Bariatric surgery may increase fertility. According to an article in the New York Times (06-20-11) a small group of infertile morbidly obese women were able to conceive after having weight loss surgery and losing a large amount of weight. It was indicated that being overweight can cause women to develop polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which in turn can cause a hormonal imbalance affecting fertility. Out of hundreds of women studied there were only six woman out of 31 found to have PCOS who wanted to become pregnant. Some of the 31 were past menopause and some did not want to have children. An amazing six out of six of the woman who wanted to become pregnant did so within three years of having bariatric surgery. Experts state that bariatric operations typically lower blood sugar and can reduce insulin resistance. High blood sugar and insulin resistance have been linked to PCOS. This study was done on gastric bypass patients.
Weight loss surgery can put diabetes into remission almost immediately
Type 2 diabetes can go away days after having a bariatric operation. A few patients will be able to quit taking diabetes medicine right away. These are exceptional results. Typically remission will occur within a year. But an article by The New England Journal of Medicine (March 2012) states that based on studies obese patients with type 2 diabetes are three to four times more likely to lose the disease after having a bariatric operation. The outcome of a study by the University of Rome was that 80% of diabetic bariatric patients were cured of the disease within 18 months of having surgery. Diabetes devastates a large segment of the United States population. The disease causes numerous co-morbidities including kidney failure, heart disease, blindness, and circulation problems that can lead to amputation. Diabetes frequently comes with obesity. A large portion (80%) of type 2 diabetics are obese. Studies show that weight loss is almost four times as effective as medication in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol also result when obese people lose pounds. Bariatric operations can save lives by preventing and even curing diabetes and that’s one of the best reasons to lose pounds we know of.
Liver cancer is a good reason to consider weight loss surgery for obese children
Obese children have a much higher risk of Liver cancer in adulthood (Yahoo News 04-20-12). The health costs of obesity are certain. But most people think it only comes to play in middle age. That is an unfortunate error in thinking. Many diseases start in early youth. Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common form of liver cancer. It is a disease that can start in childhood by being overweight. Obesity causes fatty liver disease which can in turn produce liver cancer. Based on a person’s weight and height the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation produces a number that represents health risk. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered the healthy range. A BMI of 25 or higher increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The results of a study in Demark determined that for every point increase of BMI in a 7 year old child the chances of Hepatocellular carcinoma goes up by 12%. If that isn’t scary enough, the risk goes up 25% per BMI point when the child reaches the age of 13. That is a substantial increase in the possibility of getting a potentially terminal disease when the child becomes an adult. We believe that bariatric operations should only be considered after the failure of numerous sustained programs of diet and exercise under professional guidance. A child that has a genetic predisposition for obesity may not be able to become thin under any circumstance. For those children, bariatric procedures such as Gastric Plication or Laparoscopic Band (Lap-band) surgery may be the life saving choice.