Health 2006

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Gastric bypass surgery can help obese teenagers

Bypass surgery is very controversial topic. Some people say that it is very risky and you shoudn't go for it, others promote it as the best way to manage the obesity. In fact, if you are considering a bypass surgery as an option to control your weight, you should discuss all negative and positive sides with your doctor. Also, you should consider one of the following conditions:

You have been obese for at least 5 years.
You do not have a history of alcohol abuse.
You do not have untreated depression or another major psychiatric disorder.
You are between 18 and 65 years of age.

This is the latest article I found, San Francisco, 06/30/2006 :
"Obese teenagers who had surgery to shrink the size of their stomachs on average lost nearly half their body weight in the four years after the procedure, according to a study presented on Thursday at a medical conference.
Researchers from the Hospital Sao Camilo in Brazil also said that laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery eliminated high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in the teenage patients who had those conditions.
The study involved 42 teenagers ages 13 to 18 whose average weight fell from 260 pounds (118 kg) before surgery to 135 pounds (61 kg) four years later. Sixteen of the youths with hypertension and three with type 2 diabetes were free of those diseases 50 days after surgery.
The study comes amid growing concern about rising levels of obesity among teenagers and an increasingly heavy adult population, predominantly in the United States.
Additionally, in the United States one in 50 adults are diagnosed with morbid obesity, a condition imposing an estimated $117 billion annually in costs on the country's health care system.
Morbid obesity is a disease marked by high level of body fat and when a person is at least 100 pounds (45 kg) overweight.
The study on how teenagers fared after the stomach surgery was presented at an American Society for Bariatric Surgery conference in San Francisco.
Other studies at the conference reported gastric bypass surgery helps reduce the risk of heart disease by half for the morbidly obese, and that the risk of dying from morbid obesity is up to 85 percent greater than the risk of dying as a result of the stomach-reduction surgery".
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  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger Kate Gase said…

    While this surgery has proven to be very effective and beneficial for many, I am not convinced that this is the answer to America's obesity problem. One reason I am hesitant is that it is a relatively new procedure. There is no long-term follow-up data. Do people who have the surgery and lose weight keep the weight off? Do people have a good quality of life? Not only is this a drastic solution, it is risky and is not a guarantee. Patients need to be ready for a drastic lifestyle change after undergoing the procedure.

  • At 4:51 PM, Blogger Liudmila said…

    I absolutely agree with you


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