More than Just Weight Loss: Surprising Benefits to Bariatric Surgery

The benefits of weight-loss surgery can be both physical and emotional. In many cases, our patients have found the experience to be life transforming. In our in-person seminars and online webinars we delve into both the lifestyle changes and benefits in detail and encourage anyone contemplating the question: Is Bariatric Surgery for You? To attend click Here for more information on these programs.

How weight loss surgery can improve your lifestyle

When you think of weight loss surgery you may think of weight loss from a purely an aesthetic perspective. But the surgery’s benefits extend far beyond that. Obesity impacts far more than just the waistline—those who are obese are at a higher risk of many medical conditions, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. Reaching a healthy body weight can mean a longer life span, improved mobility, and better self-esteem, all benefits that most people are actively seeking out when researching treatment.

Regrettably one-third of American adults today are categorized as obese, meaning they have a body mass index of 30 or higher. In simpler terms, it means that a person weighs at least 20 percent higher than recommended.

As we said in 6 Reasons You Should Consider Weight Loss Surgery This Year, there are many health benefits (or co-morbidities) that weight-loss surgery can impact in your life. Among the benefits of sustained weight loss through bariatric surgery discussed in that article are:

1. Long-term remission for type 2 diabetes. …

2. Improved cardiovascular health. …

3. Relief of depression. …

4. Eliminate obstructive sleep apnea. …

5. Joint pain relief. …

6. Improve fertility. …

Fewer Allergies and Asthma Symptoms

Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control have linked obesity with allergies and asthma symptoms. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) serves as an indicator for allergic activity in the body. The study measured increased IgE levels in children, making them more susceptible to allergies (particularly food-based allergies). Obesity increases systemic inflammation and the likelihood of respiratory stress which can not only exacerbate asthma symptoms, but also increase the likelihood of developing asthma. Conversely, significant weight reduction and improved diet modulation has shown dramatic effects in eliminating or significantly controlling food allergies.

Healthier More Vibrant Skin

Obesity (especially the morbid variety) has a direct impact on skin health in several ways. Stretch marks, varicose veins, skin tags, darkened skin patches and skin infections are common among obese people. Blood circulation to the skin is altered by higher-than-normal levels of subcutaneous fat. Excess sweating can occur, the skin can dry out and cause psoriasis, and collagen production can be impeded. Shedding the excess weight can dramatically improve the skin’s appearance, helping you look more vital and youthful.

Better Mood

According to the Obesity Action Coalition depression and weight gain go hand-in-hand, with obese people being 20 percent more likely to feel depressed. But does depression cause weight gain, r does weight gain cause depression? Actually, it does both! Depression leads to a lack of activity and potential binge eating. Obesity affects self-esteem which can lead to depression. By losing weight, you are helping to restore the natural balance of the body, which has a hormonal ripple effect that can drastically improve mood.

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Arthritis Relief

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition, so it stands to reason that the inflammation associated with obesity can impact arthritic conditions. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage at the end of bones breaks down. Although this can occur naturally with age, excess weight further taxes the joints and wears down cartilage quicker. According to the Arthritis Foundation, every pound of excess weight results in an additional four pounds of added pressure on the knees. By dropping weight, you relieve the added stress and diminish the potential for arthritic problems.

Better Memory

Studies have linked obesity and high blood pressure with loss of memory and cognitive skills in people aged 50 and over. Researchers at University College London found that obese people lost their mental powers faster than thinner people. Other studies also determined that obese people who underwent bariatric surgery achieved improved memory 12 weeks after the fact. It is also believed that middle-aged obesity heightens the risk for dementia later in life.

More Energy, Better Productivity

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more. Excess weight in the neck and trunk area can put stress on the respiratory system and cause sleep apnea. But the most outwardly benefit to one lifestyle from better sleep is great energy and the ability to be more productive at work and in your personal life.

Other Health Benefits from Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery that leads to weight loss can also improve a variety of other health concerns, including metabolic syndrome, infertility, gallbladder disease, pregnancy complications, fatty liver disease, urinary incontinence, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and more.

If you’re struggling with obesity, consult the experts in bariatric surgery at Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors. Find out how bariatric surgery can help you lead a healthier lifestyle. We’ll walk you through what to expect from bariatric surgery. schedule an appointment or call (631) 476-9296 to speak with a doctor in person.