Bariatric surgery has more benefits than weight loss

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Bariatric surgery has more benefits than weight loss

There are more benefits to bariatric surgery than just losing weight. In addition to helping shed pounds, it also can significantly improve, or even eliminate, existing chronic health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis.

The Cleveland Clinic lists the following health benefits of bariatric surgery beyond weight loss:

Long-term remission for type 2 diabetes. One study reported that nearly all participants remained free of insulin and other related medications for at least three years after bariatric surgery.

Improved cardiovascular health. A study reported that the weight loss achieved from the surgery can help prevent the risk of death associated with stroke, hypertension, and heart attack. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels can return to normal, or near normal after surgery

Relief of depression. A study concluded that people who had bariatric surgery experienced a 33 percent decrease in depression at the time of surgery, and a 17 percent decrease six to 12 months after surgery.

Eliminate obstructive sleep apnea. Achieving and sustaining a normal weight range often allows people with sleep apnea to stop using a CPAP machine at bedtime. As much as 85 percent of patients experience remission of their sleep apnea one year after surgery.

Joint pain relief. Carrying excessive weight puts a lot of stress on weight-bearing joints. Weight loss that occurs after bariatric surgery relieves this stress and often allows people to stop using

Alleviate other medical conditions. Weight loss surgery can relieve metabolic syndrome (conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes), pregnancy complications, gallbladder disease, and more.

Improve fertility. Weight loss surgery can improve fertility during childbearing years. One study reported that the risk of miscarriage may decline after bariatric surgery and can improve menstrual cycles in women who do not ovulate.