“Obesity has been associated as the host of diseases – it is today the number one cause for numerous illnesses. It is associated with diseases including intracranial hypertension in the brain, thyroid, respiratory issues like sleep apnea and restrictive lung disease, and heart failure – even sudden cardiac death. Obesity also results in the most severe form of metabolic syndrome leading to dyslipidemia of cholesterol, triglycerides malfunction, Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, hypoglycemia, fatty liver disease which could eventually even lead to cirrhosis. It is associated also with infertility in both males and females and one of the main causes or cystic ovarian disease or syndrome; as also with different forms of arthritis; and recently, 13 different types of cancers have been directly linked to obesity.
The problem with obesity is that it’s a chronic lifelong disease. If your BMI (Body Mass Index) is slightly off, non-surgical options such as diet and exercise really seem to work. However, when you are over 20-25 kgs overweight, or need to lose more than 25% of your body weight, then you do need to consider bariatric surgery from a health perspective.
Most drugs can at best help you lose 5% to 10% of your total body weight. It is only bariatric surgery which can provide up to around 70% retention rate for Type 2 Diabetes, 65% to 70% retention rate with hypertension and 80% attrition rate with sleep apnea and dyslipidemia. In at least 50% of individuals, the weight loss seems to maintain at around 25% to 30% of your total body weight. That’s the difference between bariatric surgery and other options. The surgery not only prevents you from taking insulin injections and various medications for diabetes, but also protects you from the micro and macro vascular complications of diabetic medications that could lead to undergoing dialysis later in life; as also protect your eyesight by preventing diabetic retinopathy; and decrease mortality.
Studies have shown it becomes a bonus by adding more benefits to an individual’s health and quality of life.”