Study shows weight loss surgery reduce risks of diseases
According to a new large scale study, the weight loss surgeryor Bariatric surgerycan help reduce the risks of diseases including diabetes and heart attacks. The Bariatric surgeryis used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese
The study is the largest comprehensive investigation of bariatric surgery and went on for a period of four years. The study included as many as 8,000 patients. The researchers said that they found clear and substantial health benefits for people undergoing the surgery, who were previously severely overweight.
Researchers said that as many as 1.4 million people in the UK could take benefit from the procedure. A total of about 8000 patients receive the treatment on the NHS per year. They researchers said that if all the 1.4 million people in the UK were offered bariatric surgery, it would avert nearly 5,000 heart attacks and 40,000 cases of type 2 diabetes during a four year period.
They also recommended that surgery should only be offered if attempts to lose weight through healthy eating and physical activity did not show significant results. They warned against seeing the surgery as a quick and easy solution of obesity.
Lead researcher Dr Ian Douglas said, “The results are really encouraging. Obviously we would love to help people lose weight in other ways, through exercise and healthy diets, but that's difficult. Diets do not always work well for everyone.We are not saying surgery is right for everyone, but it can be really effective.”
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