Weight Loss is the Main, but Not the Only, Benefit of Bariatric Surgery
It goes without saying that the main objective of weight loss surgery is the weight loss in the very title of the procedure. People that have high body mass indexes (BMI) are the primary candidates for the surgery. Weight is calculated into a person’s BMI, but weight alone can be used in consideration for major weight loss surgery, depending on height. With a main goal of weight loss, most people are able to move forward from just weight loss to live healthier lives. Unfortunately, weight loss surgery may come after a person has already been diagnosed with a chronic, diet-related condition. With weight loss surgery, though, it is possible to lessen the effects of some of these conditions, and for some, their conditions are reversed, though it is impossible for a bariatric doctor to predict or promise this to their patients.
Type II Diabetes
Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects your pancreas, a small organ located just behind the stomach. When you eat food, it passes through the stomach and intestines, and turns to sugar in your bloodstream. The pancreas produces insulin, which regulates blood sugar. When your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, you may experience symptoms of Type II Diabetes, including frequent urination, increased thirst, fatigue, and blurred vision. Weight loss surgery can help with Diabetes. When your weight goes down, your body is better able to absorb insulin, and you may find your symptoms of diabetes reduced, or eliminated.
‘Hypertension’ is the medical term for high blood pressure. When you have high blood pressure, you will likely only know it because your doctor has told you. It is extremely unusual for a person to experience symptoms specific to high blood pressure specifically, but having high blood pressure puts you at elevated risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, vision loss, and kidney disease. When your weight is closer to what is ideal for a person your height, and your diet is low in sodium and processed foods, your chance of developing hypertension, and the risks therein, are greatly reduced, or eliminated.
One of the more dangerous symptoms of excess weight and excess fat on the body is elevated cholesterol. Another usually symptomless condition, the risks that high cholesterol bring with it include angina, contribution to high blood pressure, kidney disease, and peripheral vascular disease. Even more urgently, high cholesterol can create plaque in the arteries of the heart, and when there is so much plaque that blood cannot properly flow, you will feel pain in your chest and left arm – a heart attack, which can kill a person within minutes. Also of urgent concern is stroke. Strokes happen when one part of the brain is not receiving adequate blood flow, and oxygen and other nutrients are restricted. While both strokes and heart attacks can kill instantly, it is possible to survive, though survivors will almost always be on medication for the remainder of their lives. Choosing weight loss surgery could possibly save your life, and your life is something that has no price tag.
Sleep can be difficult for severely overweight persons. Though sleep apnea has the least mortality of the possible complications of excess weight, it is still a serious condition. Besides the days and weeks of constant tiredness that comes with the condition, sleep apnea causes a buildup of carbon monoxide in the bloodstream, which can lead to other complications. Make sure you protect your life, and talk to your medical team about bariatric surgery.