Being morbidly obese can put you at risk for a range of health issues.
Morbid obesity involves having a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 and a high percentage of body fat.
Health Risks Associated with Morbid Obesity
The following are just some of the health risks associated with morbid obesity:
• Type 2 diabetes
Most people who are obese develop insulin resistance, which results in high blood sugar level. When left unmanaged, type 2 diabetes can lead to other health complications such as kidney issues, loss of limb, and blindness.
• High blood pressure and heart disease
When the body is carrying too much weight, the heart can’t function well. Obese individuals often develop high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke and heart attack.
Carrying too much weight doesn’t just burden the heart; it also puts added pressure on weight-bearing joints such as the knees and the hips. Obesity can cause rapid wear and tear of these joints, causing pain and inflammation.
• Sleep apnea
Fat deposits in the tongue and neck can block air passages. This can cause sleep issues, resulting in fatigue, headaches, and daytime drowsiness.
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Excessive body weight can weaken and overload the valve that sits on top of the stomach. This results in gastroesophageal reflux disease, often characterized by a heartburn.
Obesity can disrupt reproductive hormones, resulting in infertility issues.
• Certain types of cancer
Obesity is linked to a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer, including colon and rectal, uterus, gallbladder, liver, thyroid, and pancreatic cancer.
Treating Morbid Obesity with Bariatric Surgery
Losing weight can cause significant improvement on one’s health. It can regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and hormones.
Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity. This is usually recommended for patients who have unsuccessful results with nonsurgical treatments (i.e. medically-supervised diets and exercise).
At New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, TN, the first step towards a healthier, new life is attending our FREE info session.
Weight loss surgery is a huge commitment and we want to make sure you have all the needed information to make an educated choice.
Our online seminar is a convenient option if you can’t make it in-person. You can complete it anytime, anywhere as long as you have your computer and a decent internet connection.
To view the seminar, you must complete the registration form and log in using the Chrome, Safari, or FireFox browser. The seminar is a 35-minute video and includes a quiz. To sign up, please visit this link.
Once you complete the seminar, please contact the New Life office at (865) 694-9676 to confirm that we have received your registration information.
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, part of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.