Losing weight through diet and exercise seems like it would be the easiest option but sometimes despite one's best efforts, they are not able to see significant results. For those that do lose weight, keeping it off can also prove to be difficult, as it tends to creep back up much faster than it took the time to lose it. Studies by the Memorial University of Newfoundland have proven that weight loss surgery is a significantly effective way to lose and keep off weight. Not only will it help reverse many of the adverse effects of obesity but it can also drastically improve quality of life. Most all patients who get weight loss surgery do not regret it and often recommend it anyone who suffers from obesity-related health issues.
The study followed patients for five to twenty-five years after having weight loss surgery and compared them to those who did not. The studies showed that those who had the weight loss surgery were much happier, physically healthy, and more socially active than those who did not. The patients who had surgery reported that their symptoms in depression lessened, they were able to have more mobility, as well as loss of chronic pain.
The studies also highlighted the enormous medical benefits of having weight loss surgery, including curing sleep apnea, lowering blood sugar and even helps with those suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The small percentage of patients who didn't lose weight still experienced positive benefits to their metabolism. Having surgery is also much safer than it was even ten years ago, and less than 1% of patients who would qualify are utilizing it. This costs the health system a lot more when factoring the cost of obesity-related conditions that could be potentially reversed through surgery. It also saves patients money on the medications they used to take from health issues that they no longer suffer from after having surgery.
Ultimately, the studies prove that weight loss surgery is the best preventative method to avoid more costly health issues in the future and also provides patients with overall better health and a much higher quality of life.
* Sourced from The Newfoundland and Labrador Bariatric Surgery Cohort Study