Weight Loss Surgery and Improved Cardiovascular Health

The benefits of weight loss surgery continue to grow.

Researchers from Tufts University’s Human Nutrition Research Center have documented significant improvements in HDL-cholesterol profiles of patients who have undergone weight loss surgery.

Together with reductions in BMI, triglycerides and the ratio of LDL to HDL, this constitutes a major improvement in cardiovascular health and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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WLSO and Gestational Diabetes

We already know that weight loss surgery can help patients overcome Type II Diabetes; now researchers are pointing to data that indicates the procedure may offer broader positive health effects for obese women who undergo weight loss surgery before becoming pregnant.

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that obese women who undergo weight loss surgery and later become pregnant have a much lower rate of gestational diabetes. This same group of patients also accounted for a lower rate of c-section deliveries.

While weight loss surgery (like all surgical procedures) has its own inherent risks, evidence of the efficacy and safety of weight loss surgery continues to mount.

Obese and Oblivious

More people are unable to accurately assess their own conditions of being overweight or obese, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. The poll shows that 30% of overweight people identify themselves as normal size and 70% of obese people identify themselves as overweight but not obese.

Why the confusion? One reason is that as more people become overweight or obese, the condition seems more “normal” than being at a truly healthy weight.

The epidemic of obesity is spreading, and weight-loss surgery is one of the most effective ways to fight this battle of the bulge.