Bariatric Surgery Reduces Long Term Health Risks Of Severe Obesity In Teens, Study Shows

Bariatric Surgery Reduces Long Term Health Risks Of Severe Obesity In Teens, Study Shows


SERIOUS HEALTH RISK. DR. MAX GOMEZ TELLS US A NEW STUDY FINDS SURGERY REDUCES THOSE HEALTH RISKS. AT THE AGE OF 19, SHE MADE THE DECISION TO HAVE BARIATRIC SURGERY. AND SIX MONTHS LATER, SHE’S ABOUT 70-POUNDS LIGHTER. I WAS LEANING TOWARDS BEING A PREDIABETIC. AND MY GRANDMA IS A DIABETIC. AND I HELPED TAKE CARE OF HER. IT’S COMMON FOR TEENS WHO STRUGGLE WITH SEVERE OBESITY TO HAVE INCREASED RISK FACTORS THAT PREDICT FUTURE HEART DISEASE. A NEW REPORT AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUND ALMOST EVERY TEEN CANDIDATE FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY HAD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, ABNORMAL GLUCOSE LEVELS, INCREASED INFLAMMATION OR HIGH CHOLESTEROL. THE MAJORITY OF OUR PATIENTS HAD MULTIPLE CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTORS. 3% OF THE POPULATION STUDIED HAD THREE OR MORE CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTORS. BUT THE NUMBER DROPPED BY ABOUT 85%. AND LESS THAN HALF OF ALL PATIENTS STUDIED HAD ANY RISK FOLK TORES AT ALL. THE YOUNGER THE PATIENT AT THE TIME OF SURGERY, THE MORE LIKELY THEY WERE TO SEE SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES THAT WE’VE BEEN OWE OBSERVING AS AN OVER ALL GROUP. RESEARCHERS SAY LIFESTYLE CHANGES LIKE DIET AND EXERCISE ARE IMPORTANT. THEY’RE OFTEN NOT ENOUGH FOR TEENS WHO HAVE MORE THAN 100- POUNDS TO LOSE. IT’S MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE. YOU DON’T WANT TO PUT TWO MINUTES INTO A WORK OUT. IT DOES GIVE YOU MORE ENERGY TO WANT TO KEEP GOING. DOCTORS AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL DON’T GO AS FAR AS SAYING THAT ALL OBESE TEENS SHOULD HAVE SURGERY. BUT AT THE VERY LEAST, TEENS 100-POUNDS OR MORE OVERWEIGHT SHOULD HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT BARIATRIC SURGERY. SURGERY HAS RISKS BUT SO DOES OBESITY. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU EAT AND BEHAVE. BECAUSE YOU CAN OUT EAT ANY OPERATION.

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