Study finds benefits to weight loss surgery

September 03, 2019 07:13 PM

Obesity increases our risk of death, heart attack and stroke. Now, new research shows weight loss surgery can potentially reverse the risk of heart-related diseases and death.

Researchers looked at a group where some people had weight loss surgery - the rest got usual medical care.

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Results show a 39-percent lower risk for heart-related disease - like heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure in the surgery group. The data also showed a 41-percent reduction in death risk for people who underwent weight loss surgery. Diabetes improved in the surgery group as well.

"To see a 39-percent reduction in all of the events and a 41-percent reduction in mortality, you know, there are very few therapies in treating heart disease that come close to having this big an effect," said Dr. Steven Nissen, with Cleveland Clinic.

He added many people who had surgery were able to stop taking insulin and required fewer blood pressure medications after surgery.

This study reinforces earlier findings about the improvement in people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.


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