Too many people focus on the aesthetics of weight loss, when there are serious health conditions that come with obesity. It is understandable to want to lose excess fat to look better, but obesity-related diseases are the catalyst for many people to seek bariatric procedures. Even if you are healthy right now, obesity can take its toll on your body if you continue to stay overweight. Here are some of the health conditions that are directly related to obesity and often can be improved with weight loss surgery.
Type 2 Diabetes
One of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes is obesity. For many bariatric patients, losing significant amounts of weight can reverse type 2 diabetes or at least improve their metrics. For those who are pre-diabetic, which is common among obese patients, weight loss surgery may prevent type 2 diabetes.
Obstructive sleep apnea is common among obese patients, and it can lead to many health problems. High blood pressure, risk of stroke, fatigue and many other health conditions are linked to sleep apnea. Many people with sleep apnea can forego CPAP and other treatments once they lose weight.
If you have excess weight that you carry, it increases your risk for osteoarthritis in your weight bearing joints, especially your hip and knee joints. Reducing weight can help alleviate stress on your joints and reduce the need for joint treatments or surgeries in your future.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and risk of all types of cardiovascular disease are increased with obesity. Reducing weight and changing your eating/exercise habits can greatly reduce your risk of heart attacks, stroke and heart failure.
Fertility and Reproductive Issues
Both men and women can struggle with fertility, reproductive issues and sexual dysfunction due to obesity. Bariatric surgery and weight loss have helped many people overcome PCOS, infertility, menstrual issues and sexual dysfunction.
There are so many benefits to weight loss surgery, from feeling more confident and attractive to overcoming serious health conditions. If you are ready to explore weight loss with a bariatric procedure, call us at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David G. Davtyan MD, FACS, FICS