Weight gain and Obesity play very important roles in the development of chronic diseases like Diabetes, High blood pressure and complications like Stroke and Heart Attack. One therefore has to incorporate proper lifestyle and good behavior through daily physical acitvity to help avoid developing these conditions. However there are certain inidividuas where weight loss through these behvioral methods no longer are enough to provide the weight loss one desires and therefore for ” medical” reasons, one resorts to drastic measures like Bariatric surgery.
But do they work in decreasing the risk? or do they help patients improve disease outcomes?
Now comes s study published in the American Journal of Medicine, March 2009 to show that weight loss indeed can work wonders to diabetes and that bariatric surgery can help:
- 621 studies from 1990 to April of 2006 were analyzed: 78.1% of diabetic patients had complete resolution and diabetes was improved or resolved in 86.6% of patients as the result of bariatric surgery.
- Gastric banding yielded 56.7% resolution, gastroplasty 79.7%, gastric bypass 80.3% and BPD/DS 95.1%.
- After more than 2 year post-operative, the corresponding resolutions were 58.3%, 77.5%, 70.9%, and 95.9%.
- The Percent excess weight loss was 46.2%, 55.5%, 59.7% and 63.6%, for the type of surgery performed suggesting that BPD yielded the best result.
- 82% of patients had resolution of the clinical and laboratory manifestations of diabetes in the first 2 years after surgery, and
- 62% remained free of diabetes more than 2 years after surgery (80% and 75% for the total group).
The study for me tells us one thing: that weight loss indeed can work wonders. However lets not all resort to surgery to achieve improvement in our risk for diseases as surgery also entails risks!
While proper diet and physical activity are completely free and easy to do…all they need are the Two D’s to succeed: DETERMINATION and DISCIPLINE!