Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Weight-loss surgery may soon be widely used

After spending the majority of her 48 years trying, and failing, to slim down, Veronica Mahaffey was still 50 pounds overweight -- not morbidly obese by a long shot, but still far from the size she wanted. Worried about her health, she called a San Diego weight-loss surgery clinic last spring and asked for help.

Many studies already attest to the effectiveness and increasing safety of the most popular weight-loss surgeries among morbidly obese people. Depending on the type of surgery used, patients lose 50% or more of their excess body weight and maintain that loss for as long as 10 years after surgery. In comparison, the most recent studies on long-term use of weight-loss medications show a typical weight loss of 5 to 22 pounds over one year with some side effects.

Other research has found that bariatric surgery cures Type 2 diabetes in a majority of patients studied, as well as improving symptoms related to sleep apnea and heart disease, such as high cholesterol and blood pressure.
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