RESCUING 6 OR MORE YEARS
In a 2004 article, the Journal of American Medical Association concluded that people who lose a significant amount of weight gain on average 6 years of health benefits. That study also found that this significant loss combined with several other lifestyle changes like including exercise not only reduced cholesterol levels and blood pressure but also contributed to an overall increase in the general health status of these individuals. Many of those participating in the study that had diabetes were pleasantly surprised by the abatement of that as well.
Beyond those obvious health benefits, studies show benefits extending into the psychological aspects, with more positive attitudes having tremendous affect that result in greater self esteem, greater satisfaction with life in general and deeper happiness which leads to continued healthy choices and healthy relationships with others.
The World Health Organization declares that more than 500 million people worldwide suffer from obesity but very few, less than 1% are taking advantage of the Bariatric Surgical procedures that can help them. The number of severely obese people in the U.S. is growing faster than those with moderate obesity, according to Ted Adams from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine in Salt Lake City, who led the study on weight-loss surgery’s long-term health benefits.
When drug therapy and lifestyle changes have been largely ineffective, the study found that those choosing to undergo Gastric Bypass Surgery lose an average of 28 percent of their total body weight. Those choosing other alternatives or taking no action stayed the same or even gained a few pounds, the study found. Almost two-thirds of the surgery patients saw their blood sugar return to normal levels, while hypertension, cholesterol and triglyceride all declined.
Gaining back 6 years of life, not to mention the added benefit of the emotional sense of well being often accompanying weight loss it is surprising that more people haven’t chosen Bariatric Surgery. With new technology and the state of the art facilities in places like Mexico being readily available it is anticipated that far more of those suffering obesity will take advantage of these options open to them.