Success is Sweet

More evidence is mounting to support the idea that bariatric weight loss surgery can help some patients overcome diabetes.

If you’ve been following the news about weight loss surgery, you know this is the real deal.

Bariatric Surgery Successful for Patients Below 35BMI

New research supports the idea that bariatric weight loss surgery is successful in treating overweight patients who do not meet the standard of obesity, defined as having a body weight index of 35 or more.

A small study shows that patients with a BMI of 30 – 35, some of whom had type 2 diabetes, benefited from weight loss surgery. For most, their diabetes went into remission.

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!

Safe for Seniors

Research indicates weight loss surgery is just as safe for seniors as it is for younger patients.

The NIH recommends the age of 65 as the cutoff for weight loss surgery, but this is apparently an “artificial standard.”

After reviewing the records of 50,000 weight loss surgery patients, researchers have concluded that weight loss surgery is safe for seniors.

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.

Heart Health Improves with Weight Loss Surgery

A new study from the Mayo Clinic documents improved heart health among patients undergoing weight loss surgery – even for those patients who lose weight but remain obese.

Although this is based on a very limited study – only 13 patients – cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic see the study as an indication that any weight loss can be beneficial for obese patients, even if they do not reach their ideal BMI.