There are More Benefits to Gastric Bypass Surgery than Just Weight Loss

Posted: December 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Food | No Comments »

There are more benefits to gastric bypass surgery other than just weight loss. Medscape Medical News published a Swedish study that found gastric bypass surgery normalized metabolic, inflammatory and vascular risk markers in obese kids.

The study covered 81 teens that underwent laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery 2006 and 2009. Two years after the surgery, patients had an average BMI of 30. Before the surgery their BMI was 45.5.

The better news however, is that the surgery had a positive impact on fasting insulin levels, fasting glucose, lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, apolipoprotein B, white blood cell count and blood pressure. All of these are health risks in people who are obese. The study found that all these health risks decreased in the gastric bypass patients.

More good news is that Medicare recently announced it would cover obesity screening and follow up counseling for patients who have a body mass index of 30 or more. Medicare coverage will include a face-to-face counseling visit every week for a month and one counseling visit bi-weekly for the next five months. More counseling is available for an additional six months if the patient loses enough weight initially.

With weight loss surgery, nutrition, exercise and counseling, a bariatric patient can meet their weight loss goals and improve their health.

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