Does Bariatric Surgery Improve Heart Health?
Bariatric surgery is one of the recommended weight loss tools for obese individuals who struggle to lose weight through conventional means (i.e. diet even medically-supervised ones and exercise).
Studies have shown that bariatric surgery doesn’t just aid in weight loss; it’s also effective in improving obesity-related comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and even heart disease.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found out that bariatric or weight loss surgery is associated with a reduction in the risk of heart disease, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, and atrial fibrillation.
The researchers of the study compared two groups of individuals – one who did weight loss surgery and one who did not. The median body mass index (BMI) at the start of the study was similar across both groups.
The subjects in the surgery group had one of the four weight loss procedures – gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding, and duodenal switch.
The researchers looked into each group at how likely the individuals are to develop the major complications of obesity, which includes having heart disease and death.
At the end of the study, the researchers found out that those who had weight loss surgery didn’t just have fewer chances of dying during the 8-year follow-up, but also were less likely to develop any of the disease-related complications.
Begin your New Life
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and suffering from any obesity-related condition, you may qualify for bariatric surgery.
At New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, TN, your ‘healthier you’ journey begins with our FREE info sessions.
Our sessions are normally offered in-person and online, but due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, we are temporarily suspending the in-person seminar. Our online info session is a safe, convenient way to learn about your options for weight loss surgery.
To view, please visit this link. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our New Life Bariatric Center team at (865) 694-9676.
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. New LIfe is affiliated with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery, a MBSAQIP accredited Comprehensive Center. Parkwes Bariatrics is a division of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.