Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) is the only option today that effectively treats morbid obesity in people for whom more conservative measures such as diet, exercise, and medication have failed. Studies have shown that all aspects of metabolic syndrome including blood pressure, cholesterol, and increased body weight may be improved by weight loss surgery for morbid obesity at one year after the procedure. These treatments include laparoscopic gastric bypass, Lap-Band, and sleeve gastrectomy. However, gastric bypass is considered the best weight loss surgery for metabolic syndrome. In addition, weight loss surgery for patients with metabolic syndrome is recently known as metabolic surgery.

Metabolic weight loss surgery can dramatically improve or cure diabetes in some obese patients including a group that does not strictly meet the criteria of morbid obesity. Metabolic surgery can normalize blood glucose levels and allow for a discontinuation of insulin therapy. Curing diabetes through metabolic surgery has been a stunning and welcome development for a disease that has historically been considered chronic and irreversible. Also, metabolic surgery becomes the most effective line of treatment for increased blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol.

Percentage of resolved diseases after weight loss surgery

  • Type II Diabetes 80 %
  • High Blood Pressure 70 %
  • High Cholesterol or Triglycerides 75 %
  • Metabolic syndrome 80 %

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