Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Overall Benefits of Extreme Weight Loss

It is important to remember that the ultimate goal of bariatric surgery (or alternatives to bariatric surgery) is to improve your health and extend your life by reducing or eliminating the many obesity-related conditions by targeting the excess weight and consequent negative metabolic impact this has on your body. This means that overall, successful weight loss has a beneficial impact, both physically and mentally, on your whole body. The complications of obesity that generally improve or are eliminated altogether following weight loss include the following:

-Diabetes and blood sugar regulation
-Hypertension (high blood pressure)
-Stress incontinence
-Back pain
-Knee pain
-Heel spurs
-Gastric reflux disease
-Sleep apnea and other obstructive sleep disorders
-Congestive heart disease
-High blood cholesterol and triglycerides

So, you will have to weigh the benefits of bariatric surgery against the risks. When you do that, surgery may seem like a good choice. However, when you compare bariatric surgery to a non-surgival gastric bypass alternative, you will soon see that there is only one choice that makes any sense.

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