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Improving Health with Bariatric Surgery

By Jacqueline Osuna, MD on July 10, 2017

A stomach wrapped in measuring tapeObesity is a serious health concern. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes it the leading cause of preventable death. Despite understanding the health concerns of obesity, many people have a difficult time maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise alone. For these patients, bariatric surgery may help.

Bariatric surgery reduces the size of the stomach to help those who struggle with obesity meet their weight loss goals and improve their overall health. Let's take a closer look at a few of the many health conditions that can be improved with bariatric surgery. For more information, contact Dr. Jacqueline Osuna's Tijuana, MX or Guadalajara, MX offices.

Remission of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to properly metabolize sugar. Excess weight and inactivity are two significant contributing factors to the onset of type 2 diabetes. Many who are significantly overweight and suffer from type 2 diabetes have been able to put their diabetes into remission by maintaining a healthy weight.

Improved Cardiovascular Health

Obesity increases the risk of many cardiovascular issues, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and high cholesterol. Bariatric surgery can help those who are morbidly obese achieve a healthy weight and get exercise back into their daily routines, all of which can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve heart health.

Relieve Joint Pain

It's common for those carrying excess weight to experience joint pain, as excess weight puts great stress on the joints, like the knees and ankles. Bariatric surgery can help with significant weight loss, reducing strain on the joints and relieving joint pain.

Stop Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops intermittently while sleeping due to tissue blockage of the airway. Obstructive sleep apnea is commonly caused by obesity. Through bariatric surgery, it may be possible to achieve a healthy weight and stop the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

Improved Fertility

Both men and women may improve their fertility through weight loss. Losing weight is particularly helpful for improving fertility in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Bariatric surgery may be beneficial for those who are significantly overweight to improve their ability to conceive.

Help Relieve Depression

Living with obesity can impact self-esteem and cause depression from being unhappy with the body's appearance. Bariatric surgery can help those who have struggled to lose weight achieve their weight loss goals, allowing them to feel better about their appearance and improve emotional health.

Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Candidates for bariatric surgery should have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater. If you are ready to make a change, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Osuna to find out if you're a candidate for bariatric surgery.

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