Achieve Weight Loss in the New Year with Bariatric Surgery
A Nielsen survey found that 37 percent of American consumers name “staying fit and healthy” as their number one resolution for the New Year. Coming in at a close second is “losing weight”, which was named by 32 percent. Do you see a trend? Year after year, many of us set goals to become healthier, happier, smaller versions of ourselves. And year after year, most of us fail to succeed.
If you have a significant amount of weight to lose and have been unsuccessful with diet, exercise and medications, bariatric surgery may be the solution. Bariatric surgery is a procedure that promotes weight loss by making changes to your digestive system. Some forms of bariatric surgery decrease the size of your stomach to prevent overeating and help you feel full faster. Other types make changes to the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients from what you eat.
Bariatric surgery is typically recommended for patients who have a significant amount of weight to lose and have not been successful with other weight loss methods. To be a candidate for bariatric surgery, you should either have:
- A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or be 100 pounds overweight.
- A BMI of 35 or higher and have at least two obesity-related comorbidities such as hypertension, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.
- Inability to achieve long-term weight loss with traditional methods such as lifestyle modifications and exercise
On average, patients who undergo bariatric surgery lose 15 to 30 percent of their starting weight. However, no surgery is able to guarantee that you will achieve and maintain significant weight loss. The type of surgery you have and the level of obesity prior to surgery may influence your weight loss results (Source: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery).
Lifestyle changes also play a significant role in the outcome of bariatric surgery. Making healthy changes to your diet and adhering to an exercise routine both before and after surgery can greatly affect your results.
Weight loss is arguably the most popular and attractive feature of bariatric surgery, but other health benefits can stem from this procedure. After surgery, you may see improvement of several obesity-related health issues, including:
- type 2 diabetes
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- unhealthy cholesterol levels
- sleep apnea
- urinary incontinence
- body aches
- joint pain in the hips and knees (Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases).
The start of a New Year is a great time to get started on developing a new you! Talk to your doctor about bariatric surgery, and ask whether you might be a candidate. Make 2017 the year your weight loss goals become a reality!