It’s easy to think of obesity as an aesthetic problem that only impacts the way someone looks. In reality, obesity is a serious disease that drastically increases a person’s risk for a range of potentially life-threatening medical conditions. With bariatric surgery in Houston and other options for obesity help, including support groups and comprehensive post-surgery support, patients can reclaim their good health. Here is a closer look at just some of the risks associated with obesity.
Type 2 Diabetes
Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition, type 2 diabetes usually occurs as the result of excess weight. With type 2 diabetes, the body can’t use insulin effectively to break down glucose, which causes blood sugar levels to spike. Initially, the pancreas attempts to compensate by making more insulin, but it cannot keep up with the demand, and eventually, high blood sugar levels become chronic. Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. After bariatric surgery, 45%-68% of patients with type 2 diabetes are able to stop using their medications, and resolve their diabetes.
Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints. This kind of wear and tear may occur simply because of age, but obesity can speed up osteoarthritis-related joint damage. Excess weight puts pressure on the joints that causes them to wear down more quickly. Osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, and lower back is a common side effect of obesity. Bariatric surgery in Houston may help you avoid the need for joint replacement surgery, and may resolve osteoarthritis in as much as 41% of patients.
Heart disease is one of the most common and most dangerous complications of obesity. Obesity can lead to both coronary heart disease, in which plaque builds up in the arteries, and congestive heart failure. Weight loss surgery can help you control heart disease if you have already been diagnosed, or help you avoid it altogether, but waiting sometimes too long until heart disease is severe, could make weight loss surgery impossible due to high risk.
Bariatric Care Centers offers bariatric surgery procedures plus follow-up support and access to support groups to help you achieve weight loss success. The best way to find out if surgery is the solution for you is to schedule a consultation.
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