Archive for March, 2006
It is no secret that obesity may be the root cause of heart problems and many other diseases. Most obese people are committed to losing weight (evident from the number of people who are on a diet), but we also know that losing weight is not so simple. Despite aggressive diet and exercise program, the body may refuse to shed pounds. That is where obesity/bariatric/weight loss surgery comes in. Most plastic surgeons recommend that an individual make the best efforts to lose weight through conventional means like portion control, dietary changes, and a well-designed exercise regimen.
Here is some more good piece of news for those who are now ready to go under the knife. According to a study published in the Archives of Surgery by John Fernstrom, PhD, and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh’s medical school, obesity surgery might actually also help get your high blood pressure under control. What a nice side effect to have! (Related article: Medicare coverage for gastric bypass surgery)
The scientists find that among morbidly obese people, blood pressure often plunger after weight loss surgery, especially for people with previously untreated high blood pressure. The results could help assess which patients “are likely to experience substantial improvements in blood pressure” after gastric bypass surgery and possibly no longer need medicine to control blood pressure, Fernstrom says.