life-threatening health problems, known as co-morbidities, and a shorter life. Research has shown that weight-loss surgery can help in both areas:
Studies show that bariatric surgery can improve and resolve many weight-related health conditions1 including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
Studies show that the risk of an early death for those struggling with obesity is twice that of a non-obese person2
- With treatment, there is a better chance for a longer life
- A clinical study shows that gastric bypass surgery reduces mortality in patients with severe obesity by 89 percent over 5 years3
In addition, after weight-loss surgery, patients consistently report4
- A decrease in depression and anxiety
- Improved self esteem
- A higher quality of life
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1 Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA 2004;292(14):1724-37.
2 American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity. [Online] 8 April 1998. http://www.asbs.org/Newsite07/patients/resources/asbs_rationale.htm
3 Christou NV, Sampalis JS, Liberman M, et al. Surgery Decreases Long-term Mortality, Morbidity, and Health Care Use in Morbidly Obese Patients. Ann Surg 2004;240(3):416-24.
4 Wadden TA, Sarwer DB, Fabricatore AN, Jones L, Stack R, Williams NS. Psychosocial and behavioral status of patients undergoing bariatric surgery: what to expect before and after surgery. Med Clin North Am. 2007 May;91(3):451-69, xi-xii. Review.