Bariatric surgery more effective than dieting, exercise???

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A recent review, briefly discussed in Bloomberg, finds that weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass is more effective than diet and exercise in treating obesity, and also increases remission rates of type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery was an option for me – I certainly qualified (surgery is considered for those with BMI of at least 40, and 35 for those with an obesity-related disease) – but I ended up at Structure House where they focus on behavior modification for obese people.

It was there that I began a lifestyle change that resulted in a 130 lb weight loss and maintenance. No dieting. I simply eat healthy and stay active. I no longer have pre-diabetes or sleep apnea. I believe in the effectiveness of weight loss without surgery through a lifestyle change. I also believe that bariatric surgery is effective for some, provided that they are able to implement the lifestyle changes needed to maintain the weight loss.

Have you considered/had bariatric surgery? Results? Share your thoughts, your story with us!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. I have a lot of health problems due to my weight, it is even crippling me. My lungs are failing, I have been in the hospital twice in the last 6 months due to my lungs failing. I am not eligible for surgery, especially since I have not been able to really work a decent job in a very long time and depend on the state for medical care. I am looking for a program that I can work on almost no spare able income. I know that their are support groups and programs for those like me, I am back in school attempting to better my life and such now onto the next step, my weight loss, to better life for y family and myself. Any suggestions to help would be greatly appreciated, I am now let be generous and say 200 lbs at 4’11” I resemble an oompaloompa and really want my strength beauty and life back please help me.
    sincerely,
    Tracy

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