Bariatric surgery has significant medical benefits beyond weight loss. Patients who lose weight may see an improvement in numerous health conditions ranging from heartburn to heart diseasesome even see a complete cure from diseases associated with obesity.
Here are some of the health conditions bariatric surgery may alleviate:
Obesity makes the heart work harder and over the years this extra stress can cause permanent damage to the heart, kidneys and other organs.
Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity has an effect on insulin, which controls the amount of sugar in the blood. High levels of blood sugar can damage the heart, kidneys and eyes.
Obesity is linked to increasing risk for certain types of cancer like breast, colon and endometrial.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can sometimes be caused by obesity and can subsequently lead to stroke, heart attack and heart failure and is considered by the World Health Organization as the leading cause of heart disease.
High cholesterol is an excess of bad cholesterol in the blood. Left untreated, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, and the hardening of arteries.
Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and obesity.
Excessive weight can cause joint damage, leading to swelling in the hips, knees, ankles and back.
Heartburn, caused when acid from the stomach leaks into the throat, leading to pain and tissue damage and increasing risk for ulcers and some types of cancer.
After receiving bariatric surgery, most patients can expect to see an improvement in some or even all these conditions, if not a complete turn around. The benefits go far beyond weight loss.