Possible link between WLS and Alcoholism?

Is it possible that weight loss surgery can lead to problems with alcohol abuse?  Or is it just the Swedes?

A new study out of Sweden indicates the risk of alcoholism is higher among people who have undergone weight loss surgery.

This might be taking the idea of a liquid diet too far!

The Cost of Obesity

Obesity can not only take a toll on your health and well-being, it can drain your finances as well, as documented in a new survey by the Canadian Obesity Network.

People suffering from obesity spend more on commercial weight loss programs, prescription diet pill and special diets.

Interestingly, a large portion of those surveyed choose these methods over weight loss surgery because wait times for surgery are longer in Canada and because consumers don’t get clear guidance on how to combat obesity, according to the survey’s authors.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Weight loss surgery is getting less invasive, as some doctors are now performing single-incision laparoscopic weight loss surgery.

Traditional laparoscopic surgery was a major advancement in the effort to make weight loss surgery less invasive; now, by using only one incision, this method is less invasive than ever.

The American College of Surgeons has concluded that single-incision laparoscopic surgery is as safe as traditional laparoscopic surgery.

Weight Loss and Memory

As if you needed another reason to consider weight loss surgery, research indicates that weight loss might be linked to improved memory.

In a study to be published in the medical journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, patients who shed pounds after undergoing weight loss surgery showed improved scores in memory and concentration tests.

Changes in blood pressure may be part of the cognitive improvement, though this is far from certain. What is certain, however, is that the evidence supporting weight loss surgery continues to mount.

The Problem with Guidelines

We’re all too aware of the problems related to “qualifying” for weight loss surgery.

The New York Times has an interesting opinion piece running now that illustrates exactly what we mean. To “qualify” for weight loss surgery, some patients actually gain weight! Because they want to lose weight!!

Talk about irony.